Flags of Honor

Griffiss Business and Technology Park, Rome, NY

I really goofed up my days. With yesterday being Flag Day I should have posted this image but my excitement over my new toy distracted me. This is the Flags of Honor display in front of the B-52G Mohawk Valley on the old Griffiss AFB. The sign indicates it is part of the NYS Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. It has definitely attracted a lot of visitors but grabbing this image before sunrise allowed me to not obstruct anyone’s view…

Mohawk Valley
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200

Morning Take-Off

Drone Photography

I finally jumped in on Saturday. I have been looking, researching and talking to co-workers about getting a drone for over a year. I’m not entirely sure what was holding me back. Saturday morning I decided to do it. There was some drama surrounding the purchase but eventually I ended up driving to Syracuse to pick one up. I came home with the DJI Air 2S and the Fly More bundle with its two extra batteries, six sets of blades, a carrying bag and ND filters for the camera.

I drove up to the high school my kids went to on Saturday evening to learn how to control the drone in a nice open field. Yep, I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. It took about half the battery life to get a feel for the controls (I still have a lot more practicing to do) but by the end I felt confident I could fly well enough to try some photography.

I made plans to get the sunrise along the Barge Canal on Sunday. It would only be my second flight but the Air 2S is easy to fly. I needed to drive about half way to Utica to escape the controlled airspace around Rome but it was worth it. The sun was breaking through the cloud cover and the water in the canal was s smooth as a mirror. Needless to say, I had a great time!

Morning Take-Off
DJI Air 2S, 1/160, 8.4mm, f/2.8, ISO 100

I also capture a 30+ second video of the flight down the canal. Most of Sunday morning was finding a video editor and learning how to use (barely!). I think there is a lot more I can do with editing but that will come with time…

I do not have a plan for this site that allows videos but here is the link to it on my website:


Morning Stroll


I ran out right after sunrise (and the rain had stopped) to see if I could find some flowers with water drops. I might have brought home a few daisy images that will work but as I was exploring I found this little guy. I struggled with getting a good image. Surprisingly, he moved around way move than I thought he would and the strand of grass was swaying a little too much to keep focus. This is the best of the series…

Morning Stroll
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 200

Don’t Turn Away

Floral, Midday, Macro, Monochrome

Don’t Turn Away
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 100

Relaxin’ Blues

Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

When I stay at one of the resorts around Crescent Lake as I visit Walt Disney World, my favorite way to start the day is to walk around the lake before sunrise. The loop around the lake is shy of a mile so I definitely get warmed up for the day’s exploring in one of the parks. It is also a great location for sunrise images and pretty much any direction you point the camera is an amazing view.

On the side of the lake with the Yacht & Beach Club resorts there are plenty of areas of white sand beaches and lounge chairs. I don’t normally partake in the chairs as they are generally still covered in morning dew when I am out and about, but I would definitely sit in one of these to enjoy the sunrise. The view of the lighthouse with the Boardwalk resort in the background is a favorite of mine. You can see the start of the sunrise as the sky is barely turning pink on the left above the buildings.

Relaxin’ Blues
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 0.6s, 21mm, f/8, ISO 200


Bellamy Harbor Park

My go to spot for a sunrise image at Bellamy Harbor is gone! It is next to the flow control gate on the Barge Canal. I could go right to the edge, place my tripod and have a clear view of the harbor, the canal, the Mill St. bridge and the sunrise. I’m thinking the city was having problems with unauthorized access to the gates. They put up an eight foot, chain link fence on both sides of the canal.

I knew this yesterday as I was driving to work but the call of the morning colors had me driving the car to my old spot. I wasn’t positive what I could capture but I knew I needed to stop and get an image. Lucky for me the hinge side of the gate in the fence had a large enough gap to allow me to get the camera through and still work the controls. That apex of grass below the bridge is where I used to setup for all those annoying images of Bellamy Harbor Park and the Barge Canal. Now all you will get is this…

Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/13s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200