MLCreations Photography: Blog en-us (C) MLCreations Photography (MLCreations Photography) Sat, 29 Oct 2022 09:44:00 GMT Sat, 29 Oct 2022 09:44:00 GMT MLCreations Photography: Blog 120 120 All a Glow... again. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Two weeks!  In two weeks I'll be back home!  Spring at Walt Disney World, for me, is the International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot.  I'll be visiting all the parks, but I will probably end up most at Epcot.  There is so much to see and photograph inside Epcot and the festival only increases my photographic opportunities.

I thought it would be interesting to look back at all I have captured in the past six years since I started considering myself a photographer.  I came across this great image of Cinderella Castle from September 2012.  I decided to reprocess this image using some new techniques as well as programs.  I think the original was a little "hot" with the blues and I wanted to try to tone it down a little.

]]> (MLCreations Photography) color photography walt disney world Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:37:25 GMT
Reach For It Oil Can Project - OCP11

]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome oil can project photography Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:39:47 GMT
Guarding the Temple Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

]]> (MLCreations Photography) photography walt disney world Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:25:02 GMT
Half Pint Oil Can Project - OCP10

This project had stalled slightly.  I believe the last post was at the end of February.  It was a lack of motivation more a lack of discovery.  I hadn't been able to find additional, unique oil cans to add to my collection.  To be fair, I haven't searched all that much as other things in life have needed attention, but that is a minor excuse. 

Well, I corrected that on Sunday.  Rather than drive out to Costco to look for stuff I didn't really need I thought it would be good to explore some antique stores.  I checked Google Maps and found a few unexplored stores to the East of me and plotted a mini trip.  If I started with one of my first store in Barneveld I could travel down Route 28 stopping in Newport and Mohawk.  The adventure was set!

Off to Foothills Merchantile (Facebook link) in Barneveld.  I hadn't been there in quite a while and surprisingly, a lot had changed.  Some familiar old displays with new stuff and an entire section of the store that looked to remodeled.  It was a good start and I walked away with a new oil can and a set of Dragon Double 6 dominoes for my Game Pieces project.  Striking oil on the first stop was a great sign.

The next stop on my hunt was the Newport Marketplace (Facebook link) in Newport (I know, a little obvious).  This store was very deceptive.  From the outside it did not look that big but once inside, I didn't know where to start and if I needed to leave a breadcrumb trail back to the front door.  There was a good mix between crafts, antiques and commercial items.  I walked away with another oil can.  I spotted quite a few lanterns as well but damn, they are expensive.  I will have to think about those some more.

The last stop on my Route 28 tour was the Mohawk Antiques Mall (yes, in Mohawk, NY).  What a great place.  It was huge!  Even though I walked all through this place I know I only truly saw about a third of the stuff in there.  Great collection of items too!  Definitely going to have to make another trip out.  I also know of a couple more store out in Little Falls which I can add to this Sunday tour.  By the way, at this store I walked away with three more oil cans!  Now I have some photography to do...  LOL!

Here is the a little 1/2 pint oil can I found at the Mohawk Antique Mall.  Actually, it was the first thing I picked up.  Luckily I could only carry so much or I would have walked away a little more broke.

]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome oil can project photography Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:45:57 GMT
Still Waiting Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

I'm still waiting for Spring to arrive!  Snow is on the ground and the temps should top out at 33F today.  Great!  :)

]]> (MLCreations Photography) floral photography square walt disney world Sun, 08 Apr 2018 10:19:50 GMT
Wildlife Endeavours Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

]]> (MLCreations Photography) hdr photography walt disney world Sat, 07 Apr 2018 09:05:50 GMT
Sliding Through Union Station, Utica, NY

The warming temperatures of Spring always bring the muddy browns to any landscape photography efforts until the green starts to fight its way to the surface.  This always has me trying to be a little more creative with my sunrise/sunset images.  Saturday morning I thought I would try the train station down in Utica.  I was lucky! 

A couple of freight trains passed through the station while I was there.  They provided some interesting opportunities.  This East bound train came into the station as I was on the walkway above the tracks.  It is always difficult photographing through a window and doubly so when shooting toward the rising sun.  I loved the fact I was able to capture the locomotives slightly blurred as they slowly rolled through the station.

