This weekend I decided to take a short trip to the Irish Hills area of Michigan. There is a stretch of US-12 which runs through this area which was a popular tourist strip before the age of the interstate. One of the main attractions used to be these observation towers. The towers have a very interesting past and a very uncertain future.
The towers were built in 1924. The tower on the left was built first and it was erected right up to the property line at the peak of the hill. The owner of the property next door wasn't happy, so he built a matching tower right up to the edge of his property line. The original tower was 50 feet tall, the second tower was 64 feet. Naturally the original tower had to be expanded to match. The two towers operated separately until 1955 when they were purchased by a single owner. The towers have been closed for several years and in an increasing state of decay. They face demolition unless money can be raised to preserve them. More information on the towers and the effort to save them can be found at http://irishhilstowers.com
When I took the picture, I decided to play with a long exposure. I used a combination of ND filters to get 16 stops. I was hoping to get some interesting cloud movement, but the 5 minute exposure was somewhat disappointing. It was windy on the ground and you can see movement in the trees. The picture reminded me of an old-time image where exposures oftentimes had to be long. I processed the image using a combination of onOne's Perfect Effects and Perfect BW. I went for an old time processing effect which I thought went well with the image.+Monochrome Monday
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