Most of my videography projects require many days of field work, due to weather variables and the requirement of soft light. Fayette, MI, Other Days and Voices, was made in one five hour stretch behind the camera, Due to the ten hours of driving (round trip), this type of work requires a mindful execution of a plan, rather than random shooting. I have a good idea ahead of time of both the subject matter and presentation variables in this type of work, rather than a more leisurely ambling about and grabbing shots of things that beckon interest. If you went here in the summer, you would never be able to accomplish this type of work, quite simply due to the fact that the State Park gets thousands of visitors a week and also has an attached campground. It would be impossible to capture most of these photos without other people in them. It was perfect yesterday, in that there were no people present until I was done shooting and packing up the gear to leave. No snow here, as the mid-U.P. in the Escanaba, Manistique, and Menominee areas on and near Lake Michigan are referred to as the "Banana Belt" by the rest of us in the Northwoods, due to the fact that their weather is more akin to downstate than what we have here in the Western U.P.
The videography project was designed to be enjoyed on a computer monitor, or at least a larger tablet, and not a smartphone. You would not think of visiting a photographic exhibition at a gallery or art institute and viewing it through a piece of cellophane. The small LCD screen of even the largest smartphone does not do high resolution prints justice. Once you launch the video on Youtube (open Youtube separately) click the gear at the bottom of the player and set the resolution to HD 1080, which is a necessity to view at full resolution (the images uploaded were 1920x1280), which is what I recommend for the best viewing on Youtube. If you plan on visiting the U.P. , Fayette State Park is open year around, with cross country ski trails groomed in the winter. By buying a Michigan State Parks passport when you get a new vehicle registration, you help support and maintain this beautiful piece of Michigan history, in addition to all our State Parks and recreation areas. Enjoy the video.