Watkins Glen State Park
Originally I was supposed to make a trip to Watkins Glen State Park on May 31st but work got a little crazy and I ended up not taking the day off. I promised myself I would not let the next opportunity pass me by. Checking the weather earlier in the week this Friday was setting itself up to be my next opportunity.
I left early in the morning with the hope of starting my hike up the gorge trail before 7:30am. I beat my goal by five minutes. The day turned into a beautiful sunny day (not the best conditions for waterfall photography) and I knew if I didn’t get my images early the park was going to become crowded. Even though it was a weekday by 10am I was definitely not going to get many images without people in them. I even passed two bus loads of school kids on a field trip.
I grabbed this view of Rainbow Falls on my first pass. I was careful to keep the sky over the bridge to a minimum as it will create a “hot” spot in the image. Although the rains earlier in the week provided more water flow than I typically like to get good long exposure water images, the extra water definitely helped add definition to falls coming down the side of the gorge. I’m going to have to schedule a late fall trip back as I would love to grab this view after the leaves have changed.
Iconic Watkins Glen
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2s, 19mm, f/11, ISO 200
Sunrise along the Thruway
Once again I stopped on the Thruway as I drove to work yesterday. The conditions were right for some wonderful color and drama in the sky as I tried capturing the lonely little tree in the pasture. I decided to leave my 60mm macro lens on the camera and see what it could do for the scene. It definitely created interesting lens flare…
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8, 1/160s, f/11, ISO 800
Future World, Epcot, Walt Disney World
Use Your Imagination
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/500s, 23mm, f/8, ISO 200
Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY
Normally, each week day I follow the same routine to get myself to work. There might be slight variations but, in general, I stick to the plan. This was a tough week at work. Even though it was shortened by the holiday, by Thursday morning I was running on fumes.
As I drove through the city heading toward the highway, I felt refreshed by the color of the sky. I didn’t want to waste this source of energy. I ended up driving to Bellamy Harbor Park to photograph the sunrise. Totally worth with the detour!
I have an image with a wider view which brings in a few more elements of the sky but I like this focused image better. I shifted my location to the right to bring the water tower to a better spot. If you can enlarge the image and explore the improvements the city of Rome has been doing at the park.
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.3s, 28mm, f/11, ISO 64
Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY
While I was exploring Bellamy Harbor Park the other evening I was able to capture a couple of the barge canal travelers docked for the night. The visitor in the distance on the left is a large luxury yacht from Chicago. The smaller sail boat on the right is from California. Amazing to see the different type of adventurers that explore the barge canal. It also didn’t hurt my image that there was beautiful color in the sky as the sun dropped below the clouds.
On the Canal
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/13s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 200