Spring Hustle

Chittenango Fall State Park

It was a beautiful day yesterday, a little too bright for waterfalls actually, but I didn’t care.  I would make it work.  I went to Chittenango Falls State Park.  I didn’t think I needed to check the website, I should have…  the gorge trail was still closed.  There went my plan for a majestic waterfall picture.  I managed to spend some time playing in the creek…

Spring Hustle

Spring Hustle
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100

Sway

Monochrome, Slow
West Canada Creek

I don’t know if I should call the last three weeks a break or an abandonment? I definitely wasn’t feeling the photography. The weather didn’t help, but that is a weak excuse, I really wasn’t into picking up the camera. Looking back through my files, February 20th was the last image I captured with my camera. I did a couple posts from my phone and I believe the last one was the kick-start I needed. I think I also had it in my head that after this weekend, as the clock jumps forward, I will have that extra time after I get home from work to go exploring.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and I took the chance there would be some good water flowing in the West Canada Creek. The water level was not Spring thaw category but there were opportunities along the creek. I was able to explore both sides of the creek below Morgan’s Mill Dam. The lighting in the creek is definitely better from the East side when there is an afternoon sun. I enjoyed a good hour of calming water flow before temperatures reached my finger tips. I’m hoping today will be another good for exploring…

 

Sway
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II, 0.5s, 75mm, f/16, ISO 200

Descend into Chaos

West Canada Creek

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Descend I

Descend I
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/3s, 78mm, f/8, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Descend II

Descend II
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/5s, 82mm, f/9, ISO 400

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Descend III

Descend III
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/4s, 82mm, f/9, ISO 400

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Descend IV

Descend IV
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/5s, 78mm, f/9, ISO 400

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Descend V

Descend V
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/5s, 78mm, f/9, ISO 400

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Descend VI

Descend VI
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/5s, 62mm, f/9, ISO 400

 

Lamina

West Canada Creek

Although the temperature was a little cooler than I would have liked, Sunday was a great day to play in the West Canada Creek. The volume of water flowing in the creek was not at the level of spring run off but the velocity created a few interesting sections where the water navigated the rocks among the creek bed.

I was sharing my spot with a handful of fly fishermen. I couldn’t tell if they were having any success but I definitely was capturing some good images. My success rate increased when I switched to the opposite side of the creek and shot with the sun rather than into it. Probably didn’t hurt that a few more clouds rolled in and helped reduce the glare on the water.

The hour I spent playing in the creek was exactly the adventure I needed. Listening to the sound of the rushing water always has a positive affect on me. It doesn’t hurt that I also captured some great images of the flowing water…

  

MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Lamina

Lamina
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 0.4s, 70mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Slowing It Down

Pixley Falls State Park
Chittenango Falls State Park

I love photographing water. It presents many possibilities that I am unable to ignore. I am also entranced by the sounds of running water and could sit for hours listening to it. I even have a babbling brook soundtrack I play at night that puts me to sleep within minutes.

While I was at Pixley Falls State Park over the weekend I not only captured images of the waterfall, I searched the creeks feeding the falls for isolated mini falls. The morning had progressed enough and allowed the sun to find such a small section of the creek. I played for quite some time trying different angles and compositions. I really loved this almost macro view with the golden sun reflected in the water.

  

MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Gold Flow

Gold Flow
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 34mm, f/8, ISO 200

 

Although I love the waterfalls at Chittenango Falls State Park there is a section of the creek above the falls that is an amazing playground for me. Depending on the time of year and the volume of water flowing through the creek I can lose time exploring every twist, turn and mini waterfall I can find. It also is a lesser explored area of the park and I encounter far fewer people… 😉

I’m lucky enough to have a spot where an outcropping of stone allows me to practically be in the creek to capture the water. The volume was heavy and the water was flowing fast over the weekend as evidenced by the early picture of the main waterfall. I almost converted this image to B&W, which is my go-to process for this type of image. I couldn’t bring myself to use that version, I really liked the changing colors in the turbulent areas of the creek.

  

MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Hasten

Hasten
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 35mm, f/11, ISO 200