LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve @ dawn: wet spiderwebs, cold dragonflies, mist]

  • September 2, 2013 · 6:45 AM
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Let's hope for some puffy clouds (but not too many, a real sunrise would be great). If you're not familiar with this delightful preserve, it is worth checking out... Teasels, ponds, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, trees, mist, deer, fields sometimes filled with dozens of spiderwebs, misty mornings, skittish wood ducks visit the pond across the street, etc. Here's what I look for at LeFurge:

1.) Dewy, cold dragonflies: catch them while they're cold and not moving in the fields (East and South of the parking lot). If you don't find any dragons, you can likely get some pristine spiderweb shots with drops of moisture on 'em (unless rain takes them down a day or two before our shoot)

2.) "Rays of God," misty rays of sunshine as the sun cuts across the treeline after sunrise. Mist hangs low across the trees and field some mornings.

3.) sunrise shooting from the hill: next to the parking lot is a hill and you can get a nice view of the trees, ponds, and fields as the sun comes up past the treeline.

What will you need?

Boots: The field and grasses are very wet. If you go in low-rise cross trainers, etc., plan on getting wet (if you don't have waterproof boots, bring an extra pair of socks and shoes to change into in your vehicle. My waterproof cross-trainers were soaked there a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't care :)

Waterproof pants, shell/jacket if you have them: wet, wet, wet... my cheap waterproof pants and rain coat generally keep me dry.

Flashlight: so you can adjust your camera settings pre-dawn, see in your camera bag, etc.

Bug gear: I have a mosquito/bug net (mask) that I bring along just in case the bugs are fierce and/or biting. Deet-based bug repellent also helps, if you think you'll have a problem with them (they generally don't bother me too much, but I bring the bug net in my camera bag and keep some spray around just in case).

Tripod: never hurts, esp. when it is dark :)

Optional / Misc. gear: macro lens, flash and diffuser

Arrive early if you need extra time to get your gear or clothes ready for the field. I'll leave the parking lot at 6:45 to either 1.) shoot sunrise from the hill, or 2.) head over to the field to look for dragonflies.

http://www.smlcland.org/properties_washtenaw.php

p.s. This is also a nice location to shoot portraits, esp. when the leaves start turning... when things dry out later in the day :)

p.p.s. I will cancel or reschedule this if it rains. I enjoy shooting in the rain, but the main attractions for this meetup would be missing in the event of rain.

Any questions? Shoot me an email.

Thanks,
Frank

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Frank for setting up another interesting location to explore!

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • John H.

    Fantastic MeetUp!! It was really great meeting some new people and discovering a new place to shoot. I will definitely be going back to that location. As well as joining in on other MeetUps.

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Brittany A.

    Great Meetup! It was nice to discover a beautiful place, that I am sure I will be visiting again!

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Christine

    Excellent meetup.

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Kim W.

    A great idea for a Meetup even though the sunrise was uncooperative!

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Wouldn't be able to make it. Moving into new place before school starts.

    September 1, 2013

    • Frank K.

      Good luck with the move... thanks for letting us know, Yash.

      September 1, 2013

  • Larisa B. aka X.

    Not sure if I have to work.. if I don't, would LOVE to go

    September 1, 2013

  • HELEN A.

    Sorry just got this notification, already made other commitments, have fun all

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • winnie c.

    Sorry, change of plans. Will be sure to check Lefurge out sometime this fall. Enjoy!

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Not sure what I was thinking, but I'll have to cancel my participation for Lefurge Woods. Wasn't thinking that Monday is Labor Day.
    Have fun everyone!

    August 30, 2013

    • Frank K.

      That's OK, check this place out another time. And thank you for changing your RSVP so someone else could take your spot, Jim. See you at another meetup sometime soon.

      September 1, 2013

  • Frank K.

    This location will keep getting better and better over the next month... if you can't make it for tomorrow's meetup, check it out while the leaves are changing. I can't guarantee we'll have great weather-- we live in MI, and unpredictable weather is part of the fun of living here. We'll shoot rain or shine unless it downpours with no let-up at dawn. See everyone tomorrow :) Oh, and if you're RSVP'd as a "YES" but you find you can't make it-- please change your RSVP to NO so folks on the waitlist can get in. Thanks!

    September 1, 2013

  • Larisa B. aka X.

    Not sure if I have to work.. if I don't, would LOVE to go

    September 1, 2013

  • Jennene

    Super excited for my first meet up with this group! Hoping for a great sunrise on Monday!

    2 · August 31, 2013

  • Frank K.

    I thought that some of us might grad a bite to eat afterward... i'm always looking for an excuse to go to "The Bomber" in Ypsi... but I forgot that it will be a holiday and they will likely be closed. Rats. Anyway, there's a good chance of rain tomorrow and Sunday, but I feel like shooting anyway (might not be great fun shooting this in the rain, but if it rains on Sat. and takes out the spiderwebs, I think I'll want to shoot anyway). And thank you, Katie, for the ride :)

    August 30, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    This will be my first meet up. Really excited about meeting the other members of this group!

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Patrick H.

    Let me know if anyone is interested in trying some off camera flash fun after the sun comes up. I will probably be doing some spider/dragonfly/butterfly hunting, but while we still have some nice morning light, we can try our hand at balancing flash -- the technique is exactly the same as shooting just before sunset.

    August 26, 2013

    • Frank K.

      We could take portrait shots of our fellow photographers... might be good to use in a thumbnail next to one's Artist Statement at a show or something, or a new FB profile pic. Maybe I'll bring my clown nose.... Anyway, i'll bring my off-camera flash stuff, i'll bring everything... the hill and teasles can make a nice backdrop. Good idea, Patrick!

      August 27, 2013

    • Kevin S.

      Ill bring my off camera flash gear. Would love to hang around after and play

      August 27, 2013

  • Jocilyn W.

    Frank, I'm totally with you on this. No car. No early morning meetups. :(

    August 27, 2013

    • Frank K.

      I hear you, fellow bike commuter! I might be able to arrange for a pick-up, unless early mornings are a problem too. If you want a lift, let me know, Jo.

      August 27, 2013

  • Frank K.

    If anyone from a2 might be able to give me a ride, that would be great (I'm a bike commuter this year). Let me know... I can navigate and get you to the small parking lot in the dark :)

    August 25, 2013

    • Katie C.

      Hey Frank, I can pick you up no problem! 6:30?

      1 · August 27, 2013

    • Frank K.

      Thank you, Katie, you rock! 6:15 OK? Sorry... if that's too early, I can ask 'dreas... breakfast is on me for my chauffeur... last year we went to The Bomber in Ypsi afterward... yum.

      August 27, 2013

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