Follow it Down

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Follow it Down
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.3s, 18mm, f/11, ISO 200

Listen to the Falls

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Can you hear it? The falling water. I love this park, especially in the early morning. No other hikers on the trail. My and the sounds of the gorge. I could stay here all day. Go ahead, listen, do you hear it… ?

Listen to the Falls
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.3s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

Ithaca Gorges

Buttermilk Falls State Park
Cascadilla Gorge
Ithaca Falls

The weekend redeemed itself on Monday. I wasn’t so sure during the first couple of days if I would be traveling to find a few landscape images. I trusted the forecast for Monday and it was worthy. I enjoyed a beautiful morning in Ithaca exploring a few of its gorges…

My first stop was Buttermilk Falls State Park to walk the gorge trail upstream of the namesake waterfall. I arrived prior to the sun rising very high in the sky which allowed me to grab all my favorite views without having to worry about “hot spots” caused by the sun. This first image is very early along the trail. You can see the sun starting to illuminate the trees in the background.

Morning Light
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.8s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

My next stop was the Cascadilla Gorge. I haven’t walked the trail along the gorge in quite a few years. I should have known I was going to run into a roadblock when I spied repairs right at the start of the trail. The city had blocked off the trail for additional repairs further in so I was only able to explore about half of the gorge. I did manage a few interesting images aided by the sunlight reaching down into the gorge. I really liked how the leaves glowed in contrast to the darkness of the gorge walls.

End of the Line
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/13s, 34mm, f/11, ISO 100

My last stop in Ithaca before heading home was to see Ithaca Falls. It is a tough waterfall to photograph in the morning as it will be in shadow with the sun behind it. Based on the water flowing in the other creeks I was hoping to see the falls complete. I was not disappointed. I chose to leave the extra ND filter off and allow a faster shutter speed to highlight the power of the water falling down. Can you hear the roar?

Ithaca Falls
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 34mm, f/11, ISO 100

On my way back home I stopped at Tinker Falls near Tully. I was hoping I would find similar water flowing in the creek. I was wrong. There was barely a trickle. I managed a few images but the amount of people walking the trails was disproportional to the more famous trails in Ithaca. I decided I’ll try again after we have had more rain.

Morning Escape

Pixley Falls State Park

I probably should not call it an escape since it did occur on the weekend but after my Friday afternoon escape it felt right. I did escape the dull routine of the weekend which is always a good thing. It definitely was a good Saturday morning.

Pixley Falls State Park is only a few minutes north of Rome. The challenge is arriving at the appropriate time to capture an image. The waterfall faces south which places it always in direct sunlight and the high hills will cast shadows the closer you arrive to sunrise or sunset. The other issue with this park is the ability of other visitors to get close to the falls and leave the photographer without a uninterrupted view.

Luckily for me, the temperature was still on the chilly side and sun was high enough for the shadows to be clear of the falls. I ran around the park for forty minutes grabbing my images and was on my why out when the people started to arrive. When I am close to the falls, I like capturing this one in the portrait orientation. This allows me to include the rocks in the foreground which are dappled with sunlight coming through the trees. It was a good morning to escape the couch…

Morning Escape
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100

Cascading Time

Chittenango Falls State Park

There are probably numerous reasons why I gravitated to this image this morning. I could blame it on my new Ansel Adams book, or the post I saw on Instagram the other day, but really, this morning felt like a waterfall day. Remembering the sounds of the cascading water, the smell of the park, it all washed over me as I was drinking my coffee. Funny how the minds works.

This image was captured back in October. I was looking for an Autumn view of the falls but the timing of my visit was off. The cloudy sky didn’t bother, I much prefer an overcast day for waterfalls, but the colors of the leaves surrounding the gorge were not at a level I had hoped to capture. It was still a good visit, Chittenango Falls almost always provides me with photographic opportunities. It happened to not match the vision in my head as I drove out.

I still like a good monochrome waterfall image though…

 

Cascading Time
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 20mm, f/16, ISO 100

Exposed

Wells Falls, Ithaca, NY

I return to Wells Falls to process an image from one of my summer trips to Ithaca. The exposed root of the trees really fascinate me…

 

Exposed
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100