Saugatuck Night Lights

Night pictures are often very difficult. Getting enough light and a fast enough shutter speed can be tough without a tripod. Last Saturday night we were in Saugatuck, Michigan. It is a beach-side community with grand old homes, great shops, and a beautiful downtown area. We were there for dinner, but I did have time to take a few pictures. Hope you can see the beauty I saw in these images.

Deer

Deer

Image shot at 1/200th of a second. Slow enough to catch all the lights lit.

Image shot at 1/200th of a second. Slow enough to catch all the lights lit.

Shot at 1/1000th. Note the "unlit" spots that were there but not caught lit.

Shot at 1/1000th. Note the “unlit” spots that were there but not caught lit.

Lingering Christmas

Lingering Christmas

Shoreside lights across the river make for a good light painting. Shot at 1.6 seconds.

Shoreside lights across the river make for a good light painting. Shot at 1.6 seconds.

Douglas & Saugatuck

Douglas and Saugatuck are both on the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Though adjacent, they are separated by the Kalamazoo River. Last weekend we were in Douglas looking out towards Saugatuck. These three pictures were all taken from the deck in the condo we stayed in.

The first is of a seagull. This was taken with limited field of focus through a narrow window of visibility in a tree. The second is of Saugatuck across the water, at dusk. The last is essentially the same view, but a photo painting of the lights at night at a very slow (8 second) shutter speed.

Both communities are worth visiting with great hospitality, beautiful art shops/studios, and good food.

Seagull Though a Tree

Seagull Though a Tree

Saugatuck at Dusk

Saugatuck at Dusk

Photo Painting of Saugatuck Lights

Photo Painting of Saugatuck Lights

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