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The Photography of Travis Peltz

Unseen Perspectives.

July 11th, 2014



It’s been awhile. Much of my time has been devoted toward work and…work. So photography had to go on the back burner for a bit. Until now.

The photography flame is back and it’s blazing. 

Enter, Unseen Perspectives. The focus of my photography for the remainder of 2014. I’ve acquired things that have revolutionized Read more

Happy New Year

December 31st, 2012



Thank you everyone for your support during 2012, it has been very humbling. I have so much fun going on photo trips around northern Michigan and I can’t wait to start shooting in 2013.


Have a great new year and be safe!

– Travis.

A Creek of Ice??

December 30th, 2012


Ice Creek

This is what you can stumble upon during walks in the Winter. A creek (imagine me saying it like “crick”) of ice! This was the only angle I could capture the image, otherwise my camera and I would have went for a dip.


– Travis. :)

Winter Expedition & Video

December 30th, 2012



Winter photography is always a fun challenge and today proved to be no exception. From driving down a treacherous and potentially illegal trail, I made it to a unique area in northeast Michigan. Click “read more” to see the video!  Read more

Northern Lights: Visualized at the Mighty Mac

October 1st, 2012



Last night was without question, a roller-coaster of excitement. For the past two years I have been learning how to capture the Northern Lights on camera and the setting I have always envisioned was the Northern Lights over the iconic Mackinaw Bridge. Hit the link to read the story and to see more of my favorite images….. Read more


July 16th, 2012



The northern lights seem to never disappoint; last night was no exception. There was a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun on July 12th that caused this dazzling display. This light show actually started on Friday, but progressively became more and more intense. By midnight last night the Space Weather Prediction Center released a warning for G2-level geomagnetic activity. In essence, this means most northern US states would be able to see the aurora. As soon as I got the warning on my phone I hit the road with my camera, tripod, and large amounts of caffeine. Hit the break to see more… Read more

A Dazzling Light Display

April 24th, 2012



I’m not sure there could be anything better than the Northern Lights on the shores of Lake Huron. Between 11:30PM until 1:00AM, I was around the Rogers City area photographing the event, with a focus on the shoreline. I was somewhat unsure if any of the photos were going to turn out because of the 30 mile per hour wind gusts that may have shaken the camera, but luckily it didn’t… Another image is after the break! Read more

Textures of Spring

April 12th, 2012



It has been about a month since my last post on here, I have been patiently waiting for the flowers to bloom in the local greenhouse called Nettas. This past Tuesday I took a drive there and managed to capture a few interesting images of the freshly ‘hatched’ flowers. The image above is my favorite because of the texture and color contrast between the flower and backdrop that I was testing. In about a week all the flowers at the greenhouse will be blooming; I plan on spending an entire day there doing macro photography (with plenty more to post here!)


– Travis.

Photo Tips: Shooting the Northern Lights

March 8th, 2012


Tonight the northern lights will be very active due to a large solar flare that is impacting the earth. Most northern latitudes in the United States should be able to view the display, as long as clouds hold off. The northern lights are a great nighttime treat to watch or capture on ‘film’.

If you plan on photographing the ‘Lights’, here are some tips that may be useful:

– Be sure to use a tripod to stabilize your camera, this is critical.

– Use a lens that has a large maximum aperture. A f/3.5, f/2.8, or f/2.4 lens would be ideal. If you aren’t sure of what the maximum aperture size is for one of your lenses, it usually is printed on the lens. The smaller the number, the better.

– Use a slow shutter speed. Primarily, I use a 30 second exposure speed (or faster) and usually have the aperture set wide open (f/2.4 in my case because that is my lens’ widest aperture). Anything above a 30 second exposure may reduce details in the ‘lights’ and cause motion blurs from movement of the Earth. Shutter speed is quite subjective to the light conditions. If the Aurora is very bright, you can get away with a with a faster shutter speed and lower ISO. 

– Depending on the speed of your lens & how bright the aurora is, you may need to bump up (or turn down if the Aurora is very bright) the ISO. I usually try to shoot at 1600 ISO or maybe 3200 ISO. But remember, the higher the ISO the more grain that will appear in the photo. Also, the higher the ISO, the faster your camera will pull in light. This setting is also subjective to the brightness of the aurora.

-If it’s very bright, a lower ISO & faster shutter speed can be used. If it’s very dim, a higher ISO (in combination with a slower shutter speed) will be needed to capture the light of the Aurora.

– Set your lens/camera to Manual focus. Make sure your lens’ focus is turn to Infinity (which looks like this on the lens )

–  Make sure to bring a flashlight.

– If you don’t capture the ‘lights’ in your first image, don’t get discouraged. Adjust your aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings until you start to see the lights in your image.

If anyone has any specific question, feel free to email me your questions via

These are the tips I keep in mind when I shoot the northern lights. Keep in mind that there are different methods to capture the lights on film. So if you find a different method that works for you, then certainly keep shooting! :)

Happy Shooting!!

– Travis.

Photo Op Alert: Geomagnetic Storm

March 8th, 2012



Last night, a large coronal mass ejection (CME) was thrown from the sun. It’s hurtling straight toward our little planet, Earth. This means northern areas in the USA may be able to see the Aurora Borealis tomorrow night (March 8, 2012). The last time a large CME occurred was last year in the fall, it was seen as far south as Tennessee. This event may be the same size or larger. I highly advise everyone to keep there eye on the sky tomorrow night. It will be a great photo opportunity and definitely is something that a family may enjoy watching.

I plan on shooting the ‘lights’  all thursday night. It’s a rare event, some people never see them in their lifetime. I’ll be posting new images periodically through the night and Friday morning.

– Travis.