Pointe Betsie

September 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-1Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-1 Point Betsie Lighthouse sits about 5 miles north of Frankfort, Michigan.  It is always worth a trip over to Frankfort for an afternoon when we are vacationing up in Traverse City.  We typically spend a few hours in town followed by a trip out to the beach to see the Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse.  A stop at Point Betsie Lighthouse is usually part of our agenda as well.

Last Thursday, we made the trip to Frankfort for lunch on an overcast and cloudy day.  After lunch we headed toward the beach to view and photograph the lighthouse.  The light was terrible for photographing the Frankfort lighthouse while we were in town.  So we headed out to the Point Betsie Lighthouse which is about 5 miles north.  The beach there never seems too crowded.  With a little patience, I can usually photograph the lighthouse without people wandering all through the picture. Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-3Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-3 I am always amazed with the aqua shade of blue the waters of Lake Michigan are at Point Betsie.  You can see the bright blue water in the background of the photo of the breaker below.  I like the detail of the breaker with the spray of the water as the wave crashes against it. Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-2Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-2

 

While we are at Pointe Betsie, a hint of light began to peek through the overcast skies.  I was able to spend about 30 minutes wondering around with my cameras.  A little work with Color Efex Pro helped to recover some of the detail and color from these images.

I continue enjoying making photographs with the 8 mm fisheye lens and my Fuji cameras.  It provides for some unique perspectives I can get while being close to the subject.  Perhaps my favorite image of the day is the photo below looking north toward the lighthouse.  I like all of the lines of metal and concrete wrap as they along the shoreline.  The clouds in this photo seem to all converge toward the lighthouse. Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-5Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-5
The view looking south is also an interesting one with similar lines and the clouds once again converging toward the lighthouse. Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-6Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-6
This final image provides helps you to picture the entire surroundings of the beach, breakers and the lighthouse in the background at Point Betsie. Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-4Pointe-Betsie-Lighthouse-201609-4

 

Point Betsie is certainly worth the stop if you are near Frankfort, Michigan and enjoy seeing the old lighthouses that are found along the lake on the western shore of Michigan.  Please give me your thoughts on which images you find to be the most engaging in this series.


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