Chittenango Autumn

Chittenango Falls State Park

After a long, tiring day of travel back from the West Coast on Thursday I decided I was leaving work early and stopping on my way home at the State Park that started my obsession with waterfalls, Chittenango Falls. I was hoping for a little autumn color and although I might have been about a week early for peak conditions, the park did not disappoint. The sun was starting to be replaced with the approaching clouds but I managed to grab some blue sky before it was gone.

Although we have not had a lot of rain of late, the flow in the creek was perfect to create the best looking cascade down the falls. It is always a challenge, too much water and there is no definition to the flow and too little leaves you with barely noticeable streams. I always prefer to see the flow so I try not to have an exceedingly long exposure. The 1-4 second bracket worked best for the conditions. I could have lengthened the exposure as there was barely any wind but I am not a fan of the definitionless water streams. My personal choice… 🙂

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Chittenango Autumn

Chittenango Autumn
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1, 2 & 4s bracket}, 23mm, f/16, ISO 200

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Historic Trenton Falls

Trenton Falls Scenic Trail

This weekend was the one… at least for the Trenton Falls Scenic Trail. The Town of Trenton opens the trail for one weekend in the Spring and one weekend in the Fall (OK, late Summer). Once again I missed the weekend in the Spring but I was very determined to catch it this Fall.

I waited until late in the afternoon on Saturday to make my way up to the trail. I was hoping to catch some softer light but I forgot how the shadows from the gorge walls start to interfere with the views. I think I was able to compensate enough to grab a few good images.

Going late in the day helped me to avoid most of the people and allowed me to take my time setting up the tripod. I always try to stay out of other people’s way so I end up waiting a little for my turn at the view. There are a few rare occasions when I am not afforded the same courtesy but not this weekend.

My only complaint, if I’m allowed to have one, is at the end of the trail, when you would have the closest view of Upper High Falls, the historic society setup a table and had an individual taking about the fossils that can be found. Of course, all this was right in front of the fence at the very best location for a camera and tripod. Luckily, the previous, stop had a really good view and there had been a good effort to clear away a lot of the growth that would have impeded the view.

I’m going to keep on eye on the website in the Spring. I don’t want to miss it again! The water flow is always greater and presents a much different view of the gorge…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sherman Falls

Sherman Falls
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Original Aqueduct Supports

Original Aqueduct Supports
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Lower High Falls

Lower High Falls
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Upper High Falls

Upper High Falls
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.8s, 26mm, f/16, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Upper High Falls II

Upper High Falls II
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 36mm, f/16, ISO 200

Approaching Rainbow Falls

Watkins Glen State Park

The gorge trail at Watkins Glen State Park offers truly amazing views.  It is always incredible to me as I walk the trail how deep into the gorge the water has cut its path.  The varying layers of rock marking off the passage of time.

This view is slightly downstream from the classic Rainbow Falls picture spot.  You can get a feeling for the depth of the gorge by the photographer grabbing a shot of the falls in the middle, left of the image.  If you have a chance to visit this park, I highly recommend it.  You will not be disappointed.

 

MLCreations Photography: Watkins Glen &emdash; Approaching Rainbow Falls

Approaching Rainbow Falls
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 24mm, f/16, ISO 200