Running Through

Delta Lake State Park

You stick with what you know, or maybe in this case, where you can get to. I ran up to Delta Lake after work yesterday. The weather was great, the temperatures were definitely better than a few days ago, and I had stayed inside all day Sunday and needed to stretch my legs.

It is amazing to me how quickly a place can change. The image I posted yesterday with the layer of open water was captured on Friday. The lake is now frozen over (mostly). I would not venture out onto the ice, especially as I heard it creaking and cracking as I explored for images. I’m assuming the quick change has more to do with the wind than it does with the temperature. Once the water was calm the temperature was able to go to work.

It was another good night at Delta. I grabbed a few of my standard winter images, i.e., the lonely bench isolated with the sun setting in the background, more silhouetted trees and of course, open water reflections. I am drawn to a good reflection. It does intrigue me to see an underground stream pop out through the sand and makes its way to the lake. The water level is still very low and this particular stream would have been in five feet of water at normal levels.

Processing this image this morning had me thinking of another Haiku, actually the first one I wrote after that trip to Philadelphia. Although Delta Lake is convenient the feelings of the words fit for me…


Alone in the car
The journey to see a new
A sunset afar


Running Through
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 100

As the Sun Goes Down

Delta Lake State Park

Not everything is a monochrome image. It appears I have been on a little B&W streak lately. What can I say, when it fits the image of the vision in my head, that is what is created. Like this one, it is mostly about the colors of the sunset.

It was cold that evening. By the time the sun dropped below the horizon my finger tips were almost numb. And this was through my gloves (I think I need a better pair of those). Although the water in the lake had not frozen over the moisture in the sand created a very hard packed surface. The water in the foreground is sitting on top of the sand, it isn’t that the sand is saturated.

I really liked the layers of colors in this one. The sky obviously is soaking up the remnants of color from the setting sun. The water stands in stark contrast as a layer of opposing blue and then we return to the colors of the sky reflected in the foreground. Cold, but still worth the effort…


As the Sun Goes Down
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 100

Peace, Let’s Give it a Try

Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake State Park

It has been a long week. Around lunch yesterday I checked the forecast and discovered there would be clear skies for the sunset. I decided it was time to check out Delta Lake this year. I wasn’t sure what I would find but getting out of the house was the important objective. I expected the lake to be completely frozen over but that was not the case. The extremely low water level allowed me to explore of the shoreline and I found this interesting composition.

The color image was striking but the monochrome version is amazing. Maybe my preference is due to reading “Ansel Adams’ Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints”. More likely it is my penchant for converting the winter scenes to black and white. The color was a distraction and it had to go…


Peace, Let’s Give it a Try
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/200s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200

Skipping Stones (again)

Delta Lake State Park

A couple days ago this image popped up as a memory in my FB stream. It brought back quite a few memories. This was captured a little over a year after I started learning about photography. Earlier in 2012 I had purchased my first non point and shoot camera, the Nikon D5100 with the Sigma 17-70mm lens. I was experimenting with everything (I guess I still do as I have never focused on my style of photography).

I remember setting up the tripod at the edge of the water and squatting behind the camera throwing stones past it trying to capture the “perfect” skip. This image is actually the very first attempt. All the remaining tries didn’t create the look and feel of a stone skip. At some point I realized I was tempting fate by hurling stones past my camera and it was only a matter of time before I ended up hitting it. I moved on…


Skipping Stones
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/10s, 38mm, f/20, ISO 200


This image has generated a lot of interest. I like it but I never thought other people would find it worthy. One person contacted me to see if they could use it as the cover of a short novel they were writing. Another asked if it could be used for a in a blog post they were writing. I had a researching ask if it could be used in paper being written. But my most surprising was when I was contacted by a firm in Canada who wanted to use it in training material. That one took months to sort out as I had to learn about contracts and image rights. In the end I was able to reach an agreement with the firm. Probably more surprising than how much interest this image generated is that it didn’t happen immediately after I posted it online. All these inquiries have happened over the past six or seven years!

So, after the memory on FB brought this image back to me, I decided it was time to re-process. I’ve learned quite a lot in the past eight years (well, I hope I have) and I wanted to give this one a fresh coat of paint. I can see in my older images I hadn’t worked out the balance of highlights and shadows. I didn’t understand light, its quality or tone. The original image feels flat to me and it definitely has a few issues with white balance.

I created a fresh copy in Lightroom and set about processing this one as I would today. I changed the crop from 4×5 to 5×7. I wanted to give the ripples a little more breathing room in the scene. I definitely adjusted the white balance. I was able to de-haze the image and improve details of the subject. Once I was happy with the adjustments in Lightroom I brought the image into Luminar and applied my normal sunset processing, taking care to not overpower the image with an orange cast (which is obvious in the original). I think the new version is an improvement… how about you?


Skipping Stones (again)
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/10s, 38mm, f/20, ISO 200


Delta Lake State Park

I spent most of Saturday doing nothing in particular. I attempted to capture the sunrise but a photo worthy view did not materialize. I finally was able to get the last of the “crap” from the garage at the house I sold to the recycling center. I had tubs of household chemicals and old paint cans piled in my garage at the apartment. I stepped out for lunch to enjoy a burger and fries sitting at a picnic table in the warmth of the sun. I played more of my current video game and then decided it was time to see the sunset.

The forecast for Sunday included rain so it should not have surprised me to see the clouds coming in from the south. I hoped they would hold off long enough for me to capture the sun’s departure, but they were moving in too fast for that to happen. All was not lost. There was still some color in the sky and I liked this scene along the beach at Delta Lake.


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Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/50s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200