Michigan Bean Elevator - Saginaw, Mi

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    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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    1. dal-79 41 months ago | reply

      wonderful shot, love the sky,

      congrats on explore:>)

    2. augpeter1234 41 months ago | reply

      Wow, a very nice HDR image. Can D700 take 9 exposure bracketed image?

    3. kurtolo81 41 months ago | reply

      amazing composition

    4. jhoweaa 41 months ago | reply

      A couple of comments. First, I do think the lines are too straight and should be changed to have just a bit of tilt to make the image seem more normal. I think it looks a bit top heavy. As far as the D700 taking 9 exposures, yes you can program it to take 9 different exposures with one click of the shutter.

      Thanks for all the comments!

    5. FluxGrafix 41 months ago | reply

      very very nice!

    6. Jesse Pafundi [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

      Nice one Jim

    7. Photography By Tris 41 months ago | reply

      very beautiful shot
      well done

    8. Bart Huizinga 41 months ago | reply

      Awesome processing!

    9. Artistic Pursuits-Rob Strovers 41 months ago | reply

      Wow indeed.... love the way this one pops!

    10. Frederic-JG 41 months ago | reply

      Impressive one, lov this kind of HDR

    11. AlexHawkPhotography 41 months ago | reply

      beautiful crisp HDR

    12. bmartuch417 39 months ago | reply

      Excellent perspective. I love shots of Saginaw.

    13. lumbertwo 38 months ago | reply

      Actually, I'm from Saginaw and the sign is universally know there as "the bunny bean". The trademark of the Michigan Bean Co. was a jackrabbit. Al Riedel, a very well know Saginaw businessman was the president of the company for many years and his daughter, Phyllis, has a pet rabbit she named "bunny" as a child which was given to her by Harry Houdini when she attended one of his shows and was called up to help with his magic act. Thus the origin of the bunny bean.

    14. Katzilla_dances 27 months ago | reply

      Or just 'the Bean Bunny'

    15. Beans Bunny Wear 19 months ago | reply

      Love your photo! I produce and sell tees and hoodies with the image of the bean bunny neon sign. I really appreciate your appreciation!

    16. farlane 16 months ago | reply

      Hey there - featuring your photo on Hill of Beans: The Michigan Bean Elevator in Saginaw at Michigan in Pictures.

      Great work and thanks for sharing in the Absolute Michigan pool!!

    17. jhoweaa 16 months ago | reply

      I saw that. Thanks for the comment!

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