Tunnel Vision

Butternut Creek, Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

Tunnel Vision – Portfolio Blog

Another creation from my lunch exploration of the Old Erie Canal Park near work last week when we still had some snow. Although the water level was low and it allowed me to get down into the creek, there was some good speed to the water which created the ripples. It was an overcast, winter day so there was nothing of the sky to capture. I am totally in love with the stone work of the aqueduct so I captured a three shot bracket in order to bring out the detail in the shadows. My original plan was to create this image as a B&W, but there was not enough tonal difference between the water and aqueduct and everything turned out the same with this white spot in the middle. I decided to desaturate the image which allowed for the separation of the aqueduct from the water.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/10, 1/30 & 1/50s bracket}, 18mm, f/16, ISO 200


Old Erie Canal Park Twice

Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

I have begun transitioning this blog over to my portfolio website. I created that site almost two years ago due to running out of image space on WordPress. I have still been using WordPress to publish my ramblings but it is time to fully embrace the new site. I will continue to publish on this version of the blog for a while and will maintain it as an archive of my growth over the past several years…

Old Erie Canal Park Twice – portfolio blog


I’m still working through the few images I captured last week when I snuck out to the Old Erie Canal Park around the corner from where I work. If you remember it was not the best day to be out for pictures but I needed a break from the events at work. It definitely was what I needed and reinforced in me the ability to create interesting pictures in any type of conditions. It is not always sunshine or rainbows when you have the urge to be creative. You work with what you have to satiate the cravings.

I struggled with the post-processing of this image. I originally saw the image in monochrome when I was composing the view and capturing the picture. I could see my normal B&W processing pulling out the subtle layers of light from the drizzling, overcast scene. I think my latest post-processing trend with my Disney images (an attempt at a vintage look) has had an affect on other images. I saw this image that way too. I struggled with which creative trend would win on this image. Even after processing this scene both ways I am still conflicted as to the one image I wanted to post… so you get both.

Not always the best choice for an artist to present conflicting stories, but I think each of these will speak to different people. The first version is the vintage processing attempt. I used Lightroom & On1 Effects to attempt to give this version an old film vibe. On1 has a few interesting presets for accomplishing this look and each time I use it I end up tweaking it slightly. It is a great learning tool for me.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Yesterday Gone

Yesterday Gone
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


The second image is obviously the monochrome version. I processed it with Lightroom & Luminar going for an ethereal look. Besides converting to monochrome there is some blur added to the image as well as the Orton Effect. You will have to let me know which image you prefer…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sleep on the Water

Sleep on the Water
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

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…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Dreary

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200
3 image, portrait, panorama

Winter Rays

Delta Lake State Park

I started Saturday at the Utica Marina but I ended up at my favorite stomping grounds, Delta Lake State Park. Practically balmy conditions made it easy to walk around the park with the snowshoes. It didn’t hurt that the sky has some great clouds to catch the light from the setting sun. Also, I’m always a sucker for a good reflection, even if it is only a muted trail of sunlight.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Winter Rays

Winter Rays
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 14mm, f/16, ISO 200