Lighthouses in Autumn

September 29, 2014  •  1 Comment

Here in Grand Rapids, fall is in the air! Art is also!

ArtPrize is going on in Grand Rapids, until October 10. Last week I participated in an arts and craft show selling my lighthouse and other fine art photography. Some of my favorite lighthouse photographs were taken in the fall. There is something about the crispness of the air in the fall, not to mention the colors of the trees, that makes nature vibrant. Here are two of my favorites. The first is St. Joseph Inner and Outer Lites on lower Lake Michigan. This was taken on October day in 2012. The wind was blowing 60 miles an hour that day. I had to sit on the beach because I could not stand against the wind. The giant waves were crashing over the lighthouse about every 60 to 90 seconds.

The second image is a digital composite. You may recognize both parts. The lighthouse is Point Iroquois on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula. The waterfall is Tequamenon Fall. They are actually about 30 miles apart, but I photographed both on the same day and fell in love with both and thought they would really enhance each other's beauty. So, I played a little in Photoshop. Of course this was back in 1995, when Photoshop was not nearly as intuitive or sophisticated. (Yes, I've "grown up" with Photoshop. We met in 1993 and have been together ever since.)  I also had to create the reflection of the lighthouse in the water because I was on foot that day and could only stand on the edge of the water.

I will be having another tent art sale at my studio on October 11, the day after ArtPrize ends. Come by and see my work, and pick up a Christmas gift for someone. You can visit my gallery to see some of the other images I may have available that day. And of course, if you want something that is not available that day, or you live out of town, we can always do a special order for you. 


Janice Long(non-registered)
I can almost hear the crashing of the waves in the first lighthouse photo!
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