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Red (25) Polarizer 1 s Efke R25

Red (25) Polarizer 1 s Efke R25
Made by rexp2
St. Joseph Michigan North Pier Outer Range Light. This photo was taken on Efke R25 120 film with a Red Wratten 25 filter and a Nikon circular polariser set for maximum darkening effect. I used a Mamiya RB67 camera with a 645 back and a 127mm lens. The exposure was based on the sky at the left of the lighthouse. Of the shots with yellow, orange and red filters, both with and without polarisers, I like this one the best. It is also the highest contrast. This is part of an experimental series. Photographed with the Mamiya RB67 and the 127mm f/2.8 lens. A series of filters were used on the same image. The light was metered off of the blue sky to the left of the lighthouse using the Sekonik 758DR set to ISO 25. Exposure was set with blue sky as medium grey and then 1 stop slower for all filters. The film was developed in HC-110 (dilution B, 7 min. 20 C.) and scanned using Silverfast on an Epson V750. Silverfast was set for negative scanning in T-Max 100 6x6 mode (there is no Efke film type defined.)

Epic Icing

Epic Icing
Made by Matthew Crowley Photography
More photos from St. Joseph Lighthouse. The pier was completely covered in glaze ice and to get around the first house my buddy Jeff ( ) and I had to walk on a thin path that was completely ice, right next to the frigid water of the harbor inlet. We were both a little nervous walking on it, but luckily the Yak Trax made the difference, otherwise we would not have even attempted it. It got us to where I could take the shot above though so I think it was worth it. 15mm | Canon EF-s 15-85mm | Canon EOS 7D | 1/13 sec | f/22.0 | ISO-100 Check out my friend Jeff's photo of this lighthouse from the opposite pier: www.flickr.com/photos/jeff_ryan/5406174777/ Getting ready to bed down for the 1 to 2 feet of snow that we will be getting over the next 24 hours here. Supposed to be falling at a rate of 2-3 inches per hour from 2 pm on... :-/

Aftermath of the Winter Storm

Aftermath of the Winter Storm
Made by Tom Gill (lapstrake)
The 30 foot tall outer light of the St. Joseph, Michigan after a severe winter storm. Waves on Lake Michigan were said to be over 20 feet high, which pounded the lighthouse and covered it in ice feet thick in places. Workers were just finishing up a paint job when the storm hit. The scaffold was demolished and is also covered in a thick layer of ice. The walk to the lighthouse was treacherous- the pier is also covered in a layer of ice. Most of the way was slow going, but the walk next to the inner light was the most difficult. There is only a path about 20 inches wide with the lighthouse to your left, and the frigid lake to your right. I managed to carefully negotiate the path and make it out to the outer light. In hindsight, I'm lucky I didn't go for an unexpected winter swim.

LIghthouse building

LIghthouse building
Made by rexp2
If you have ever wondered, here is how these lighthouses get covered with ice during the winter. This particular specimen is the St. Joseph Michigan North Pier Outer Range Light. A week ago, there were guy wires attached to the lighthouse from summer maintenance. I was on the south pier with my Nikon F4 and the Nikkor 80-400mm lens set at 400mm. The aperture was set at 5.6 to keep the exposure times short. I used a polariser and a deep yellow Wratten 15 filter. Exposure was matrix metered with no compensation. The film was Fuji Neopan Acros 100 shot at EI 100 and developed in HC-110 B for 7 min at 64 F.

North Pier Lighthouse replica

North Pier Lighthouse replica
Made by john-is-falling-behind
On the North Pier at Tiscornia Park, St. Joseph MI. This is a replica of the original lighthouse that served St. Joseph Harbor for many years. Beyond this structure, near the end of the pier, is a still functional, mini lighthouse. I love the elevated power transmission cables which run all the way from shore, I believe they make this scene stand out from so many other lights along the Great Lakes shores. I was saddened to note thay they too are replicas, the real light is now being fed from buried cable within the pier.

Icehouse

Icehouse
Made by jeffery.ryan
Back to the first lighthouse we visited. posted a fairly similar shot a couple of days ago, but I figured I'd throw mine up too. To get out to the end of the pier we had to walk across an icy ledge by the inner lighthouse that was only about 3 feet wide with the icy water only a few feet down. Matt crossed with no problem, so I had to man-up and do the same. I think the Yak Trax were the major factor, but I also used my fully extended tripod as a walking stick, which gave me a little more comfort.

Vintage view

Vintage view
Made by rexp2
Another view of the St. Joseph Michigan North pier outer range light covered with ice from Sunday. Photographed using a Canon Rangefinder III with a Canon 100mm f/3.5 lens on Efke 25 film. A true 1950's technology combination. I metered thru the Wratten 25 filter with a Sekonic L-758DR on the blue sky and set that exposure (A trick for Efke 25 and red filters on sunny days.) Developed in HC110 B.

