Delta Lake State Park
The day was mostly overcast. Sunday is typically errand day, get the groceries, hit a few of the warehouse stores and check out anything interesting. The morning started with breakfast and progressed along as I expected. The only surprise was the emergence of the sun about forty five minutes before sunset. I had been itching to get out with the camera and was not going to let this opportunity slide.
I grabbed everything (including my gloves) and headed out. Once I pulled the car out of the parking lot of the townhouses I realized I would be racing the clouds. The sunshine I was experiencing was through a small crack in the cloud cover. My best bet to photograph anything would be up at Delta Lake. I raced my way there as the sun started playing hide-n-seek.
This image is the first capture as I hit the beach. In a couple of minutes the sun was once again hiding behind the clouds. I ended up playing with the macro lens for a few minutes trying to get some close-ups of patterns in the ice stranded on the beach. The wind was beating on me and I hadn’t factored it in when I chose my clothing for this outing.
On my way back to the car I ran into another photographer. He was having a similar problem as he didn’t bring any gloves but wanted to wait until the sun dropped below the horizon. We stood there talking, mostly about his Pentax K-1. I briefly thought about this camera as it would allow me to use my Dad’s old lenses but since I haven’t been able to convince him to let me buy them I had forgotten about it. He confirmed by original thoughts, it is a great camera. Looks like I’ll be calling Dad soon…
We both stayed for a few more minutes and I grabbed a couple more images. I had to get the obligatory image with the bench in the foreground. Every year I manage to sneak another one into my collection. Eventually the wind won and we both headed to our cars. It was nice to chat with a fellow photographer and hopefully I’ll run into him again…
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
OK, I will admit I am obsessed with this ship. But can you blame me?
Luckily for me we were able to complete our tasks today around 3pm which allowed me to go back to the memorial park for the sunset. I checked my sun tracking app earlier in the day, so I knew the sun would set right behind the ship and I would have a great vantage point from the small pier at the park. I ran around the grounds for an hour and a half grabbing better images of everything on display. Not only was the weather better this time, but I also brought my camera. It was a good ending to a long weekend.
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ, 1/500s, 25mm, f/9, ISO 200
Delta Lake State Park
I never wanted to rush through the summer. I was happy enjoying the sun filled days and long hours of daylight. But, I can tell you since I spotted the first leaves changing color and dropping to the ground, I have been waiting for the peak of autumn to arrive. In Upstate NY there is a relatively short window of opportunity to grab images of autumn. Typically, I’m in Florida at Walt Disney World during this window but not this year.
I have been enjoying walks along the Old Erie Canal trail at lunch searching for this sections of color reflected in the waters. This weekend I plan to hit a few of the state parks around Central NY as the foliage map indicates near peak/peak conditions throughout most of the state. But last night I ran up to Delta Lake to catch the last 30 minutes of light.
There is a section of the park at the entrance where as the sun sets it will illuminate the trees along the water providing a multitude of photographic goodness. This view checks quite a few boxes, i.e., autumn colored trees, reflections and last night mirror-like water with sun rays. I got lucky too! There was the perfect amount of clouds in the sky. To say I enjoyed the last 30 minutes of the day would be an understatement…
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200