Bellamy Harbor Night
Bellamy Harbor Park
It was the night of the full moon. OK, not until 11:38pm. And yes, we all know I would be sleeping at that time. It didn’t stop me from going to Bellamy Harbor to look for images.
I waited until the sun had set and thought I might find an image with the moon rising. Until then, I walked around the park pointing my camera at everything. I was a little surprised at the number of people still enjoying the park.
There was plenty of color in the sky so I had to get an image from the Mill St. bridge.
The grand view of the harbor and park is good but I wanted something a little more “intimate”. Wait, is that right for a landscape image? Oh well, I gave it a try…
Enough of the standard views, how about something different. One with the bridge. That might work, the angle can be a little tough but I have confidence in you…
The light is fading, the sky is getting darker. The full moon is going to be bright. Think! The water tower? Maybe. Go give it a look…
There are images all around, you only have to look. It was a great night at the harbor…
Squared – SQ178
Midday, Floral, Macro
A Strawberry Adventure
Delta Lake State Park
The full moon was around 11:40pm on Saturday night. I went down to Bellamy Harbor in an attempt to capture the moon rising. I really didn’t have high expectations as the moon rise was the same as sunset. It would be almost an hour after sunset before the moon would appear above the tree tops. I’ll save that adventure for another post. This one is about the following morning…
Sunday morning I went to Delta Lake State Park for the setting moon. The same conditions applied though, the moon was going to set at the same time as the sun would rise. I was a little worried the sky would be too dark causing me difficulty with the bright moon.
I tried a few different views but in order to expose the moon properly I had to really darken the rest of the scene. I was getting a little frustrated. Although the sun was still about 30 minutes from breaking the horizon the sky was starting to lighten up. Come on! Don’t give up yet…
Not my best. Not as good as I have done in the past, but it is starting to work for me. About this time I was startled by a guy bringing his kayak to the water. He was getting ready to go fishing. I was so focused on my adventure I didn’t hear him come up behind me. Now I know how people at work feel when come up behind them unexpectantly.
The moon was almost gone. I decided to go for the zoom shot. All the way out to 100mm to fill the frame (really wishing I had brought the 300mm with me). OK, I guess…
I was ready to call it quits. As I started to walk back toward the car I had one more idea. I thought it would be cool to grab an image with the fisherman’s kayak. This one tells a story, or at least hints at one. This one made the morning adventure worth it…
Oh, did I forget to mention, June’s full moon is the Strawberry moon. A couple years ago I had a great time trying to capture as many of the full moons as possible and learned quite a bit about them in the process. In case you missed the first Strawberry moon post, you can view it here: Strawberry Moon. You can also see more posts related to the moon using this link: Full Moon posts.
Pixley in the Morning
Pixley Falls State Park
Saturday morning I headed out early to visit Pixley Falls before the sun was high in the sky. My hope was to catch the waterfall before the bright sun made the water to “hot” to photograph. I like long exposures for my waterfalls and direct sunlight will create an overexposed area in the water. I can control it with different exposures but really wanted to see if I could capture it with a single image. My timing was pretty good as you can see the sun was beginning to hit the trees to the left of the waterfall.
Delta Lake State Park
Midday, Grass, Macro
I left work on time Wednesday (1:30pm, loving these shifted work hours) and headed out for the Mohawk River Trail. Considering the heat and bright sun I opted to head North through the wood covered trail toward the fish hatchery. It was a good decision on my part. Not only did I stay semi-protected from the midday sun there were plenty of subjects for my camera.
As I walked and my eyes were searching for the next victim, uh, subject to photograph, my mind was bouncing all over the place. Some the bandwidth was being used pondering what I would talk about at the lunch & learn I signed up to give at work. I got thinking about my start in photography back in 2011. How I started with my little Sony point & shoot before moving into the “big leagues” with my first DSLR.
I also got to thinking about Google+ and how it directly contributed to my growth as a photographer. I joined up as soon as I could when it launched in June 2011. I had read it was a great place for photographers and soon found myself meeting people and participating in the daily/weekly themes. It really pushed me to learn and try different things with the camera.
One of the themes I used to favor was about grass. It was an easy one for me as I lived out in the country and could easily find images in my yard or the pastures surrounding my house. Those thoughts must have been forefront in my mind when I encountered this image. I’ll admit it took a few attempts and different angles to achieve this one. Well worth it.
I played with a few different processing choices. I really like the monochrome version… how about you?