Sunrise Through the Glass

Hinckley Reservoir
Through the Glass – TTG01

Saturday was supposed to have occasional rain. I read that as there would be some good cloud representation in the sky for the sunrise. It also meant I could put off doing the laundry for a day, but that is a different story. I hadn’t been up to Hinckley Reservoir in a couple of months. I wasn’t positive there would be anything worth photographing but it isn’t far and definitely worth the drive. I also knew there are plenty of rocks near the dam and I wanted to play with the Lensball again. I think everything worked out well for me…

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sunrise Through the Glass

Sunrise Through the Glass
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/125s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 800

 

Peekaboo Sun

Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

I’m sure a big portion of my reasons for always going to Bellamy Harbor Park is the distance from my house. I can be here in fifteen minutes. But, it is also a great location for sunrise/sunset images as the canal is aligned East to West and as the sun traverses the seasons it will rise/set in different areas of the park. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that I’m a fan of water, reflections and silhouettes in my images…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Peekaboo Sun

Peekaboo Sun
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Bellamy Ball

Bellamy Harbor Park

After a few days of experimenting with my new Lensball I think I finally understand the conditions I need to be in to capture some good images. It was not as intuitive as I thought it would be. After the gym this morning I headed over to my favorite local spot, Bellamy Harbor Park, to see what kind of sunrise images I could capture. I like how this one turned out…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Bellamy Ball

Bellamy Ball
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Big Picture

Big Bend, Letchworth State Park

I have probably droned on about my trip to Letchworth State Park a little too much but I am still processing all the amazing views I was able to capture. This early bird managed to catch a lot of worms that morning. There was barely a breeze in the air and I was able to capture a beautiful panoramic view of the Big Bend area of the park. The Genesee River does a complete about face and in early June, the sunrise is right behind the opposite wall of the gorge.

This is a six image panoramic captured about 15 minutes after the official sunrise. The sun was above the horizon but still behind the gorge wall. Luckily for me, the few clouds in the sky collected the early light and helped paint the sky for me. I couldn’t help but stand and enjoy the show.

  

MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Big Picture

Big Picture
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Morning’s Light

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.

  

MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Morning's Light

Morning’s Light
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 15mm, f/16, ISO 200

 

Hangin’ Low

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.

  

MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Hangin' Low

Hangin’ Low
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 20mm, f/11, ISO 200

Tree of Life

Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

As much as I wanted to stay in bed, I knew my opportunity for early morning pics at the Animal Kingdom park would be worth dragging my butt out into the day. The park has been having Extra Magic Hours one hour before the normal park opening. Anyone staying at a WDW resort can enter the park during the extra time.

Either, not many people were taking advantage of this hour or I was incredibly lucky. I arrived right at 8am, and was through security and into the park by 8:05am. I ran around Discovery Island, as the majority of guests scrambled to Pandora and the Flight of Passage ride, grabbing as many images as I could with barely another person in sight. It was glorious…

  

MLCreations Photography: Animal Kingdom &emdash; Tree of Life

Tree of Life
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200