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Saturday, 10 August 2019 11:17

Rising, Like Color and Light

Before I dive into this week's Image I want to announce that our roster of this year's Upper Peninsula adventure is sadly short by one. We have had a recent cancellation that has created a single opening for our august October group of Yoopers. If you have an interest in filling this spot, please let me know, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Somewhere, almost in the middle of nowhere, to the northwest of Michigamme, there is a beautiful and remote Upper Peninsula state park named Craig Lake. To be there you really have to want to go, but for your effort the rewards are amazing: the lake and its frequent early-morning mists, the surrounding kodachrome hardwoods dotted with evergreen firs, and the early light streaming through the forest. Of course to encounter all three during the change of seasons is not uncommon at all.

A focal length of 202mm gave me the intimate angle-of-view I wanted to isolate the rising mist, to give a sense of the amazing color, and to revel in the early light. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/6 second at ISO 100 gave me a somewhat darker-than-medium overall exposure.

Bonnie and I are delighted to be returning to the Upper Peninsula for the first time in three years - much too long to be away from the amazement and wonder.

Friday, 02 August 2019 20:42

Perhaps Farewell

Where Shoal Creek drops over a modest escarpment wall along the lower stretch of its run to join Middle Prong of the French Broad River, itself at that point only a short distance from its own rendezvous with the main body of that great river - Long Man - a wonderful, 60' falls is formed. Eastatoe, the beautiful Carolina Parakeet, gave its name to this falls, as well to a small group of the great Tsalagi Nation who lived nearby. For many years Eastatoe Falls has been part of the property of Will Dinkins, as generous a man as you can imagine, who for all of those years has allowed the public access to share his beauty, asking only a respectful enjoyment of the experience in return. But now Will is in the process of selling that part of his property on which Eastatoe Falls is situate. The new owner has some different ideas and public access to this beloved place may soon be ended.

A focal length of 52mm, about as normal as it comes, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 0.6 second at ISO 200 gave me delightful sense of flow and movement in the water, as well as a very slightly-darker-than-medium overall exposure.

As soon as Bonnie and learned of the pending sale, we arranged to make a visit. It might be the last opportunity we have to create beauty in the Land of the Eastatoe. We very much hope otherwise.

Friday, 29 June 2018 23:05

Relativity and Mostly Solid Rock

In all of the years I/we have been visiting Acadia, we had somehow never managed to find our way over to Schoodic Peninsula, a separate unit of the Park on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, due East of Great Head about an hour away from Southwest Harbor by car, and actually part of the mainland. It is a geologist's Eden, a massive slope of pink granite, fractured by interval intrusions of black diabase - an igneous rock similar to basalt - which weather differentially and encourage fountains of spray to erupt from the creviced rock.

Schoodic is such a convoluted landscape that I wanted to play a bit with perspective.. The rise in the granite (mid-ground) above the shelf is only about 15", but by placing the camera even with the top of the step-up and being lower down on the shelf, the step up was rendered as a much more looming presence. A focal length of 24mm, solid wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. Some of the balsam fir trees along the apex of the point top out around 50'.

I feel certain that our first visit to Schoodic will somehow not be our last.

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