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

 

Aqueduct Glass

Through The Glass – TTG03
Old Erie Canal Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Aqueduct Glass

Aqueduct Glass
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/320s, 13mm, f/4, 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

 

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

 

Glass Half Full

Delta Lake State Park

I promise I will not go crazy making images with the Lensball. But, like any kid with a new toy, I’m going to play…

The weather forecast was predicting rain for Sunday. I figured the clouds needed to start rolling in and was hoping they would make an appearance before sunset. Mother Nature did not disappoint me. I had an idea for a sunset image utilizing the Lensball and Delta Lake State Park was the best place to try it out. I was hoping for a little calmer waters but the gentle roll of waves coming to shore was not overwhelming. I had to be quick with the camera if I wanted a low enough angle. It worked out…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 18mm, f/9, ISO 200

 

Bellamy Ball

Bellamy Harbor Park

After a few days of experimenting with my new Lensball I think I finally understand the conditions I need to be in to capture some good images. It was not as intuitive as I thought it would be. After the gym this morning I headed over to my favorite local spot, Bellamy Harbor Park, to see what kind of sunrise images I could capture. I like how this one turned out…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Bellamy Ball

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