It has been just over 4 years since I have been out to Hazen Bridge with my camera and posted any photos (http://www.thehedgepost.com/2013/10/19/wandering-around-hazen-bridge/), which is strange since it is just a couple of miles from home. I wanted to get out with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II to get better acquainted with its controls and it may be one of the last days we have in the upper 70’s until spring. This bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places is almost 125 years old and is one of two remaining iron truss bridges in Champaign County. I tend to like these type of bridges processed as black and white images. These images were edited in Silver Efex Pro 2 using a slight copper toning. For more history on the Hazen Bridge see: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM9HHP_Hazen_Bridge_Mahomet_IL
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I like this side view of the Old Mission Lighthouse through the Trellis. I took this on my visit to Traverse City last year, but as I was going through my Traverse City photos from a few weeks ago, I came across this view. The fish-eye lens used on my Fuji X-Pro 2 allowed me to frame the lighthouse with the trellis that frames the sidewalk up to the lighthouse. The white of the trellis and the lighthouse made this a perfect opportunity to process this photo in black and white. I used a high key style to accentuate the white trellis which draws my eyes forward to the lighthouse. The fish-eye lens can be a challenge to use as it brings in almost 180 degrees of view, but in this case it worked wonderfully.
A stop off at Charlevoix after a day trip to Mackinac Island to watch the sunset was well worth it. We were treated to a dramatic sky over the Charlevoix Lighthouse. Colors continued to pop for almost a half hour past sunset. The white clouds were beautifully backlit remnants of sunset a few minutes earlier. I really liked the silhouette of the lighthouse and walkway against the orange horizon. I have photographed this lighthouse on a number of occasions and can recall only one time when the sunset here rivaled the one tonight. It was really my first outing with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. After being away from Olympus since 2014, I decided to give it a try once again. I was very pleased with these results.
We are back once again to Traverse City. A popular place to see the sunset is an overlook near the Chateau Grand Traverse Winery. The overlook is a nice place to watch the sunset with a view of the vineyards and the West Bay in the background. Weather was cloudy all day, but just after dinner we got a slight clearing of the heavy cloud cover. It was worth the drive as we were treated pockets of orange shining through the clouds as the sun set. I hope you enjoy the view.
It has been quite a long time since my last post. I have not been very inspired in my photography for a while. As I stood on the rooftop across the street from Wrigley Field last week waiting for a hot dog, I noticed the interesting view of the elevated train tracks running north away from Wrigleyville. It was one of those times I didn’t have my camera with me so I pulled out my iPhone and took a few photos. This may be the first time I have posted, processed and managed my blogpost entirely from my phone. By the way, the Cubs beat the Cardinals on a beautiful summer evening in Chicago.