Michigan's Fort Gratiot - David Zapatka
16 x 24 - Metal Print - Framed
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For about a year, my wife’s work relocated her to Detroit, Michigan, and with it, offered me numerous opportunities to visit the state with the most lighthouses. The oldest lighthouse in Michigan is Fort Gratiot, at one time a US Coast Guard station on Lake Huron. It was built in 1829 and sits at the mouth of the St. Clair River, leading ships to Detroit. The park director graciously helped us with the logistics, and on the night of our shoot, the lake was frozen, though we weren’t quite sure of the safety of the ice. With a line tied around my waist, I crawled onto the ice on all fours, fearful I might fall through. Don 98 App, a US Coast Guard veteran, was my assistant for the night, and he held on tightly to the other end of the rope. To capture the reflection, I placed the camera directly onto the ice while still attached to the tripod. Don also acted as my lighting assistant, and aimed a dimmed LED light at the foreground ice chunks.
Port Huron, Michigan, January 17, 2018, 8:18 p.m., 22°, 10-15mph wind Nikon D4, 14mm lens, ISO 640, f2.8, 8 secs
Dennis DeLor is greatly appreciated for allowing late night access to the grounds, and for selling my first book in the lighthouse gift shop.
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