I actually forgot about this lighthouse I shot on the same winter day I was at Tahquamenon Falls. This is the Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse in Gulliver, MI. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1895 and today is open for tourism in the summer months. Of course summer is way to easy. Who wants to visit an historic lighthouse when you can walk on the pristine beach in the summer when you can go in the winter and drudge through 3 foot deep snow? On the positive side you don’t have to worry about people getting in the middle of your photo shots!
All that being said I do hope to make it back to this lighthouse and several others this summer to catch the sunrise or sunset. I’m lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the country with an abundance of waterfalls and great lighthouses for photography.
Rumor has it that this lighthouse is haunted. I didn’t see any ghost during my visit but for more information click on the following link. And be aware of cigar smoke during your visit, if you do smell it run like the wind!
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It’s been a bit since I’ve had some time to post anything but I was able to get away and make a visit to Tahquamenon Falls this winter with some friends. It was worth the trip.
The falls are located north of Newberry Michigan and are spectacular in size and beauty. Part of what makes it striking is the root beer color of the water that comes from the tannins in the water from the cedar swamps which the river drains. The upper falls are a bit more than 200 feet across and have a drop of about 50 feet. In the spring the river drains as much as 50,000 gallons of water per second making it the third largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River after Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls. Coming from the UP of Michigan I realize that I’m a bit biased, but I like Tahquamenon Falls better than Niagara Falls as it’s more secluded in nature. It also make it more photogenic in my opinion. Now don’t go hating on me you New Yorkers, your waterfall is still might fine!
And if it couldn’t get any better, Tahquamenon has a brewery right on sight. Image that, a Michigan state park with a brewery! Check it out at www.tahquamenonfallsbrewery.com for more information. I recommend any of the beers but their pale ale is my favorite.
Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall Tahquamenon is a great place to visit. For more information and directions check go to www.exploringthenorth.com/tahqua/tahqua.html
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I’m fortunate to work for a great company and occasionally get to travel to some pretty awesome places. Last week I had a business meeting in Tempe, AZ so Linda and I went out a day early to enjoy a little time away from the Michigan cold. We decided to head to Sedona for a day which is a photographer’s dream with it’s incredible red rock, beautiful mountains and spectacular sunsets.
The picture above was taken from the top of Airport Dr. which overlooks Sedona. It was taken right after the sun went down and is an HDR photo created from 5 pictures in Photomatix. For more information on this software visit their site at www.hdrsoft.com.
Like I said, Sedona is home to some spectacular sunsets and while we ran into cloudy days and rain we were lucky enough to get one nice sunset during our visit. I didn’t have the best spot and it came out of nowhere fast, but luckily I was able to get something decent.
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While everyone likes new and shiny or beautiful landscapes, sometimes an old subject makes for a great pictures. Today I woke up early in hopes of getting the sunrise near the old Escanaba railroad bridge. While the sun didn’t cooperate for a dramatic sunrise photo the light was somewhat interesting and added a bit of dramatic touch to the pictures.
The picture above shows the old Bay Shore road bridge on the left and the new on to the right. While the new one definitely isn’t new it is still used today as you can see by the photo of the train I capture crossing it. The Bay Bridge which was built in 1911 for $40,000 dollars and is 845 feet long. The bridge is very deteriorated and portions of it have collapsed but it still stands and is great subject for photographers.
Below I was able to capture the CN Railroad train crossing the new bridge. The train mainly hauls iron ore to the ore docks in Escanaba which then loads the freighters for their trip south to the steel mills.
Above is a view of the old bridge from the top of the new bridge. Yes I’m not suppose to be up there but it made for such a great angle I had to catch the shot. It somehow reminds me of some old WWII pictures, perhaps from the movie “A Bridge to Far” as a friend of mine suggested.
