WEST MICHIGAN -- We see it almost every year, but sometimes worse than others, especially following an Arctic blast: our beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline encrusted in ice. We receive hundreds of photos from locals, amateur, and professional photographers up and down the lake shore. I decided to meet three of our regular contributors to the FOX 17 Facebook page and get their take on how they shoot, what they look for, and a description of some of their best work.
Photographer Joe Gee from Muskegon has been snapping and sending us awesome photos for quite a while. He gets thousands of likes and retweets with each photo. Joe is a quiet guy by nature but has taken some fabulous photos of ice formations, sunrises, and sunsets. Perhaps it helps that he lives just a few minutes from the Lake Michigan shoreline.
"I always loved the beach. I like going down there," Joe says. "I'll walk my dogs with me, or I'll go down there with somebody and just walk around. I love the way when the sun gets closer to the horizon there are more colors." Find his Facebook page here.
Crystal McLouth is a New Era resident who has been taking photographs for the past four or five years. We grabbed a couple of her close-up pictures of ice formations at and around the lake shore in Muskegon and Oceana counties.
"These types of shots, you lay down, stomach on the ice, and you capture what you see," says Crystal. What about the thousands of likes on Facebook from her photos? "It makes everything worthwhile, standing out in the cold or laying on the ice and laying in the snow and in the heavy winds, to be able to share that passion that I have with everybody else." Find her Facebook page here.
Another one of our regular contributors is Jeremy Church. He, too, is only minutes away from the lakeshore in Norton Shores and seems to be there quite often, with a plethora of various photos snapped throughout the year.
"Being by the lake, you have the lake effect coating everything with ice, and it's just magical." Like many serious photographers, his safety always comes first. "I make sure I have a drysuit or waders on, and I bring a personal floatation device, an ice pick in my backpack, and now I'm actually bringing a little inner tube with me, so worst case scenario I have a flotation device out there with me." Find his Facebook page here.
Some of the other regular contributors featured in our West Michigan Stories include Heather Kennedy (her Facebook page here), Skyz Media, with aerial and drone videos (Facebook page here), and fabulous ice-encrusted pier shots from St. Joseph/Benton Harbor from Josh Nowicki (his Facebook page here ),
A hearty "Thank you" to all who submit photos throughout the year to FOX 17. While they may not end up here, most of them get used on TV during our news shows at one time or another, so keep those photos coming! Post them to our FOX 17 Facebook page, via Twitter @FOX17, or email (either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).