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…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; G'morning Bellamy

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


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; SPS-52

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


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Workhorses

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

Moving In

Bellamy Harbor Park

I did something a little out of the ordinary for me yesterday. Well, at least something different in this work from home environment we are currently living in. Generally I am online for work by 6am, but yesterday morning I was itching for a sunrise image. The urge was especially strong once I noticed the approaching clouds.

I finished the first cup of coffee while posting my latest image, filled the travel mug with the remainder, grabbed the camera bag and headed down to Bellamy Harbor Park. The clouds were moving in fast. I setup the tripod on the edge of the wall supporting the barge canal flow control gates. It is my go to spot at the harbor as it allows the widest view of the park and it appears as though the camera is in the middle of the canal.

I still made it back home in time to be online at my normal hour but I was energized for the day. I think getting out into the morning air, even if it is to drive to work, gets everything going for me. It is what has been lacking while I am sequestered in my apartment riding out this pandemic storm.

Time to get dressed and do it again today…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Moving In

Moving In
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mmm f/2.8, 4s, 16mm, f/16, ISO 64


Playing the Blues

Hinckley Reservoir

This would be the first image I captured yesterday at Hinckley Reservoir. I love how the color palette changes as the sun approaches the horizon. The time difference between the photos is about twenty-five minutes. Definitely less magenta in the sky…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Playing the Blues

Playing the Blues
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400


Pre-Morning Hinckley

Hinckley Reservoir

We are supposed to be receiving some rain today. The forecast has it starting this afternoon. In my mind, that equates to a cloudy sunrise and I needed to get outside to find me an image. Based on the angle of the sunrise, I thought my best location would be at Hinckley Reservoir. I was unsure as to the conditions of the lake, i.e., if there was still ice cover, if there would be some open water, but it didn’t make a difference to me, I needed to go out and explore. I have been sitting on my butt the whole week.

As I started my drive I was a little hesitant as the sky appeared cloud covered but as I drove further East there was a band of clear sky near the horizon that would allow the morning color to slip through. I was a little early to the reservoir, about an hour before sunrise, but that allowed me to get everything ready at a slower pace and scope out a few areas to place my camera.

I played down by the water for close to 30 minutes. I think I was able to capture some interesting images. I will be posting those as I process them. The image I have today is the last one I captured. It is from the top of the berm near the dam. I was hoping to show as much of the view as I could. The colors turned out to be fantastic this morning…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Pre-Morning Hinckley

Pre-Morning Hinckley
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 100

Bellamy, First and Last

Bellamy Harbor Park

I hauled my butt out into the morning so I capture the sunrise yesterday. There was finally the right amount of clouds on the horizon to make it look interesting. I didn’t venture far, I stopped at Bellamy Harbor Park. I grabbed a few different views prior to the sun breaking over the horizon.

Before I moved to the opposite end of the park I lowered my ISO as far as it would go so I could stretch out the exposure. The water was moving at a fairly good clip so I knew this wouldn’t create the mirror like surface I had at Delta Lake, but the effect was pretty good. Although, considering it was the second day of Spring at little warmer weather would have been nice.

As sunset fast approached I considered my options for where to go to close out the day. As I’m starting to drive out of the city I thought, “why not end where it started?”. I drove to the opposite end of Bellamy Harbor to capture the reciprocal view of the canal. The view didn’t strike as dramatic as my sunrise but the two images should compliment each other nicely.


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Rise and Shine
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5s, 29mm, f/11, ISO 64


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Say Goodnight

Say Goodnight
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200