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.
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?
It isn’t exactly the Monday morning I was thinking I would be experiencing. I originally planned to drive to Ithaca today and visit a few of my favorite state parks, but I had second thoughts considering it is Memorial Day. I was unsure as to any activities in the city that would hinder my plans and I really did not want to deal with other drivers on the highways. LOL
Happy Memorial Day!
After spending the sunset at Bellamy Harbor the other evening I decided to give the sunrise equal time. Once again there are no clouds in the sky but I figured the pre-dawn, blue hour time would produce a few interesting images. The colors about thirty minutes before sunrise did not disappoint.
The very first image captured is my favorite today…