Fish, Photos and Fun at Lake Michigan

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Fish, Photos and Fun at Lake MichiganAs a photographer, I have almost lost what it feels like to see with my eyes rather than with my lens. I can’t say it’s something that I mind as with the end of each day, looking back at the ways in which I’ve captured the world gives me a peace that is incomparable. A friend of mine and I decided to take a trip to Lake Michigan. We had wanted to do it for quite some time, however, with how hectic life can be, plans got in the way of other plans and conflicting schedules held us back, until finally we were able to plan our trip that summer, back in 2013.

To say that the weather was perfect would be an understatement. As soon as I spotted Lake Michigan, my camera went off, snapping at all the beauty that lay before, beside and behind me. It was a sight to behold. Once we had finally arrived, I know the perfect photo session was just waiting to happen. The lake was calm, not filled with the chaos of too many tourists and I could release the photographer in me, in full effect, which I did.

My friend on the other hand, is not much of a ‘picture taker’. He’d rented a boat for the day and had asked me to bring my fish finder along so we could get some fishing done while we were there. Fishing was another hobby of mine, and I’d gotten a fish finder from specialized website, because I was sick of just roaming around, unleashing my pole and coming up with nothing at the end of the day.

He, however, had never used one before. His amazement came with the fact that rather than just setting sail and hoping, we would be able to head out to where the fish actually were. But that wasn’t all, I’m happy I had my camera at hand to get a good photo of his expression once I’d turned the equipment on and showed him just how it worked. He was so fascinated that we weren’t just trying to pick up any echo and guess whether or not it was a school of fish but also that we were able to distinguish between living fish, dead fish, debris and sediments.

While he played with the fish finder, fiddling around with the gadget like a kid with a new toy, I took the time out to get my fix of photographs. It was an amazing day on Lake Michigan, a memorable day. I can easily say that one of the best scenes I have ever shot happened on that very day. It was a photograph that showed what a work of art nature truly is. The way the sun speckled rippling of the lake with it’s spectacular orange gaze is a sight to behold. Two friends, a boat, a camera and a fish finder on Lake Michigan, that was the highlight of my 2013 summer.

photo credit: Yinan Chen