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

Roll With It

West Canada Creek

It is not like I partake in many social gatherings but when you are advised to limit your interaction it definitely modifies your behavior, even behavior that was already sparse. Luckily for me I enjoy quite a few solitary activities. Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day although a little on the cool side. Considering it is still early March I shouldn’t complain. It was a good day for photography.

The early morning found me in search of a sunrise that did not materialize the way I had hoped. But, to be truthful, I did not plan it as well as I should and a lack of images is the result. Midday was a different story. I knew exactly what I wanted to capture. I drove up to Trenton Falls to play in the West Canada Creek.

The harsh, overhead sun would produce bright whites and deep shadows which is exactly what I was looking for while I photographed the fast moving water. My telephoto lens and 4-stop ND filter allowed me to smooth out the water flow while still retaining some detail in small sections of the river.

I should warn everyone now, my collection of images from Sunday was pretty good with an above average keep rate… it was a good afternoon.

  

MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Roll With It

Roll With It
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/10s, 85mm, f/8, ISO 200