Goose, Goose, Geese

Bellamy Harbor Park

OK, it started out at 4F degrees when I went out for the sunrise but it was -4F by the time I got back home. I would have been OK with the temp but my walk away from the car was apparently with the breeze and the walk back nearly froze my face off. Damn, it was cold!

I found where the geese decided to sleep for the night. I suppose the water was a good 30F warmer than the air but still looked cold to me. When I came around the west side of the Mohawk River to capture the view I wanted, the geese didn’t like how close I was getting and started to move away. Although a few might be blurry due to the shutter speed, having them farther out in the water does add to the story of the image. You can see “steam” over the ice in the Barge Canal.

OK, I’m getting cold again looking at this image, time for another cup of coffee…

Goose, Goose, Geese
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M.
Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/6s, 20mm, f/11, ISO 400

Life Reflected

Tree of Life, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

At one point yesterday I looked out the window at work and saw blue skies, puffy white clouds and the sun. That all changed about an hour before I left work. We got snow! Not a lot, only 4 – 6 inches but enough to change my plans… no sunset photography. Now the snow I’m OK with but these single digit temperatures hurt. It is supposed to be clear skies this morning, maybe I’ll brave the four-degree temps and search out the sunrise… maybe… 🙂

My Lightroom catalog was still on the Disney folder when I opened the program. Yeah, a warm looking sunrise image would help take my mind off the current temperature. Most images of the Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom are from the “front”, if a tree can have a front or back. There is generally a long line of people waiting to grab the iconic image (Tree of Life Morning), but I prefer the opposite view. Probably due to my preference for a good reflection.

Life Reflected
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/40s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Morning Serenity

Boardwalk, Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

Other than a moment of sun a couple of days ago we have had only grey skies lately. I saw a message pop up in one of my streams that Disney has released the dates for the 2022 International Flower & Garden Festival. As much as I am still conflicted regarding Disney, I do love going down for that festival. All this had me searching my images from my trip last year.

This is from the morning of my last day at the resort. The sun was barely breaking the tops of the trees so you can see the orange skies starting to move in from the right. I love the small reflections in the water on the boardwalk. Overall, it was a quiet, peaceful morning before the madness of traveling back home. I need to schedule this year’s trip…

Morning Serenity
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/13s, 13mm, f/11, ISO 200

Frozen Dreams

Delta Lake State Park

The sun was out! At first, I wasn’t sure what that bright thing in the sky actually was since I hadn’t seen it in such a long time. Once I got over my initial confusion, I decided I would go get a proper “sunset” at Delta Lake. I should have checked on the wind!

Dang! I thought I dressed appropriately but the wind cut through me with ease. I grabbed a few images then hid behind a group of trees while I waited for the sun to reach the horizon. I wanted to capture the colors reflected in the layer of ice which formed near the shore. Once I captured my view, I practically ran back to the car…

Frozen Dreams
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/125s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Dam Sunday

Monochrome Monday
Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake Dam

I have been determined to find the sun… LOL

At first, I thought it was hiding now I think maybe something happened to it. I hear there is a chance it will make an appearance today, we’ll see.

The lack of sunshine didn’t stop me any more than the falling snow yesterday. I went out before dinner in search of a snowy sunset… ha ha ha

OK, I was really interested in seeing how the dam at Delta Lake looked in the snow. I was searching for an image to use on #MonochromeMonday and the textures at the dam would provide me more than a few opportunities. I circled the area around the dam and came home with a few good views. The bonus would be I managed to stay on my feet even though the snow and icy mist tried like hell to put me on my butt.

Dam One
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/10s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200
Dam Two
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 0.5s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100
Dam Three
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 0.5s, 21mm, f/16, ISO 100
Dam Four
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 0.8s, 21mm, F/16, ISO 100
Dam Five
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/3s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200


Bellamy Harbor Park

The new year! I wanted to kick it off right. I wanted to capture the sunrise on the start of 2022. LOL

Maybe I wanted to prove to myself the photography hiatus I experienced in November/December wasn’t the direction I was heading. Maybe I wanted to kick myself in the arse.

The phrase I used a few years ago was “you have to be in the environment to capture the landscape” and once again I forgot.

More than likely, I wanted to get out of the apartment even though the weather was crap.

This image is about mood. About conveying a feeling. I want it to tell you how I felt out there in the rain “photographing the sunrise.” My initial thought was to convert it to black and white. I ended up brightening the image more than I felt conveyed the mood properly otherwise it would be too dark. I like the result, but it wasn’t quite right.

Sunless – BW
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 4s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

So, I went back to the original. I darkened the highlights a little and didn’t brighten the shadows as much as in the B&W. I added some split toning to help push the mood in the direction I wanted this image to go. A little blue in the shadows and orange in the highlights. I left the haze over the water and in the trees along the canal. Yep, that is how I felt…

Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 4s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Which image is right for you? Might not be the same as the one for me. If you were not out in the environment with me does it affect how you see these images? I’m curious…

Mysterious Memories

Buttermilk Falls State Park

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