Lock 20 Rising

Lock 20, Barge Canal

Saturday morning at the canal did not disappointment me.  I knew it would be a race between the sun and the incoming clouds.  I’d call this one a tie!  Third place finisher would be the fog.  You can see it starting up the canal if you look past the lock.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Lock 20 Rising

Lock 20 Rising
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 25mm, f/16, ISO 200

7 responses to “Lock 20 Rising

  1. Your photography has me thinking lately Mike – do you spend a lot of time planning out your shots, as in place to go, time to visit, settings you’ll use? So many times I look and think this can’t be simply the result of good luck, can it? In other words, your shots continue to be quite beautiful and I wonder if the process takes a lot of your time from planning through editing.

    • Interesting question! Short answer… a little of both. Luck and planning. I believe a lot of it is my knowing where to go based on the conditions outside. I might plan to go to a state park but if at the last minute the conditions will not work for what I want to capture, I change my plans. Some days it is just dumb luck that I find something interesting when I show up at a location.

      Delta Lake State Park is 5 minutes from my house. As you probably know, I go there quite often. If the conditions for a beautiful sunset are coming together I’ll hop in the car and trek over to the beach area. The other day I found the stack of rocks waiting to be photographed. I didn’t look for any other scene as that opportunity was too good to pass up.

      Some days I throw on the macro lens and go walk around the yard or fields surrounding my house looking for the smallest of details. Some of the water droplet images I create myself by carrying a spray bottle of water. 🙂 Those type of images though only work when the light is right. There are times when I’ll be reading or working on the computer and run outside with the camera when the conditions change.

      When I travel I do a lot of research ahead of the trip and create a shot list. Generally I have more pictures I want to capture then I have time for because I never know what I’ll encounter once I reach my destination. My Disney list is fairly long and constantly changing based on what I see other photographers posting.

      As far as the back end processing. It really depends on the image. The one for this post was a little longer than normal (~45 minutes) as I was trying different programs and looks. I had a vision for what I wanted the image to be and needed to ‘play’ in order to get it to turn out right (at least for me). Other images take less than 10 minutes. For me, the processing is part of the fun!

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