The Playground

Through The Glass – TTG04
Trenton Falls

Mother Nature has been having some fun lately. Hot, humid days and the occasional downpour has limited the time out with the camera. Although I was enjoying my Saturday morning of doing absolutely nothing (because of the rain, I swear!), I decided to head up to my favorite playground to grab some long exposure water images before the sun burned its way through the clouds. The area of the West Canada Creek below Trenton Falls if a perfect spot for me to play. And, if I must admit it, I needed to get my butt off the couch… LOL!

I know I have captured this view before but I really enjoy the “big picture” from the bridge over the creek. I also like when the overflow gate is closed and the water is spilling over the dam. I generally spend a lot of my time climbing around on the rocks to the right looking for interesting water patterns. This time I broke out the Lensball…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; The Playground

The Playground
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/140s, 20mm , f/16, ISO 64


I found a small crevice with water pooled in it that pointed right at the flow control gatehouse. My initial thought was to use the 40-150mm lens and grab a compressed view. This first image is the result. The sun managed to be looking out from behind the clouds at the time but I think it adds a little to the image. Although I was going for the compression the zoom lens creates and I love the colors, I wasn’t able to bring the Lensball into the frame any larger (this was due to where I needed the camera to get the angle I wanted).


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Long Lens Look

Long Lens Look
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/10s, 150mm, f/16, ISO 64


The second attempt is with the wide angle lens placed about six inches from the Lensball. This allowed me to enlarge the look of the ball, bring in more of the background and capture some of the reflection of the Lensball in the water. I also provided some shade to reduce the glare. If you look close you can see my reflection in the Lensball… 🙂


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Water Pools

Water Pools
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 16mm, f/16, ISO 64


Green Lakes Rescue

Green Lakes State Park


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Green Lakes Rescue

Green Lakes Rescue
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400

Delta Lake Dam

Through the Glass – TTG02

I am having a lot of fun using the Lensball in my images. I decided I should create its own series. So I went back to the first post where I names this series (unknowingly) and created post number one. This is now the second in this new series, Through the Glass. I rolled out of bed a little later than normal since I decided to call this my off day at the gym, but I was still able to drag my butt over to the Delta Lake dam for some sunrise images. Let me know how you like this series incorporating my new toy…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Delta Lake Dam

Delta Lake Dam
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {0.3, 0.6, 1/6s bracket}, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200


First Light Support

Barge Canal near Bellamy Harbor Park


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; First Light Support

First Light Support
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/15, 1/6, 1/3, 0.6s bracket}, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Kayak Anyone?

Green Lakes State Park

Yesterday was a friend’s birthday. I decided a few weeks ago I would take the day off and bring her a couple of pictures. As the weekend approached I thought she might take the day off from work but I knew a few people who could put them on her desk so she would have something when she returned. I kept to my plan. Presents successfully delivered.

Now, what to do with the rest of the day. Considering my friend is from my previous job out in Syracuse I had a lot of possibilities. I ended up going to a few of the state parks on my way back home. Although I thought I might run into a little rain as the sky was starting to cloud over, I managed to avoid any water falling (except for a waterfall or two… ). I started with my old lunch time stomping ground while I worked in Syracuse, the Old Erie Canal Park in DeWitt. Second on my park tour was Green Lakes State Park and I ended with a recurring favorite, Chittenango Falls State Park. I thought of a few others but my stomach was calling for food and I had a few errands to run back home.

There have been a lot of improvements at Green Lakes State Park since my last visit. I really like what they have been doing. As I walked around the lake I found some kayaks stacked and ready to rent. They added a great ‘pop’ of color to this serene view of the swimming area. I’m going to have to remember this park as the leaves turn colors this fall…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Kayak Anyone?

Kayak Anyone?
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Sunrise Through the Glass

Hinckley Reservoir
Through the Glass – TTG01

Saturday was supposed to have occasional rain. I read that as there would be some good cloud representation in the sky for the sunrise. It also meant I could put off doing the laundry for a day, but that is a different story. I hadn’t been up to Hinckley Reservoir in a couple of months. I wasn’t positive there would be anything worth photographing but it isn’t far and definitely worth the drive. I also knew there are plenty of rocks near the dam and I wanted to play with the Lensball again. I think everything worked out well for me…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sunrise Through the Glass

Sunrise Through the Glass
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/125s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 800


Peekaboo Sun

Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

I’m sure a big portion of my reasons for always going to Bellamy Harbor Park is the distance from my house. I can be here in fifteen minutes. But, it is also a great location for sunrise/sunset images as the canal is aligned East to West and as the sun traverses the seasons it will rise/set in different areas of the park. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that I’m a fan of water, reflections and silhouettes in my images…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Peekaboo Sun

Peekaboo Sun
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200