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunrise train Sun, 01 Apr 2018 09:46:42 GMT
Backstory Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

]]> (MLCreations Photography) photography walt disney world Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:02:20 GMT
Setting the Barge Barge Canal near Rome, NY

This is the image I went out on Sunday evening to capture.  I think the view of Bellamy Park looking East turned out better but this is the view I anticipated that got me off my butt and off the couch.  There is another bridge support pylon on the opposite side of the canal.  I think I should try looking down the canal from that side.  I'm sure it would change the whole scene.  Also, I seem to be in a sunset/sunrise mood lately.  There appears to be a theme running through my latest posts...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) barge canal landscape photography sunset water Wed, 28 Mar 2018 08:29:04 GMT
Bench Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunset winter Tue, 27 Mar 2018 08:06:16 GMT
Twilight Bellamy Harbor Park

I ran out last night to catch the sunset.  I had a few thoughts of places that might be interesting but they failed me.  I ended up at Bellamy Harbor Park with the thought of capturing the setting sun aligned with the Barge Canal.  Looking West from the park along the canal you can see a steel structure bridge (South James Street) and there was a mixture of ice and open water.  I thought would be interesting.  I think I managed to capture a few good images.  Of course, you should always check out your surroundings as you photograph...

This was the view behind me as I was attempting to capture the setting sun.  So as you look this image over imagine me running back and forth between the edge of the canal where the Mohawk River enters and the support pylon under Erie Boulevard bridge trying to get both the sunset and the twilight colors reflected in the clouds in the East.  I got a little exercise in last evening...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunset water Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:14:55 GMT
Harambe Lights Africa, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

If it hasn't become obvious maybe I should explain that I am on the downward slide toward next trip to Disney.  Only 35 more days!  As typically happens with me, there is an increase in postings of my Disney images.  I like reviewing what I have done on previous trips and try to plan a little of what I would like to capture while I am back home!  So I guess I should apologize now for the content during the next five weeks!  LOL

I have captured this view in the Africa area of the park numerous times.  This is from the bridge over the Discovery River as you enter the African village of Harambe.  This is looking toward the Harambe port.  Normally I am photographing this at sunrise, or early morning, and have not been able to capture a good sunset image.  I originally planned this as an HDR image, capturing a four bracket set, but the software had issues with the bright sky behind the trees.  It was creating some off color artifacts that I did not want to deal with.  Upon closer review of -1 exposure image I felt there was plenty of detail in both the highlights and shadows for me to work with.  

I have been using the new, to PC anyway, Luminar program from Skylum Software to post-process my images.  It has allowed me at lot more creative control and helped me improve the look of my images.  If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive program to process your images, I would highly recommend Luminar.  There is a lot of tutorials online and a growing amount of presets available for this program.  Definitely worth a look...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) animal kingdom landscape photography sunset walt disney world Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:37:29 GMT
Tangierine Cafe Morocco, World Showcase, Epcot

]]> (MLCreations Photography) epcot night photography walt disney world Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:37:53 GMT
Rising Lighthouse Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

When I go to Walt Disney World it is not always about the theme parks.  There are amazing areas throughout the property and some of the best theming occurs at the resorts.  The first time I stayed at the Beach Club I fell in love with the Crescent Lake area.  To this day I can still find enjoyment exploring around the lake.  A particular favorite subject of my photography is the Yacht Club lighthouse.  I can always capture a beautiful sunrise or sunset that includes this iconic structure.  This is one of those sunrises...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) disney landscape photography reflection sunrise walt disney world Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:59:04 GMT
Open Water Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunset water Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:30:53 GMT
Beach Ending Delta Lake State Park

After a week of not finding the time or the conditions didn't lend themselves or blah, blah blah...  I made it back out for some sunset images.  I returned to my favorite state park, OK, maybe it is my favorite because it is 5 minutes away, but anyway, I got outside with the camera.  There was some nice cloud cover but it was moving in fast.  It became a race between the sun and the clouds.  The clouds won by a narrow margin but I still was able to get a few images before they obscured the sunset.

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography state park sunset Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:36:53 GMT
The Fallen Delta Lake State Park

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography state park winter Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:42:23 GMT
Snippets Walt Disney World

Not every image needs to be grand.  Not every image needs to tell the whole story.  Sometimes, only a snippet of an image is needed to wake the mind and have it fill in the rest of the story.  Sometimes, those images are the ones remembered as best...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) photography walt disney world Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Delta Wide Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake State Park

I haven't processed all the images I captured last Saturday while I was snowshoeing around Delta Lake State Park.  So this morning I figured I should make an effort to do a few.  Next to the beach area there is a small pond sandwiched in between the trails.  The volume of water generally rises and falls with the level in the lake.  With the clouds in the sky, the sun trying to poke its way through to my right and the frozen water I wanted to capture the entire scene from one of the ends of this area.  I don't have a super-wide lens but I do know how to capture images for a panorama.  This image is a 10 shot panorama.

