Bellamy Harbor Morning

Bellamy Harbor, Rome, NY

As I was driving through Rome on my way to work yesterday morning I felt a constant pull of the rising sun. Officially, sun rise had not occurred but the colors in the Eastern sky were calling me. It didn’t surprise me when the car turned right and I drove to Bellamy Harbor.

It is a favorite destination of mine, especially when there are a few low hanging clouds to catch the changing colors. There is a small parking area on the Western side of the park and an area near the canal gates that lets you see the whole park. I setup the tripod and grab a familiar view.

Once I stop and actually look around I notice the moon and Venus in the morning sky. Well, I couldn’t let this opportunity slip away from me. I try a capture in portrait orientation which allows me to zoom in a little and get the celestial objects in the frame. This highlights the colors in the sky and water but the focus feels too narrow to me. I switch back to a landscape orientation and grab another capture. Although this puts the moon a lot smaller in the frame the scale feels better to me.

The last thought I have is to do a panoramic view of the entire harbor. I’ve done this a number of times from this spot at the harbor. I can’t help myself, I set the camera back to portrait orientation and adjust the tripod so the head stays level while I rotate it. To get the sequence right it is best to switch to manual mode on your camera. Find the mid-point of the dynamic range and adjust your exposure. It takes seven images to capture the whole of the harbor.

I like how the pano will turn out. I can see it already, even before I process everything. There will be a transition from left to right from a darker, almost night image to a colorful sunrise image. The change from night to day in one view. I wasn’t disappointed once I created the panoramic…

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Harbor Color

Harbor Color
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 23mm, f/11, ISO 200

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Venus and the Moon

Venus and the Moon
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.3s, 19mm, f/11, ISO 200

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Harbor Sky

Harbor Sky
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.3s, 13mm, f/11, ISO 200

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Slowly Rises

Slowly Rises
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200

Delta Blues

Delta Lake State Park

Yesterday we received the rain we needed, actually the rain is continuing this morning and probably will for most of the day. In the morning I spent my time getting the normal weekend chores completed, i.e., laundry and groceries. By mid-morning the sun fought its way through the clouds and it appeared we would need to deal with another hot & humid day. It self corrected as the clouds rolled back in after dinner and the sky darkened with the coming rain.

I didn’t think I would see a sunset but I drove up to Delta Lake on the chance a bit of sun would poke through before dropping below the horizon. Due to the weather the park was basically empty. I probably saw two different families enjoying the calm before the rain.

I got lucky as one of the umbrellas for the life guard chairs was not put away. The contrast of the red and white umbrella against the completely blue scene was quite noticeable. I walked straight to the water’s edge and this is the first image I captured. Looking at it this morning I wish I had composed the scene a little differently but overall it conveys the mood of last evening.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Delta Blues

Delta Blues
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Years in Layers

Gorge Trail, Buttermilk Falls State Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Buttermilk Falls &emdash; Years in Layers

Years in Layers
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 5s, 18mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Midday Walk

Mohawk River Trail

Late yesterday morning was a good time for a walk. It was warm but not hot with a small breeze to cool you off when needed. I thought another walk along the Mohawk River Trail would do me good. I packed a few lenses into a small messenger bag and headed out. There was no specific destination for this walk, the walk itself was the goal.

Before I even reached the start of the trail I decided I was going to capture as much as I could with the camera. When I started playing with cameras a few years ago I would capture images of everything. Now I have it in my head that every has be something I would print and hang on my wall. I don’t play with the camera as mush as I used to do when I was beginning. On this walk walk, if it caught my eye, I would photograph it and put it into a post.

I started with macro lens. The beginning of the trail does not have many scenic views but typically provides many opportunities for macro images. I slowed down my walk and let every color or spot of light have my focus. Little details most people would walk past deserved a look through the lens.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Midday Walk - I

Midday Walk – I
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/400s, f/2.8, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Midday Walk - II

Midday Walk – II
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/1250s, f/2.8, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Midday Walk - III

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

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Midday Walk - IV

Midday Walk – IV
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/1250s, 38mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Midday Walk - V

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

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Midday Walk - VI

Midday Walk – VI
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Midday Walk - VIII

Midday Walk – VIII
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/640s, f/2.8, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Midday Walk - IX

Midday Walk – IX
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/250s, 25mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Midday Walk - X

Midday Walk – X
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/400s, 15mm, f/2.8, ISO 200

The Light Behind

Robert H. Treman State Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Robert H. Treman &emdash; The Light Behind

The Light Behind
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/6d, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200