Resist the Storm

Delta Lake State Park

I wasn’t positive how much time I would have before the rains but after a long day at the desk I needed to be out of the apartment. I was amazed at how many boats there were on the lake. The line of boats waiting for the boat ramp was almost comical. It appeared that everyone waited until the last minute before deciding to disembark the lake.

Rather than go for my usual view from the beach I walked out to the point which is typically on the right in my images from the beach. This allowed a better look at the setting sun, even if it was behind the clouds at the time. I waited until the sun was almost visible before capturing the colors. The orange separation between the blue in the clouds and the blue in the water was very striking.

As soon as I captured my view I felt the first rain drop. It was time to go. I made it back to the car with a minute to spare. The rain wasn’t the downpour I imagined it would be, but I wasn’t in the mood to get soaked…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Resist the Storm

Resist the Storm
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/50s, 61mm, f/11, ISO 200


The Light Within

Delta Lake State Park

Another drama filled sunset, another trip to Delta Lake to see the show. The day was cooler than it has been and the evening wasn’t going to be any better. At least the clouds passing through the area provided some interest in the sky at sunset. It was a good time to visit Delta Lake.

I almost had the beach area to myself. There was only one family and we managed to maintain our social distancing without any issues. I found a spot where the water barely breached a small sand bar and it created a great opportunity for a reflection. Probably wouldn’t be one of my sunsets without that reflection… 🙂


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; The Light Within

The Light Within
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/200s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200


Bellamy at Both Ends

Bellamy Harbor Park

Yesterday was supposed to be my trip to Ithaca, NY to explore a few of my favorite state parks. Luckily, before I headed out on my adventure I checked the state park website for each park and realized most of my favorite trails were closed. Taughannock Falls trails were open but I didn’t want to spend the two hour drive for only one park. I will be patient and wait until I can make a day of it in Ithaca.

With the change in my plans I quickly ran down to Bellamy Harbor Park for the sunrise… totally worth it! The trees are showing more of their green each day and the few clouds from the approaching rain caught the morning colors perfectly. I wish the water was a little smoother but at least the center caught the reflection of the Mill St. bridge.

Apparently my luck was not to improve. My grand plan for the sunset was to return to the Utica Marsh. I knew my normal trail into the area has been neglected over the years but I thought I had another way in. I failed to notice the bridge I planned to use had been blocked off by the city of Utica. I still think there is a way but last night I didn’t want to waste the sunset searching.

I drove back to Rome and parked at Bellamy Harbor Park figuring I could bookend my day at a familiar location. Mother Nature did not disappoint, she put on quite a show before sunset. I crossed the Mill St. bridge and captured the sunset from across the canal. The water was very smooth and the reflection of the clouds totally highlights Bellamy Harbor Park. I’d say my earlier misfortune was erased by this sunset…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; G'morning Bellamy

G’morning Bellamy
Olympus E-M1 Mark II , M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 31mm, f/11, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Highlighting Bellamy

Highlighting Bellamy
Olympus E-M1 Mark II , M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Along the Shore

Delta Lake State Park

I eventually did make my way to the lake the other day. Although I explored the area near the entrance and was able to capture a good balance between the light and dark, I had plenty of time to see what else the park could offer me. Due to the weather there were more people than I would have liked and it becomes a challenge to explore while not running into people in unexpected places. It is usually a safe option to walk the shore below the upper area overlook. I really liked the golden glow on these rocks and trees…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Along the Shore

Along the Shore
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100


Color on Glass

Delta Lake State Park

I mentioned in my ‘…as the sun goes down‘ post, before the sun was in its best position I ran around the water’s edge grabbing long exposure images. Sadly, I realized when I went to process those images that my 10-stop ND filter has a small scratch on it. This creates a very visible sun spot when shooting into the sun.

Sadly, as I researched getting a replacement it appears I bet on the wrong horse. I bought a set of square ND filters with a holder capable of installing a circular polarizer from Vu Filters. I have been very happy with the results. Because I use a micro four thirds system with smaller lenses I did not need big filters and Vu had a 75mm wide system that would be great for all my lenses. Doing a little research, it appears Benro bought out Vu and incorporated the filters into their own line. Hopefully, I can get a replacement without having to switch do a different system.

Luckily, for you I was able to salvage one image from my ruined long exposure fun. I found a grouping of rocks at the edge of the water to use as foreground interest for the color show happening at the horizon. With the clouds partially obscuring the sun combined with 10-stops of light filtering I captured a 30 second exposure. This long exposure smoothed out what little waves were undulating on the water and created a glass-like look reflecting the colors in the sky.

I did minor tweaking to the image in Lightroom sticking with a few adjustments to highlights and shadows. I then processed it in Luminar to enhance the colors, mainly to bring out the blues and brighten the oranges. Add a subtle vignette and the image is ready for display…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Color on Glass

Color on Glass
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 30s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100


…as the sun goes down

Delta Lake State Park

You have to be in the environment to capture the landscape. This thought ran through my head last evening as I waited for the sun to reach that perfect distance from the horizon. I have been making more of an effort to haul my lazy butt out of the house and it is paying off in image possibilities.

When I started my photography journey I was out exploring every free minute. I was learning, experimenting, trying new things. Now that I know everything… LOL, I have become complacent. Normal thoughts that have run through my mind…

  1. doesn’t look like it will be a good sunrise/sunset
  2. I’ve captured that view before
  3. I’ve done a lot of… lately
  4. it’s a long drive to get there, what if…
  5. maybe later

This week I have been changing the status quo. I have ventured out into the pre-dawn morning, energizing myself for the workday. I have been driving to familiar locations for the sunset, on the off chance it will be worth seeing. You have to be in the environment to capture the landscape.

There was a better than normal chance the clouds would roll in and obscure the sunset last night. I still went to Delta Lake. It was so worth it! I spent the hour before the sun reached the horizon capturing long exposure images. I had my ten-stop ND filter on and was happy capturing 15-20 second exposures around the lake (more on those in a later post).

The park was practically empty and there was barely any breeze. As the sun approached its ideal location I staked out my spot, setup the tripod and waited for the show. This image is one I would have missed if I was still listening to that little lazy voice in my head…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; the sun goes down

…as the sun goes down
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100