Wind Swept Sunrise


Although I didn’t get that walk through the snow yesterday I did manage to snag this sunrise in the morning. I was distracted enough by getting my laundry done that as I was getting ready to leave to have the car looked at I noticed the colors in the sky and the winter beach look to the snow. I had a few minutes, so I put the camera on the tripod and trudged my way into the backyard. I almost called this one red, white and blue morning…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Wind Swept Morning

Rise and Shine Bellamy!

Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

Sitting in my chair Sunday morning reading through my emails I slowly noticed that the sky was setting up to possibly put on a show for the sunrise. Normally, groceries are the order of business in the morning but there would be time if I got my butt moving. I quickly threw on some clothes, grabbed the camera bag and headed out the door with the singular destination of Bellamy Harbor Park in Rome. It was on my way and I knew the canal was still ice free where the Mohawk empties into it. I was even thinking far enough ahead to drive to the west side of the park so I wouldn’t have to hoof it very far for the shot. The sky did not disappoint…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Rise and Shine Bellamy!

Coming Home

Melbourne Beach, Florida

The weather hasn’t truly been bad. Listening to the reports I am happy I do not leave off the Eastern shore of Lake Ontario. They have been hit hard this past week. We did experience some unpleasant weather on Tuesday. There is a warm front coming through my area. Around 3pm the sleet and freezing rain started. I opted to leave work early in hopes of out running the weather East. The ride home had its moments but in the end I only traveled an extra 5 minutes due to the weather.

The drive did have me thinking about the beautiful weather I left in Florida back in December. In particular, the last day where I was at the beach for the sunrise. I had an opportunity to switch out my lens to the telephoto and capture the sandpipers and seagulls. On the way home I kept thinking of this particular image I was able to capture of three gulls heading back toward the beach. I had to finish processing and then post it.


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Coming Home


I used quite a few of my compositional tricks to help improve the chances you will like this image. 🙂 I’ll tell on myself and explain what I did…

In my post about the new 52 week challenge I joined I talked about the rule of thirds. That rule is in full force in this image. Can you spot them all?

First, the horizon is on the bottom third horizontal line. Next I placed the three seagulls on the left vertical line. As luck would have it the gulls are also on one of the intersection points. Now, the highlight on the right where the sun will eventually break above the clouds is on the right vertical line. See what I mean by the rule of thirds is in full force.

Now there are few other eye-catching tricks employed in this image. There are three separate layers to the image. The water/waves are in the bottom third of the image and become the foreground. The clouds on the horizon are in the middle third while the gulls and bright yellow/orange sky are the top third. The clouds effectively become the background and the gulls and the hint of the sun are the subtle subject.

One last trick is the odd number of seagulls. This is often referred to as the rule of odds. The brain does not try to ‘pair’ off the odd number and bring a dullness or ‘sameness’ to an image. You can read more about this photographic ‘rule’ at another Digital Photography School article here.

So, did I succeed? Did my tricks influence you at all?

Morning Rivers

Oriskany Creek and Mohawk River
River Street, Oriskany, NY

It was the last day of the holidays/vacation and I was not about to let it slip away as was my penchant last year. After finishing up posting my Delta Day blog and grabbing a quick breakfast, I headed out in search of the sunrise. I was debating my destination internally and adjusting the heading of the car as I observed the morning sky. The lower temperatures this the morning (~12° F) gave me an idea that the rivers/creeks over by the barge canal might hold something interesting.

As I approached the parking area for the barge canal I thought maybe the Oriskany Creek should be my first objective. As the creek winds its way through the lowlands toward the Mohawk River it creates a horseshoe shape at the final approach. I had stopped once before for an image in this same area in the summer of 2015 (Shrouded Sunrise). I have always wanted to get a closer image of the creek.

Today I pushed my timidness aside. I parked the car in the path leading into the corn field, attached the camera to the tripod and strode out across the field toward the edge of the creek. The sun was still about twenty minutes from rising but the colors were exactly what I was looking to capture. The crispness of the morning, the small bits of ice floating by and the layer of ice accumulated on everything combined to create something better than I had envisioned as I walked across the field.


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; The Turn


I will be returning to capture this view again this winter. I realized as I pulled into the driveway if I had been able to wait until 15-20 minutes after the scheduled sunrise I would have been rewarded with more color in the sky. That of course would have changed the whole mood of the image. This second mood I have put on my list of images to capture… 🙂

My fingers were slightly numb. I only brought my thin gloves that allow me to work the camera with them on. I was happy with the images I captured, knowing at least one will allow me to create a great picture. I started my way home but when I crossed over the Mohawk River I looked East into the sunrise.

Damn! That is a great view too!

Keep driving, your fingers aren’t warm yet.

You always regret not stopping! What have you said? Next time I’ll stop. Well, it is next time now!

I turned around and parked the car in the area for the barge canal access. I worked my way under the River Street bridge and climbed down into the river so I was right on the water. One slip and I would be very wet and very cold.

A few images in the portrait orientation. They look good.

Wait! What has Bryan Peterson always said… “the best time to shoot in landscape orientation is right after shooting in portrait” (I paraphrase). OK, a couple more in landscape. Now carefully walk back along the river. Whew!

I liked the one in portrait the best.


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Slow and Steady


If you look closely at the vanishing point of the water you will see the winter steam rising off the water. I thought of attaching the zoom lens to capture the phenomena but there was not enough visually interesting elements. Maybe I’ll find that better view next time.

Out for the View

Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, FL


On the last morning of our vacation I headed out toward the beach with my daughter in tow to grab some early morning and sunrise images. She had wanted to go to the beach but we had been so busy getting ready for Christmas and running around we never made it over previously. My first stop was at Riverside Park which is on the Indian River side of Indialantic. I love grabbing images of the pier at the park with the 192 Causeway in the background. That image is coming so I’ll warn everyone now… LOL.

With 30 minutes to go before the official sunrise we headed over to the beach to grab some of the pre-dawn colors. I was not disappointed! People were starting to gather on the beach to watch the morning show and I also found there were a lot of birds on the shore waiting as well. Before I ventured to far on to the beach I grabbed this silhouetted image of people waiting. There is something interesting about the silhouettes against the morning colors that has me shutter happy!


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Out for the View

Out for the View
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 35mm, f/11, ISO 200