Searching Autumn

Pixley Falls State Park

Saturday morning was a beautiful start to the weekend. I hurried through my normal weekend chores and by the time the clouds cleared I was ready to search for autumn colors. I decided against any down state excursions as I think I have another week before the colors will be near peak. I headed north out of Rome with Pixley Falls in my sights.

The drive to the park was only slightly encouraging. There appeared to be more bare trees than colorful leaves. I was fairly confident I hadn’t missed peak time but I was definitely thinking I messed up my planning. I drove on hoping I would be able to find a few interesting images even if they would be leaves in the streams.

I was happy to see the water in the river at an optimal level. I wanted a waterfall that would show definition in a long exposure but not so much water as to be a blur of white. Also, the river down stream of the falls was walkable. I could get out into the middle and capture a few different views. OK, my mood was improving.

Fall Down
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.3s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100

I liked the angle for my first image. I rarely get a chance to view the falls from the left. I only wished I had a little more autumn color in to show off. It was time to explore additional possibilities.

There was a section of the river that was full of fallen leaves and large, calm pools of water. Reflection time! I was so excited I almost tripped on a rock as I worked my way to my vantage point. Slow down, the waterfall isn’t going anywhere. I kept thinking I needed to hurry because at any moment additional visitors to the park could find their way down to the falls and wander into my scene. I found the view I wanted! Whew! No people…

Follow Me Down
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.5s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 100

There must be more views. I worked my way further down stream hoping to find colorful leaves I could worked into the foreground. A spot from the trail about a dozen feet above the river was promising but after capturing a few images I realized the best view was below me. I walked back toward the falls, and then worked my way into the riverbed. Luckily it was any easy trek to the spot I wanted. I set up again for a good reflection using a few branches to frame the scene. Damn I love reflections in the water…

Leaves Fall
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 100

OK. Back to the waterfall. I think there is one more image I want. Pixley Falls looks good in profile. The sun would be behind me lighting the entire scene. I can work in more of the trees and maybe get some of that autumn color I wanted. I’ve captured this view a lot over the years. I never get tired of it.

Pixley Autumn
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100

Autumn Beginning

Green Lakes State Park

I left work a little early yesterday. Isn’t Friday supposed to be the slide into the weekend day? It isn’t supposed to be the every problem surfaces today day. Anyway, as I neared the eight hour mark of working I decided I would call it a day and stop at Green Lakes State Park on my way home. So worth it!

The timing is a little early for full autumn colors but the opportunity to walk the trail around lake picked up my mood. There were a lot of people that shared my plan for a warm Friday afternoon. Typically I am at these parks before sunrise and other people show up. It didn’t affect my enjoyment at all. I realized it was the first time I walked the entire loop around the lake. It is a nice trail with plenty of spots to view the lake. In a week or two the leaves will be perfect…

Autumn Beginning
Olympus E-M1 Mark III,, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/100s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200

Autumn View

Delta Lake State Park

I ended up leaving work a little later than I expected yesterday. It was a beautiful day and I was determined to get out for a picture or two. The poor cats probably were confused when I came home. I dropped off everything, quickly fed them and headed back out with the camera for Delta Lake. I knew the exact spot I wanted to photograph. The entrance pond would have great side light from the setting sun and I was fairly confident the leaves were almost at peak color. I was not wrong…

I learned my lesson on the previous trip. As soon as I parked the car I soaked any exposed skin in mosquito repellant! As I was walking to my viewing area a woman who stopped on her way out to grab a picture shouted that the mosquitos are extra mean tonight. Luckily, the repellant worked.

I spent the 30-40 minutes before sundown working the different angles around the pond. There were quite a few good views but this morning I especially liked this one with the bench. I can’t pass up a good bench in the foreground. Although this is next to the entrance of the park it is a great spot this time of year. Go on, have a sit, enjoy the view and relax for a minute. You earned it this week…

Autumn View
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/40s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Working Autumn

Delta Lake State Park

Driving into the park at Delta Lake on Friday evening I was distracted by the view of the “pond” at the entrance. The reflection of the trees on the water illuminated by the sun definitely held my eye. This is the view across the water to the right from my last post of this area (Golden Reflection). I was determined to get to the beach but promised myself I would return the next day a little earlier to get this reflection.

And surprisingly, I made it to the park yesterday! There was a little more haze in the sky due to a thin cloud layer but there was still a reflection to capture. I parked as close as I could and walked back along the entrance road looking for “the view”. I didn’t have many choices but gave this spot a try…

Autumn Start
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/40s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

Not the image I had in my head. I searched for a better view but the cattails lining this edge of the pond were definitely an obstacle. And why are the mosquitos so nasty! I neglected the repellant thinking the cooler weather would have reduced their numbers. It did not!

I gave a zoomed in view a try hoping if I focused on a smaller section of the reflection it would be what I was trying to achieve. It is a little better but I was not happy losing the little blue in the sky which would balance the yellows of the leaves and sunlight.

Autumn Focus
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/30s, 44mm, f/11, ISO 200

I noticed a pair a of trees behind the branches on the right of the first image that were standing out against the bigger trees. I started thinking I could get a better view if I walk around the pond toward the beach. There is a road heading in the direction I wanted to use. It is for the park rangers but it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. I started walking.

I got lucky! I found a spot the rangers must use to explore this pond as there was a small boat pulled up onto the edge of the water. I was able to get right to the water and had the best view of my two trees. I even had natural framing between some trees and cattails. Bonus! I grabbed a few images before the mosquitos drained all my blood.

I felt good. I didn’t get the image that was in my head (I’ll try again soon), but I stayed in the area working different angles. The effort paid off! I’ll have to remember this spot in a couple weeks when the leaves are in full autumn glory.

Autumn Shine
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/50s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200

Sit, Enjoy the View

Letchworth State Park


MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Sit, Enjoy the View

Sit, Enjoy the View
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 4s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200