Detroit, Michigan by Mark Bolen

Greeting Cards & Postcards


Sizing Information

Small Greeting Card Large Greeting Card Postcard
4" x 6" 5" x 7.5" 4" x 6"


  • 300gsm card with a satin finish
  • Supplied with envelopes
  • Optional cellophane sleeves, ideal for reselling
  • Discount of 30% on every order of 8+ cards

Detroit Michigan (USA) taken from the Windsor, Ont Canadian side. Late, late on a Friday night. It’s a native 36×16 inch @300dpi five Photomatix HDR image stitch (PTGUI). Meaning you can print it at any Redbubble size and it will only get better the bigger you print it.
My Process:
Entered Canada via the tunnel. Getting there is the easy part. Returning home after only three three hours in Canada, by yourself, with a professional grade camera in the cabin? Plan a little extra time. Ya, there is a story there.

Take a flash light so you can see the levels of your three position tripod head. You want to level the tripod first. After the tripod, you need to level the head. Since I turn my camera on it’s side, I level the camera so the long area of the camera is up and down. I then turned on bracketing.
As some in past have told me on prior pictures, why use some many brackets. Simple so I have a better picture in the end. I may never return to this spot, so I want it to count. I used 7 backets a full stop apart for each of five total unique images that have elements of the prior picture in them so that PTGUI can later locate the overlaps and merge them together.
Since I was going from very bright lights to no light at all in the same picture, I use a very large number of brackets in my night shots. After that, I open up Photomatix 4.03 and the seven different exposers and work with the options until I get an image I like. I then save the settings using Photomatix so they they can be re-used on the remaining images. I then used that setting on all remaining images (4) so that all images were processed the same. Then I fire up PTGUI and stitch the stuff together. Having leveled the heads earlier make it easier for PTGUI to find the overlays. Photoshop CS5 was used to add some sharpening, and poof, you have the picture to the left. Overall, it’s not a quick process.

Nikon D300
Nikon 35-70mm lens at F/5
ISO 400
Shutter Speed – 1 second to 30 seconds
Tripod Shot – Absolute must for night shots

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I take Sr’s., portrait, events, weddings, and more on the weekend and have been to many photography training classes by many associations near me. In the last 3 years, I have been shooting more and people. For the past two years, I’ve been being trained by Marie DuPrie at her studio. When shooting professionally, I go by the business name DigiSharp Photography – I also take many pictures for the local newspaper “Tri-County Times”.

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  • Joy Fitzhorn
    Joy Fitzhornalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful. I love the reflection of the building lights in the river.

  • Thanks again Joy.

    – Mark Bolen

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithover 3 years ago

    Excellent work and great words!

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithover 3 years ago

    Manual Mode Night Images
    August 6, 2011

  • Mark Bolen
    Mark Bolenover 3 years ago

    OH WOW! I signed on today and was greeted by "You sold 100 greeting cards of “Detroit, Michigan”"
    To whom ever made this purchase: “Thank you, thank you very much!”
    I would love to hear how you used the cards and your satisfaction with the service redbubble provided you. Thanks again!

  • Mark Bolen
    Mark Bolenover 3 years ago

    I think I just had my previous question answered. I think the same person just purchased another 100 cards. I suppose that answers my question about how they liked the picture and RB’s service. Thank you once again!

  • ripizzo
    ripizzoabout 3 years ago

    This is amazing…. I love it !!!

  • Thank you Rebecca. It is appreciated.

    – Mark Bolen

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the
    TOP TEN of the “Harbor Lights Challenge!!!”

  • Kate Towers IPA
    Kate Towers IPAover 2 years ago

    Excellent shot

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