Morning on the Canal

Barge Canal near Oriskany

I made an effort on Sunday to start re-visiting locations I frequented when I started my photography journey. I realized I stopped going to quite few locations once I became a “good” photographer… I’m not quite positive when I got it in my head that these locales were not worth visiting, but it is more than a little disappointing that it took me so long to return.

Long time followers might recognize this view of the barge canal. Near Oriskany, NY there is a canal trail head I would visit because I had access to a bridge support out in the canal. The view looking East typically provided sunrise opportunities and I was hoping it would do the same yesterday. It doesn’t hurt that capturing an image from the support gives the impression the viewer is out in the canal.

Much to my surprise the fog was increasing as I drove toward my destination. I did not let that deter me. As I stated a little over a week ago, you have to be in the environment to capture the landscape. Even if I walked away without an image due to the fog, I had to get my butt out there. I drove on.

The fog was not as bad as I anticipated, but the angle of the sunrise was off for my typical style. I did like the look of the fog shrouded canal. I let the sky lighten up a little before capturing my landscape. The touch of green from the trees starting to fill out their foliage was a nice pop of color on a predominately blue toned image. I also like the intrigue created by the leading lines pointing to an obscured destination. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the moon is in the sky and reflected in the water.

Overall, I’m happy I didn’t turn around and go home once I drove into the fog…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Morning on the Canal

Morning on the Canal
Olympus M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 3.2s, 13mm, f/11, ISO 100


Working Canal

Barge Canal – Lock 20

Another morning venturing into the darkness in search of the sunrise. My adventure was not as fruitful as the previous day due to a lack of clouds in the sky. The clouds add the drama and enhance the interest better than a sky without them. They are also very good at capturing the morning colors as the sun marches toward the horizon.

I did spend time exploring the staging area around Lock 20 for the equipment used in maintaining the canal. I was amazed at the volume stored around the lock. I guess the canal authority has not yet begun maintenance after the winter season. At least it allowed me to capture some close-up images.

The first image is looking East along the canal toward Lock 20 from the Rt. 291 overpass. The view from the bridge has been a favorite over the years. Timing the position of the sunrise is always important. Currently the sun is rising a little to far North of the canal for a typical sunrise for me.

The second image is a floating crane. It is parked at the entrance to the lock. Someday I’ll time it right to actually see a vessel going through the lock. The last image is a pair tugs waiting to be placed back into service. I’m sure they don’t like to be out of the water.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Working Canal

Working Canal
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 3.2s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 100


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; SPS-52

Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 18mm, f/11, ISO 100


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Working Canal
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 23mm, f/11, ISO 100

Reflecting Calm

Barge Canal near the Utica Marsh

The other night when I went to the Utica Marsh for the sunset I ended up walking along the barge trail waiting for the sun to get into position. There is a lot of scenery to view along the trail but I am always drawn to the bridges, especially when there is such a great reflection on calm waters.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Reflecting Calm

Reflecting Calm
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200


Setting the Barge

Barge Canal near Rome, NY

Setting the Barge – Portfolio Blog

This is the image I went out on Sunday evening to capture. I think the view of Bellamy Park looking East turned out better but this is the view I anticipated that got me off my butt and off the couch. There is another bridge support pylon on the opposite side of the canal. I think I should try looking down the canal from that side. I’m sure it would change the whole scene. Also, I seem to be in a sunset/sunrise mood lately. There appears to be a theme running through my latest posts…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Setting the Barge

Setting the Barge
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/40s, 21mm, 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

Waterfront Grille

Barge Canal, Herkimer, NY

Waterfront Grille – Portfolio Blog

Although the thermometer was reading zero degrees I had a thought for a sunrise image that I wanted to capture. Checking the weather and the Photographer’s Ephemeris, I felt today was a good day to try. There is a area along the barge canal in Herkimer, NY that has been developed and includes the Waterfront Grille. Looking at Google Maps earlier in the week had me thinking I would be able to get next to the canal, have the restaurant and the sunrise over the water in the same view. I got lucky with the open water still in the canal as well as the great chunks of broken ice along the edge. Normally, on my sunset images I have the sun in the scene but for some reason I love the colors in the hour before sunrise and never stick around to capture the actual sun… LOL


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Waterfront Grille

Waterfront Grille
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1.3, 2.5 & 5s bracket}, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

Canalfest 2017

Canalfest, Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

Canalfest 2017 start on August 3rd and will run through August 5th. I haven’t always been a supporter of the events of summer in Rome but I have to admit the city has been doing a lot good work sprucing up the place, especially down at Bellamy Harbor Park. I also found out that there is a photography contest during the Canalfest so I actually submitted five images.  I checked on some of the past winners and discovered your images do not all have to be about the Erie/Barge Canal but I only thought it appropriate to have a couple of mine showing off the canal as it has provided me quite a lot of photographic scenes over the years.

I selected what I thought was a good representation of my work (it was tough but I did refrain from picking any of my Disney images… LOL!). Here are the images I used:


MLCreations Photography: Floral &emdash; Tangled



MLCreations Photography: Grass &emdash; Dandie



MLCreations Photography: Monochrome &emdash; Erie Barge

Erie Barge


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Lock 20 Rising

Lock 20 Rising


MLCreations Photography: Chittenango Falls &emdash; Chittenango Falls

Chittenango Falls


I truly had no aspirations of winning anything. I honestly spent more money in buying the frames, getting the pictures printed and submitting then to the contest than I could have won. The thrill was having my pictures on display for everyone to see. Canalfest opened at 5pm yesterday, so after work I stopped by to see all the photos. I didn’t get a call during the day which is what the winners would have gotten so I was curious to see the everything. As I walked around looking at all the photos I was surprised to find this:


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Chairman’s Choice


I can honestly say I am more impressed with this ribbon than if I won, placed or showed… I’m really happy it was one of the canal related images. Not going to lie, I walked around the park a little taller the rest of the evening.

I also managed to stop at the park on my way to work yesterday morning. The sun and clouds were conspiring to make it a beautiful sunrise. I pulled off a seven image pano of Bellamy Harbor Park. I thought it was nice to show off one of my favorite spots for pictures…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Bellamy Sunrise Pano

Bellamy Sunrise Pano
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 7 image pano, 6s, 19mm, f/16, ISO 200