The Next Morning

Chittenango Falls State Park

I was not about to give up on my plan to photograph Chittenango Falls.  After my shortened trip on Friday afternoon I woke the next day with a plan.  The weather appeared to be in my favor so I set about getting myself to the park to capture my favorite waterfall.

With the main view of the falls obstructed by the gorge walls I knew I had to wait a few hours after sunrise in order to get some light down into view.  I also knew I did not want the sun to get too high in the sky or the water would reflect too much light, changing my plan to a late afternoon visit.  I had other activities I needed to get done before the weather turned south on me this weekend.

I started off with my laundry.  Everything was washed and out on the clothesline by 7am.  Next up was an oil change for the car.  My normal garage was not open this weekend so I opted for one of the quick change garages over in Rome.  I chose Rome so I could go straight to the park when I was done.  This worked out perfectly as I arrived about 5 minutes after the park opened.  If I remember correctly I was the third car there.

Not wanting to miss my window for images on this morning I worked my way down to viewing area at the base of the falls.  I normally climb under the walkway bridge to get the best view but today I thought I would go for a bigger view.  I ventured downstream a little farther so I could include the bridge and the sunlit trees in my grand vista.  As luck would have it a small family had arrived to take in the same view but they were nice enough to wait for me to get my picture before they went out on the bridge.  To be honest, I would have liked having them on the bridge.  It would add a sense of scale to my first image.  As it is you can see them as a blur on the right in the trees near the water.


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Just Over the Bridge

Just Over the Bridge
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 14mm, f/16, ISO 200


Of course I had to capture an image of just the waterfall.  The amount of water flowing over the falls was perfect.  You never want to visit after strong rains as there is too much water and you miss the cascading effect.  Also late in the summer is tough as there is general less water creating a smaller waterfall.

I didn’t climb under the bridge for this image but I did setup in the viewing area just at the end of the bridge on the left in the image above.  The area in front of the bridge and before the falls is a protected area so shooting through the fence was my best option.  Zooming in to let the falls be the entire view allowed me to bring out the detail in the gorge walls as well as the water cascades.  This is the Chittenango Falls I fell in love with back in 2012.


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 30mm, f/16, ISO 200

Short Stay

Chittenango Falls State Park

After a very busy week at work I decided on Friday I was going to take the long way home so I could stop at Chittenango Falls State Park.  It was the first waterfall I photographed and I thought it appropriate to start this summer season of state park chasing off with a familiar old friend.  I was able to leave work a little early which I was hoping would allow me to beat the coming rain to the park.

I did manage to win the race with the rain but when I arrived the parking lot was a flurry of activity with multiple fire companies responding to an emergency  call.  What I could gather from one of the responders was they were attempting to extract a woman who was on a ledge.  I didn’t press for additional info but the trail to the bottom of the gorge was closed and I didn’t want to contribute to the situation by getting in the way.  I settled for walking upstream and finding some images of Chittenango Creek as it works its way toward the falls.


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Chittenango Creek

Chittenango Creek
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 20s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 400


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Round and Round

Round and Round
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 20s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 400

Future Tree

Monorail Monday
Future World, Epcot, Walt Disney World

I am staying at Disney with today’s post as it was time for me to add another monorail image to my collection. Although I went to Epcot for the Flower & Garden Festival on my one day in March, I really enjoy grabbing images of the monorail throughout Future World. I did capture a few images of the monorail gliding through the flowers lining the area between Future World and World Showcase.

There is a wonderful contrast to the futuristic monorail and the organic feel of this area in front of The Land Pavilion that is a favorite.  I was very happy with the light on the tree and the almost perfect reflection in the water.  Of course, I had to put in a request very early for the puffy white clouds otherwise the sky would be very boring.


MLCreations Photography: Epcot &emdash; Future Tree

Future Tree
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/400s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400

Climbing the Mountain

Expedition Everest, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Climbing the Mountain

Climbing the Mountain
Olympus OM-D E-M10, M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R, 1/250s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 400

Cedar Bay

Old Erie Canal State Park

I went exploring again the other day during lunch. I could not resist the beautiful blue skies and warming temps. I wanted to work my way down along the Old Erie Canal State Park trail to see what I could find. Looking via Google maps there were numerous places that held potential. Unfortunately there was construction at the parking area closest to the canal lock structures I really wanted to photograph so I ‘settled’ on the park at Cedar Bay.

I also was looking to play with a new filter system I received this week. I finally broke down and purchased a filter holder and a set of neutral density filters, a graduated ND filter and a circular polarizer filter that all work together. I like the filters by Vü Filters and their filter holder/system would work with my Olympus lenses.  The system was also a little less expensive than either the Lee or Cokin version. So far I have been happy with the purchase.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Cedar Bay Park

Cedar Bay
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 17mm, f/16, ISO 200