After my flying adventure on Saturday I had a plan to get a bird’s view of Utica at sunrise on Sunday morning. I thought I could get the drone up from Sherrill Brook Park off Route 12 and line up the taller buildings of the city with the sunrise. I should have checked the town park’s website, it doesn’t open until 7am. Now what do I do?
I opted to drive to Union Station and see what the morning light would bring me. There was a good layer of clouds in the sky to catch the light and I was able to get a few interesting compositions out on the platform. I also tried a panoramic view, which you probably shouldn’t do with building so close to the foreground, but I do like how it turned out.
This is a seven image panoramic shot with the camera in portrait orientation. I used Lightroom to merge the images and then tweaked it in Luminar. It almost has a fish-eye lens quality as I captured about a 100 degrees of view and the buildings have some distortion to them. Still an interesting view…
There was no sunrise on Sunday but there was plenty of moody goodness at Bellamy Harbor Park in Rome, NY. The scene definitely lent itself to a monochrome processing treatment. I also could’t resist a panoramic view as the entire area was worth capturing.
Pano Mood Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 200
I wish I could blame the Mother Nature for my lack of photography lately. Although she has contributed with this constant drizzle I have been a little busy (or is the four letter word lazy). Either way, it felt good to venture out last night with the camera. Nothing too crazy, a quick trip up to my old stand-by, Delta Lake State Park for the sunset. Or, what might have been a sunset if a front wasn’t passing through my area.
I promise, the sun was out and shining when I left the house. The ten minute drive saw my hopes for a view of the sun disappear behind the clouds but it did present an interesting big picture view. I worked a few different scenes as the official time for the sunset approached. I was lucky. There was no wind and it created an amazingly calm lake which provided great reflections.
As I was leaving the beach area I stopped to enjoy the view one last time. I couldn’t help myself. The view was begging for a nice panoramic image. In the sand, it only took me a few minutes to level the tripod so I could rotate the head and capture my set. Seven images later I was confident I captured what I needed. Lightroom does a fantastic job merging the images into a single picture. A quick process through Luminar and I had my autumn image of Delta Lake.
Big Beach View Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 22mm, f/16, ISO 200
The weather forecast was calling for a warm weekend. It also indicated that rain would be moving into my area in the afternoon. I took a chance that those conditions would produce a good sunrise up at Hinckley Reservoir. Although the thermometer was reading in the low teens I didn’t think it would affect my morning photography. Stupid me! I forgot about wind chill. I lasted about 30 minutes up at the reservoir before I gave up and jumped back into the car.
Grand View Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200 8 image panoramic
I have captured numerous pictures over the years from my vantage point next to the dam. If you do a search for Hinckley on the blog you will get a sense of how often I return to this spot. Before I ventured down to my normal vantage point at the water’s edge I decided to try for a panoramic image of the entire scene. I didn’t quite have enough coffee in me as I neglected to turn the camera to its portrait orientation but I grabbed 8 images covering almost 180 degrees. FYI – turning the camera to portrait will require more images to capture your scene but you can capture more information top and bottom which will help when your software stitches the images together. If you are interested in the process, check out this article at Digital Photography School.
After getting all my images for the pano I went closer to the concrete columns frozen in the reservoir for my traditional image at Hinckley. If you did the search you will see these columns are typically the focus point of my pictures in this location. I think it is time for me to explore this area a little more and find the other views I am sure are here. Maybe next weekend…
Frozen Olympus OM-D E-M1, M.
Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2s, 13mm, f/16, ISO 200
To work by 6am, 6 hours of working at the desk in preparation for an audit today, definitely needed to go for a walk during lunch. Although the sky was overcast and there was the constant threat of the drizzle turning into a straight up rain, I headed over to the park around the corner. I wanted another image of the pedestrian bridge over the canal and the best option was to create a panoramic. I turned the camera to portrait orientation and fired off three images to capture the scene. The day was practically monochrome to begin with so this was an obvious processing choice…
Dreary Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200 3 image, portrait, panorama
While I was at the canal park last night I decided to try for another panoramic image. I had watched a video by Gavin Hoey on Adorama TV on creating panoramic images and I was hoping the view of the canal would allow me to create what I wanted. This image is a stitch of 9 portrait pictures taken from East to West between Mill St. and Erie Blvd East in Rome, NY. I think next time I’ll back away just a little more to get the metal railing in the entire image.