Gates of Rome

Barge Canal at Bellamy Harbor Park

Gates of Rome – Portfolio Blog

Bellamy Harbor Park is where the barge canal meets the Mohawk River at the southern end of Rome.  At the western end of the harbor there are water control gates for the canal.  At times I think they intrude on the scenery of the harbor, but on Saturday morning, with a fresh coat of snow, I think they created their own scene.  After I grabbed my wide-angle view of the park I captured a few images of the gates…  the Gates of Rome


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Gates of Rome

Gates of Rome
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 14mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Gates of Rome II

Gates of Rome II
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 40s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


Canalfest 2017

Canalfest, Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

Canalfest 2017 start on August 3rd and will run through August 5th. I haven’t always been a supporter of the events of summer in Rome but I have to admit the city has been doing a lot good work sprucing up the place, especially down at Bellamy Harbor Park. I also found out that there is a photography contest during the Canalfest so I actually submitted five images.  I checked on some of the past winners and discovered your images do not all have to be about the Erie/Barge Canal but I only thought it appropriate to have a couple of mine showing off the canal as it has provided me quite a lot of photographic scenes over the years.

I selected what I thought was a good representation of my work (it was tough but I did refrain from picking any of my Disney images… LOL!). Here are the images I used:


MLCreations Photography: Floral &emdash; Tangled



MLCreations Photography: Grass &emdash; Dandie



MLCreations Photography: Monochrome &emdash; Erie Barge

Erie Barge


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Lock 20 Rising

Lock 20 Rising


MLCreations Photography: Chittenango Falls &emdash; Chittenango Falls

Chittenango Falls


I truly had no aspirations of winning anything. I honestly spent more money in buying the frames, getting the pictures printed and submitting then to the contest than I could have won. The thrill was having my pictures on display for everyone to see. Canalfest opened at 5pm yesterday, so after work I stopped by to see all the photos. I didn’t get a call during the day which is what the winners would have gotten so I was curious to see the everything. As I walked around looking at all the photos I was surprised to find this:


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash;

Chairman’s Choice


I can honestly say I am more impressed with this ribbon than if I won, placed or showed… I’m really happy it was one of the canal related images. Not going to lie, I walked around the park a little taller the rest of the evening.

I also managed to stop at the park on my way to work yesterday morning. The sun and clouds were conspiring to make it a beautiful sunrise. I pulled off a seven image pano of Bellamy Harbor Park. I thought it was nice to show off one of my favorite spots for pictures…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Bellamy Sunrise Pano

Bellamy Sunrise Pano
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 7 image pano, 6s, 19mm, f/16, ISO 200

Snow Along the Canal

Monochrome Winter

A friend at work yesterday was telling me about the view along the canal he passed on his way into work. It definitely sounded like something I would want to capture. I was able to leave work a few hours early and I made my way to this glorious location. I was off only a little as the scene he described ended up being about a mile down the road from where I entered the canal trail. I didn’t walk the trail far enough but I now know exactly where I need to go next time. I don’t think I can call my exploration a fail as I was able to capture these images along the canal.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Trail Bridge

Trail Bridge
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Canal West

Canal West
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Canal East

Canal East
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Past the Bench

Past the Bench
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


Lock 20, Barge Canal

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post my adventure for a sunrise began at Lock 20 on the Barge Canal. The morning light combined with the clouds was creating some beautiful colors. On the downstream side of the lock the canal was no longer frozen although there were ice floaties… yes, that is a technical term. LOL

Due to the ice layer further down the canal an upper level current was swirling the floating ice pieces. My trick was to get the right amount of time on the exposure to show this current (like a star trail in a night sky photograph) without blowing the highlights near the horizon.  The moments just prior to sunrise and the cloud cover allowed a 15 second exposure.  As you can see in the bottom of the image, there is a very cool dynamic with the current.


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Currents

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 15s, 20mm, f/16, ISO 200

Cityglow Sunrise

Barge Canal looking toward Utica, NY

I got my butt out early Saturday! I made a plan and actually followed through with it. Too bad the approaching front didn’t know my plan… 😦

I wanted to catch the sunrise from the Barge Canal. The past few mornings have been wonderful for sunrises (at least as I looked through the shop windows at work). I noticed there was still a thin layer of ice on the barge canal and thought it would add some nice broken reflections for the sunrise.

At least the ice was still in the canal. As you can see from the picture the clouds were rolling in fast and there was very little of the rising sun that made it though to me. The color in the sky is a little sun but mostly the glow from the city lights of Utica.  I grabbed a few images while the time for sunrise approached but when the sun should have been visible there was nothing but clouds.  I did like the thin strip of white that moved through as I captured this thirty second exposure.

I’m listening to the wind race outside this morning as I write this post so I do not think I will have a chance for a sunrise this morning.  I was spoiled that week in Florida with all the sunrise opportunities.  I know there are pictures here for me I just need to find them!


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Cityglow Sunrise

Cityglow Sunrise
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 30s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 400