]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome monochrome winter panoramic photography state park Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:19:42 GMT
Griffith Park and the Observatory Griffith Park and Observatory, Los Angeles, CA

It has taken about a week but I finally made it around to working on the remaining pictures from my adventure to the Griffith Observatory.  We will have to see how I do after I add the pictures to this post.  You will either end up with some great narrative associated with each picture or a picture adventure full of silence...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Autumn Frozen Squared - SQ119

]]> (MLCreations Photography) photography squared Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:06:56 GMT
Snowy Solitude Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake State Park

Mother Nature was not done with us.  After a week of nice, above normal weather, winter returned in full force Thursday night/Friday morning.  I ended up snow blowing the driveway three times on Friday.  I worked from home because after an early attempt on the roads I decided it was not worth attempting.  And then, after a short 16 hours of snowing, it was over.  The snow hung on everything creating a beautiful winter wonderland. 

By the middle of the day Saturday the temperature was in the middle 30's and I ventured out to Delta Lake State Park before all the snow fell off the trees.  The snow was deep enough to give me quite a workout with the snowshoes.  An hour exploring the park with the camera and I was feeling it in my quads.  I think I managed to capture some good images.  I'll start with a isolated view of a couple of the benches at the edge of the beach...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape monochrome winter photography state park Sun, 04 Mar 2018 10:35:39 GMT
Griffith Observatory Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, California

A last minute adjustment to a supplier visit had me traveling to California this week.  It was suppose to be a quick trip so I decided not to bring any camera equipment along.  That was a mistake.  The supplier was prepared and I was able to complete my inspection by noon on Wednesday.  My flight back was not until Thursday morning.  With some free time on my hands I drove up to Griffith Park to explore the Griffith Observatory.  I was in geek heaven!  It was amazing!

Although I was regretting not bringing a camera with me, my phone manages to capture halfway respectable images.  I can do quite a lot of editing with the apps on my phone but ended up using Lightroom Mobile to get them sync'd up with my computer.  I did not have the proper time to process all of the pictures so I will warn everyone now that another post will be coming for my trip to the observatory.

]]> (MLCreations Photography) griffith observatory landscape photography sunset travel Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:43:15 GMT
Winter on the Lake Delta Lake State Park

I was not a happy camper yesterday.  I awoke to the sound of wind and rain on my window.  My hope for going out to capture a sunrise was quickly diminishing.  So were my plans to test the X-T2 a little more before I needed to send it back.  The day unfolded and my mood only worsened.  I'll admit, I pouted.

I should have had faith in Mother Nature.  We are usually on good speaking terms.  Around 3:30 in the afternoon she came through for me.  The sun worked its way through the clouds and as I looked to the west I could tell it was going to be a good sunset.  I got the cats fed, charged up the camera battery and headed over to Delta Lake State Park for the show.  It was so worth it!

I'm really enjoying the manual adjust dial layout on the X-T2.  I can adjust the exposure quickly without removing my eye from the viewfinder.  The multi-angled view screen is great for when I switch to portrait mode as well.  The small joystick for re-positioning the focus point just works for me.  I had a good time on the frozen lake last night.  Hopefully this image reflects my mood...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography state park sunset Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:28:05 GMT
Fujifilm X-T2 Fujifilm X-T2

It has been a little over two years since I switched from my Nikon setup to Olympus.  I love this camera.  Everything I need fits easily in my backpack.  The smaller size equipment allows me to take it everywhere without creating issues for me.  The only downside I currently have is the low-light performance.  I find for my normal landscape work around sunrise and sunset it is not to much of an issue.  Sometimes I have to utilize a longer exposure or open up the aperture a few stops but I have been able to get the images I wanted.  On my last trip to Disney I found the camera a little limiting while trying to capture more night images.  I'm looking into possibilities for improving my game...

I rented the Fujifilm X-T2 camera, the Fujinon 23mm f/2 and Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lenses for a week.  I didn't want to give up the advantages of the mirrorless system but wanted to see if the larger sensor improved my night time results.  I have also been looking at the Sony A7R II/III system but not sure I need to go all the way to full frame (the sticker shock might be a contributing factor in those thoughts).  I might rent the Sony at some point down the road to see if the price is justified.  I also believe part of this looking elsewhere is due to the cost of the upgrade to my camera.  Not sure it helps with what I want for the price.

