Hello Autumn

Big Brook Creek

Sunday was another unusually warm day here in Upstate NY so rather than do all the yard work I should have been doing I decided to go looking for images. There is a place about five minutes from my house where two creeks come together and I can get some nice little waterfall images as well as great water flow images. The sun was higher than normal in the sky as I generally try to go prior to sunset. Yesterday I went exploring around 1pm.

This helped me with this image as the higher sun provided great light on the autumn leaves but it hurt me on my waterfall images. Too many bright spots on the water. Even with the ND filters I didn’t come home with many images I was happy with. It didn’t really matter though, getting out with the camera was all the fun I needed.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Hello Autumn

Hello Autumn
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 29mm, f/16, ISO 100

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Boardwalk Morning Redo

Boardwalk, Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

Being at Walt Disney World for a week is always therapeutic for me, at least in part. I love being in the parks and soaking up the Disney atmosphere. I don’t always enjoy the company. I stayed at the Beach Club again which allows me numerous opportunities to photograph around Crescent Lake. It also got me looking at my previous captures of that area. I have a few favorites from a trip on 2014 but the more I look at them the more I realize I would process them differently. They now seems a little dark and contrasty to me. Maybe it is due to learning new techniques or maybe my “look” has changed for my images. Either way I decided to re-process my Boardwalk Morning image.

This is the original HDR image I created back in 2014.

  

MLCreations Photography: Around WDW &emdash; Boardwalk Morning

Boardalk Morning
Nikon D5100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, {1/13, 1/6, 1/3 & 0.6s bracket}, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100

  

To me the shadows feel a little too dark, I used more contrast than I am currently using and the colors are off. I re-ran the same bracket through the Aurora HDR program and processed the resulting HDR image through ON1 Photo Effects. Too me the new image is brighter, more morning friendly and represents the feel I get when I am in this area of Disney.  It may not be that way for everyone as I am sure my feelings for Disney affect how I see this image.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Boardwalk Morning - Redo

Boardwalk Morning Redo

 

I am curious to know your thoughts and my second attempt…

Chittenango Autumn

Chittenango Falls State Park

After a long, tiring day of travel back from the West Coast on Thursday I decided I was leaving work early and stopping on my way home at the State Park that started my obsession with waterfalls, Chittenango Falls. I was hoping for a little autumn color and although I might have been about a week early for peak conditions, the park did not disappoint. The sun was starting to be replaced with the approaching clouds but I managed to grab some blue sky before it was gone.

Although we have not had a lot of rain of late, the flow in the creek was perfect to create the best looking cascade down the falls. It is always a challenge, too much water and there is no definition to the flow and too little leaves you with barely noticeable streams. I always prefer to see the flow so I try not to have an exceedingly long exposure. The 1-4 second bracket worked best for the conditions. I could have lengthened the exposure as there was barely any wind but I am not a fan of the definitionless water streams. My personal choice… 🙂

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Chittenango Autumn

Chittenango Autumn
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1, 2 & 4s bracket}, 23mm, f/16, ISO 200