Make Your Own Path

Monochrome Winter

Make Your Own Path
Olypus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 100

Muted

Monochrome Winter
Bellamy Harbor Park

It feels like forever but in reality it has only been two weeks. I suppose when you generally capture an image every day, the long, silent stretches can feel like an eternity. I wish I had a better reason for the silence other than “I wasn’t feeling it.” But, that is what it amounts to. There were opportunities but I chose not to engage. Maybe I needed it, maybe it is the excuse I keep in my head…

 

Muted
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1.3s, 25mm, f/11, ISO 100

Burden

Monochrome Winter
Midday, Macro

Although the morning was full of snow the afternoon was bright and sunny. I took the opportunity to walk around the building during lunch to explore the winter landscape. With the wind blowing the snow off the roof and the plow still working on clearing the parking lot my exploring was cut a little short. I did manage to capture a few snow covered survivors…

 

Burden
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/1250s, f/2.8, ISO 100

Resolute

Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake State Park

I’ll admit I have a “thing” for photographing leafless trees in silhouette. There is a fascination with the amount of detail seen in the bare branches. These three trees at Delta Lake have been my subject numerous times throughout the years. I especially like when I have converted the image to black and white, which to me, greatly enhances the appeal of the silhouette. Plus, it works well for my Monochrome Winter series.

Resolute
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/125s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 100

Peace, Let’s Give it a Try

Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake State Park

It has been a long week. Around lunch yesterday I checked the forecast and discovered there would be clear skies for the sunset. I decided it was time to check out Delta Lake this year. I wasn’t sure what I would find but getting out of the house was the important objective. I expected the lake to be completely frozen over but that was not the case. The extremely low water level allowed me to explore of the shoreline and I found this interesting composition.

The color image was striking but the monochrome version is amazing. Maybe my preference is due to reading “Ansel Adams’ Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints”. More likely it is my penchant for converting the winter scenes to black and white. The color was a distraction and it had to go…

 

Peace, Let’s Give it a Try
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/200s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200

A Way Through

Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake Dam

The image a couple of days ago was down at the water’s edge in front of the canal aqueduct. This is the big view of the damn as scene from the bridge over the river. As much as I like the dam, I’m more fascinated by the aqueduct. When building the dam, there still needed to be a way for the Black River Canal to be accessible so a series of locks was built on the right side of the dam and the aqueduct was constructed over the Mohawk River. I found this image on the Low Bridge Production website.

 

Low Bridge Production

 

It would have been something to see this canal in operation. It has been close to a hundred years since there was travel on the Black River Canal. At least I can still explore this area and show a glimpse of the interesting history.

 

A Way Through
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/20s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200

Holding Back

Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake Dam

I was asked yesterday about the titles of my images. I generally add a title that conveys a feeling or a thought about the image. Not always, but generally. For some images the title is in my head as I compose and before I activate the shutter. Others come to me as I am processing the image. Today’s image spooked me a little.

After I set the title in Lightroom and exported the image I was asked if I wanted to over-write the existing file. I searched through my blog posts and found the original image titled Holding Back from 2012. When I opened up the post I was surprised by the subject. I guess my mind is still working the same way eight years later.

I’m certain the meaning of the image eight years ago is different than the one I’m posting today. Today’s image sums up a nagging feeling I am a little settled. I’m not a fan of change, although, in the past few years I have experienced some big ones. There are a couple more I want to pursue, changes, that is but I haven’t focused on them yet… I know I’m holding back. I need to figure out why…

 

Holding Back
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200