Ice

Ice
Made by rexp2
The St. Joseph Michigan Lighthouses on the North pier covered with ice, The 1 second exosure added motion to the ice covered water. I used Efke 25 plate film for this shot and had both a polariser and red wratten 25 filter on the 90mm lens of the Horseman VH-R. I metered on the blue sky through the filters using the Sekonic L-785DR and set the eposure as indicated.

White ice

White ice
Made by rexp2
St. Joseph North Pier outer range light after an ice storm on Thursday night. The ice on the catwalk shows the effects of the wind. I photographed this with a Nikon D300 using a Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 lens, I used a circular polariser to enhance the reflection in the St. Joseph River channel. Raw processing was in Capture NX, where I removed dynamic delighting.

Testing a lens in the waves

Testing a lens in the waves
Made by rexp2
The lighthouses on the St. Joseph Michigan North Pier when Lake Michigan was whipping up. I was testing an old Soligor 350mm lens I was on the beach. With the wind, and only f/5.6, I was somewhat at the mercy of vibration even with the camera on the tripod mounted as low as possible and with me blocking the wind. Still, for a $15 lens, this is not bad.

St. Joseph Lighthouse in Winter

St. Joseph Lighthouse in Winter
Made by Tom Gill (lapstrake)
The St. Joseph, Michigan outer range light covered in ice from the spray of Lake Michigan - before it froze solid. Getting beyond the inner range light was no picnic. The 14 inch wide path was covered in ice and snow, and the frozen lake was about 6 feet below. I noticed that someone else made the trek before me, so I carefully eased my way along.

I love my fixie :)

I love my fixie :)
Made by rexp2
I treat my fixed gear bike well. This rose was stuck to the side of the lighthouse at St. Joseph Michigan today, perhaps left over from somewone's earlier photo shoot. I had fun with it. Photographed with my iPhone 3GS. Exposure and focus were selected on the rose. Post processed with Apple Aperture. All colours were desatureated except red.

Of ice water and lighthouses

Of ice water and lighthouses
Made by rexp2
St. Joseph North Pier outer range Lighthouse in a ray of sun and covered with ice. Photographed from the South Pier. Photographed with a Nikon F4 using a Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 lens using a circular polarizer and an orange filter. The Efke 25 film was DR5 reversal processed and the slide was scanned using Vuescan on a Nikon Coolscan 5000ED.

North Pier Lighthouse

North Pier Lighthouse
Made by john-is-falling-behind
At the end of the North Pier at Tiscornia Park, St. Joseph MI. This is the mini lighthouse, more apropriately, it's the navigation beacon that is still in use today. I'm standing beside the replica lighthouse as I shot this. It's pretty tough to get a shot containing both lights from the pier. I could have spent the entire day here.

Tunnel vision

Tunnel vision
Made by rexp2
St. Joseph Michigan North Pier Inner range Light. Photographed with a Nikkor 85mm PC tilt shift lens. The lens was shifted up to bring the lighthouse into view. The lens was shifted toward the catwalk. However, the aperture was wide open at f/2.8 (EXIF is wrong.) The plane of focus only included the centre of the ligthouse.

Under repair

Under repair
Made by rexp2
Close up details of the St. Joseph Michigan North Pier outer range light. Photographed wiht a Minolta Autocord TLR using Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Exposure by Sunny 16 two stops more open to account for a filter and slighg overcast. The sun is peaking in just to the right where a small reflection is evident from the grating.

Little splash

Little splash
Made by rexp2
The St. Joseph Michigan Outer Range LIght this past Saturday. It was very windy in the morning so I thought ther might be some interesting wave action. This is as good as it got as viewed from Tiscornia Beach. Photographed with a NIkkor 600mm f/4 lens on a NIkon F4 using Kodak TRI-X 400 film and a yellow filter.

Ice Beard

Ice Beard
Made by Tom Gill (lapstrake)
The St. Joseph, Michigan outer range light is covered in a thick layer of twisted ice following a winter storm that created 20 foot waves on Lake Michigan. The splashes from those waves created interesting ice patterns on the tower. As the wind changed direction during the storm, the ice began to twist.

Ice damage

Ice damage
Made by rexp2
The St. Joseph Michigan North Pier Lighthouses were covered by ice this past Saturday. It was quite windy and the seaguls were hovering. Photographed with a Nikon F4 on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film using a Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 lens. The exposure was 1/125 s at f/5.6. Tint added in Tiffen DFx.

Lighthouse and ice flow

Lighthouse and ice flow
Made by rexp2
Outer range lighthouse at St. Joseph North Pier covered in ice Photographed with a Nikon F4 using a circular polarizer and an orange Nikon 056 filter with a Nikkor 80-200 lens on Efke 25 B&W film. The film was DR5 reversal processed. The slide was scanned on a Nikon Coolscan 5000ED.



Nearest places of interest:

BROWN ELEMENTRY SCHOOL
Shoreham, MI
The Shadowland Pavillion
Silver Beach
  Tiscornia Beach
Whirlpool Technical Center
Fernwald - Albach
Fernwald - Steinbach

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