Welcome to my blog! I created this site in 2008 to provide a place for showcasing my photos and to provide information or links helpful to other photographers. As time has passed, I've added music videos and information as well. I will occasionally make comments, but will not preach or keep anyone from making comments of their own. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and I love the feedback! My goal is to make this website a regular destination for anyone who loves photography and music and wants to see what I've been up to.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013


Over the years this blog has morphed from a showcase of my photography to a variety show of photography, videos, and commentary.  I realized that since the blog is called "Michael Bluhm Photography" maybe I should at least utilize it more as an access point for photographic information and tips as well.  What a concept!

Therefore, starting with this post, I will be providing links to useful information for landscape photographers.  These will run the gambit from following basic composition rules to learning the techniques used by the pros for producing dramatic landscape images. From time to time, I will also feature one of my own images to demonstrate a particular technique.

My first link will help you learn more about how to obtain maximum depth of field, or total clarity and sharpness from foreground to infinity.  I've chosen a website called PictureCorrect and the featured photographer is Jonnie Blaylock.  Go here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


I was browsing videos on YouTube and looking for Jessica Alba, one of my all-time favorite actresses.  I found several vids on her movie with Paul Walker, "Into the Blue".  I had seen the movie when it came out but I had forgotten until now that Paul Walker was her co-star.

As you may know, Paul Walker, most famous for the "Fast and Furious" movies, was killed recently in a car wreck.  Among the videos I was browsing was a dual interview between Walker and Alba answering questions about the movie. They took questions from fans on a program called Unscripted.  The video lets you see both actors in a more personal light. You can see how, when off screen, Paul Walker was pretty much like anyone else his age - personable and down to earth - and nice.  Walker's death is a great loss.  View it here.

Sunday, December 8, 2013


I found a video of Greg Tracy's under 10:00 minute trip up Pikes Peak in 2013's  Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.  Like the video I posted of Monster Tajima's race in 2012 (see 2012 posting) it lets you ride along from start to finish, this time on Tracy's Ducati motorcycle.

While watching the video several times, I was able to see Tracy's digital speedometer reading only when he was leaning his bike left, due to reflections and because his helmet cam was facing the road, not his speedometer.  I was able, however, to see one reading of 124 mph! These two wheeled vehicles don't have roll bars, cages or safety harnesses. A few times he gets real close to the road's edge and you think that any dirt or rocks there might cause his bike to lose grip.  Needless to say, with speeds exceeding 120mph, it would be unlikely that anyone would survive going off this mountain.

See what it's like to travel at high speed on this winding, 12.42 mile, 156 turn test of skill and courage HERE

Personal note:  Many years ago, a good friend of mine, Jim D. Jr., bought a stock car and had it configured especially for the Hill Climb.  He graciously included me as a member of his pit crew that first year and let me ride with him in his race car on the road to the pit area on one of the practice days.  That was pretty exciting!  He participated several more times in the race, but in years past I've  lost touch with my old friend, even though he was best man at my wedding.  Guess I need to do something about that...