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Local River Trail, Lansing, MI

 
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Sep 13, 2010 20:19 |  #1

Nothing spectacular here, just a set of shots from a walk on our local river trail in Lansing, MI on a nice cool day at the end of summer. The cool, windy day was a nice break from what was a long, hot, and dry summer for us here in Michigan. The slightly stormy sky made a couple shots a little more interesting than usual. Hope you enjoy. C&C welcome as always.

1. Large cottonwood on what was used to be a city owned golf course.

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2. Great Blue Heron fishing on a little pond.
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3. Bridge leading back in to the woods.
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4. The trail winding back through the woods along the river.
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5. Giant Sycamore along the aptly named Sycamore Creek.
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6. One of many dead ash trees along the trail. The ash borer has done a lot of damage in this area.
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7. Yellow Coneflowers blooming in late summer.
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Sep 13, 2010 20:49 |  #2

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Sep 15, 2010 12:00 |  #3

GDane123 wrote in post #10903312 (external link)
I like the first one. I think it would be better if you could go back and do it with a blue sky.

Thanks, that lone cottonwood is a favorite of mine. I probably have some blue sky photos of that tree in my archives. Chances of getting a blue sky here in Michigan are dimishing quickly as we approach fall.


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Sep 15, 2010 12:39 |  #4

MichSt wrote in post #10914289 (external link)
Thanks, that lone cottonwood is a favorite of mine. I probably have some blue sky photos of that tree in my archives. Chances of getting a blue sky here in Michigan are dimishing quickly as we approach fall.

Ha! I remember this from having one of my design projects professionally photographed in Michigan (Michigan State University Spartan Stadium expansion). The photoshoot was in September and our architectural photographer said pretty much the same thing about blue skies in Michigan in fall/winter.

Regarding your photos, I find it interesting that I'm attracted to all your background bokeh shots. Note to self: get (a) killer bokeh lens(es). I like the bridge shot best, but I also like the curvy-swervy road image as well. I like background bokeh, but dislike it in the foreground. That's not a criticism, it's just another "out-loud" note-to-self observation. What lens(es) did you use for these?

It sure is a bummer seeing the results of the ash borer. Ash trees are wonderful trees and it's looking like their future in the U.S. is grim. That sycamore (I love sycamores) is an awesome tree!


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Sep 16, 2010 11:59 |  #5

David Arbogast wrote in post #10914560 (external link)
Ha! I remember this from having one of my design projects professionally photographed in Michigan (Michigan State University Spartan Stadium expansion). The photoshoot was in September and our architectural photographer said pretty much the same thing about blue skies in Michigan in fall/winter.

Regarding your photos, I find it interesting that I'm attracted to all your background bokeh shots. Note to self: get (a) killer bokeh lens(es). I like the bridge shot best, but I also like the curvy-swervy road image as well. I like background bokeh, but dislike it in the foreground. That's not a criticism, it's just another "out-loud" note-to-self observation. What lens(es) did you use for these?

It sure is a bummer seeing the results of the ash borer. Ash trees are wonderful trees and it's looking like their future in the U.S. is grim. That sycamore (I love sycamores) is an awesome tree!

David - the stadium expansion turned out great...looks very nice! They recently completed a project on Farm Lane that I worked on. Though they probably didn't start construction until a few years after the stadium expansion was complete.

I agree, the affect I was trying to create with some of the shots works best when the foreground is mostly in focus. That's a good point, and I did miss that on a few of the shots. I used my 5D + 50L for these photos and was mostly between f/1.4 and f/2. I like the compressed look from using a big app combined with the wider/non-telephoto field of fiew. I used to have a 24L....that could do this trick much better.

That ash tree situation is brutal. They cut some of the dead trees in this area and it almost looks like someone came in and clear cut the woods. Pretty sad.

I like the sycamores too, and I'm lucky that in this area there are several big mature trees with a nice full white trunks. They look awesome any time of the year.


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