Winds of Early Fall in West Michigan

A 400-mile drive on August 20 from Rock Island east to Indiana and then north along Lake Michigan took me from crystalline skies into a fall-like cyclone of clouds, ripping west winds, and lake-effect showers. Here are the early morning satellite and radar views, just before I started my trip:

Satellite Aug 20 Radar Aug 20

After I rounded the southern end of Lake Michigan, the clouds thickened and the winds picked up. Not being in a hurry, I hopped off the interstate for two extended tours to see and photograph the dramatic water and sky. The first set are with relatively standard treatment—slight vignetteing to darken the edges, a modest boost of color saturation, and a little HDR effect, all done with Ribbet post processing tools.

The second set are posterized images—two of the windy skies shown earlier and one of a peaceful sunset earlier in the month.

No Lifeguard St. Joseph, Michigan August 20, 2015

No Lifeguard
St. Joseph, Michigan
August 20, 2015

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Beach
St. Joseph, Michigan
August 20, 2015
HDR, slight

IMG_0356 (2000x1333) burn vign vibr 100 in center

Silver Lake Dunes, Michigan
August 20, 2015

IMG_0340 (2000x1328) vign hdr poster vibr 80

St. Joseph, Michigan
Beach
August 20, 2015
Posterized

IMG_0356 (2000x1333) vign burn poster vibr 50

Silver Lake Dunes, Michigan
August 20, 2015
Posterized

IMG_0200 (1280x846) vidr psoter hdr vibr 60

Hamlin Lake, Michigan
August 10, 2015
Posterized

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