Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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Anchors Away

Anchors Away, Saugatuck, MI

Anchors Away, Saugatuck, MI

This ship is no longer in Saugatuck where the image was taken. It was a landmark there for a long time. A year ago the ship was moved to a new loaction where it will be restored and opened as a museum. I have always had fun shooting this boat and have a lot of good images of it. This one I like because of the symmetry and the way the light plays on the hull.


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BW Classic From Saugatuck, Michigan

Saugutuck, Michigan

A number of years ago I decided to head out for a weekend adventure up the west coast of Michigan. I thought I would shoot sleepy little villages and lighthouses. As I was driving up the Blue Star Highway I saw this ship off to my left. I stopped and shot it and have been doing so until last Summer when they took the ship to Canada to refurbish it and make it a museum. I also discovered a wonderfully peaceful town there Saugutuck. This is an artsy village with bed and breakfasts places, galleries and a unique charm. Put it on your must visit list.

 


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Anchor

Anchor, Saugutuck, Michigan

There was this big old steam ship sitting at a dock as a tourist attraction in Saugutuck, MI.  The ship has since been moved to Canada where it will be restored and become part of a ship museum.  I have shot this location a number of times.  The elements of the ship and the old lifeboats have given me plenty of good exposures.  This is the anchor and I like the strength and colors.


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Crooked Houses

Crooked Houses

I love wandering different antique markets, stores and wherever else looking for the unusual.  What I find is usually something rusty and maybe colorful.  This was at a small antique store near Saugatuck MI.  I used my iPhone and shot this with Hipstamatic.  Tight cropping and colors work.


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Tulip Day

Tulip, Holland, Michigan

Every now and then I like to switch things up a bit.  I visited the Tulip Festival as I try to do every year in Holland , Michigan.  This year it was not so great, cold, rainy and most of the tulips had already lost their leaves due to an early spring with warm weather.  None the less I found this guy in a flower box in town.  Color and rain drops as well as the flowers behind make it work. Good way to start the day.


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Door Number ONE

Door Number One

I was having with my iPhone on a recent trip to Saugatuck, MI and stumbled upon this abandoned hotel.  Each door was painted a different color.  Someone with some imagination could thell this property had potential.  I did some overall shots and panos but this shot floated to the top.  Simple, the growth out from, door not centered.  It just works.


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Big Boat

Great Lakes Steamer, Saugatuck, MI

This is a B&W shot of an old Great Lakes Steamer.  It has been in Saugatuck, MI for what seems forever.  It’s rusting and falling apart.  On June 4th they are moving this boat to a new location in Canada and will be restoring it.  That will be quite a site as it is towed out the river.  Wish I could be there, but I will be in Iceland.


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Leaky Boats

Old Lifeboats near Saugatuck, MI

The weekend was a fun shoot.  Saw many things and had a lot of fun shooting the out of the ordinary.  Heading west this weekend so expect to see some big landscapes by this time next week.  In the meantime I am still having fun posting the different.  Todays shot is a continuation of the image from yesterday.  These are two of around ten life boats in a big field just sitting there rusting away.  Some very cool photo possibilities.  Shot with an iPhone and using the hipstamatic app.  I used the Kodat and Jonny S combo.  Lots of fun to shoot small.  Next week it’s back to 80 mega pixels.


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Your Carriage Awaits

Your Carriage Awaits

Near Saugutuck, Michigan there a cool antique store called Sunrise Junque.  I have been going there for years and will soon make a book from this interesting place.  Here’s a shot from a few years ago.  I think they go and buy old amusement park things as well as tons of other stuff.  They spread it all out and it is a photographers dream to shoot there.  Not to mention I have come home with some cool stuff over the years.

 


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It’s Tulip Time

Tulips, Holland, Michigan

Every spring we are greeted with mother natures beauty.  Tulips is a sure sign of spring.  In Holland Michigan there is a huge tulip grower and spring the first two weekends of May bring the famous tulip festival.  This is a shot fro the Tulip Festival and one of hundreds of colorful shots that can be had in the expansive fields of Tulips.


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Making You Look

Boat in Saugutuck, MI

Sometimes it is fun to shoot something that you can recognize but had to stop and think about it for just a minute.  Maybe, this is one of those shots.  Did you know what it was when you first saw it?  It is a shot of a bow of a ship.  An old lake ferry boat located in Saugutuck Michigan, one of my favorite towns to visit.  Shot with a long lens to compress the perspective and cropped tight makes this image work.


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Anchor

Anchor, Michigan

Make an anchor look good.  I love objects that are peer of other, and I have been drawn to anchors after shooting some cool rusty ones in Argentina.  I didn’t have to go far to shoot this image though.  It was made in Saugutuck Michigan at and old lake passenger ship museum.  Lots of very graphic elements at this ship.  More to come soon.

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