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March Gales: Grand Haven, Michigan



Gale force winds at Grand Haven State Park

Gale force winds at Grand Haven State Park
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Forrest_Imagery
 
Forrest_Imagery October 18, 2018
Wow, what a shot !
An excellent stop-action photograph, with an impressive sense of size, scale and power !
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JayneBug November 23, 2018
Such a powerful image and great capture. Congratulations!
rolandomunari PRO
 
rolandomunari December 07, 2018
That looks very impressive, great shot! It surely tells a story of the mighty power of nature and what the wind can do when it travels over extended areas of water. Keep the great work flowing!
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RickL September 26, 2019
Spectacular
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Jhunt September 26, 2019
Fantastic capture

Behind The Lens

Location
Holland, Michigan is my home town, but all the ports along the west coast of of the Lower Peninsula offer some fantastic photo opportunities. This photo was taken at Grand Haven, MI about 25 miles north of Holland. This was shot in March with 30+ mph winds. It was a sunny day so that contrast between the blue sky and the white spray of the crashing waves were breathtaking.
Time
This photo was shot in mid afternoon at about 2:30. In March the sun doesn't climb as high in the sky as it does at mid summer in Michigan. So was able to capture some nice highlights and shadows on the lighthouse.
Lighting
I didn't do anything special for the lighting. I could have used a ND filter, but I was happy with the natural exposer.
Equipment
I had both my cameras along for this shoot, a Canon 1dx and 70d. I took this photo with the 1dx with a 70-200 2.8 lens with a 2x extender III. This shot was handheld. I had my 70d on the tripod.
Inspiration
Whenever the weather report is for high winds, I right away think about making a trip to the shoreline for some awesome pictures. The temperature was beginning to warm up at the time of this shoot, so I didn't have to bundle up like I usually do for these shots, since the gale force winds usually happen during the winter months.
Editing
I did dome minor adjustments in Lightroom. I bumped the dehaze i bit and nudged the contrast to accentuate the scary against the blue sky.
In my camera bag
Canon 1DX and Canon 7d, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, EF70-200mm f/2.8L II USM, 85mm f1.2 USM. Lee soft and hard graduated ND filters and a 10 stop "Big Stopper" ND filter, Really Right Stuff 40 Ball head on a Gitzo tripod, two Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT all in a FStop Tilopa Backpack.
Feedback
I used a fast shutter speed (1/8000) to freeze the spray of the crashing wave. My f stop was at 5.6. Next time I might choose 8f (my lens' sweet spot) and slow my shutter speed to 1/4000 (still plenty fast to freeze the water). Lake Michigan is a beautiful lake to take photos of. Sunsets are amazing and the lighthouse up the coast are varied and beautiful, not to mention the people and seagulls.

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