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Thursday, 11 July 2019 11:32

When the Gales of November Come Early

At the far eastern end of Michigan's fabeled Upper Peninsula, Whitefish Point marks a turn to the south in the shoreline of Kitchi-Gami, as the biggest lake narrows and leads by decrease to the St. Mary's River and the great locks of Sault-Sainte Marie. In late-September, and 180 degrees in the opposite direction, the post-equinox sun slips away under a horizon line divided between the ancient dunes and the Big Sea Water. The often-cited gales blowing south over Superior are, indeed, a late-autumn concern, especially when they come a bit earlier than is customary, as the S.S. Edmund Fitgerald, discovered to its peril on November 10, 1975.

A focal length of 78mm, slightly short-telephoto, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted and a wee bit of magnification. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field and a shutter speed of 1/15 second at ISO 100 gave me a somewhat-darker-than-medium exposure. In choosing these values, I accepted that my foreground would be a bit darker than my eyes experienced it, but the mood they created was an off-setting consideration that worked as I wished for it to.

The eastern UP sometimes seems a bit out-of-the-way from the great and colorful maple forests farther west; but its place in the beauty of Kitchi-Gami is without question.

Saturday, 06 July 2019 11:01

Intimacy in a Wet Land

By the end of the Last Glacial Maximum, 20,000 years ago, great ice sheets covered much of what is now Canada and the northern United States. By 8,000 years ago their immense weight had withdrawn beyond the boreal region along what is now the United States-Canada border, leaving a depression-filled land of lakes and their accompanying wetlands. The beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan is such a place, a water-world of forests and low-lying drainages often connecting in a patchwork of aquatic natural delight. The autumn color of this land is both actual and reflective. It is a land I deeply love.

A focal length of 135mm gave me an intimate landscape of a piece of a larger wetland. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/10th second at ISO 100 gave me a stilled reflection and an overall medium exposure.

The Land of Kitchi-Gami is many things; its wondrous beauty is a siren's song to which I gladly submit time and time again.

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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