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… 🙂