Environmental Education

Green Lakes State Park

The first park I explored last weekend was Green Lakes State Park out in Fayetteville, NY. The early morning light did not do the namesake water its proper justice but I could not resist the way the trees were reflecting. I captured the view of the environmental education building from across the lake as the morning sun did its thing…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Environmental Education

Environmental Education
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/25s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 100

 

Aerial Clayton

Clayton, NY

My friend Justin has a drone. Lately we have been talking about capturing images with it and how to use it to create high dynamic range (HDR) pictures. He had the opportunity this past weekend to explore the area around Clayton, NY while his wife was busy being a bridesmaid. It’s not as bad as it sounds. He wasn’t a part of all the festivities over the weekend which allowed him to fly around in the mornings. He was there for the important evens.

He let me import all his images into Lightroom so I could show him what can be done with all those exposure brackets he captured. We reviewed all the pics during lunch but last night I went to town and processed a few of my favorites (there are more still to work on). Justin doesn’t claim to be a photographer but he has a damn good eye…

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Channel Marker

Channel Marker

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Wake Up!

Wake Up!

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; On the Rise

On the Rise

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Welcome to Clayton

Welcome to Clayton

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Rolling In

Rolling In

Sculptures at Dawn

Griffiss International Sculpture Garden

Yesterday I headed out to capture early morning images. I didn’t have a specific destination in mind but thought I would head down toward Utica and see if any of my normal spots along the way held anything interesting. Really I was going to wander and settle for pot luck.

As I drove through Griffiss Business and Technology Park (they really need a cooler name) I headed over to check out the NYSTEC building that was recently added. I had heard that it is lit up pretty cool. It didn’t disappoint but there was still splotchy patches of grass and the front of the building faces East with the sky behind the building still a little boring. Later. I’ll get that image another time.

On my way out of the park I passed the Griffiss International Sculpture Garden and was reminded how some of the sculptures are illuminated at night. Seeing those sculptures and realizing I could get them silhouetted against the Eastern sky had me turning the car around. It ended up being a great morning…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus
Artist: Lucia Warack Meister
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree
Artist: Tash Taskale
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.6s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Blue Light Column

Blue Light Column
Artist: Mark Abildgaard
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 32mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Persephone

Persephone
Artist: Howard Kalish
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.8s, 22mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Chimney

Chimney
Artist: Tomasz Domanski
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 3.2s, 31mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Ellsworth Road

Ellsworth Road
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 4s, 29mm, f/11, ISO 200

The Lady of the Lake

Liberty Lighthouse
Chautauqua Lake, Stow, NY

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; The Lady of the Lake

The Lady of the Lake
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 10s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Liberty Lighthouse

Stow, NY

Another Lensball moment from my early morning excursion to Stow, NY while visiting my Mom. I definitely need to go looking for more lighthouses…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Liberty Lighthouse

Liberty Lighthouse
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/40s, 31mm, f/5.6, ISO 100

 

Low Bridge

Bellamy Harbor Park

Saturday morning was another opportunity for a sunrise picture before the craziness of yard sale weekend was to begin. I jumped down to my ‘go to’ place in Rome about an hour before sunrise. I told myself I would explore more of Bellamy Harbor Park this morning rather than setup in my normal spot and capture one or two images.

I started with the safe image, the wide angle view of the harbor (actually, the spot along the barge canal where the Mohawk River enters) from the West bank near the flow control gates. There was an unusual calm on the water which really helped with the long exposure images. There was also a low fog across the water that I wanted to capture.

I walked along the trail heading East toward the Mill St. bridge. I didn’t really have a plan, but I knew an image would present itself. There is a section along the canal where you can get closer to the water. This allowed me to setup low and use the wooden boat bumpers to lead the eye toward the bridge. The low perspective also highlighted the fog on the surface of the water. I knew I had my morning image.

I walked further along the trail but the sun was approaching the horizon and the color was draining from the sky. It was time to head back and setup for the yard sale. At least the start of the day was fruitful… traffic past the yard sale would determine if the rest of the day was productive.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Low Bridge

Low Bridge
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, {1.6, 3.2 & 5s bracket}, 18mm, f/11, ISO 100