Butternut Creek Aqueduct, Old Erie Canal Park
From my first visit to the Old Erie Canal Park I have been visualizing this image of the aqueduct. After I purchased the filter system with the neutral density filters I stopped back to capture my vision but did not succeed. In my enthusiasm to use the filters I was not careful with my composition and came home with unusable images.
Yesterday I went back with a single purpose, to get the one image I wanted. I took my time. I was careful with my composition. I reviewed my images to ensure I captured what I wanted. Once I had ‘the image’, only then did I move to explore other views. Slowing down paid off. I didn’t rush to get as many photos as I could during my lunch hour. I went with a purpose and was happy with just a few images that fulfilled my vision.
What I really wanted to capture in my image was the incredible stone work of the aqueduct. I loved the way the midday sun illuminated the arches via the reflection off the creek. The contrast of the stone with the Spring foliage and the blue sky was very striking. I hate to warn you but I am sure I’ll be going back over the course of the summer. It is too easy to get to during lunch and it helps me relax during the work week.