In The Yard – ITY21
In The Yard – ITY21
Old Erie Canal Park
I hadn’t been over to the Old Erie Canal Park during lunch in what seemed like forever. It was time for me to get off my lazy butt during lunch and enjoy the scenery available to me. I typically do not venture far along the canal trail as I can find enough to entertain me right at the aqueduct. I did run into a couple of volunteers who were offering water and an opportunity to help in the expansion of the trail system between Dewitt and Camillus. Considering how much I enjoy the trails as a diversion from work and while I am home, I was more than happy to help out.
After doing my part, I ventured down into Butternut Creek to get some images of the aqueduct. I must have hundreds by now but I never fail to find something new to capture. On this day there was a brilliant reflection in the water. By combining my polarizing filter with the 4-stop ND filter I was able to get a 2.5 second exposure which enhanced the reflection in the moving water. I decided not to fully engage the circular polarizer as doing so would have cut some of the reflection and enhance the view of the creek bed. I wanted the bright reflection!
Buttermilk Falls State Park
In The Yard – ITY20
Delta Lake Dam & Bellamy Harbor
This was going to be the morning when I realized my sunrise concept from last weekend. I allowed myself to sleep in a little so as not to get to the dam too early. There were some clouds starting to move in so my hopes were high. The first image is the one I envisioned. The sun is far enough North to almost rise over the Delta Lake dam. What I discovered after grabbing this image is that the viewing angle is too low. There is more color and drama in the sky behind the dam, closer to the horizon. I wasn’t about to climb a tree to get a better view.
I didn’t let it discourage me! I packed up my camera and headed down to Bellamy Park in the South of Rome. Every morning as I drive over the barge canal bridge on my way out of Rome I get a great view of the canal and the park as the sun is throwing color into the sky. I was hoping I could get there before the sun crested the trees.
The first image is a single shot with my wide angle lens. I was able to capture the kayak launch, the park and the view East along the barge canal. And then I had another idea. I rotated the camera into a portrait orientation and grabbed five images encompassing about 150 degrees of viewing angle. This would be a very cool panoramic view. This allowed me to bring the Mohawk River with the pedestrian bridge into the same view with Bellamy Park and the barge canal.
The last image is my pano. When setting up to capture your images for a panoramic you have to remember to set your camera to manual mode. You do not want the camera refocusing or adjusting the settings while you grab each image. Once I had all five images it was an easy process job using Photoshop to merge them into my final image.
All in all I had a great morning at both ends of Rome, NY. I even managed to be back home by 6:30am so I could start my laundry. I know, not very exciting, but at least I can process images while the washing machine does all the work. Now I have to get those clothes out on the line to dry… 🙂
In The Yard – ITY19
I wasn’t sure how the evening would end as the clouds were not giving me much hope for a sunset. I had all but given up for the night when 30 minutes before the official sunset a thin layer of orange appeared between the clouds and the horizon. This is when I remembered watching a Bryan Peterson video in the morning about shooting macro photography in my backyard (well, I have been doing that and wanted to see what he had to say…). Definitely check out the video here.
I played with the concept from the video in my own way. I think there are times I get caught up in trying to capture my next great image I forget I can go create an image that I want. This little creation brought back my failed Saturday attempt and now I am planning to give it another try. I think it will be worth the effort even if the image doesn’t turn out the way I expect, the fun is in the attempt… 🙂
Squared – SQ98
Delta Lake State Park