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Downtown Ore Dock



Old Ore Dock in downtown Marquette, Michigan. Long exposure.

Old Ore Dock in downtown Marquette, Michigan. Long exposure.
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justinpalmer
 
justinpalmer September 17, 2019
I was just at this location last week! Great shot!
kjfishman
 
kjfishman October 23, 2019
One of my favorite travel destinations is Marquette, if it wasn't for the winters I could live there.
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donbenderphotography October 23, 2019
It's a beautiful place for sure!
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bobtoye Mar 25
Fascinating.
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Thank you!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in downtown Marquette, Michigan, looking out into Marquette Bay.
Time
This was taken in the early afternoon under partly cloudy/sunny conditions. The water was pretty calm, and the long exposure added an ethereal feel to the whole image, which I was hoping to capture. One interesting thing to point out about the image...in the upper left corner, you'll see a seagull perched on one of the railings at the top of the ore dock. This gull sat perched there for the entire 90 second exposure, and didn't move! You can also see some of the light wind movement in the greenery at the bottom of the image.
Lighting
The lighting was diffuse from the partly cloudy sky, but was still pretty intense being mid-day. I decided to use a high f-stop to cut down on the light and give me a deep depth of field.
Equipment
This was shot with my Canon 80D, a 10-stop ND filter with circular polarizer, 90 seconds exposure at ISO100, f/29, and was shot at 28mm with my EF-S 18-55mm zoom. Of course, with the long exposure, a tripod and remote shutter release were used.
Inspiration
While this is a very frequently photographed landmark in Marquette, I wanted to give it some added drama/mystery with a long exposure shot. I tried several angles to be able to look directly down into the middle to get as symmetrical a shot as I could. The size and scope of this landmark dominates Marquette Bay, and I was hoping to capture it in a different way than most.
Editing
I did some cropping and rotation to get the image correctly positioned, and did some minimal color adjustments to the sky and water.
In my camera bag
I typically carry my Canon 80D with my four lenses (50mm f/1.8, 10-18mm wide angle zoom, 18-55mm zoom, and 55-250mm zoom). I also have my Haida M10 pro filter holder with a 10-stop ND and 3-stop GND filter. Of course, I always have my standard accessories like spare batteries, lens hoods, memory cards, etc.
Feedback
My advice is always simple...soak up everything about where you are, and feel the story that starts to reveal itself about your subject and your surroundings. I'm always amazed that eventually a compelling story begins to emerge, and my job then becomes how best to capture that story. Sometimes that's easy to do, sometimes it's damn hard, and sometimes I'm not able to do it at all. It's those times that I just enjoy the story and the moment, and then later it drives me to get better at my craft so in the future I can perhaps succeed.

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