Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

Eagle Harbor Light by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

November 2020 - Eagle Harbor Light

About the Image(s)

How I did it—Several years ago Jim Mayo M.D. and I traveled to Detroit as Bill Buchanan had arranged a photo guide so our group was able to make images at the old Chrysler Plant and other iconic buildings and structures, we viewed one of the largest Car shows in the U.S. and a beautiful church that still contained unusual stained glass windows but unfortunately the interior had gone to seed. Thanks to Bill, a good time was had by all. After our good byes were completed, Jim and I headed for upper Michigan to continue our photo journey

On our way North we found “Eagle Harbor Light” and decided to shoot it in the late afternoon, at night and again in the morning. My tools for the day, Canon 7D coupled with a Tamron 18 to 270 mm 4.5-6.3 lens, tripod and manual release. My settings were 100 ISO, f 11 @ 1/60 of a sec. Detroit and the upper peninsula offer many photo ops, if you haven’t been there, give it a try.

8 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I think you have a very strong composition and the red color certainly anchors the eye

I do wish more of the image was in sharp focus. Perhaps increasing the ISO would have allowed for a faster shutter speed.   Posted: 11/02/2020 10:37:50
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Hi Larry, a tripod and manual release was used. Your message prompted me to increase image size and notices the foreground was soft, good catch.   Posted: 11/02/2020 10:49:46

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
I enjoy the lighthouse, and have no problem with the focus. I can see a lot of detail in the building, and that's what matters to me. I particularly enjoy the buildings in the background on the left - for me they really complement the scene.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:19:11

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Erik, very beautiful landscape image with lots of color and detail in the mid and background. The foreground as mentioned is soft. Perhaps having considered the hyperfocal technique would have helped. Anyway, the lighthouse stands out with the bright red color, framed by the green of the trees. Your vantage point is very low, almost at water level. Nice clouds on the sky.   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:50:58

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I like the lead in from the bottom right, into the bay and back to the lighthouse and the red building. There is some softness in the foreground so I tried the latest Topaz Sharpen AI which I have just downloaded. It has tree modes: Sharpen to counteract the natural softness of digital files, Stabilize to counteract camera shake, and Focus to counteract slight out of focus (depth of field etc). I tried all three and found that Stabilize had the greatest effect on the foreground foliage, suggesting movement in the wind, but it overdid the sharpening on the buildings so it would need to be masked off for those parts of the image. It is a bit difficult working with a low resolution image so it might be worth a try on the full size image.   Posted: 11/13/2020 08:29:48

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Eric
If Larry hadn't spotted the slightly soft foreground you would have got it past me as my eye hovered over the foreground it wanted to go straight to the lighthouse and building which are so well placed in the image,Like Joe I love the building on the far shore it really adds balance to the picture as do the 2 objects on the water.A really well composed and balanced image which I love as it is.   Posted: 11/17/2020 14:06:00

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
As all above, the green and orange are beautiful together. My husband and I will have to try to go as he love cars.   Posted: 11/17/2020 16:04:13

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Thanks Erik, That was a great shoot. I'm sorry I was unable to join you and Mayo to the UP.

You know me, I cannot resist tinkering with images. There's a little known feature in the new Photoshop 2020. It's called "Select Sky." It's hidden in the Select pallet. I saw a hint of color and decided to work on enhancing the sky for added pop and, in my opinion, it worked.

Your horizon line was just a bit off and I straightened it up. I also added some vibrance to the scene. Finally, upon closer examination I detected movement in the trees in the foreground; probably undetected.   Posted: 11/21/2020 10:08:29
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