Travel, Walloon Lake

Just Another Roadside Park

As part of my youth-revisiting time-warp this weekend, I headed out this morning to the town of Charlevoix, another frequent daytrip destination during the Walloon Lake visits of yesteryear. I found Charlevoix as charming as I remembered, but the drive between Petoskey and Charlevoix took my breath away. One roadside park in particular turned out to be worth the trip.

I spent about 90 minutes at this park with three different lenses, using my macro lens to take some closeup shots of a lone flower, then switching to shots using the tripod to suspend the camera just above the small pools of water along the shore, using a circular polarizer to vary the level of reflection in each shot. I then had some fun shooting with my fully manual Rokinon 85mm lens, and wrapped up with some wide-angle shots using my trusty 17-55mm F2.8 lens, though I had left my larger 77mm polarizer in the car. Doh!

One could easily find enough material to make a living as a landscape photographer up here – maybe someday.

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