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Fort Gratiot Lighthouse by Bruce Michelotti

September 2021 - Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

About the Image(s)

This is Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron, MI. It was built in 1829 and is Michigan’s oldest lighthouse of the 129 in the state. The lighthouse is still in use and is part of a U.S. Coast Guard Station.
After three rained out attempts our camera club council (Greater Camera Club Council of Detroit) finally completed a photo outing to this structure. A fun day meeting new people and taking pictures.
Canon 7D MII 1/500 at f/8, ISO 100; 19mm, Used tripod

12 comments posted

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
I really like the angle you took this image. My eye is drawn to the white sand at the bottom. I used content aware and clone out the white sand at the bottom of the image. This is a beautiful image. Love the contrast. Beautiful sky too.
  Posted: 09/07/2021 21:10:54
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Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comment and suggestion Linda, I like it.   Posted: 09/11/2021 08:10:47

Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
You nailed it! I like the sand and I think it adds to the photo since this is a lighthouse. Good use of foreground. Might get rid of the the whitle low fence/wall lower left. If shutter speed was 1/500th, what is the advantage of using tripod?   Posted: 09/11/2021 17:49:31
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Mark. I used a tripod only because I had it with me. As you observed by the shutter speed I really did not need it for the shot.   Posted: 09/12/2021 07:54:59
Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
I am disappointed.I thought you were going to pass on to me some great truth.   Posted: 09/12/2021 11:18:00

Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
The composition is excellent and shows the lighthouse in a pleasing way. The only thing I was thinking was the roof looks very red. Is it really that red? Other than that it is a lovely image . Good job.   Posted: 09/11/2021 18:50:46
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comment Lane. Yes, the roof is that saturated red color in real life. I think it might be metal and perhaps recently painted.   Posted: 09/12/2021 07:59:25

Leo Chow   Leo Chow
Good job! I have nothing to add. However, will you consider taking the photo again in the golden hour, it would be more beautiful!   Posted: 09/11/2021 21:13:06
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Leo. Good idea for the golden hour. At that time of day the background would be the water which would be very nice.   Posted: 09/12/2021 08:00:41

Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I do not know what to add. The scene with and without the sand make 2 different pleasing photos. Your settings in bright sunlight seem to be perfect with good color and DOF. Not sure if the angle of the sun is contusive to use a polarizing filter, I think it may have deepened some of the colors. I get it mixed up. I think the angle is right for polarizing. Very nice.   Posted: 09/12/2021 12:27:51

Alex Cohen   Alex Cohen
I love light house photography. Traveling to Erie PA quite often, there are a few there that are fun to shoot. Being in the Great Lakes region myself, I can understand the difficulty of getting out for a specific shoot and having to rely on mother nature to cooperate. It can be a struggle. I agree that the sand is a bit distracting, yet fits with the image well. Maybe darken it a bit to pull the eye back towards the light house itself?   Posted: 09/15/2021 12:12:42
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comment Alex. Good idea on the sand--seems like that is the way to go. I'll give it a try.   Posted: 09/16/2021 07:42:15


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