Bellamy Winter View

Bellamy Harbor Park

Saturday is generally chore day. Laundry if needed, groceries, cleaning, etc. I’m not fanatic about it, but I like to get as much out of the way as early as possible. Laundry was complete and I was waiting for diner down the street to open for breakfast. After I top off the tank I go get my groceries. A full stomach is best as it minimizes the “extras” that come home when I shop on an empty stomach.

In between the laundry and breakfast I drove down to Bellamy Harbor for the sunrise. We received six to eight inches of fluffy snow last night and I wanted to capture the park before the white blanket was disturbed. A few more clouds would have been preferred but the serenity of this view was exactly what I was hoping to capture.

 

Bellamy Winter View
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/25s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Burden

Monochrome Winter
Midday, Macro

Although the morning was full of snow the afternoon was bright and sunny. I took the opportunity to walk around the building during lunch to explore the winter landscape. With the wind blowing the snow off the roof and the plow still working on clearing the parking lot my exploring was cut a little short. I did manage to capture a few snow covered survivors…

 

Burden
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/1250s, f/2.8, ISO 100

Cascading Time

Chittenango Falls State Park

There are probably numerous reasons why I gravitated to this image this morning. I could blame it on my new Ansel Adams book, or the post I saw on Instagram the other day, but really, this morning felt like a waterfall day. Remembering the sounds of the cascading water, the smell of the park, it all washed over me as I was drinking my coffee. Funny how the minds works.

This image was captured back in October. I was looking for an Autumn view of the falls but the timing of my visit was off. The cloudy sky didn’t bother, I much prefer an overcast day for waterfalls, but the colors of the leaves surrounding the gorge were not at a level I had hoped to capture. It was still a good visit, Chittenango Falls almost always provides me with photographic opportunities. It happened to not match the vision in my head as I drove out.

I still like a good monochrome waterfall image though…

 

Cascading Time
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 20mm, f/16, ISO 100

Running Through

Delta Lake State Park

You stick with what you know, or maybe in this case, where you can get to. I ran up to Delta Lake after work yesterday. The weather was great, the temperatures were definitely better than a few days ago, and I had stayed inside all day Sunday and needed to stretch my legs.

It is amazing to me how quickly a place can change. The image I posted yesterday with the layer of open water was captured on Friday. The lake is now frozen over (mostly). I would not venture out onto the ice, especially as I heard it creaking and cracking as I explored for images. I’m assuming the quick change has more to do with the wind than it does with the temperature. Once the water was calm the temperature was able to go to work.

It was another good night at Delta. I grabbed a few of my standard winter images, i.e., the lonely bench isolated with the sun setting in the background, more silhouetted trees and of course, open water reflections. I am drawn to a good reflection. It does intrigue me to see an underground stream pop out through the sand and makes its way to the lake. The water level is still very low and this particular stream would have been in five feet of water at normal levels.

Processing this image this morning had me thinking of another Haiku, actually the first one I wrote after that trip to Philadelphia. Although Delta Lake is convenient the feelings of the words fit for me…

Photographer

Alone in the car
The journey to see a new
A sunset afar

 

Running Through
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 100

As the Sun Goes Down

Delta Lake State Park

Not everything is a monochrome image. It appears I have been on a little B&W streak lately. What can I say, when it fits the image of the vision in my head, that is what is created. Like this one, it is mostly about the colors of the sunset.

It was cold that evening. By the time the sun dropped below the horizon my finger tips were almost numb. And this was through my gloves (I think I need a better pair of those). Although the water in the lake had not frozen over the moisture in the sand created a very hard packed surface. The water in the foreground is sitting on top of the sand, it isn’t that the sand is saturated.

I really liked the layers of colors in this one. The sky obviously is soaking up the remnants of color from the setting sun. The water stands in stark contrast as a layer of opposing blue and then we return to the colors of the sky reflected in the foreground. Cold, but still worth the effort…

 

As the Sun Goes Down
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 100

Resolute

Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake State Park

I’ll admit I have a “thing” for photographing leafless trees in silhouette. There is a fascination with the amount of detail seen in the bare branches. These three trees at Delta Lake have been my subject numerous times throughout the years. I especially like when I have converted the image to black and white, which to me, greatly enhances the appeal of the silhouette. Plus, it works well for my Monochrome Winter series.

Resolute
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/125s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 100