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The jury is in and the vote was unanimous: Ed Post’s photos of a wind whipped Lake Michigan crashing into the Grand Haven Lighthouse are perfect.

Post, who serves as a judge in the 20th Circuit Court in Ottawa County, captured the intense, moody photos Thursday afternoon.

“I took them between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.,” said Post, 64.

“We had sustained winds of 35 mph with recorded gusts of up to 72 mph. There were other photographers coming and going for as long as they could stand the onslaught.”

According to NWS records, the temperature for that time range on Thursday was 42 degrees, with a wind chill factor of 32.

Kentwood resident Jim Swoboda was also taking photos at the lighthouse, only he was there several hours before Post.

“I did my shooting between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday,” Swoboda said.

“It was windy and the sand was brutal. I had to take a shower later to get it out of my hair, ears, nose and mouth. The roar of the lake was overwhelming.

“The Great Lakes are amazing in the way they can change from a calm and placid condition into a storm with huge waves.”

Swoboda’s storm photos, as well as other samples of his work, can be purchased online at

“You have to wait for all the right elements to come together,” Post said.

“I’ve been photographing that pier for 25 years and every now and then it all happens at once.”

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