SAUGATUCK HARBOR NATURAL AREA & CANON 5DSR / by Matt Clysdale

I finally had a chance to put my new Canon 5DS R to the test at one of my favorite spots on Lake Michigan, the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, sandwiched between Oval Beach and the Kalamazoo River. It's a beautifully calming landscape, with gently rolling dunes and dune-grass swaying in the wind. The real dazzler for my new 5D was the dragonfly I photographed at a distance with a long lens (540mm) and roughly 100% crop in Lightroom. Even that far away, the generous 50MP of that camera captured all the intricacies of the dragonfly's wings. Had the dragonfly been more approachable, allowing me to use my 100mm macro, I can only imagine how crazy the detail would have been.

I'm not a big fan of hyper-realism or detail, but when necessary and appropriate, it is an absolutely beautiful thing! 

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Oval Beach Sunset

Spotted Sandpiper - Breakwall, Kalamazoo River Pier