I decided to visit downtown Harbor Springs last night, my camera and tripod in tow. It was snowing pretty heavily, but the small sort of flakes that doesn’t show up on camera.
I set the tripod up in the middle of the Main Street and prepared to snap a few photographs. Traffic was light. Each time a car neared, I carried my gear closer to the curb until the road was free once more. It was 6pm, and I was surprised by how little traffic was downtown.
As soon as I was set-up to take photographs, a car zipped past. Behind him was a police car. Lights flashed. Both cars pulled over. My first shot of the night was taken with police lights in the scene, turning the street purple.
I saw the officer walking from car to car, and recognized him as my friend Josh Johnston. Once the traffic stop was over, I approached. We chatted about our kids and hockey. He asked me about my gear. We had a couple of laughs and he told me to be careful standing in the middle of the road. I promised I would.
My very next shot. I set the shutter at 30 seconds so I could grab a clear shot of downtown. 20 seconds into the shot, a car came up Main Street going way to fast for conditions. Teenagers purposefully sliding in the snow, I had to grab my camera while the shutter was still open and flee for the curb. The teens fishtailed past, the girls in the back looking very unimpressed with the clowns in the front.
I moved up a block after the teens passed and tried again. The wind picked up and the snow was blowing straight at me. I again set the shutter for 30 seconds and waited. I grabbed a few photographs, and the one below had the least amount of snow on the lens.
I absolutely love downtown Harbor Springs during the Holiday season. It amazes me how peaceful and quiet Main Street is after 6pm on weekday nights. Very few cars pass. There are no pedestrians on the street. It is a completely different place than the ultra-busy lakeside resort it is during the summer.
And that is a shame. Because I truly believe that there is no other town in Michigan as beautiful as Harbor Springs, especially at this time of year.