Simple Pleasures

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Delta Lake State Park

Simple Pleasures
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/40s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 100

Tuesday at the Park

Delta Lake State Park

Come on!

This way!

It will be fun. Stop dragging your feet.

Tuesday was a gorgeous day! Tuesday was why I jumped at the opportunity to work the early shift. Tuesday made it all worth it.

Temperatures approaching 80 degrees. A slight breeze. A few clouds in the sky. Definitely time to go to Delta Lake and explore the trails within the park.

I raced home from work, changed my clothes, grabbed the camera and was in the park before 2pm. Yeah, I know, midday sun isn’t ideal. Says who? Images were waiting for me and I was ready to find them. The muddy colors of spring have finally turned to the greens of summer. I’ll find images to capture.

And you get to come along…

I avoided going to the beach. I walked back toward the front of the park to photograph the area near the park station. The sun was high but the trees around the water still provided shadows.

Blue and Green
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/400s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

There were a pair of blue jays (I think) working on one of the houses around the water. I attempted to get a good image but my lens only went to 100mm and every image seemed too small. That is what I get for only walking around with one lens. I had left the camera bag in the car. Maybe next time. I did like the bench though…

A Place to Relax
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/160s, 38mm, f/11, ISO 200

I walked toward the boat launch area as I knew I could hop on one of the trails. I thought there might be something worth photographing near the launch ramp but nothing caught my eye. After a short time the people putting their boats in the water were probably wondering what was up with me. Time to hit the trail.

This Way to the Trail
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/6s, 35mm, f/11, ISO 200

Not a lot to photograph but I did capture these two views of the trail. One with the sun to my back and the other shooting into the sun. Quick side bar…

There is a young professionals group at work. I know and work with quite a few of the “kids”. I do my share of picking on them, mostly in the “teaching them the ways of the force”. To be fair, they put up with me, and that makes them good in my eyes. I was asked to do a lunch and learn for the group. Any topic, doesn’t have to be work related and a few of them know of my photography. I captured these two images to demonstrate the importance of shadows to an image. In my head I was saying “light highlights, but shadows define.”

Go North?
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/15s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200
Go South?
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/30s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200

This trail brings me to the beach eventually. I captured a few images but my real goal was to get to the other trail on the opposite side of the beach. This body of water is lake adjacent. Not really part of the lake but the water rises and lowers as the levels in the lake change. On Tuesday, it was a sheet of glass and I cannot ignore a good reflection. Remember that little patch of yellow tree on the right. We’ll return to that on in a minute.

Reflecting?
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/160s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200

The trail eventually came to a dead end (due to high water) so I backtracked to work my way toward the car. I almost didn’t get this next image. I started to walk between the trees and the image was finally processed by my brain. I walked back a few yards to capture the “X”.

“X” Marks the Spot
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/60s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 200

And now I’m on the opposite side of the water in the “Reflecting?” image.

Wow! An even better view. I stand and stare, taking it all in for a few minutes. And then I remember I’m supposed to be capturing the view. Do you remember the little yellow tree? It is now on the left. I’m fascinated by it, so obviously I need a few different views.

Reflecting 2
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/160s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200
A Little Yellow
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/160s, 31mm, f/11, ISO 200

It was a great day for exploring. There are more trails to walk but it was getting close to dinner for the “boys” so I told myself I’ll be back to explore even more of the park.

When I reached the dead end of the trail (before the “X” image) I took a few pics with my phone so I could text my kids and gloat about being out of work already. I processed one using a few apps I have and then finished it with an app called “Prisma”. I’ll end this post with the one I tortured my kids with…

Sunset Low

Delta Lake State Park

The extremely low water level at Delta Lake has created a strip of land from the boat launch area out into the lake. I walked to the very tip of this exposed peninsula to capture the sunset yesterday evening. There was still quite a lot of activity on the lake in the last 30 minutes before sundown. I was able to shoot between the boats, jet skis, and kayaks to get the sun as it disappeared into the clouds at the horizon. It wasn’t as quiet out in the lake as I would have liked but the view was totally worth it…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sunset Low

Sunset Low
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 13mm, f/11, ISO 100

 

Delta Lake Evening

Delta Lake State Park

Last night I stopped over to Delta Lake State Park to see what I could find during the sunset. Still a little windy and cold outside but the were plenty of opportunities for images. I walked my little route from the beach around through the woods between the shore and the picnic areas. I was still a little early for the new growth to be photogenic but that just gives me a reason to go back.

 

MLCreations Photography: Squared &emdash; Getting Ready

Getting Ready
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 27mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Follow the Water

Follow the Water
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 27mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Sunset Rays

Sunset Rays
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/123s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Monochrome &emdash; Reflection Chute

Reflection Chute
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Separation

Delta Lake State Park

Still no snow here in Upstate New York and the temperatures have been well above normal. I find myself looking forward to some of the white stuff to give the landscape a nice coating and cover up all the dreary brown. Today I went back to mid-November and a quick trip to Delta Lake to catch the sunset.

I really liked the difference between the calm reflection in the pool of water and the waves coming into shore just beyond the sand bar. The sky had just enough cloud cover to make the scene interesting. I positioned the sun almost out of view on the left to enhance the gradient from orange to blue in the sky and water.

MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Separation

Separation
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200

Self Portrait

Delta Lake State Park

The other night I ventured over to Delta Lake State Park. My intent was to purchase the Empire Passport which allows entry into the state parks throughout the year. I was able to get the application and now just need to return to get the pass. It works out that I only have to visit the park close to me 9 times to make the pass worth it. With all the other parks I typically visit during the summer this is a great option for me.

While I was there I thought I might explore a little and then setup for the sunset. I hadn’t realized that it was already mosquito season. I had not come prepared! I was only able to last about an hour before I was eaten alive. I did manage to try something different and capture this self portrait…

Self Portrait Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/320s, 17mm, f/8, ISO 200

Self Portrait
Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/320s, 17mm, f/8, ISO 200

Cloudy Sunset

Delta Lake State Park

What a glorious evening! Last night the temperature, the wind, the approaching clouds and the sunset all combined to create a wonderful time at Delta Lake State Park. I knew driving home that I would be jumping right back out after dinner. It is still very early in the season so I practically had the park to myself. I brought home quite a collection of images from my short exploration. This wide-angle view of the lake is about 15 minutes before the actual sunset.

Cloudy Sunset Nikon D7100, Tokia 12-28mm f/4, 1/8s, 15mm, f/16, ISO 100

Cloudy Sunset
Nikon D7100, Tokia 12-28mm f/4, 1/8s, 15mm, f/16, ISO 100