Sliding Through

Union Station, Utica, NY

Sliding Through – Portfolio Blog

The warming temperatures of Spring always bring the muddy browns to any landscape photography efforts until the green starts to fight its way to the surface. This always has me trying to be a little more creative with my sunrise/sunset images. Saturday morning I thought I would try the train station down in Utica. I was lucky!

A couple of freight trains passed through the station while I was there. They provided some interesting opportunities. This East bound train came into the station as I was on the walkway above the tracks. It is always difficult photographing through a window and doubly so when shooting toward the rising sun. I loved the fact I was able to capture the locomotives slightly blurred as they slowly rolled through the station.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sliding Through

Sliding Through
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200



Rising Lighthouse

Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

Rising Lighthouse – Portfolio Blog

When I go to Walt Disney World it is not always about the theme parks. There are amazing areas throughout the property and some of the best theming occurs at the resorts. The first time I stayed at the Beach Club I fell in love with the Crescent Lake area. To this day I can still find enjoyment exploring around the lake. A particular favorite subject of my photography is the Yacht Club lighthouse. I can always capture a beautiful sunrise or sunset that includes this iconic structure. This is one of those sunrises…


MLCreations Photography: Around WDW &emdash; Rising Lighthouse

Rising Lighthouse
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/10, 1/20 & 1/40s bracket}, 18mm, f/16, ISO 200


Come Sit With Me

Bellamy Harbor Park

Come Sit With Me – Portfolio Blog

It might not be the most exciting place in the world, heck, it is a little “harbor” at the bottom of Rome, NY, but in the quiet hours of the morning it can be a very beautiful place to be. I remember when the city added the benches on this side of the park. Not many people venture across the pedestrian bridge. If you do though, you are rewarded with a scene like this.

Sit. Enjoy the morning. Listen… only the sound of water flowing over the spillway. Relax. The day is young…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Come Sit With Me

Come Sit With Me
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 40s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Union Station

Boehlert Transportation Center, Utica, NY

Union Station – Portfolio Blog

Driving back home from my pre-sunrise photography adventure (see yesterday’s post) I couldn’t help but stop at the train station in Utica. As I entered the city from the East, the sun was breaking the horizon and aligning itself with the tracks. All this was clearly illuminated in my rear view mirror. The opportunity was knocking and I had to open the door. I was rewarded with some puddles of water from melting snow (I’m going to assume the use of rock salt to help that process). Water always adds a point of interest, especially when you get low…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; UnionStation

Union Station
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/40s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


Waterfront Grille

Barge Canal, Herkimer, NY

Waterfront Grille – Portfolio Blog

Although the thermometer was reading zero degrees I had a thought for a sunrise image that I wanted to capture. Checking the weather and the Photographer’s Ephemeris, I felt today was a good day to try. There is a area along the barge canal in Herkimer, NY that has been developed and includes the Waterfront Grille. Looking at Google Maps earlier in the week had me thinking I would be able to get next to the canal, have the restaurant and the sunrise over the water in the same view. I got lucky with the open water still in the canal as well as the great chunks of broken ice along the edge. Normally, on my sunset images I have the sun in the scene but for some reason I love the colors in the hour before sunrise and never stick around to capture the actual sun… LOL


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Waterfront Grille

Waterfront Grille
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1.3, 2.5 & 5s bracket}, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

Hinckley Morning

Hinckley Reservoir

The weather forecast was calling for a warm weekend. It also indicated that rain would be moving into my area in the afternoon. I took a chance that those conditions would produce a good sunrise up at Hinckley Reservoir. Although the thermometer was reading in the low teens I didn’t think it would affect my morning photography. Stupid me! I forgot about wind chill. I lasted about 30 minutes up at the reservoir before I gave up and jumped back into the car.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand View

Grand View
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200
8 image panoramic


I have captured numerous pictures over the years from my vantage point next to the dam. If you do a search for Hinckley on the blog you will get a sense of how often I return to this spot. Before I ventured down to my normal vantage point at the water’s edge I decided to try for a panoramic image of the entire scene. I didn’t quite have enough coffee in me as I neglected to turn the camera to its portrait orientation but I grabbed 8 images covering almost 180 degrees. FYI – turning the camera to portrait will require more images to capture your scene but you can capture more information top and bottom which will help when your software stitches the images together. If you are interested in the process, check out this article at Digital Photography School.

After getting all my images for the pano I went closer to the concrete columns frozen in the reservoir for my traditional image at Hinckley. If you did the search you will see these columns are typically the focus point of my pictures in this location. I think it is time for me to explore this area a little more and find the other views I am sure are here. Maybe next weekend…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Frozen

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M.
Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2s, 13mm, f/16, ISO 200

Marina Morning

Utica Marina

Yesterday was a get out of bed and find the sunrise morning. After working on my image for yesterday’s post I gathered up my gear and headed East in search of the sunrise. I could see the colors were going to be great but I needed a suitable subject. I wanted the barge canal in the image as I thought there would be open water somewhere along its route. The first few locations did not work for me, either the sunrise was in the wrong location or the ice was still on the canal. Finally I found my prize at the Utica Marina.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Marina Morning

Marina Morning
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 31mm, f/16, ISO 200