Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area
Traveling West along the NY State Thruway from Albany you can experience a new type of rest area. There is a Living History Rest Area at Lock E-13 along the NY State Barge Canal. It is not your typical rest area. There is no gas station or fast food restaurant available. It is a stop along a busy thruway where you can soak up some history of the growth of New York State. Inside the rest area building you can also experience Taste NY to sample local history and food.
Anyone who has followed my blog knows I am a fan of the barge canal system (for the plethora of photo opportunities). I have been watching this new area along the thruway being developed as I travel back and forth to the Albany area. I noticed last week as I went to drop my car off at the airport that the rest area was open. It was a little late at night for a stop but yesterday afternoon was the perfect opportunity.
I suppose it was a safe bet I would be stopping at this rest area with all my camera gear in the car as a made my way home from my latest excursion. Being such a sunny day I grabbed the Olympus E-M10 with the 17mm lens and went for a walk. There is plenty of open area to enjoy. You can not get as close to canal as I can at the sections close to home but the views from the fence are beautiful.
The first image is the canal side of the rest area building. Inside you can find the appropriate facilities for a rest stop along with a Taste NY marketplace full of local items. I was very tempted to purchase some of the cheese curds for the rest of the drive home but I knew I would not stop at a sampling. The whole container would have been gone by the time I arrived at home.
The second image is of the dam. I included the information sign so I would not have to remember exactly all the details (I know, a little lazy of me or was it smart?). The actual Lock E-13 is just to the right of the dam outside of this image. Although it was a bright sunny day this image felt better to me in monochrome. It probably was due to the sign, as it was also a monochrome image of the dam.
In the third image I wanted to capture both the lock and the dam structure. The image does not do the view any justice. The dam itself it quite large (well large for a canal). I loved having the white buildings contrasting with the brilliant blue sky. Maybe it is due to my Swedish background but there is also something about the blue and yellow paint scheme used for all the locks that also captures my eye. Maybe I’m biased, who knows. 😉
Standing in a corner of the fence at the point closest to the lock gave me an idea. The clear sky and calm day almost begged for me to due a panoramic view of this area. Starting with a shot looking West I captured 9 images, ending 180 degrees looking East. It was a simple process of combining all nine images using Photoshop. The beauty of the new Photoshop is the content aware fill option. This option allowed me to not have to crop out those blank areas of the pano after the program combined all nine images. Photoshop filled in the blanks based on what was in the vicinity. For this image this process worked really well as it was filling in sky and grass.
I think the next time I have to travel to Albany I will be making sure I have time to stop at this rest area again. It will be to enjoy the scenery I swear. It will have nothing to do with my desire to sample some of the food items in the Taste NY marketplace… 🙂