West Canada Creek

Although the temperature was a little cooler than I would have liked, Sunday was a great day to play in the West Canada Creek. The volume of water flowing in the creek was not at the level of spring run off but the velocity created a few interesting sections where the water navigated the rocks among the creek bed.

I was sharing my spot with a handful of fly fishermen. I couldn’t tell if they were having any success but I definitely was capturing some good images. My success rate increased when I switched to the opposite side of the creek and shot with the sun rather than into it. Probably didn’t hurt that a few more clouds rolled in and helped reduce the glare on the water.

The hour I spent playing in the creek was exactly the adventure I needed. Listening to the sound of the rushing water always has a positive affect on me. It doesn’t hurt that I also captured some great images of the flowing water…


MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Lamina

Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 0.4s, 70mm, f/11, ISO 200


One Opens, One Does Not Close…

West Canada Creek

A door opened… today I start a new job. Back to what I know, but something more. Hopefully, I haven’t forgotten.

Not closing a door… although I left, I do not want to forget. Friends are a precious commodity and the ones I made over the past two years I do not want to lose. I will stay in-touch with all of them.

I went up to the West Canada Creek yesterday before the sun completely dropped below the trees. The rains over the weekend provided the creek with the volume I needed to capture more turbulent flow. I also needed the serenity the sound of rushing water always brings me. I spent an hour playing in the creek… totally needed that time.

I will be thinking of you…


MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Life Moves On

Life Moves On
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/5s, 116mm, f/16, ISO 64


MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Remember

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 0.5s, 135mm, f/5.6, ISO 64


MLCreations Photography: Slow &emdash; Unforgettable

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/5s, 140mm, f/16, ISO 64

Morning Rivers

Oriskany Creek and Mohawk River
River Street, Oriskany, NY

It was the last day of the holidays/vacation and I was not about to let it slip away as was my penchant last year. After finishing up posting my Delta Day blog and grabbing a quick breakfast, I headed out in search of the sunrise. I was debating my destination internally and adjusting the heading of the car as I observed the morning sky. The lower temperatures this the morning (~12° F) gave me an idea that the rivers/creeks over by the barge canal might hold something interesting.

As I approached the parking area for the barge canal I thought maybe the Oriskany Creek should be my first objective. As the creek winds its way through the lowlands toward the Mohawk River it creates a horseshoe shape at the final approach. I had stopped once before for an image in this same area in the summer of 2015 (Shrouded Sunrise). I have always wanted to get a closer image of the creek.

Today I pushed my timidness aside. I parked the car in the path leading into the corn field, attached the camera to the tripod and strode out across the field toward the edge of the creek. The sun was still about twenty minutes from rising but the colors were exactly what I was looking to capture. The crispness of the morning, the small bits of ice floating by and the layer of ice accumulated on everything combined to create something better than I had envisioned as I walked across the field.


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; The Turn


I will be returning to capture this view again this winter. I realized as I pulled into the driveway if I had been able to wait until 15-20 minutes after the scheduled sunrise I would have been rewarded with more color in the sky. That of course would have changed the whole mood of the image. This second mood I have put on my list of images to capture… 🙂

My fingers were slightly numb. I only brought my thin gloves that allow me to work the camera with them on. I was happy with the images I captured, knowing at least one will allow me to create a great picture. I started my way home but when I crossed over the Mohawk River I looked East into the sunrise.

Damn! That is a great view too!

Keep driving, your fingers aren’t warm yet.

You always regret not stopping! What have you said? Next time I’ll stop. Well, it is next time now!

I turned around and parked the car in the area for the barge canal access. I worked my way under the River Street bridge and climbed down into the river so I was right on the water. One slip and I would be very wet and very cold.

A few images in the portrait orientation. They look good.

Wait! What has Bryan Peterson always said… “the best time to shoot in landscape orientation is right after shooting in portrait” (I paraphrase). OK, a couple more in landscape. Now carefully walk back along the river. Whew!

I liked the one in portrait the best.


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Slow and Steady


If you look closely at the vanishing point of the water you will see the winter steam rising off the water. I thought of attaching the zoom lens to capture the phenomena but there was not enough visually interesting elements. Maybe I’ll find that better view next time.

From Space Coast to Treasure Coast

Cocoa Beach to Vero Beach

My trip along the Florida coast started in Cocoa Beach and ended in Vero Beach (so far, more to come).

MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Pier Reflected

Pier Reflected
Cocoa Beach Pier
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Sunglow Pier

Sunglow Pier
Melbourne Beach Pier
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/160s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Along the Curve

Along the Curve
Sebastian Inlet
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; The Break

The Break
Vero Beach
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200


West Canada Creek

Frequent readers of my posts know how much I love playing in a creek. When I was young it was about building dams and diverting water to watch it flow over different areas of the creek bed. I use to spend hours with my hands in the water adding stones here and there to create a bigger wall for the water.

Now I am fascinated by flowing water. I love that I can capture a different pattern in the same area of a creek just by adjusting the time on my shutter. A second faster or a second slower and the entire scene changes. These water images all about that control over the capture just like my dam building was about controlling the direction the water was taking. I hope I never get tired of playing…

MLCreations Photography: Monochrome &emdash; Interrupted

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/3s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200