Slowing It Down

Pixley Falls State Park
Chittenango Falls State Park

I love photographing water. It presents many possibilities that I am unable to ignore. I am also entranced by the sounds of running water and could sit for hours listening to it. I even have a babbling brook soundtrack I play at night that puts me to sleep within minutes.

While I was at Pixley Falls State Park over the weekend I not only captured images of the waterfall, I searched the creeks feeding the falls for isolated mini falls. The morning had progressed enough and allowed the sun to find such a small section of the creek. I played for quite some time trying different angles and compositions. I really loved this almost macro view with the golden sun reflected in the water.

  

MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Gold Flow

Gold Flow
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 34mm, f/8, ISO 200

 

Although I love the waterfalls at Chittenango Falls State Park there is a section of the creek above the falls that is an amazing playground for me. Depending on the time of year and the volume of water flowing through the creek I can lose time exploring every twist, turn and mini waterfall I can find. It also is a lesser explored area of the park and I encounter far fewer people… 😉

I’m lucky enough to have a spot where an outcropping of stone allows me to practically be in the creek to capture the water. The volume was heavy and the water was flowing fast over the weekend as evidenced by the early picture of the main waterfall. I almost converted this image to B&W, which is my go-to process for this type of image. I couldn’t bring myself to use that version, I really liked the changing colors in the turbulent areas of the creek.

  

MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Hasten

Hasten
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 35mm, f/11, ISO 200

Roaring Falls

Chittenango Falls State Park

In a previous post I mentioned my adventure at Chittenango Falls State Park earlier this week. The volume of water flowing over the falls was incredible. I generally like to photograph the falls when the amount of water allows me to highlight the cascades. The silky streams of water mesmerize me. I wasn’t sure how the pictures would turn out with this much water but I have to admit I am happy with the result.

Setting up for the image I was worried the highlights in the water would cause me issues, especially having to expose enough for the gorge walls still in shadow. I countered by using my polarizing filter which helped reduce the glare and allowed me to capture this image with one exposure. In the past, as I was beginning to learn, I relied on high dynamic range (HDR) techniques to create my images. When done correctly, the HDR technique can yield amazing results, but I used it as a crutch and at times I ended up washing out an image. I was creating images without a proper balance of light and shadow. You need good shadows to produce an interesting image (IMO).

Considering how bright the sun was shining I threw on my 4-stop ND filter as well to reduce my shutter speed and achieve the blur I wanted in the water. Due to the speed of the water flowing through the creek I did not have to get below 1 second to achieve the my look. This is another area that is subjective to the photographer but I like to be able to see the water flowing. I try not to reduce my shutter so far as to create only a blur of white to represent the water but I also do not want to freeze the water with to fast of a shutter.

This park and the beautiful cascading waterfall is one of my favorite places to go in Central NY…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Roaring Falls

Roaring Falls
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M.. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Autumn at Pixley

Pixley Falls State Park

 

MLCreations Photography: Pixley Falls &emdash; One From the Side

One From the Side
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Pixley Falls &emdash; Leaves Fall

Leaves Fall
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 8s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Pixley Falls &emdash; Through the Rocks

Through the Rocks
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 8s, 12mm, f/10, ISO 200

Delta Storm

Delta Lake State Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Delta Storm

Delta Storm
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Mist on the Water

Upper Falls, Letchworth State Park

I traveled back home this past weekend to help my mom. Originally it was the weekend I was to meet my daughter at my Mom’s before her last semester at school became too busy. We combined the too agendas.

She came up from West Virginia University and I drove out from Rome. I was able to help my Mom on Friday and then the three of us spent the weekend together. I was also able to get a few images around my hometown.

Late Saturday I decided I would take off early in the morning to catch the sunrise at Letchworth State Park. By early, I mean I left at 3:30am. It is almost a to hour drive to the Castile entrance and I wanted to be able to capture the blue hour with sunrise occurring at 6:30am.

Without a cloud in the sky the actual sunrise was a little boring (clouds add needed drama). I captured a few good images but still need to process them. I managed to stop at the three main falls along the Genesee river although the trail to the foot bridge near Lower Falls was closed. I really liked this image of Upper Falls…

  

MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Mist on the Water

Mist on the water
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/20s, 19mm, f/16, ISO 100

 

Light & Shade

Buttermilk Falls State Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Buttermilk Falls &emdash; Light & Shade

Light & Shade
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/13, 1/4, 0.6 & 1s bracket}, 32mm, f/11, ISO 100

 

It All Falls Down

Taughannock Falls State Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Taughannock Falls &emdash; It All Falls Down

It All Falls Down
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s 40mm, f/11, ISO 100

 

Fall Into My Dream

Buttermilk Falls State Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Buttermilk Falls &emdash; Fall Into My Dream

Fall Into My Dream
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.6s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 100