Old Erie Canal Park Twice

Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

I have begun transitioning this blog over to my portfolio website. I created that site almost two years ago due to running out of image space on WordPress. I have still been using WordPress to publish my ramblings but it is time to fully embrace the new site. I will continue to publish on this version of the blog for a while and will maintain it as an archive of my growth over the past several years…

Old Erie Canal Park Twice – portfolio blog


I’m still working through the few images I captured last week when I snuck out to the Old Erie Canal Park around the corner from where I work. If you remember it was not the best day to be out for pictures but I needed a break from the events at work. It definitely was what I needed and reinforced in me the ability to create interesting pictures in any type of conditions. It is not always sunshine or rainbows when you have the urge to be creative. You work with what you have to satiate the cravings.

I struggled with the post-processing of this image. I originally saw the image in monochrome when I was composing the view and capturing the picture. I could see my normal B&W processing pulling out the subtle layers of light from the drizzling, overcast scene. I think my latest post-processing trend with my Disney images (an attempt at a vintage look) has had an affect on other images. I saw this image that way too. I struggled with which creative trend would win on this image. Even after processing this scene both ways I am still conflicted as to the one image I wanted to post… so you get both.

Not always the best choice for an artist to present conflicting stories, but I think each of these will speak to different people. The first version is the vintage processing attempt. I used Lightroom & On1 Effects to attempt to give this version an old film vibe. On1 has a few interesting presets for accomplishing this look and each time I use it I end up tweaking it slightly. It is a great learning tool for me.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Yesterday Gone

Yesterday Gone
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


The second image is obviously the monochrome version. I processed it with Lightroom & Luminar going for an ethereal look. Besides converting to monochrome there is some blur added to the image as well as the Orton Effect. You will have to let me know which image you prefer…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sleep on the Water

Sleep on the Water
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200