Of course, as luck would have it, I rent the Fujifilm equipment for a week starting on Friday but I neglected to inform Mother Nature.  She can be so cruel some times.  I managed to go out Saturday morning to Bellamy Harbor Park to try out the system.  As I am writing this post this morning I can hear the wind and rain against my windows and I know my opportunities today will be very limited.  And to add to my predicament, I have to go out of town this week for work (very last minute) so unless I am willing to take it with me, my rental week will be very short.

One of the aspects of the X-T2 that I was interested in is the systems ability to simulate various Fujifilm film types.  In particular, the Acros 100 mode.  I was not a big film photographer when I was younger and really only became serious about photography in the digital age but I do love a good monochrome image.  My apologies now, most of the images in this post are the straight out of camera Acros simulation images.  Hopefully, I'll have some opportunities to play with more features/functions of this camera before I have to send it back.

]]> (MLCreations Photography) fujifilm x-t2 photography Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:53:06 GMT
Imperial Oil Can Project - OCP09

What I couldn't believe the other day when I had my little light studio setup for the lantern was I had never "officially" photographed this oil can.  It is the first oil can that I purchased when I started the project.  At the time I might have taken a quick image with the phone and posted it out to Instagram but I never returned to this can to "get it right."  Hopefully this time I did the can a little most justice...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome oil can oil can project photography reflection Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:36:28 GMT
Slinky, part II Game Pieces - GP12

I know what you're thinking, and you are right.  Where the heck are the new Game Pieces pictures.  Talk, talk, talk.  All talk, planning, grand designs, but no actual pictures to speak of.  I want to say I have been trying but that would not be entirely true.  So, not exactly a new subject, but it is a new image.

Slinky, Part II - while I had everything setup the other day to photograph the Dietz Lantern, I grabbed my trusty slinky to played with a few setups and lighting options.  I am sure a few of you are getting tired of the black background with the reflective black surface, but in this particular case, it works really well.  I feel I am getting to understand my flashes and how best to utilize them.  Let me know what you think...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) game piece monochrome photography Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Tree Line Monochrome Winter

After the Sunday chores were completed, i.e., groceries and cleaning, I headed out into winter reborn for a walk along the creek and into the fields behind the house.  I'm still trying to determine the quality of the pictures I captured while sloshing through the creek bed but I do like the simplicity of this image.  I was walking from the woods back toward the house when the snow covered tree line caught my eye.


]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape monochrome monochrome winter photography Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:29:56 GMT
Dietz #80 Dietz #80 Blizzard Cold Blast Lantern

Does using the term "better late than never" really make a difference?  I don't even have a good reason why it has taken me so long to get back to this lantern.  It is the second lantern I received for Christmas.  My son was very proud of himself for going to an antique store and finding this for me.  In my head I was afraid of this one.  It is taller than anything else I have tried to photograph with my indoor setup.  I had to get a little creative.  It definitely turned into a Rube Goldberg type setup to achieve what I wanted for this lantern.

I wanted to improve the lighting setup.  This beautiful old lantern deserved a little better presentation than I was getting with my previous images.  I utilized some natural light from a window and added a few fill flashes to highlight the details.  I needed a few attempts to figure out what I was doing and to get the look I wanted.  I'm quite happy with the results.  Let me know what you think...





]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome photography reflection Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:54:55 GMT
Shadow over my Dreams Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

]]> (MLCreations Photography) hdr magic kingdom photography walt disney world Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:48:34 GMT
Tunnel Vision Butternut Creek, Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

Another creation from my lunch exploration of the Old Erie Canal Park near work last week when we still had some snow.  Although the water level was low and it allowed me to get down into the creek, there was some good speed to the water which created the ripples.  It was an overcast, winter day so there was nothing of the sky to capture.  I am totally in love with the stone work of the aqueduct so I captured a three shot bracket in order to bring out the detail in the shadows.  My original plan was to create this image as a B&W, but there was not enough tonal difference between the water and aqueduct and everything turned out the same with this white spot in the middle.  I decided to desaturate the image which allowed for the separation of the aqueduct from the water.

]]> (MLCreations Photography) photography state park water winter Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:19:32 GMT
Come Sit With Me Bellamy Harbor Park

It might not be the most exciting place in the world, heck, it is a little "harbor" at the bottom of Rome, NY, but in the quiet hours of the morning it can be a very beautiful place to be.  I remember when the city added the benches on this side of the park.  Not many people venture across the pedestrian bridge.  If you do though, you are rewarded with a scene like this. 

