Point Betsie Light, Michigan

Point Betsie Light, Michigan © Robert Jay Matejcek

Point Betsie… last summer-ish.

About this image: digital photograph taken and modified with smart phone

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59 thoughts on “Point Betsie Light, Michigan

    • Hahaha… I hear you! It’s pretty spectacular… for quite a way out it’s fairly shallow… and with a lot of sand, so there are some incredibly vivid colors!
      🙂

  1. Beautiful. The colours have an intriguing quality. Somehow a photo, yet not. perhaps you can shed light on your modifications ? 🙂

    • I can try! Believe it or not a lot of the color here just comes from some very clear, fairly shallow water with a sandy bottom… the combination is pretty spectacular! I really didn’t do much to this one… a bit of sharpening, a bit of increased contrast, some increased saturation… that’s pretty much it! There are some filtery things in ‘Pixlr Express’ (which is the editing app I use most on my phone), but I didn’t think they added much to this one.
      🙂

  2. Is this real life? I agree with everyone else; that ain’t no Michigan water.

    And yes, I saw the thing about Photoshop going to the cloud. I can’t imagine myself paying that much for it, but I’m hoping 100 of us can get together and share one account. I’m sure they’re not putting any security in place to stop that sort of thing, right?

    • Crazy, isn’t it?! It’s… so… nice! 🙂
      Right? Buying every new release isn’t an option for a lot of people, so how is perpetually spending money? Not only that, but I guess I’m kind of old fashioned in that I like to own my software, not just rent it. *sigh* I hope Adobe does away with this idea, because although their Creative Suite is my favorite software, there’s just no way I can keep up with that.

    • It really is a relaxing place! Wonderful – I really like lighthouses as well! At some point I’d like to try take some photos of one in the evening (or early morning) with the lamp on… wouldn’t it be cool if I could capture the stars in the backgournd, too?! Hmm… maybe at some point…
      Thank you, Amy! Very much!
      🙂

  3. Very nice, and the water looks very inviting. The Great Lakes can be pretty great, especially around the more isolated areas. (I live on Lake Ontario, but in the middle of a big city.)

    • Thank you very much, Binky! The water is a little cold, but other than that, it’s pretty much perfect! And on a warm enough day that’s nothing to complain about, either, I guess!
      Absolutely! Oh, I see! I remember the first time I saw them… it was pretty amazing… so vast… it almost seemed like an ocean view!
      🙂

  4. I once thought I would love to visit and photograph every light house … the history and the stories … and they are all so unique!

    • I can relate! That’s very true! I’m hoping to see a few more this summer… fingers crossed! I’d love to get a few low-light shots of one with a lit lamp, too (I created one once with quite a bit of manipulation, but it would be great to get a few shots of the real thing)!
      🙂

  5. i like the way those trees are leaning towards one another as if they are caught up in the moment, and enjoying the sunshine, blue sky, and the brilliantly-coloured water… what’s not to like? bring on summer! thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Absolutely! I think you (and those trees) have the right idea, P&K! It’s been a l-o-n-g winter! It seems like a little sun is very overdue! And thank you! Very much!
      🙂

  6. I love lighthouses. I don’t get to see many though because I don’t live near water. Well there is the creek but it don’t have no lighthouse. Maybe If I ever get rich I can build a lighthouse on the creek and you can come and take a picture of it.

    • Me, too, Bo! And me, too! I don’t think I saw a real one until I was in my twenties… it was pretty wild!
      You know, I grew up along a small river, but for some reason I never thought of building a lighthouse! A lot of ‘dams’ and ‘waterwheels’… maybe the engineering was just to overwhelming, because that seems like the sort of thing I would have tried! 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Ms. K! I never get over the colors… I always think I’m imagining them as being more saturated than they are in reality… but it really is this vivid… it’s pretty wild!
      🙂

    • It really does seem that way, doesn’t it, Madame? The water’s probably a bit warmer there, but other than that… well… this is pretty much exactly how I imagine it!
      🙂

  7. Is that around Traverse City? The lovely colors make me want to dive right in…if I didn’t realize that northern Michigan water is cold all year round.

    • Wow – great eye, Peg! I think this is only about 40 miles or so (mostly west and a tiny bit south) of Traverse City.
      Hahaha… I hear that! BRRRR! It’s a beautiful spot, but as amazing as the water is, I always have to psyche myself up a bit to get in (even on a warm day)!
      🙂

  8. This is a gorgeous photo…and so clear too, Sig! I think I see a charcoal drawing out of this one…it would be a beauty! 🙂 especially with your talent! 🙂
    Have a great weekend! 🙂

    • How very kind of you to say, Deb! Than you!
      Kind of interesting, too… one of the first things I remember drawing was lighthouses… I remember I used to draw them all the time when I was a kid! Probably more than just about anything else (I’m not really sure why that is – I had never even seen one in person at the time)!
      Thank you again, Deb! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!
      🙂

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