Evolution of an Image

Moose River, McKeever, NY

My original plan was to go to Old Forge on Saturday morning to see what autumn colors I could find. I was hoping to start the day with a sunrise from the docks in Old Forge and then work my way into to forest. I woke with a headache and by the time I wrangled it away I would miss the sunrise. No worries, there was still another day to the weekend.

Sunday did not go as planned. I drove up the winding roads through the foothills of the Adirondacks arriving in Old Forge roughly forty-five minutes before sunrise. At least this time there was no fog (see ‘the best laid plans…‘ from seven years ago). My weather app had predicted partly cloudy. I think I need to ask them exactly what that entails. I was fairly confident the cloud cover would eventually give way to the sun but I wasn’t positive how long that would take. Again, no worries, I’ll be back.

The drive back home did yield me a great autumn image. Along Route 28 there is a bridge over the Moose River. I have always wanted an image of the abandoned building visible from road. With the low water levels in the river and the leaves almost at peak color, I decided to to stop and explore the area even though the sky was still overcast.

This first image is from the end of the steps leading down into the river bed. This side of the river is all but dried up which allowed me to do more up-close inspection than normally would be possible. Not a bad image…


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; First Look

First Look
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 26mm, f/11, ISO 200


I almost walked back to the car but why was I in a hurry to get back home? There had to be another image here. I walked upstream a little bit and found a pool of water. Ah, time for a reflection. Everyone know me and my reflections. There was no breeze and no movement in the water, this was going to be good. Getting the camera as low as possible on the tripod allowed me to capture both the trees and the clouds in the reflection. OK, an improvement over the first one. Was there more?


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Color Reflection

Color Reflection
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200


From the pool I could see the river before it took its turn and diverted down the other side of the river bed. It appears to be directly across from the building. This is it! This is the reason I stopped. You can see the entire structure. The colors of the leaves are directly behind my subject. More of the everything is reflected in the water. And I found one lone rock to use in the foreground. Yep! This image is what I wanted.


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; McKeever Pulp Mill

McKeever Pulp Mill
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200


Even though my drive to Old Forge did not end as I expected, I came home with a beautiful autumn image. I came home with an image of a building I had stared at every time I drove North. I came home with a definite keeper. By the way, a little research on the intrawebs and I found this structure is the remains of the McKeever Pulp Mill. From where I was located to capture the last image there was a damn on the river to allow the floating of the logs to the mill. You can see some of the old pictures on the Adirondack Experience website.

At the End

Floral, Macro, Midday

For late September, the past few days have been fantastic. Temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s with plenty of sun. I decided to work half a day on Friday and went for another midday walk along the trails in Griffiss International Sculpture Garden. My thought, besides getting some exercise, was to capture both late season flowers and early autumn colors. It is definitely early for the full autumn colors but it was the right time for the flowers. As much as I like capturing flowers in full bloom, I am fascinated by the look of flowers past their prime. This black-eyed susan was defiant against the call of autumn.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; At the End

At the End
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8, 1/640, f/2.8, ISO 200


Squared – SQ150
Floral, Macro, Midday


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Overachiever

Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/1000s, f/2.8, ISO 200

Summer Leaves

Pixley Falls State Park

Today, at 9:30am EDT, in Rome, NY the Autumnal Equinox will occur marking the start of Fall. It is probably no secret to those who have read this blog for a while that this is my favorite season. Not only because the photographic opportunities increase but the temperatures are more to my liking. I’ll be watching the New York State foliage map and planning some trips to state parks to view the changing colors. This year especially, I have a lot of vacation days remaining and I plan on using some of them…


MLCreations Photography: Pixley Falls &emdash; Summer Leaves

Summer Leaves
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 8s, 19mm, f/11, ISO 200