Sit.  Enjoy the morning.  Listen...  only the sound of water flowing over the spillway.  Relax.  The day is young...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunrise water winter Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:14:52 GMT
Frozen Picnic Cedar Bay, Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome photography winter Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:24:51 GMT
Gates of Rome Barge Canal at Bellamy Harbor Park

Bellamy Harbor Park is where the barge canal meets the Mohawk River at the southern end of Rome.  At the western end of the harbor there are water control gates for the canal.  At times I think they intrude on the scenery of the harbor, but on Saturday morning, with a fresh coat of snow, I think they created their own scene.  After I grabbed my wide-angle view of the park I captured a few images of the gates...  the Gates of Rome...


]]> (MLCreations Photography) Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Bellamy Winter Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

We received quite a bit of snow last week but the weather forecast for this weekend was rain with freezing rain mixed in.  There was a good cover of snow on the landscape and I wanted to photograph Bellamy Harbor Park before the rain washed much of it away.  My chances for capturing a sunrise were slim, especially with the call for rain early in the morning, but with a decent cloud cover, the park (and the city) have a glow about them that could produce an interesting image.

I arrived at the park an hour before the official sunrise and I knew immediately I would not be seeing the sun.  I put on my snowshoes, mounted the camera to the tripod and traipsed across the snow in search of my pictures.  I looked for a few different views for this area (I think I found some) before heading to my favorite spot for the wide angle shot of the harbor.  I walked around the park until the "official" sunrise time to confirm I would not be seeing it.  With the "no show" of the sun, I packed everything back into the car, stopped for a coffee and headed back home.  It was a good morning...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography water winter Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:16:00 GMT
that which grows Squared - SQ118
Butternut Creek, Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

As I know I have mentioned more times than anyone would like to hear, I'm fortunate to work close to the Old Erie Canal Park in DeWitt, NY.  It is my escape from the work day.  I can go over during lunch and spend close to an hour getting lost in the creek, under the aqueduct or simply walk the trail along the canal.  Even in winter it provides solace during a hectic day.  Charges the batteries so the remaining few hours of the work day won't drag me under.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy where I work, but there are times everyone needs a little peace and quiet.

Often when I go to the park I am looking for the grand landscape view.  Most days I can find it.  Even though there are limited areas to explore you can find different looks and create a fresh new image.  Other days I find my escape by grabbing long exposures of the water under the aqueduct.  There is so much detail in the aqueduct structure and the contrast between that and the silky smooth water always fascinates me.  Part of the reason I purchased the 10-stop ND filter was to be able to get that long exposure during my retreats to the canal park.

And then, especially in winter, I can find very cool looking details in the creek.  I loved how the ice formed on this sprig of a tree branch.  I can imagine as the water levels changed or the weight of new snow dipped the branch deeper into the water the ice grew.  We are suppose to a patch of warmer weather this weekend. I'll have to return early next week to see if this chuck of ice survived...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) park photography squared state water Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:47:48 GMT
Coming 'Round the Mountain Frontierland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography walt disney world Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:30:43 GMT
Union Station Boehlert Transportation Center, Utica, NY

Driving back home from my pre-sunrise photography adventure (see yesterday's post) I couldn't help but stop at the train station in Utica.  As I entered the city from the East, the sun was breaking the horizon and aligning itself with the tracks.  All this was clearly illuminated in my rear view mirror.  The opportunity was knocking and I had to open the door.  I was rewarded with some puddles of water from melting snow (I'm going to assume the use of rock salt to help that process).  Water always adds a point of interest, especially when you get low...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunrise Sun, 04 Feb 2018 10:40:50 GMT
Waterfront Grille Barge Canal, Herkimer, NY

Although the thermometer was reading zero degrees I had a thought for a sunrise image that I wanted to capture.  Checking the weather and the Photographer's Ephemeris, I felt today was a good day to try.  There is a area along the barge canal in Herkimer, NY that has been developed and includes the Waterfront Grille.  Looking at Google Maps earlier in the week had me thinking I would be able to get next to the canal, have the restaurant and the sunrise over the water in the same view.  I got lucky with the open water still in the canal as well as the great chunks of broken ice along the edge.  Normally, on my sunset images I have the sun in the scene but for some reason I love the colors in the hour before sunrise and never stick around to capture the actual sun...  LOL

]]> (MLCreations Photography) barge canal hdr landscape photography sunrise Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:27:01 GMT
in which they wait... Monochrome Winter

It was another of those moments yesterday as I traveled to work.  I have viewed this scene from the on-ramp to the Thruway for quite a long time.  The casino by me built a parking lot for their employees and they would bus them back and forth.  I haven't seen this lot being used in a few years, other than the occasional semi-driver needing to rest.

