Mill St. Silhouette

Bellamy Harbor

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; MillStSilhouette

Mill St. Silhouette
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 0.6s, 47mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Across the Canal

Bellamy Harbor Park from across the Canal
  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Across the Canal

Across the Canal
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/20s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Bellamy Harbor Morning

Bellamy Harbor, Rome, NY

As I was driving through Rome on my way to work yesterday morning I felt a constant pull of the rising sun. Officially, sun rise had not occurred but the colors in the Eastern sky were calling me. It didn’t surprise me when the car turned right and I drove to Bellamy Harbor.

It is a favorite destination of mine, especially when there are a few low hanging clouds to catch the changing colors. There is a small parking area on the Western side of the park and an area near the canal gates that lets you see the whole park. I setup the tripod and grab a familiar view.

Once I stop and actually look around I notice the moon and Venus in the morning sky. Well, I couldn’t let this opportunity slip away from me. I try a capture in portrait orientation which allows me to zoom in a little and get the celestial objects in the frame. This highlights the colors in the sky and water but the focus feels too narrow to me. I switch back to a landscape orientation and grab another capture. Although this puts the moon a lot smaller in the frame the scale feels better to me.

The last thought I have is to do a panoramic view of the entire harbor. I’ve done this a number of times from this spot at the harbor. I can’t help myself, I set the camera back to portrait orientation and adjust the tripod so the head stays level while I rotate it. To get the sequence right it is best to switch to manual mode on your camera. Find the mid-point of the dynamic range and adjust your exposure. It takes seven images to capture the whole of the harbor.

I like how the pano will turn out. I can see it already, even before I process everything. There will be a transition from left to right from a darker, almost night image to a colorful sunrise image. The change from night to day in one view. I wasn’t disappointed once I created the panoramic…

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Harbor Color

Harbor Color
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 23mm, f/11, ISO 200

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Venus and the Moon

Venus and the Moon
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.3s, 19mm, f/11, ISO 200

   

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Harbor Sky
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.3s, 13mm, f/11, ISO 200

   

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Slowly Rises
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200

Bellamy at Both Ends

Bellamy Harbor Park

Yesterday was supposed to be my trip to Ithaca, NY to explore a few of my favorite state parks. Luckily, before I headed out on my adventure I checked the state park website for each park and realized most of my favorite trails were closed. Taughannock Falls trails were open but I didn’t want to spend the two hour drive for only one park. I will be patient and wait until I can make a day of it in Ithaca.

With the change in my plans I quickly ran down to Bellamy Harbor Park for the sunrise… totally worth it! The trees are showing more of their green each day and the few clouds from the approaching rain caught the morning colors perfectly. I wish the water was a little smoother but at least the center caught the reflection of the Mill St. bridge.

Apparently my luck was not to improve. My grand plan for the sunset was to return to the Utica Marsh. I knew my normal trail into the area has been neglected over the years but I thought I had another way in. I failed to notice the bridge I planned to use had been blocked off by the city of Utica. I still think there is a way but last night I didn’t want to waste the sunset searching.

I drove back to Rome and parked at Bellamy Harbor Park figuring I could bookend my day at a familiar location. Mother Nature did not disappoint, she put on quite a show before sunset. I crossed the Mill St. bridge and captured the sunset from across the canal. The water was very smooth and the reflection of the clouds totally highlights Bellamy Harbor Park. I’d say my earlier misfortune was erased by this sunset…

  

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G’morning Bellamy
Olympus E-M1 Mark II , M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 31mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Highlighting Bellamy

Highlighting Bellamy
Olympus E-M1 Mark II , M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Working Canal

Barge Canal – Lock 20

Another morning venturing into the darkness in search of the sunrise. My adventure was not as fruitful as the previous day due to a lack of clouds in the sky. The clouds add the drama and enhance the interest better than a sky without them. They are also very good at capturing the morning colors as the sun marches toward the horizon.

I did spend time exploring the staging area around Lock 20 for the equipment used in maintaining the canal. I was amazed at the volume stored around the lock. I guess the canal authority has not yet begun maintenance after the winter season. At least it allowed me to capture some close-up images.

The first image is looking East along the canal toward Lock 20 from the Rt. 291 overpass. The view from the bridge has been a favorite over the years. Timing the position of the sunrise is always important. Currently the sun is rising a little to far North of the canal for a typical sunrise for me.

The second image is a floating crane. It is parked at the entrance to the lock. Someday I’ll time it right to actually see a vessel going through the lock. The last image is a pair tugs waiting to be placed back into service. I’m sure they don’t like to be out of the water.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Working Canal

Working Canal
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 3.2s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 100

  

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SPS-52
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 18mm, f/11, ISO 100

  

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Working Canal
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 23mm, f/11, ISO 100