Come Sit With Me

Bellamy Harbor Park

Come Sit With Me – Portfolio Blog

It might not be the most exciting place in the world, heck, it is a little “harbor” at the bottom of Rome, NY, but in the quiet hours of the morning it can be a very beautiful place to be. I remember when the city added the benches on this side of the park. Not many people venture across the pedestrian bridge. If you do though, you are rewarded with a scene like this.

Sit. Enjoy the morning. Listen… only the sound of water flowing over the spillway. Relax. The day is young…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Come Sit With Me

Come Sit With Me
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 40s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200


Frozen Picnic

Monochrome Winter
Cedar Bay, Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

Frozen Picnic – Portfolio Blog


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Frozen Picnic

Frozen Picnic
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 14mm, f/16, ISO 200

Gates of Rome

Barge Canal at Bellamy Harbor Park

Gates of Rome – Portfolio Blog

Bellamy Harbor Park is where the barge canal meets the Mohawk River at the southern end of Rome.  At the western end of the harbor there are water control gates for the canal.  At times I think they intrude on the scenery of the harbor, but on Saturday morning, with a fresh coat of snow, I think they created their own scene.  After I grabbed my wide-angle view of the park I captured a few images of the gates…  the Gates of Rome


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Gates of Rome

Gates of Rome
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 14mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Gates of Rome II

Gates of Rome II
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 40s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

Bellamy Winter

Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

Bellamy Winter – Portfolio Blog

We received quite a bit of snow last week but the weather forecast for this weekend was rain with freezing rain mixed in. There was a good cover of snow on the landscape and I wanted to photograph Bellamy Harbor Park before the rain washed much of it away. My chances for capturing a sunrise were slim, especially with the call for rain early in the morning, but with a decent cloud cover, the park (and the city) have a glow about them that could produce an interesting image.

I arrived at the park an hour before the official sunrise and I knew immediately I would not be seeing the sun. I put on my snowshoes, mounted the camera to the tripod and traipsed across the snow in search of my pictures. I looked for a few different views for this area (I think I found some) before heading to my favorite spot for the wide angle shot of the harbor. I walked around the park until the “official” sunrise time to confirm I would not be seeing it. With the “no show” of the sun, I packed everything back into the car, stopped for a coffee and headed back home. It was a good morning…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Bellamy Winter

Bellamy Winter
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 13s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

that which grows

Squared – SQ118
Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

that which grows – Portfolio Blog

As I know I have mentioned more times than anyone would like to hear, I’m fortunate to work close to the Old Erie Canal Park in DeWitt, NY. It is my escape from the work day. I can go over during lunch and spend close to an hour getting lost in the creek, under the aqueduct or simply walk the trail along the canal. Even in winter it provides solace during a hectic day. Charges the batteries so the remaining few hours of the work day won’t drag me under. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy where I work, but there are times everyone needs a little peace and quiet.

Often when I go to the park I am looking for the grand landscape view. Most days I can find it. Even though there are limited areas to explore you can find different looks and create a fresh new image. Other days I find my escape by grabbing long exposures of the water under the aqueduct. There is so much detail in the aqueduct structure and the contrast between that and the silky smooth water always fascinates me. Part of the reason I purchased the 10-stop ND filter was to be able to get that long exposure during my retreats to the canal park.

And then, especially in winter, I can find very cool looking details in the creek. I loved how the ice formed on this sprig of a tree branch. I can imagine as the water levels changed or the weight of new snow dipped the branch deeper into the water the ice grew. We are suppose to a patch of warmer weather this weekend. I’ll have to return early next week to see if this chuck of ice survived…


MLCreations Photography: Squared &emdash; that which grows

Union Station

Boehlert Transportation Center, Utica, NY

Union Station – Portfolio Blog

Driving back home from my pre-sunrise photography adventure (see yesterday’s post) I couldn’t help but stop at the train station in Utica. As I entered the city from the East, the sun was breaking the horizon and aligning itself with the tracks. All this was clearly illuminated in my rear view mirror. The opportunity was knocking and I had to open the door. I was rewarded with some puddles of water from melting snow (I’m going to assume the use of rock salt to help that process). Water always adds a point of interest, especially when you get low…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; UnionStation

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