With the fresh coat of snow and supposedly the full moon (damn overcast skies), I turned the car at the intersection to track down my image.  From the moment I spied the three shelters in the parking lot I knew when I eventually stopped to capture the picture, it would end up as a black & white.  I have been collecting my B&W winter scenes in a folder called Monochrome Winter.  I think it might be time to create that gallery here on this site...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape monochrome monochrome winter winter Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:39:50 GMT
Family Oil Can Project - OCP08

I worked my way back to my Oil Can Project last night.  I should be saying I captured more images but at least I processed one I had taken earlier in the month.  With the plethora of subjects I have collected so far, it was time for a small family portrait.  I thought it would be interesting to compare the differences in the cans I have been able to find so far.  These are my largest and smallest oil cans.  Plus, it never hurts to have some oil in the family portrait to really sell the concept...  LOL

]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome oil can project photography Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:32:28 GMT
Old Erie Canal Park Twice Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

I'm still working through the few images I captured last week when I snuck out to the Old Erie Canal Park around the corner from where I work.  If you remember it was not the best day to be out for pictures but I needed a break from the events at work.  It definitely was what I needed and reinforced in me the ability to create interesting pictures in any type of conditions.  It is not always sunshine or rainbows when you have the urge to be creative.  You work with what you have to satiate the cravings.

I struggled with the post-processing of this image.  I originally saw the image in monochrome when I was composing the view and capturing the picture.  I could see my normal B&W processing pulling out the subtle layers of light from the drizzling, overcast scene.  I think my latest post-processing trend with my Disney images (an attempt at a vintage look) has had an affect on other images.  I saw this image that way too.  I struggled with which creative trend would win on this image.  Even after processing this scene both ways I am still conflicted as to the one image I wanted to post...  so you get both.

Not always the best choice for an artist to present conflicting stories, but I think each of these will speak to different people.  The first version is the vintage processing attempt.  I used Lightroom & On1 Effects to attempt to give this version an old film vibe.  On1 has a few interesting presets for accomplishing this look and each time I use it I end up tweaking it slightly. It is a great learning tool for me.

The second image is obviously the monochrome version.  I processed it with Lightroom & Luminar going for an ethereal look.  Besides converting to monochrome there is some blur added to the image as well as the Orton Effect.  You will have to let me know which image you prefer...

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography state park Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:26:02 GMT
Setting Imagination Monorail Monday

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunset walt disney world Tue, 30 Jan 2018 01:49:57 GMT
Hinckley Morning Hinckley Reservoir

The weather forecast was calling for a warm weekend. It also indicated that rain would be moving into my area in the afternoon. I took a chance that those conditions would produce a good sunrise up at Hinckley Reservoir. Although the thermometer was reading in the low teens I didn’t think it would affect my morning photography. Stupid me! I forgot about wind chill. I lasted about 30 minutes up at the reservoir before I gave up and jumped back into the car.

I have captured numerous pictures over the years from my vantage point next to the dam. If you do a search for Hinckley on the blog you will get a sense of how often I return to this spot. Before I ventured down to my normal vantage point at the water’s edge I decided to try for a panoramic image of the entire scene. I didn’t quite have enough coffee in me as I neglected to turn the camera to its portrait orientation but I grabbed 8 images covering almost 180 degrees. FYI – turning the camera to portrait will require more images to capture your scene but you can capture more information top and bottom which will help when your software stitches the images together. If you are interested in the process, check out this article at Digital Photography School.

After getting all my images for the pano I went closer to the concrete columns frozen in the reservoir for my traditional image at Hinckley. If you did the search you will see these columns are typically the focus point of my pictures in this location. I think it is time for me to explore this area a little more and find the other views I am sure are here. Maybe next weekend…

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunrise Tue, 30 Jan 2018 01:48:14 GMT
Approaching Rainbow Falls Watkins Glen State Park

The gorge trail at Watkins Glen State Park offers truly amazing views.  It is always incredible to me as I walk the trail how deep into the gorge the water has cut its path.  The varying layers of rock marking off the passage of time. 

This view is slightly downstream from the classic Rainbow Falls picture spot.  You can get a feeling for the depth of the gorge by the photographer grabbing a shot of the falls in the middle, left of the image.  If you have a chance to visit this park, I highly recommend it.  You will not be disappointed.

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography state park Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:21:27 GMT