Great Bend

Letchworth State Park

Autumn in New York is a sight to see. That would be the state not the city. Although to be fair, I’ve not visited the city during autumn. What I’m talking about are the state parks. I hope the state continues to support the park system.

I have been monitoring the state’s fall foliage map and now is the time to venture out and view the autumn colors. Even though the weather forecast was “iffy” at best I took a couple days off from work to travel to a few of these state parks I ramble on about and capture the changing leaves. My first stop was Letchworth, the “Grand Canyon of the East”. This park is one of the best state parks in the country. It is definitely worth the two and a half hour drive for me!

In order to get to the park before sunrise I need to leave the house around 3am. The drive generally takes me longer than the GPS calculated time as consuming coffee on the trip requires making a few stops along the way. I managed to get to the “Great Bend” section of the park forty-five minutes before sunrise. I love the morning blue hour and was hoping the chance of rain forecast for the morning would hold off long enough for a few images. I fought my way through occasional sprinkles while I captured images of the tree lined gorge.

This is a seven image panoramic of the Great Bend. The foliage map listed this area of the state at mid-point and you can see there are still some tress waiting to turn to their autumn color. Next weekend might be a better time to visit but I didn’t want to lose this opportunity. Fair warning, there will be more images to be posted…

 

MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Great Bend

Great Bend
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200, {7 image pano}

Daybreak

Union Station, Utica, NY

Credit for me wandering down to Union Station on Saturday should go to Sandy Roe of Photos at 1020. I saw her image from the same corner of the station on the @ocnewyork Instagram account and wanted to get some pics of my own. The detail inside the station is absolutely incredible. Between the marble and architectural detail you tend to stand and stare as soon as you walk inside. I also liked the blue from the clouds outside highlighting the windows. A very nice balance to the predominately yellow theme of the interior.

I opted to go for a panoramic image rather than switch to my wide angle lens. I wasn’t confident how much I could capture and I was curious what the distortion would do to the view… I actually like it. This is a five image series in portrait orientation merged in Lightroom and processed as a single image with Aurora HDR.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Daybreak

Daybreak
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.3s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Night Into Day

Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

My timing could not have been any better yesterday morning. I went down to the barge canal at Bellamy Harbor to capture the sunrise. There were still some clouds in the sky and with the sun still a half hour away from making an appearance I was able to capture a panoramic view of the harbor that goes from a night scene to a sunrise scene.

I generally try to shoot my panoramics in portrait mode. With the harbor having quite a large viewing angle I needed 9 individual shots to create this image. Lightroom does a really good job at stitching the pano together. Once I had what I wanted it was a few minor adjustments and tweaks to achieve my results.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Night Into Day

Night Into Day
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {9 image pano}, 1.3s, 22mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Big Picture

Big Bend, Letchworth State Park

I have probably droned on about my trip to Letchworth State Park a little too much but I am still processing all the amazing views I was able to capture. This early bird managed to catch a lot of worms that morning. There was barely a breeze in the air and I was able to capture a beautiful panoramic view of the Big Bend area of the park. The Genesee River does a complete about face and in early June, the sunrise is right behind the opposite wall of the gorge.

This is a six image panoramic captured about 15 minutes after the official sunrise. The sun was above the horizon but still behind the gorge wall. Luckily for me, the few clouds in the sky collected the early light and helped paint the sky for me. I couldn’t help but stand and enjoy the show.

  

MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Big Picture

Big Picture
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Bellamy in Orange

Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

After spending a few days in California for work (without my camera) I needed to get my photography fix on. Saturday morning was looking like I might be able to find a sunrise. Even though Mother Nature has been teasing us with Spring it was still only 30 degrees out by the time the sun was suppose to debut. I headed over to Bellamy Harbor Park in Rome to get a glimpse of the morning color. I was not disappointed. Here is Bellamy in Orange

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Bellamy in Orange

Bellamy in Orange
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.5s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 64, 5 image pano

 

Yacht & Beach Clubs

Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

 

MLCreations Photography: Around WDW &emdash; Yacht & Beach Clubs

Yacht & Beach Clubs
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/200s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200

Turkey Creek Sunset

Palm Bay Marina, Turkey Creek

Just down the road from my mother-in-law is the Palm Bay Marina. I drove by numerous times every day wondering if there was an image I could capture. The other night I walked down after dinner and found a walking path that followed the creek out toward the Indian River. Although I managed to grab some individual shots, I setup on the walkway corner to capture what I needed for a panorama.

After getting my pictures by the creek I wished that I could have gone into the marina to capture some images from the docks. The gate was open but the sign indicated only boat owners and guests are allowed after 5pm. I looked for someone to ask but no one was in sight. I almost talked myself into sneaking in but thought my luck would have brought the police. I guess I’m not a very adventurous photographer. 🙂

I used Lightroom’s panorama feature to combine the images and make my normal adjustments. A quick trip into OnOne Photo Suite for few enhancements gave me the view that had been in my head.

MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Turkey Creek Sunset

Turkey Creek Sunset
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200/em>