Bellamy Bookends

Bellamy Harbor Park

It is probably because it is easily accessible, but I find myself at Bellamy Harbor Park quite often. I started the day on Friday at the park for the sunrise. The clouds and the colors where amazing. I tried a few different angles, even venturing out into the new rock island that grew after all the rain this summer but ended up sticking my camera in the opening of the gate blocking my favorite location. I really like the curve of the water as well as the clouds. I found the image I wanted.

Day Starts
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 0.3s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100

Sunset came and my first thought was to capture the rising moon. It is the December full moon, or Cold Moon if you look in the Farmer’s Almanac. The name is from the Mohawk tribe of the Iroquois which seems fitting considering where I live. The sunset would be about an hour after the moon rises which would allow me to capture the moon before the sky turned too dark. I needed some time to find the composition I wanted. As I walked around this opposite view of Bellamy Harbor Park caught my eye. It would be a good companion for my morning image.

Day Ends
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/100s, 20mm, f/11, ISO 200

I couldn’t resist using the water tower at the park again. With the brighter sky I felt I would have a good chance of showing more of the towers details as well as capture the details in the moon. I was even able to practice my patience as I needed to wait until the moon climbed higher in the sky. Using the long end of my 12-100mm lens I was able to isolate the tower and the moon against a beautiful blue sky. You can even see the old General Cable Corporation logon on the side of the water tower.

Cold Moon
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/40s, 100mm, f/11, ISO 200

Overall, it was a great day! My plan was to go out on Saturday (today) morning to catch the moon as it was setting. I would be able to get some images at Delta Lake, but the snow moving in ended that plan. I’m thinking I might get one more chance on Sunday morning and if we do get some snow that might be a better image… 🙂

Monday Blues

Bellamy Harbor, Barge Canal

It has been quite a few weeks, five if I’m actually counting, since I have used my camera. I wasn’t feeling it. I could blame it on the weather but that would be the easy way out. I simply did not want to pick it up. I was positive it wasn’t the end of this journey but I knew forcing myself to “be creative” was not the way to go. So, I let the camera sit in the bag until I wanted to share again…

A lot has been happening. I have this week off. It wasn’t exactly planned but I am going to enjoy it. A couple weeks ago a new job opportunity came my way and I decided to follow it. This past Friday was my last day at my old job and next Monday will be the first at my new one. This new one is only five minutes from my place and I now will have an extra ninety minutes a day for myself. I’m excited, not only for the shorter commute but for the new challenges.

Waking up this morning I knew today was the day to find a new image. It wasn’t going to be that perfect sunrise but the process of getting back out with the camera was all I wanted to do. I stopped at Bellamy Harbor and played around before the sun peeked over the horizon. And really, before the clouds completely obscured the sky. ah, those Monday blues…

Monday Blues
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 2s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400

G’morning Beach Club

Wordless Wednesday
Walt Disney World

G’morning Beach Club
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 2.5s, 18mm, f/8, ISO 200

Two Looks in the Morning

Wordless Wednesday
Bellamy Harbor Park

Bellamy Harbor East
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/4s, 13mm, f/16, ISO 100
Bellamy Harbor West
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 0.6s, 23mm, f/11, ISO 100

Cindy’s Morning Shine

WDW in B&W – WBW42
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

I’m still in the middle of my love/hate relationship with Walt Disney World. The 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is October 1st. It is 31 days away! When the other anniversary milestones came I didn’t do anything special (to be fair neither did Disney on a couple of them). But I thought the 50th would be something spectacular and I would be there. I currently have no plans.

What I do have is more images from my trip this past May. As much as I might complain about Disney, and Walt Disney World in particular, I did have a few good times on my trip. Unexpected early entry into the parks was one of those times. The Magic Kingdom was scheduled to open at 8am but as soon as I arrived cast members were letting guests into the park. OK I thought, they probably have a rope at the end of Main Street holding everyone back until the official time. Nope! The park was open to us. While everyone was running off to any open ride, I was running around capturing as many images as I could.

I was on my way to Frontierland for sunrise-like images along the Rivers of America. Passing over the bridge from the hub presented this harsh view of Cinderella Castle which I could not pass up. Upon my first look at this image back in May I didn’t see anything special. I liked the sun flare but there were too many flare spots. Although I love shooting into the sun, there were to many spots to overcome in post-processing. While cruising the trip’s album in Lightroom last night this image jumped out at me. I needed to work on it.

It might be a cheat to convert it to monochrome but it did alleviate my problem with the sun spots. The other great affect of converting this image, it removes the new color scheme Disney used for the anniversary. I mentioned in a post back in May that the new scheme has Cindy looking like her sibling in Disneyland. I’m still undecided about the look for her but this version helps me forget. I think it fits nicely with the other images in my WDW in B&W series.

Cindy’s Morning Shine
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, 1/250s, f/11, ISO 200

Beach Club Light

Beach Club Resort, Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

Is it nostalgia or pining? Returning to the images I captured at Walt Disney World in May for this morning’s post. The 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is right around the corner (October 1st). I guess it is a little of both…

If it was truly nostalgia then this post would be of Cinderella Castle. Maybe that one will be next?

Pining it is. I would love to be in the Magic Kingdom for the anniversary but my love/hate relationship with Walt Disney World is leaning toward the hate side right now. I know, a strong word, but that is how it feels. There are numerous reasons but I will not bore you with those… you’re welcome. Wait, I think it is reminiscing? Yep, that seems to be it.

Right now I can enjoy the early morning view of the Beach Club. This is one of my favorite times of the day. Well before most guests wake. When it is only me running around the lake capturing the views, enjoying the peace and quiet.

Beach Club Light
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 3.2s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200

West Canada Morning

West Canada Creek, Hinckley Reservoir
Haiku

Bursts of Color

The moon bids farewell
Mother Nature's show begins
Dawn bursts in color

Standing at the end of the boat launch capturing the last light of the full moon serenity washed over me. The calming sounds of water flowing always have that affect on me. And then I turned around… Eos, the Dawn, was waking up.

Colors. Wonderful morning colors were filling the horizon. Serenity was now replaced with an urge to capture this goddess who ushers in the day. The recent storms must have caused havoc with the creek as a maintenance barge was parked behind me. I’m a sucker for a reflection as well as a silhouette. Bonus points for this one!

Maintenance
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mmm f/4, 15s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200

What’s next? Ah, the spillway (dam) at Hinckley Reservoir. It has been a long time since I have seen water flowing over the spillway. That will be my next stop. The interesting dilemma is how to capture the view. I park near a bridge over the West Canada and walk the length looking for the best view. It freaks me out slightly as the water is not far from the bottom of the bridge. It didn’t appear to be moving this fast as I was standing next it capturing the moon but now I feel the power of the flow. Incredible!

At the very opposite end of the bridge I find the view I wanted to capture. The trees lining the banks of the creek create a funnel for the sound of the water rushing over the spillway. I stand and listen for a few minutes. Other sounds of the morning have vanished, the water is all I hear. I can feel it following the water down the creek.

Over the Top
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mmm f/4, 3.2s, 28mm, f/11, ISO 200

One more stop before I’m done with the dawn. I walk from my spot on the bridge toward the spillway itself. The access road allows me to get quite close. I would have preferred to find a spot with out the fencing. Not much choice. Being this close the spillway hides most of the colors on the horizon. I thought of hopping the concrete barrier and going to the water’s edge for a better view, but no, that is me even though I’m sure there is no one else around. I settle for this one…

Let it Flow
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mmm f/4, 2s, 13mm, f/11, ISO 200

My task complete I walk back to the car for the drive back home. It was a good morning!