Stormy Sunset At Sleeping Bear

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  • Camera: NIKON D3X
  • Lens: 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 17mm
  • Shutter: 1/8 sec
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: F/8

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Talk about a last chance!

We had been trying for three days to get something – anything – at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It doesn’t seem to be a great morning location, so that left us with just three chances – one for each evening we were there. The first evening saw a sunset that was blocked by clouds, the second was clear and colorless, so this was our last chance. If we didn’t get something here, we strike out.

As we sat in the parking lot less than an hour before sunset, the rain coming down in sheets, I was a little less than optimistic about getting anything. Still, persistance can pay off, so we stayed put.

Soon, the rain was letting up and we had our chance.

We raced down to the dunes, found a good spot, setup, and crossed our fingers. As the sun started to drift towards the horizon, my heart was actually racing a little, hoping for just the right light and hoping that if it happened, I had enough skill to get the shot.

I took a series of photos and frankly wasn’t too sure about this shot out in the field. I had pre-visualized and hoped for more of a partly cloudy shot with lots of pretty pink clouds.

Well, any doubt was quickly laid to rest once I saw this on the computer. I really loved the menacing grey clouds, the rolling dunes, and the last splash of color as the sun went down. I hope you like it too!

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4 Responses to Stormy Sunset At Sleeping Bear

  1. Gloria says:

    Beautiful last photo and video. Looks so much like the ocean hard to believe it is a lake. The sand dunes remind me of the time my 3 children were having fun climbing the dunes on Cape Cod, Ma. I have enjoyed your blog of this trip. Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. Vickie Wood says:

    wow , this is sooooooo beautiful!

  3. rick says:

    Nice shot. I used to live in Frankfort and would recommend sunset shots along Empire bluffs, the Manitous, Pointe Betsie lighthouse and any of the scenic lookouts along M-22. For sunrise pictures, you might try some of the inland lakes like Glen Lake, Bear Lake, Lake Ann, or Platte Lake. And if you want to get TONs of wildlife pics, I’d recommend a canoe trip down the Platte River starting above the lakes or the Betsie River below Homestead Dam. Salmon runs can be spectacular if you catch them just right.

  4. Janet Jacob says:

    I used to live Grand Rapids and we visited the dunes several times. It was amazing trying to walk on them. In some places you would sink up to your knees.
    This picture brought back happy memories of days gone bye. Thank you for your persistance in getting this spectacular shot.

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