Inspiration Point, Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park is big! The park is roughly 16 miles long. There are numerous areas to explore. Typically I like to be able to get close to the waterfalls but you can not deny the view from Inspiration Point. It is a spot along the gorge wall where you are looking up the Genesee River at Middle and Upper Falls. It is a beautiful scene. I am usually in the park very early for the morning light but one of these days I will have to capture this area at sunset.
View From the Top
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 64
Chittenango Falls State Park
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 64
Upper Falls, Letchworth State Park
For today’s post I am back at Letchworth State Park. The bridge over Upper Falls has been replaced and surprisingly, it looks pretty good for a man-made intrusion. You can see the old bridge at this post. With the amount of water in the Genesee river, the mist rising up from the falls created a challenge to keep the front of the lens clear. On the plus side it kept a lot of people from getting too close which gave me plenty of room to setup the tripod… 🙂
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/6s, 17mm, f/16, ISO 64
Chittenango Falls State Park
About half way down the stairs to the bottom of the gorge at Chittenango Falls State Park there is a small observation area where you can view the waterfall. The local greenery has grown up quite a bit over the years but the view is still pretty cool. Other than the walkway bridge at the bottom this is probably the second best location to grab a picture of the cascading water…
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 64
Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 0.4s, 78mm, f/16, ISO 64
Big Bend, Letchworth State Park
I was running around the Big Bend area of Letchworth State Park for quite a while on Saturday. There were so many views to capture. I knew as soon as the sun rose above the horizon I would have another set of images to capture. I followed the stone safety wall further into a wooded area and found this view as the sun was peeking around the gorge wall. I’ll say it again… definitely worth getting up early and the three hour drive.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 15mm, f/16, ISO 200
Letchworth State Park
I’m not positive about the early bird but if I want to catch a sunrise at Letchworth State Park I know I have to get up pretty early. It is a three hour drive from my house and with the sunrise at 5:30am I decided to set the alarm for 1:30am and be on the road by 2am. It was so worth it!
The colors in the sky before sunrise were absolutely beautiful. There was barely anyone on the road or in the park this early so I had the place to myself. My first destination was Big Bend. This section of the park can be viewed from multiple locations but I was shooting for the observation area next to the Castile entrance. As I drove toward my goal I noticed a car pulled off to the side of the road. When I was even with the car I caught the view of the gorge and quickly changed my plan.
The car was another photographer who was more of an early bird than me. He was already set up and his camera was taking a time-lapse sequence. We exchanged good mornings and I went about getting a few images. As you can see in the image, there was a few low clouds near the base of the gorge and the sky was on fire. This view justified the early morning alarm and the three hour drive.
I posted on a few of my social media sites a quick phone image of this view but it did not do it any justice. I’ll be posting more as I process the “keepers” from my early morning excursion to the Grand Canyon of the East.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 20mm, f/11, ISO 200