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Michigan Bean Elevator - Saginaw, Mi

This shot shows the Michigan Bean Elevator in Saginaw, Michigan. Apparently this is the world's largest bean elevator. The elevator was built by the Michigan Bean Company which I believe is no longer operating. The 'Beans' sign on top, complete with neon jack rabbit, has been a Saginaw skyline fixture since 1947. The 'Beans' sign with it's rabbit can be seen for miles due to the flat terrain around Saginaw. The sign was dark for a few years after 1985, but preservationists worked to get the sign operational and to keep it operational.


This version of the image is slightly different than the one I posted on my blog (where you can also see the 'as shot' image) Like the blog version, the 9 exposures were merged to HDR using Photomatix. Silver Efex Pro and PhotoTools were used in Photoshop to finish the image. The only difference between this image and the blog image is I did some perspective correction. I think I actually prefer the original over the corrected version, but I would be happy to hear what others think. As with some other images in my Saginaw series, this image looks less 'crunchy' when viewed at a larger size)




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Taken on November 28, 2010