10 & 98 Come Together

Mobile Bay, Alabama

I’m spending a little more time in Mobile, Alabama this weekend for work. Our only opportunity to get our tasks done was this weekend so I flew in on Friday evening. We had a good day yesterday, accomplishing most of our tasks so I had a little time this morning to get out with the camera (yes, I brought it this time!). If we have a good morning today I might go back to the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park for better quality pics (fingers crossed).

This morning I stopped where Interstate 10 crosses Route 98 in the middle of Mobile Bay. I was hoping for a little more sunrise color in the sky but the clouds had not yet rolled past. You can see a sliver of orange barely above the interstate. It is all good, I do love me some light reflections on water…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; 10 & 98 Come Together

10 & 98 Come Together
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, 40s, 9mm, f/9, ISO 200

 

Autumn’s Last Call

Buttermilk Falls State Park, Robert H. Treman State Park
Tinker Falls Trail & Pratt’s Falls Park

Yesterday was probably my last Autumn colors weekend. I ended up with quite a few great images last weekend but this weekend I was determined to capture even more color. Although the weather was going to be a little chilly, i.e., 30-33F, the forecast was for sunny skies. I bundled up, packed the camera bag and headed to Ithaca to start my day with a few waterfalls and State Parks.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; This is Autumn

This is Autumn
Robert H. Treman State Park
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100

  

This is the entrance to the Lower Falls area of Robert H. Treman State Park. Generally I start at the Lower Falls and then hike the trails to the opposite end of the park. If I was going to make it to more than a few parks today I would have to “cheat” a little. I grabbed the images I wanted in this section of the park and then drove to the other entrance. Although the entire park is worth the effort, the images I wanted to capture are basically at the two ends.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Catching Lunch

Catching Lunch
Robert H. Treman State Park
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 32mm, f/11, ISO 100

  

I’ll be posting more images from this park in the near future. Due to the bright sun in some sections of the gorge I’ll be combining multiple exposures and working them with my HDR workflow. Don’t worry, I won’t let you off the hook that easily… 🙂

The third location in Ithaca I attempted to hike was Cascadilla Gorge but considering the length of the gorge my GPS brought to the wrong location (in the middle of Cornell University campus). At this point in the day it was easier to start my way back home and hit up a few other locations I haven’t been to in a few years.

It was a relatively short detour to get to Tinker Falls Trail. I had attempted to photograph this waterfall quite a few years ago but the water level in the creek was so low there was barely any waterfall. I expected with the amount of rain we have had the last few days I would get some interesting images. The hike was short and easy. I was a little disappointed at how far away I was at the apparent end of the trail. It wasn’t until I watched a couple cross the creek and continue up the side of the waterfall, behind the waterfall and then up the opposite side that I realized, I was going to get some amazing images!

For the Disney fan among you… I present the true backside of water!

  

MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; True Backside of Water

True Backside of Water
Tinker Falls Trail
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100

  

From this waterfall I wasn’t very far from Pratt’s Falls Park. The day was still fairly young so I plugged the park into the GPS and headed out. I have visited this park a few times over the years but I have neglected stopping recently. I’m not sure why. I’m so happy I did this year. The waterfall had the perfect amount of water and the colors in the trees were stunning. I’ll get an image of the waterfall processed soon but I wanted to share this great image of autumn colors first. This is the water at the head of the falls. From here it basically goes under the entrance road to the park then makes the 137′ cascade down into the gorge.

  

MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Autumn Glass

Autumn Glass
Pratt’s Falls Park
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100

  

I’m going to end this post with an image from the first park I visited. Probably my favorite park in Ithaca, Buttermilk Falls State Park. When I get the right amount of water flow and the lighting is perfect, it is hard not to come home with dozens of images. It always feels like every turn presents another view waiting to be photographed.

The colder temperatures kept most of the normal hikers away. I didn’t have to worry about people playing in the water near what I was trying to capture, nor did I have to wait for the trails to be clear. I was probably at this park a lot shorter than normal but I believe I came away with more great images. This last image alone made the whole trip worth it for me. Sometimes you get lucky with conditions and lighting…

  

MLCreations Photography: Buttermilk Falls &emdash; Buttermilk in Autumn

Buttermilk in Autumn
Buttermilk Falls State Park
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.3s, 26mm, f/11, ISO 100

 

I suppose it all will depend on the weather this coming week. The NY State foliage map had all of the North country at peak or past peak conditions. The Finger Lakes region was at mid-point or near peak so I might be able to squeeze in one more trip before it is over. We’ll have to wait and see net Wednesday when the foliage report is updated.

So far, this has been the best year for me to capture the colors of Autumn. Typically at this time I am exploring Walt Disney World but decided against it and now I want to utilize every opportunity I can for photographing different parts of the state. I’ll give Mother Nature a call a little later and see if I can put in a good word with her. Who knows, maybe she is a fan of my work… 🙂

Environmental Education

Green Lakes State Park

The first park I explored last weekend was Green Lakes State Park out in Fayetteville, NY. The early morning light did not do the namesake water its proper justice but I could not resist the way the trees were reflecting. I captured the view of the environmental education building from across the lake as the morning sun did its thing…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Environmental Education

Environmental Education
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/25s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 100

 

Mill St. Bridge

Bellamy Harbor Park

My thought the other evening was to jump down to Bellamy Harbor to grab a few images during the sunset. I had a vision of the trees lining the canal starting to change color and I would be able to find a great autumn scene. I forgot to include Mother Nature in my plans. She can be mean at times.

There was a heavy layer of clouds hugging the horizon and as I drove toward the barge canal the sun kept marching into them. Luckily the sky to the East was not obscured and the few clouds present were reflecting the remaining sunlight. The waters of the Barge Canal were fairly calm which allowed for a nice reflection image of the Mill St. bridge.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Mill St. Bridge

Mill St. Bridge
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Pour Spout

Oil Can Project – OCP18

Going to the 40th Annual Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts was good for me in a couple of ways. The most obvious being I was able to support a few artists and bring home more art to hang on my walls (I need to make room first, LOL). I’ll share what I purchased in a later post. I also was able to see what other artists are doing and that always gets my mind thinking (which doesn’t happen often enough).

The best result of my field trip to Remsen is I pulled out my “studio” setup and attempted to photograph a few more items for my Oil Can Project. I tried to go with a natural light setup due to the nice windows upstairs in my apartment but I still need to work a few things out. The session was not a total washout. I salvaged a nice image of an old oil can pour spout. I remember my Grandpa using one of these back when I was a lot younger.

  

MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Pour Spout

Pour Spout
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 3.2s, 34mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Lighthouse Morning

Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

  

MLCreations Photography: Around WDW &emdash; Lighthouse Morning

Lighthouse Morning
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 4s, 29mm, f/11, ISO 200