In The Field
Yesterday morning did not lend itself to photography. The fog was as thick as pea soup… A hint of fog would have added a nice effect to a morning landscape but this stuff was almost impenetrable. I decided to get a few chores done around the house and wait for the sun to burn through the obstruction.
By 7:30am the sun was starting to work its magic on the fog and I had discovered I needed a few cleaning supplies. I made my way over to the store to stock up on the essentials but on the way back I was distracted by the sight of spider webs in the field. Hundreds of spider webs strung between the taller grass in the fields were still wet with the morning dew and reflecting the morning sun.
Well, I’m sure you know what happened next. I barely put the supplies away when I got home, grabbed the camera and tripod and ventured out into the fields across the road. The images in my head that I was hoping to capture were dew drops suspended along the tenuous strands of a intricate webs. I think I managed to grab a few of those but my prize from the morning is the image below. One of the master architects of my driving distraction was catching a few rays too.
I’m generally not a fan of spiders. My cats usually take care of any invaders in the house but this one didn’t seem to have a care in the world. I wasn’t exactly stealthy as I set up the tripod and maneuvered the camera into position. I half expected as soon as I had everything in place I would find an empty web when I focused the lens. Luckily for me, I think this artist was a bit of an egomaniac… LOL.
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/1250s, f/4, ISO 200
A beautiful morning where I actually got my butt moving and out the door. I wasn’t positive of my destination as I climbed into the car but I wanted to catch the sunrise or at the very least the wonderful blue hour before the sun breaks the horizon. I took a gamble that the Hinckley Reservoir would be almost full considering all the rain we have been having and it did pay off.
There was a nice layer of clouds in the sky to grab the pre-dawn color and the location of the sunrise allowed me to get a nice contrast between the approaching morning light and the darker, cooler tones still trapped behind the pillars. It doesn’t hurt that the reservoir is only 20 minutes from the house!
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 4s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200
Bellamy Harbor Park
The past few mornings have started off with beautiful sunrises. I was getting tired of watching the sky show on my way to work so yesterday morning I stopped at Bellamy Harbor Park to capture some images. I did not have to be to work my usual amount of early. It was a great decision. Starting my day with the camera was definitely the way to go…
The first view is where the Mohawk River meets the barge canal. I was a little early for the morning colors but I really like the lights along the pedestrian bridge and their reflection in the water. The long exposure also helps create an interesting pattern in the water below the small dam.
The second image is Bellamy Harbor Park proper as the sun starts throwing that color into the sky. There was slight movement in the clouds which creates the blurred effect in the sky due to the 25 second exposure.
I could have stayed at the park all morning. When I got to work there was a better display in the sky with the sun peaking through the breaking clouds. I know that would have looked good as the backdrop to either of these images. Maybe this weekend I’ll get lucky…
The Mohawk at Bellamy Harbor Park
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 17mm, f/16, ISO 200
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200
Sunrise along the Thruway
Have you ever had that image in your head, of a scene you pass every day, and when you finally capture the image it is nothing like you visualized? This image would be that one for me. I have passed this solitary tree in a pasture on my way to work for over a year. I have envisioned it with the sunrise in the background and this majestic looking silhouette standing alone in the field. This is not quite what was in my head.
Yesterday morning the clouds and sun were putting on a good show in the morning sky. The timing was right and my courage was running high. I stopped the car along the thruway and grabbed the camera. The pasture fence was only 40 feet from the edge of the road and I was wearing my waterproof boots. The tree was not quite as tall as I envisioned. I though the silhouette would be more into the sky. The sun could have been more to the left creating a little more drama in the sky.
If I had access to the pasture I could have improved all those negatives, but from my vantage point on the side of Interstate 90, this is what I captured. I’m sure there will be more opportunities. I’m sure there will be better views to capture. Now that I have done it once, the next one will not be so difficult…
I Stand Alone
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 40mm, f/9, ISO 800
Pop Century Resort, Walt Disney World
I know! Only a few days ago I blogged an image of this bridge. But that was a sunset image and this is a sunrise. And that image was looking toward Art of Animation and this is looking toward Pop Century. Totally different… 🙂
On Sunday morning I walked across Generation Gap Bridge to the Art of Animation resort to capture some scenes in the resort’s Cars area. It is wonderfully themed if not lit with way too many spot lights (really makes photography challenging). On my walk back to my room I was greeted with the following sunrise view of the Pop Century resort.
I did my normal thing… I setup the tripod on the left side of the bridge and captured a few images. Before I continued on my way I thought maybe a few shots from the opposite side would look good. It was then that I realized the symmetry of the views. And being one who can not pass up good symmetry, I planned on capturing two images that I could use to create the pseudo-panoramic image below.
In Lightroom I played with the crops until they were as near mirror images as I could make them. I transferred the images to Photoshop and set about adding the two views in a new file with a black background. I had sized the image to leave a smll border around each image. After everything was set I processed the images with my normal workflow. Ta-da!
Generation Gap Bridge
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5 & 2s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200
Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY
Colors in the Morning
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 27mm, f/16, ISO 200