Sunset Halo

Delta Lake State Park

It was an on again, off again kinda day… at least as far as the rain was concerned. It wasn’t very motivating for me, but then again, maybe it was the best excuse to do nothing. I suppose I was looking for those excuses too! I jumped in the car after dinner and headed up to Delta Lake, even if there were no images to be found, the sound of the water hitting the shore would do me good.

I went earlier than necessary for the sunset but it allowed me to sit on a rock in a quiet area along the shore and soak it all in. It was good. It was the recharge I needed. The beach was a little crowded so I walked along the trails searching for unique views. I found a few but I guess the walk was what I needed more than capturing a different image. As the sun slipped closer to the horizon I worked my way along the shore back to the beach area.

I was rewarded with a great sunset of the sun peeking out from behind some clouds near the horizon. I know I have a tendency to shoot into the sun and this one was not going to be any different. Rather than do a couple of captures, one were I block the sun with my finger to remove the flare I pointed the camera right into it. If you center the sun in the view the sunspots will disappear and depending on the lens, and the conditions, you can create a halo flare around the sun. I got the halo…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sunset Halo

Sunset Halo
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/60s, 44mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Sundown

Delta Lake State Park

The park is only minutes away from my apartment. I use it as my “go to” spot when I need to get outside after dinner. The simplicity of the area is misleading, but I rarely come without an image I want to share.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sundown

Sundown
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Low Bridge, Everybody Down

Mill St. Bridge, Bellamy Harbor Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Low Bridge, Everybody Down

Low Bridge, Everybody Down
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/13s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Delta Reflections

Delta Lake State Park

We all know I have a “thing” for a reflection. If I can incorporate a reflection into the image, the odds are good I will. The odds increase whenever I’m at Delta Lake, and they go through the roof when there is no wind at sunset.

Sunday evening the clouds had taken over the sky. I had a good thirty minutes until the official time of sunset but I was determined to stick it out and see what developed. It didn’t hurt I was joined at my spot on the beach by a grandmother and her two grandchildren. We chatted away the minutes, pointing out the changing colors as the sun marched into the horizon.

We were desperately hoping the sun would break through the clouds at the last minute and illuminate the trees at the edge of the point. I had managed a single image earlier when the color in the sky was a little flat. I really wanted another chance as the sky turned magenta. Alas, it was not meant to be…

My determination to see trees shine did allow me to capture the changing color reflected in the clouds. All in all, it was a good end to the day.

  

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

On the Edge
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/8s, 25mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; See it in the Sky

See it in the Sky
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/6s, 25mm, f/11, ISO 200

Just Up Ahead

Delta Lake State Park

The day started off by attempting to set a new record for low temperature. Mother Nature gave it a good try but she didn’t quite make it. I refused to turn the heat back on so the apartment was a little on the chilly side until later in the day.

By dinner time I was ready to go outside. I assumed the cooler temps would have kept the people away from Delta Lake and my chance for a quiet sunset would be pretty good. Driving to the park I noticed the sunlight illuminating the trees along the shore. I had my first destination once I parked the car. I probably should have parked in the upper area lot but I knew I would end the evening on the beach so the walk from the opposite corner of the park would do me good.

The water levels are a little low for the start of summer but it allowed me to get a nice image of the rocks leading off to the right as the sun peaked out from behind the clouds and lit up the trees along the shore. Definitely loved the clouds in the sky but I knew they were going to present a problem as the sun approached the horizon.

I ended up staying past the official sunset as I was right to worry about the clouds. I wasn’t able to get a “sunset” image but the I did walk away with a nice reflection image. Once the sun was below the horizon it cast some great color on to the clouds. The minimal wind kept the rolling waves to a minimum and allowed for a nice reflection. More on that image later…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Just Up Ahead

Just Up Ahead
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/320s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200