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It’s been way to long since I’ve been able to get out and take some photos. With winter upon us here in Northern Michigan the days are short and cold which drains the motivational tank. Today was a nice sunny day and I was down at the park taking some family portraits when I saw this nice sunset shining on the golden beach grass of Lake Michigan as I was getting ready to load up.
You know I’m a big fan of HDR and this photo is no exception. Thanks for looking and I’m hoping to get out again soon after the ground is covered with snow.
I don’t often shoot birds and you can be assured that no birds were harmed by any of these shots. :-)
Luckily the birds love to hang out at our feeder at camp so they make for an easy target to get great pictures of. I hope you enjoy and as always thanks for looking.
One thing I’ve learned is that to take a cool picture you don’t always need a grand vista or amazing subject. Sometimes the simple things make for a great photo that many people will like. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the mountains or waterfalls as your main target but often you’ll find a simple subject along the trail worthy of your camera and lens to focus on.
Above was a leaf I saw stuck in the water at Bond Falls this past fall. I really like the contrast of the bright leaf against the darker water in this picture. I have lots of nice pictures of the beautiful waterfall but many people when they look at the collection seem to mention this one.
Here is a pine tree with a snow cap on it that I took at Piers Gorge last winter. It’s a simple shot with the depth of field set very narrow to blur (or bokeh in photo lingo) the background.
So the next time you’re out taking pictures keep an eye on the simple things and you may be amazed at what’s around you worthy of shooting.
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I’ve really been having fun learning and messing around with HDR photography the past couple months. While I’m not always successful or satisfied with my results I did capture a couple that I do like and though you might enjoy viewing also.
The first is of the Cut River Bridge on US 2 in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I stopped on my way to a business trip down in Detroit to check out the fall colors, and while they were spectacular, the bridge just grabbed me so I starting shooting it instead. Luckily there was a stable platform to set my camera on to allow me to bracket the three shots for this HDR photo. I gave it a more over done grunge look but I love the way it turned out with the contrast of colors.
The second here is of the Pine Mountain Ski Jump in Iron Mountain Michigan. Again it was early to rise to capture the sun coming up over the mountain and see the fall colors on the trees below, but I found the ski jump a much more interesting subject. I like the way the sun peaking through the trees and the jet trail in the sky kind of set it off. And to think, in two months crazy people will be ski jumping off this platform! Talk about nuts!
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A great thing about living in the UP of Michigan is the beauty of having four full seasons and this fall has been incredible with some excellent colors. This past Sunday my wife and I took a drive to the west side of the peninsula to check out Bond Falls and we weren’t disappointed. Bond Falls is one of many waterfalls in the UP but considered one of the best along with Tahquamenon Falls.
Bond Falls has trails along both sides of the river allowing you great access to the many smaller falls before the big drop at the main viewing area. There are lots of rocks which allow you to position yourself in great spots for taking photos. If Bond Falls has a down fall (no pun intended) it’s that it can be busy with visitors making you wait for people to get out of your attempted shot. Of course most photographers have grown to become patient with this small inconvenience.
At the main falls is a very nice walking platform that is handicap accessible from the parking lot. It provides a great view around the entire main falls with areas to walk down and get incredible close to the water. I highly recommend if you’re ever visiting the western UP you make the trip to Bond Falls, you won’t be disappointed.
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Map to Bond Falls
I’m not sure what it is about boats and ships but I love to take photos of them. I don’t have one or get on them often, so maybe this taking photos is my way of getting my fix. I’m lucky enough to live on Lake Michigan so water and boating is part of the community.
The photo above is an HDR photo take on July 3rd that I finally got around to working on. I wanted to give it a surreal look so I set the HDR effect higher than usual to give it that water painting look in my processing. Below are a couple old ships that have been sitting dry docked for many years. I drive by them often and thought I’d give them a second live on the web.
Summer is gone and Fall is in the air and soon Winter will be here and the boats will be gone for the season. Until then I’ll keep scoping out the water looking out for that perfect shot.
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