Recently spent a day hiking, picnicking and photographing around Letchwoth State Park, one of New York’s beautiful state parks. The Genesee River which flows through the park has cut a deep gorge with three impressive waterfalls.
This image is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image created by merging five photos taken in 1 stop intervals from -2EV to +2EV. I recently reinstalled Skylum’s Aurora HDR 2019 which roundtrips out of Adobe’s Lightroom Classic making it easy to create HDR images which best fit the way I saw this scene.
Upper Falls, featured above, up until 2017, looked very different as large cement blocks anchored tall steel girders supporting a Portage Bridge spanning the gorge.
Photographing the same scene over time is one of the joys of photography. Documenting the changes for others to learn and appreciate.
As you can see, this photo was taken on March 9, 2020. Notice none of the guests are wearing masks nor are they social distancing.
This was the last click of my shutter at the end of a Walt Disney World vacation. Little did I or anyone in this photo know, Walt Disney World and Disneyland would shutdown six days later on March 15th. No guests would walk down Hollywood Blvd. for the next four months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Walking down the Gorge Trail to the bottom I spotted this view of the waterfall through the trees and vegetation. Shooting at 1/15th of a second handheld, I used the Da Grip technique to create a steady image.
Once I reached the bottom of the gorge, the beauty and sounds of the cascading Chittenango Falls can be fully appreciated.
Being mid-afternoon when I visited, the light was pretty uneven so I decided to take a set of five photos from -2EV to +2EV in 1 stop intervals. In Adobe Lightroom Classic, the Photo Merge HDR process took those images to create the image you see above.
Devoe Road crosses the canal and allows for trails on both sides. It gave me a nice view of the Sims’ Museum, boat dock and blue water of the Erie Canal.
This little houseboat has quite the history from starting out as a fishing scowl on Oneida Lake to a home for 30 years in the Oswego Harbor. Was even moved to a lot on land for years before ending up in the Erie Canal Park in 1976. Volunteers then restored it. Once the park starts doing tours again, you’ll be able to see inside this little houseboat.
The Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct was first built back in 1844 during the Erie Canal’s First Enlargement. The 144 foot waterway is listed as the smallest of the larger aqueducts and is on the National Registry of Historic Sites. It is the only restored navigable Aqueduct in New York State.
I shared the towpath with many other walkers and bikers on a perfect Spring day. There was a layer of ice in the more protected areas of the Erie Canal to remind me we are not done with winter just yet. Still, I breathed in the promising air of Spring and imagined canal boats moving along the towpath next to me.
The first day of Spring brought sunny skies and warm temperatures. As I was picking up my lawn after a long winter, I noticed the group of Snow Drop flowers in the bright light. These flowers have probably been blooming for a few days but this was the first time I noticed them.
Not having a macro lens, I put a Nifty-Fifty (aka 50mm f/1.8) prime lens on my camera. I had to be careful to not get too close to keep the flowers in focus. I used different apertures to control the depth of field.
For these two flowers, I opened up the aperture to f/4 which put the background out of focus and popping the Snow Drops right at you. It was a little breezy so the resulting fast shutter speed helped to keep the flowers in focus.
to my personal journal through my viewfinder. A place where I leave the world behind and try to find the spirit of what I am seeing.
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