South Manitou Lighthouse

South Manitou Lighthouse

The South Manitou Lighthouse from the water upon arrival after one of our early and poorly coordinated (read: stupid) crossings.  We actually saved most of the stupid for the return trip which had worse conditions and way more distance between the three of us such that we were effectively all out there alone with no support.

Picture taken with Optio 33WR, lens @ 6.9mm (37mm eq), f/6.9, 1/200 sec, ISO —

Lake Superior Provincial Park Fog

Lake Superior Provincial Park

A shot from one of the little islands very near the start of our trip on Lake Superior Provincial Park.  I don’t know the names of any of the islands out there, or anything about them other than I like the fog rolling over them but apparently I wasn’t motivated enough at the time to get out a real camera to take pictures.

Picture taken with Pentax 33WR, lens @ 16mm (104mm eq), f/3.9, 1/100 sec shutter, ISO —

Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Bridge

This was one of our earlier paddles under the Mackinac Bridge, taken somewhere near the middle of the bridge (the work was going on between the towers).  I’m curious how crazy those workers thought we were and if it was more crazy that I thought they were.

Picture taken with Pentax Optio 33WR, lens @ 16mm (104mm equiv), 1/320 sec shutter, f/3.9, ISO —

Waugoshance Lighthouse

Waugoshance Lighthouse

I was told I should post some kayaking pictures.  The issue with kayaking pictures is that they often are taken with so-so cameras, prominently feature other people or aren’t taken by me and thus don’t fit the requirements for *my* daily photo.  But, there are some… This one is of the now abandoned Waugoshance Lighthouse which is located on a shoal a few miles or so off of Wilderness State Park in Northern Lower Michigan.

One thing I learned on that trip:  keep a proper grip on your paddle so that it’s ready when you don’t expect to need to brace.

Picture taken with Pentax Optio 33WR, lens @ 5.7mm (37mm equiv), 1/320 sec shutter, f/6.9, ISO —

MSU Smokestack

MSU Power Plant

If you turn about 120 degrees from yesterday’s picture, you can see the smokestacks of the T.B. Simon Power Plant including the MSU Smokestack.  This plant is still in operation today and provides most of the campus’ power.  If you happened to remember the Northeast blackout in 2003 – there should be a little dot near East Lansing that shows unaffected, thanks to MSU being on it’s own power grid.

Picture taken with Pentax Optio 33WR, lens @ 16mm (104mm equiv), 1/320 sec shutter, f/3.9, ISO —

MSC Smokestack

MSC Power Plant

The MSC Smokestack which, according to the internet, is no longer there.  The power plant itself hadn’t been used since 1975.  MSC were the school’s initials when it was Michigan State College, after it had been MAC – Michigan Agricultural College and before it became MSU.

Taken on the same “Campus Tour” as a few of my other pictures, though apparently I didn’t have high expectations for this shot because I took it with the Pentax Optio 33WR.  The 33WR which was one of the early waterproof cameras and although it was great for kayaking, certainly didn’t hold a candle to a ‘real’ camera with regards to image quality.  It did however, permit getting many pictures on the water which I would not have been willing to attempt with a non waterproof camera.

Picture taken with Pentax Optio 33WR, lens @ 8.2mm (53mm equiv), 1/125 sec shutter, f/7.7, ISO —