Chittenango Falls State Park

I decided a wider view to include more of the gorge was called for to highlight the changing colors of the leaves. My typical focus only on the waterfall would have left a lot of the color out of the picture. I also like that this view makes the 167′ waterfall feel small in comparison to the the walls of the gorge.


MLCreations Photography: Chittenango Falls &emdash; Gorge-ous

Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100

Bench with a View

Lower Falls Area, Letchworth State Park


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Bench with a View

Bench with a View
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 200

Autumn Inspiration

Letchworth State Park


MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Autumn Inspiration

Autumn Inspiration
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II, 1/3s, 85mm, f/18, ISO 64

Autumn Colors and the Light

Bellamy Harbor Park

After spending over six hours in the car and almost six hours at Letchworth State Park on Thursday, the draw of the light shining on Bellamy Harbor Park as I drove into Rome was too great. The view from the bridge immediately drew my attention and I barely gave it a second thought as I drove over to the park. There is something hypnotic about a front lit scene with a darker sky that fascinates me. I didn’t explore beyond the view from across the harbor but The yellow trees against the darker blue tinted clouds was a winner for me…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Reflections at Bellamy

Reflections at Bellamy
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Autumn Finds Bellamy

Autumn Finds Bellamy
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 200

Autumn Swirl

Chittenango Falls State Park

It was another questionable day for the weather. Clouds came and went, the sun making itself known throughout and rain, if only a quick sprinkle, ever possible. Still, it was worth a trip to Chittenango Falls State Park. I wasn’t positive if the trees lining the gorge had fully turned to their autumn pallet, but considering how close the park is, it was worth the drive. There was definitely the start of the colors I seek and I’m guessing by next weekend it will be the full blown pallet.

My favorite section of the creek above the main waterfall held more color and I spent quite a lot of time exploring the possible views. I really liked this section which allowed my to fill the background with color while capturing the swirling bubbles below the small ledge waterfall. Capturing the right image involves a lot of patience. It is easy to get the right exposure, timing the pattern of bubbles can be frustrating. This one was probably my sixth or seventh setup of the tripod and the third change of exposure to get the swirl the way I wanted it.


MLCreations Photography: Chittenango Falls &emdash; Autumn Swirl

Autumn Swirl
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 17mm, f/16, ISO 100

Great Bend

Letchworth State Park

Autumn in New York is a sight to see. That would be the state not the city. Although to be fair, I’ve not visited the city during autumn. What I’m talking about are the state parks. I hope the state continues to support the park system.

I have been monitoring the state’s fall foliage map and now is the time to venture out and view the autumn colors. Even though the weather forecast was “iffy” at best I took a couple days off from work to travel to a few of these state parks I ramble on about and capture the changing leaves. My first stop was Letchworth, the “Grand Canyon of the East”. This park is one of the best state parks in the country. It is definitely worth the two and a half hour drive for me!

In order to get to the park before sunrise I need to leave the house around 3am. The drive generally takes me longer than the GPS calculated time as consuming coffee on the trip requires making a few stops along the way. I managed to get to the “Great Bend” section of the park forty-five minutes before sunrise. I love the morning blue hour and was hoping the chance of rain forecast for the morning would hold off long enough for a few images. I fought my way through occasional sprinkles while I captured images of the tree lined gorge.

This is a seven image panoramic of the Great Bend. The foliage map listed this area of the state at mid-point and you can see there are still some tress waiting to turn to their autumn color. Next weekend might be a better time to visit but I didn’t want to lose this opportunity. Fair warning, there will be more images to be posted…


MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Great Bend

Great Bend
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200, {7 image pano}

Spill a Little

Forestport Dam

As I returned home from Old Forge on Sunday I took the opportunity to stop in Forestport to photograph the dam. The colors of the leaves had not completely changed over to the autumn colors I sought, but there was enough to make the view a little interesting. There is a nice out cropping of rocks next the bridge over the river and this allowed me to get an unobstructed foreground to capture some of the reflection.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Spill a Little

Spill a Little
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 20mm, f/11, ISO 200