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Postby Hersh » Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:43 pm


Last week I was attending a class at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Evanston, IL. As it happens, Evanston is the home of the beautiful Grosse Pointe lighthouse. As many of you know, I am a great fan of the towers designed by Orlando Metcalfe Poe, and this is a great example of his work. The trick to photographing this light is that it sits right in the middle of a residential area, and is surrounded by trees, houses, and an art school. So you have to get creative with compositions if you want to go beyond the basic documentary snapshot. So I tried to do just that, and here's what I got.

On the technical side, it was late evening when I shot these, and there was a nice warm light hitting the tower. I dialed in exposure compensation of -.3 to -1ev to keep from washing that color out. I also used a polarizer to help counter the haze in the sky.

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Looking at the tower from the front of the keeper's dwelling




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Going up...




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The standard shot, I had to take at least a couple of these. It was tough to get the exposure dialed in due to the house being in shade and the late evening sunlight hitting the tower.



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The Poe trademark stylized corbels supporting the watch room level walkway. Simple, functional, and beautiful.



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From what I understand, this is the only second order Fresnel on the lakes that's still in place as a functional navigational aid. I love the copper reflector at the back of the lens. Also, in my full res image, you can actually read the "please do not touch" sign hanging from the lens. I love Nikon glass


I visited several lights on this trip, and I'll post more shots this week. It was a great thrill to be able to visit two Poe towers that I'd never been to (this one and Wind Point) during this one week. Hope you enjoy the travelogue.
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Postby epona » Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:48 pm


WOW!!!

Mike, you managed get at the heart of this lighthouse you took some really great photos. Yes, I can see the creative effort and time it took to do this.

I feel like I am right up next to the lighthouses. I loved the different ways you captured it.

Great Work as always,

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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:58 pm


Mike, your shots are just getting better and better. I really like the warmth of those photos.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:22 pm


What a beautiful lighthouse! And Mike, I love the lighting in your photos. They definitely DO have a warmth to them!

Thanks for sharing, and I'll definitely look forward to more photos from your trip. :D
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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:14 am


Enjoyed the photos!

Looking forward to more!!
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Postby Pharoslvr » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:14 am


Nice work, Mike! It's always a pleasure to look at Poe's architectural detailing!
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Postby TenofHearts12 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:13 pm


I agree, great shots :-)
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Postby rocky5128 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:30 pm


Mike you captured Gross Point wonderfully. I have never been there in the early evening. Great pictures.

I really love the fact that the windows are not blacked out up by the light. That area of Evanston has some money and noone complains about the light. But even if someone did complain about seeng the light at night, I think the towns opinion would be "So what, move if you don't like it". I like the fact that the area is still almost exactly the way it was years and years ago when I was a kid and used to swim at that beach occasionally.

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Postby Hersh » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:19 pm


Thanks all for the kind words. Kathy, I hadn't thought about blacking out the windows, but you're right, it's amazing that it hasn't happened. Maybe with the height of the tower the light doesn't bother anyone...
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