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The Projects keep coming: Stained Glass

Even working full-time and spending nights and weekends on the aforementioned kitchen remodeling work, I still answered the call from several friends in need a photographer for several important and rewarding projects. The first of those came from my good friend Mary Bailey; she needed someone to provide images that would showcase the wonderful stained glass windows of the beautiful St. Veronica Catholic Church of East Pointe, Michigan for a book (more on that later) she was working on.

The results of this collaboration (and my photographs also got a mention in the Michigan Catholic http://www.themichigancatholic.org/2016/12/christmas-stained-glass/ ):

St Veronica Cover

St V Glass page 8

St V page 10



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Cover Work!

My photographic work from last summer made the cover of the 2016 Edition of the Insider’s Guide to the Pointes, plus several other shots from around the Pointes were also used within the guide (see pages 14, 24, 36, 44, & 54. It was a great assignment and I had a lot of fun doing it for my good friends Terry and John Minnis who own Grosse Pointe Magazine. These trolleys, reminders of the early 20th century run up and down Kercheval and Mack avenues on Fridays and Saturdays evenings providing riders a great way to visit the many businesses along both those streets. Check out the link below to the magazine and it’s link to the guide.


Here is the cover shot:  GP-BG 2016

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2016 Trierenberg Super Circuit has opened for entries

The Trierenberg Super Circuit is now accepting submissions for their 2016 competitions. It is an international photo salon that I have be participating in for years and it’s a great opportunity to have your work judged on an international level getting international recognition as well. Over the years, this salon has grown steadily and now offers a wide variety of themes. One of this years themes, “My Four Best Images” is giving me a chance to submit two of my past Gold Metal winning photographs, “Goose On McNally Lake” & “Winter’s Remains”, that won and gave me a reason to visit Austria to accept the gold medals in person. If you’re interested, here is the link to the site:   http://www.photocontest.at/


Goose on a misty lake early in the morning

Early in the morning a Goose floats through the mist on McNally Lake.

Deer leg lies on the snow.

The remains of a deer leg on snow.

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Classic Photo Used

Thank you Terry and John Minnis for using my 1979 photograph of the man affectionately known as “Mr. Gratiot” in “Images of America: Roseville”. “Mr. Gratiot” or Ed Choley was a World War II veteran who suffered from PTSD long before it was recognized as such and spent his days keeping Gratiot Avenue clean, drawing caricatures for children and talking with Joe, his imaginary friend. Ed passed away in 1981, but anyone who grew up in Roseville, Michigan back then, knew and loved him.

Ed Choley or "Mr. Gratiot" picking up trash along Gratiot avenue in Roseville, Michigan

Mr. “Gratiot” kept Roseville clean.



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Spartan Pride

The Spirit of Detroit dons a Spartan Jersey to show support for the Michigan Sate Spartans football team on their way to the 2016 Cotton Bowl to take on Alabama.

spirit of detroit wearing a spartans jersey

The Spirit of Detroit donning his Spartan jersey

And Christmas Eve morning was the perfect time to go down to get this capture, the weather was perfect and traffic in the downtown area was light. Aside from the security guard parked near by there was only one passerby who asked if I would take his phone and photograph him in front of this iconic statue.

For sales of this and other items check out my Red Bubble site: www.redbubble.com/people/bill-s/works/19868067-spirit-of-detroit-spartan-pride?ref=recent-owner

And now on my Fine Art America site: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/cotton-bowl-bound-bill-spengler.html


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First day of spring!

As Saturday was the first full day of spring, I decided to take a drive to Belle Isle and check on the progress the State of Michigan is making cleaning up the island since it took it over and is now a state managed park. While the sun was bright the wind coming off the icy waters had quite a bite. I waited thirty minutes for the sun to get just right for this beautiful sunset on this first day of spring.

First day of Spring 2015 on Belle Isle.

First day of Spring 2015 on Belle Isle.

This island gem offers many photographic opportunities for photographers of all experience levels and it is because of this, I will be offering the following one-day small group workshops:

“The Basics of Composition” and “Developing Your Own Photographic Voice” each workshop cost $100.00 and includes a portfolio review. Contact me for available dates.

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Just published! “Once Upon a Time”

News update: My photos of the various clocks in the Grosse Pointe area have been published in the 2015 Insider’s Guide to the Pointes. Thank you very much Ms. Terry Minnis of Grosse Pointe Magazine ( http://www.grossepointemagazine.com/ )for this wonderful opportunity. See page 44 of the guide for all eleven clocks.

If you have a weekend corporate assignment, contact me for my negotiable rates.


Richard Place Clock at Kercheval and McKinley, Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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Made another sale!

Hello everyone,

I made another sale of the Spirit of Detroit wearing the Red Wings jersey on Fine Art America. Thank you to whomever made the purchase and please take a look at all my other photographs I have available for sale on Fine Art America and Red Bubble as well.

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/spirit-of-detroit-bill-spengler.htmlSpirit of Detroit

http://www.redbubble.com/people/bill-sSpirit of Detroit


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Spirit of Detroit says: Go Lions!

With the Lions in the play-offs, the Spirit of Detroit came out for the game sporting his very own Lions jersey. So, how could I not get his picture and he was a great subject too! He patiently sat very still in the cold, under the subdued lighting, with light rain falling and let me capture his team spirit.

LR-Spirit of Detroit-Go Lions (1 of 1)

And prints are available at my two sale sites:







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The Clocks of Grosse Pointe

I have been busy the last two weeks on a weekend assignment for my very good friend Terry Minnis who owns Grosse Pointe Magazine (http://www.grossepointemagazine.com/). She contacted me with a request to photograph the outdoor clocks in the “Pointes” for a project the magazine is working on and I am always glad to help her out.

The winter months can be pretty challenging although the light in the winter is generally better in my opinion, you may have to wait for it to come out several days as a result, some of the photographs just didn’t have what I wanted and so I tried again this past weekend with much better results.

One of the first clocks I captured was the Koutier Jeweler’s Clock (http://koueiterjewelers.com/) on Mack Avenue. This is relatively new addition to “the Pointes” is not only a beautiful timepiece but, as it is solar powered, it’s an environmental gem as well.

koutier LR (1 of 1)



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