Pasture, Egypt Road, Boonville
Well, I changed my plans yesterday. I was going back to the zoo for more images of the animals but as the morning progressed the conditions improved to the point I had to go North to use the snowshoes. I had mentioned in a previous post the Black River Environmental Improvement Association (BREIA) and the x-country ski/snowshoe trails they have throughout northern Oneida county. Yesterday turned into the perfect day to go for a walk. I’ll have a post of my adventure later.
On my way up to the trail head I came across this view. I had turned onto Egypt Road and the sun was breaking through the clouds. I stopped the car and jumped out with the camera. Luckily, it is a country road with little traffic. I was able to grab this nice view with the mostly frozen creek running through it.
My original image had the sun in the view but I was unable to remove the power lines running through the top portion of the image. Try as I might my Photoshop skills were not up to the task. Once I had the thought the lines needed to go I could not see the image with them in it. I modified the crop to a 16×9 ratio losing the majority of the sky. It did refocus the attention on the creek which is really what I wanted to capture anyway.
Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
This is the last weekend for the photo contest at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. I’m hoping I can make it out again on Sunday. The forecast is for some sun in the morning changing over to snow and clouds in the afternoon. I’m thinking early Sunday morning will be a quiet time at the zoo and I’ll have the place to myself. Until then, here is one of the Red Pandas talking to his companions up in the tree…
Harambe Village, Africa, Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World
On my way out of the Animal Kingdom park I found myself at the corner in Harambe Village. Looking back into the park I can go straight toward the Kilamanjaro Safari adventure, turn left toward the Lion King or turn right toward the Asia section of the park. The corner refreshment stand, Tamu Tamu, was begging to be photographed.
As much as I enjoy the parks I think they all take on a special quality at night. The lighting helps create a unique look and feel. I don’t think I am in a theme park, I get lost in the environment and feel like I am in each particular setting. This refreshment stand use to have the best milkshakes! Maybe that is the real reason I was drawn to it that night. They have since stopped selling them but it is still a great place to stop.
Due to the intense lighting used I knew I would need to bracket my shots in order to capture this view. The top of Tamu Tamu was so bright that if I exposed for that section the rest of the view was black. I ended up with 4 separate exposures which I blended using the HDR Merge function in Lightroom. I created a flat image (one that captured the range of darks and lights but was not enhanced by changes in tone or saturation). Once I had this merged image I put it through my normal processing to bring out the detail and colors that I wanted. I left the image on the warm side as that is how I remember the scene.
Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt
Butternut Creek, Old Erie Canal Park
It has been a strange winter to date. We had way more snow than usual during December. We have been experiencing unseasonably higher temperatures in January. Yesterday we had a winter storm warning with lots of nasty weather predicted and I wake up to rain. It probably is still coming as the temps are right around the freezing mark. I should go watch the weather reports before I get ready for work…
Patas Monkey, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
This is not one of the images I picked to process from my trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo last week. I thought because I did not capture the face or focus on the eyes (as I have read is the right thing to do) I passed this one in my selection process.
As I sat down to work on my images this one kept speaking to me. Every time I saw this monkey I felt something for him. Maybe it is the feeling of solitude or loneliness. Thinking back to my time in front of the exhibit I realized it was his indifference to the activity from the other monkeys and even for those of us looking through the glass. Maybe I’m attributing too much, maybe not…