Take it All In

Delta Lake State Park

Stop for a moment and enjoy the view.

Don’t rush off in search of an image.

See what is before you and take it all in…

Those were the first thoughts running through my mind as I stepped out onto the beach at Delta Lake State Park yesterday evening. I haven’t been to this park in four months. The last time I was here there was still ice piled up on the beach. It was a beautiful evening and I took a minute to enjoy it.

It was a rare moment at the park during the summer to have the beach to myself. There are little signs other visitors are around but when I arrived the beach and water were empty. The clouds were moving into the area and the sky presented an array of colors. Naturally I thought it best to capture a panoramic view so everyone else could enjoy what was before me.

I stayed for an hour as the sun and clouds played tag across the sky. I definitely have more images to share…

Take It All In
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 25mm, f/11, ISO 200, 7 image panorama

Boardwalk Bright

Boardwalk, Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

Boardwalk Bright
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/16, ISO 200, 5 image pano

Autumn Wide

Chittenango Falls State Park

Last Friday worked out well with my early leave from work and the walk around Green Lakes I planned on giving it a try this week. I wasn’t positive the weather would allow me as there was rain in the forecast. By early afternoon the clouds were rolling in but the rain was holding off. I escaped!

I ran out of work an hour early and headed toward Chittenango Falls State Park. There were very few people in the park so I had my playground to myself. I started down in the gorge planning to get the waterfall flanked by bright autumn colors. Busted. There was minimal color in the trees lining the view. Damn!

There was color to be found. I switched to the area of the park upstream of the waterfall. Bingo! This is more like it. I played for almost an hour before the first drops of rain started to fall. Another good end to my work week.

I tried something a little different with this view. After my success with the panoramic from Bald Mountain I setup the camera and captured an eight image sequence. A little tricky due to the flowing water but I added a filter to get to a two second exposure counting on the long exposure to help “hide” the separate images. I think it worked out OK…

Autumn Wide
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 200

Fulton Chain Lakes

On Bald Mountain, Adirondack Park

I decided late last week I needed another three day weekend. I was planning on using the extra day to continue my search for autumn colors. My normal spots haven’t reach peak color yet so I drove north into the Adirondack park, specifically, Old Forge, NY, to explore. The original goal of catching the sunrise at Old Forge worked out OK but a last minute decision to climb Bald Mountain was definitely the winning idea.

This is a ten image panoramic view of the Fulton Chain Lakes from near the peak of Bald Mountain. The colors are muted this year with predominately oranges and reds but I’m not complaining. It was a great hike, the views are fantastic and I had a really good time. I have more vacation time available… hhhmmm?

Fulton Chain Lakes
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/200s, 23mm, f/11, ISO 200

Great Bend

Letchworth State Park

Autumn in New York is a sight to see. That would be the state not the city. Although to be fair, I’ve not visited the city during autumn. What I’m talking about are the state parks. I hope the state continues to support the park system.

I have been monitoring the state’s fall foliage map and now is the time to venture out and view the autumn colors. Even though the weather forecast was “iffy” at best I took a couple days off from work to travel to a few of these state parks I ramble on about and capture the changing leaves. My first stop was Letchworth, the “Grand Canyon of the East”. This park is one of the best state parks in the country. It is definitely worth the two and a half hour drive for me!

In order to get to the park before sunrise I need to leave the house around 3am. The drive generally takes me longer than the GPS calculated time as consuming coffee on the trip requires making a few stops along the way. I managed to get to the “Great Bend” section of the park forty-five minutes before sunrise. I love the morning blue hour and was hoping the chance of rain forecast for the morning would hold off long enough for a few images. I fought my way through occasional sprinkles while I captured images of the tree lined gorge.

This is a seven image panoramic of the Great Bend. The foliage map listed this area of the state at mid-point and you can see there are still some tress waiting to turn to their autumn color. Next weekend might be a better time to visit but I didn’t want to lose this opportunity. Fair warning, there will be more images to be posted…


MLCreations Photography: Letchworth &emdash; Great Bend

Great Bend
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200, {7 image pano}


Union Station, Utica, NY

Credit for me wandering down to Union Station on Saturday should go to Sandy Roe of Photos at 1020. I saw her image from the same corner of the station on the @ocnewyork Instagram account and wanted to get some pics of my own. The detail inside the station is absolutely incredible. Between the marble and architectural detail you tend to stand and stare as soon as you walk inside. I also liked the blue from the clouds outside highlighting the windows. A very nice balance to the predominately yellow theme of the interior.

I opted to go for a panoramic image rather than switch to my wide angle lens. I wasn’t confident how much I could capture and I was curious what the distortion would do to the view… I actually like it. This is a five image series in portrait orientation merged in Lightroom and processed as a single image with Aurora HDR.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Daybreak

Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.3s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200


Night Into Day

Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

My timing could not have been any better yesterday morning. I went down to the barge canal at Bellamy Harbor to capture the sunrise. There were still some clouds in the sky and with the sun still a half hour away from making an appearance I was able to capture a panoramic view of the harbor that goes from a night scene to a sunrise scene.

I generally try to shoot my panoramics in portrait mode. With the harbor having quite a large viewing angle I needed 9 individual shots to create this image. Lightroom does a really good job at stitching the pano together. Once I had what I wanted it was a few minor adjustments and tweaks to achieve my results.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Night Into Day

Night Into Day
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {9 image pano}, 1.3s, 22mm, f/11, ISO 200