Posted on Sep.02, 2010, under Michigan

Morning at the Grand Hotel

(Nikon D700, 70-300mm at 200mm, ISO 200, Exposure 1/250 sec @f/16)

This is another shot of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. While spending time on the island, I took a walk one morning hoping to get a morning shot of the hotel. The morning had been cloudy and rainy but as I left my hotel room the sky started to clear up. The island isn’t very big, particularly the ‘downtown’ area, so it didn’t take me long to walk from my hotel across town and up the hill to get to the Grand Hotel. I took a few shots as the sun came out from behind the clouds but I noticed that the flags which normally adorn the porch weren’t flying. Somehow it made the hotel look a little to plain. As I was shooting, I noticed these gentlemen starting to put the flags out on the porch. I thought it made for an interesting shot.

As you can see from the as shot image, processing mainly consisted of converting to black and white. I’d like to say that I am continually impressed with my Nikon 70-300 f4.5/5.6G ED lens. It was relatively inexpensive, a little over $500, but it is incredibly sharp. While working on this image I noticed that I could really see the detail in the paint on the porch posts as well as other areas of the image. I like sharp images and this lens typically does a terrific job for me.

Morning at the Grand Hotel - As shot

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