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Old Mackinac Point LH Aug 22-05

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Postby TenofHearts12 » Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:27 am


A few pics of old Mac on a cloudy, rainy day

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We lucked out in that it did not rain while we were outside and I guess my favorite pic here was the last one from inside the tower. Sure were a lot of people there that day and a semi-long wait to get up in the lantern room so I was unable to get any shots looking out from there as it was a bit crowded.
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Postby Tybeeisland48 » Sun Sep 18, 2005 7:13 am


Those are some pretty nice photos! I really like the one looking out from within.

However, it's really too bad that they had to ruin the lighthouse with a white fence around it.

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Postby Hersh » Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:10 am


I'm not a fan of the fence myself.... I found a few ways to work with it when I was shooting there this summer, but all in all I'd like to drive a truck over it.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:46 pm


I agree! :x
(by the way....nice photos, toh)

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Postby Grover1 » Sun Sep 18, 2005 7:50 pm


Three and four for me ... nice collection of shots of my second favorite light ... Fence not withstanding, one can see all the intricate architectural details that make this light station unique in my eyes.

Thanks for sharing,
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:47 pm


Excellent photos! :yay: Whether you like the fence or not, the property DOES look better than it did the last time I was there, and I'm always happy to see improvements.
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Postby epona » Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:16 am


O.K. does anyone know why the fence was put up??

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Postby AL » Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:25 am


Carole,

If you mean FENCE: it might be to control access so they can collect entrance fees.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:56 pm


Al, you are partially correct about the fence being erected to control access. However, there is also a strong historical reason that the fence was erected.

Mackinac State Historic Parks is in the process of restoring the station to its 1910 appearance, when George Marshall was keeper there. After construction of the station was completed, and the light first exhibited on the night of October 25, a description of the station appeared in the 1893 Lighthouse Board annual report, and contained the following reference to the picket fence:
The grounds surrounding the lighthouse building were filled and graded and inclosed by a picket fence.

So, a picket fence surrounding the station is historically accurate. Furthermore, as you will see in the following 1910 photo of a Marshall family reunion at the station, it was very much in place during the target year of the restoration.

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This is also the reason that the station barn was moved back to the station last winter, as the barn can clearly be seen in the right of the photo. If you are interested, I posted a photo of the barn being moved previously at http://www.lighthousing.net/modules.php ... pic&t=4090

For more information on the history of this station, check out my page on the light on Seeing The Light at:
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Postby TenofHearts12 » Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:34 pm


Thanks for the comments about the photos :). For whatever odd reason, I found Old mac LH difficult to photograph. Maybe it was just me but it seemed like I could never get in the picture what I wanted to photograph without other things being in the way. The outside structures look wonderful but there is much for them to do as to restoring the inside of the lighthouse. I was particularly impressed with the grounds and buildings, inside and out at Seul Choix Point, Sand Point and Whitefish Point.

I also enjoyed and found interesting the old photo and history that Terry provided (thanks) in regards to Old Mac.

Up next will be Seul Choix Point
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:55 pm


While I consider myself more a "documenter" than a "photographer," and as such do not feel competent to give photographic advice, after shooting Old Mackinac Point inumerable times over the past twenty years, I find early morning to be premium time to shoot the station when the rising sun bathes the entire station in a warm glow.

Also, I believe there are a number of opportunities to integrate the "new" fence into the composition as in the photo below, which I shot on May 28 of this year.

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Postby epona » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:51 pm


Thank you one and all for answering my question about the fence.

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Postby TenofHearts12 » Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:25 pm


Great pic, Terry and I agree with sunrise/sunset as best times for taking pics :)
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Fri Sep 23, 2005 8:31 pm


Sunset does not work as well at Old Mackinac Point, as trees to the west throw the station in shade.
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