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May 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Previously from the Grand Island Bridges: A New Take on the South Grand Island Bridge 

Bridges are one of my favorite subjects. They offer such a great variety of perspectives and angles. When combined with the varying atmospheric conditions the photographic opportunities are endless. Despite having been to the foot of the South Grand Island Bridge many times I don't feel like I will run out of material any time soon, if ever.

On this visit, I decided to go for symmetry, which these twin bridges lend themselves to very nicely. I also wanted to stress, even exaggerate, the size and used a super wide angle lens (17 mm). Further, I angled the camera upward to have the bridge take over most of the frame. Since there were no strong straight vertical lines that would get skewed by this I did not mind and liked it for this photo; unlike architectural shots of buildings where I would not be comfortable with this approach.

Black & White Symmetry, South Grand Island Bridge, Buffalo, NYBlack & White SymmetrySouth Grand Island Bridge

Black & White Symmetry, South Grand Island Bridge, Buffalo, NY

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more urban photography from Buffalo, NY? Visit my Buffalo Cityscapes gallery and enjoy! For more black and white photography, I would like to offer you my World without Color photo collection or timelessbuffalo.com, a web site dedicated to black and white urban photography, whether digital, film, or pinhole. And finally, if you are a fan of bridges, I have a Bridges of Buffalo collection dedicated to those. Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered, I will be happy to help! For a quick reference to all photo galleries and collections as well as all photo products currently offered through my site, please, visit the Products page.

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Sunrise over the South Grand Island Bridge and Niagara River looking from Grand Island towards Tonawanda, NY and Buffalo.SunriseSouth Grand Island Bridge Illuminated South Grand Island Bridge at Dusk connecting Tonawanda, NY and Grand Island, NY. Bridge and illumination reflected in the Niagara River.DuskSouth Grand Island Bridge North Grand Island Bridge under the Cover of Dusk, connecting Grand Island and Niagara Falls over the Niagara River.Under the Cover of DuskNorth Grand Island Bridge
Reflected South Grand Island Bridge at Sunset, connecting Tonawanda, NY and Grand Island, NY over the Niagara River.Reflected at SunsetSouth Grand Island Bridge South Grand Island Bridge Before Sunrise heading from Grand Island, NY towards Tonawanda, NY over the Niagara River.Before SunriseSouth Grand Island Bridge Sunrise Through the South Grand Island Bridge connecting Grand Island and Tonawanda, NY over the Niagara River.Sunrise ThroughSouth Grand Island Bridge

 

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Road Trip: Route 66 Part V: Bug Ranch

May 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Texas became the 28th state to join the United States on December 29, 1845. The capital city is Austin. The highest point is Guadalupe Peak at 8,749 feet.

Road Trip 2013 - Day 16 - June 26 - Route 66 Part V, VW Slug Bug Ranch, Conway, TX (Previous 2013 Road Trip posts: Indiana DunesDe ImmigrantAmana ColoniesDes MoinesMadison County Roads, Bridges of Madison CountyWhite Pole Road, Great Platte River Road Archway MonumentGolden Spike Tower & Union Pacific's Bailey Rail Yard, Loveland PassThe Resting Day at Powderhorn, Black Canyon of the GunnisonCimarronColorado National MonumentFruita Rodeo, Grand MesaArches National ParkGrand Junction, Grand Mesa CreekArches National Park Add-On, Canyonlands National ParkThe Little Big Moments of Road Tripping, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa FeSanta Fe Train Depot, Pecos National Historical ParkRoute 66 Part I, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Part II, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Part III, TucumcariRoute 66 Part IV: Cadillac RanchRoute 66 Part V: Bug Ranch)

Continuing northeast along Route 66 on our return leg of the road trip. After having some spray paint fun at the Cadillac Ranch, we decided that dragging half-empty (or even half full) cans of paint with us did not make sense and stopped at a similar opportunity to use them up. The Bug Ranch was just such an opportunity.

Volkswagen Slug Bug Ranch, Route 66, TexasVolkswagen Slug Bug RanchRoute 66, Texas

Volkswagen Slug Bug Ranch, Route 66, Texas

The wide views were impressive at first as one does not see cars buried nose first in the ground every day; at least in my neighborhood. After a while, the fully painted surfaces caught my attention for a close up abstract photography. There were just so many patterns to point at, some giving hints about the car theme, some not.

Bug Ranch Car Abstract, Route 66, TexasBug Ranch Car AbstractRoute 66, Texas

Bug Ranch Abstract, Route 66, Texas

Every book needs a cover, and so did this first road trip that started an annual tradition:

2013 Road Trip, VW Bug Ranch, Route 66, Texas2013 Road Trip CoverRoute 66, Texas

2013 Road Trip, VW Bug Ranch, Route 66, Texas

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Violators will be prosecuted!

May 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Previously from Akron Falls: Variety: Follow the Grand Vistas with Detail Shots - Morning on Murder Creek - Going for the Details AgainWestern New York Winter Wonderland at Akron Falls - As Winter Fades Away ...An Abstract Dose - Not the usual suspects at Akron Falls - Violators will be prosecuted!

Violators Will Be Prosecuted, Akron Falls ParkViolators Will Be ProsecutedAkron Falls Park Signs like this are popping all around like mushrooms after rain in large numbers. Humanity is probably reaching new lows, losing common sense, and lawsuits and liability taking a toll. There are three warning signs just around the base of the Lower Akron Falls. Getting a photograph without one of the ugly sheets of metal is pretty much impossible.

And while Murder Creek was a bit angry this spring after all of the rain we got the area is very calm later in the year, with the waterfall down to a trickle by summer. And many of the prettiest views are past this point. Yet, I doubt this sign will come down as the creek's water goes down.

Am I never to get another legal photograph of this beautiful natural sight from up close? Really? Actions of a few #$%^&* robbing all else of enjoying what nature created for all to see? I don't think this is the solution, yet, I see it applied all too often ... Apparently, signs, official viewpoints, railings, and other features are needed to protect us from ourselves. Or maybe a web cam will be installed and the area walled off so that we don't have to risk getting off our couches.

Go and enjoy your outdoors today while you can and while the settings are somewhat natural.

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Lower Akron Falls, New York (NY) in summer frequently reduced to a trickle that can be magical.Akron FallsSummer Trickle Winter Roar at Akron Falls, Buffalo and Western New York's Waterfall GemWinter RoarAkron Falls Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph for your walls yet? Using my links to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. And it costs you nothing. You just need to start your shopping by clicking on an advertised product or use the Amazon search box in bottom left. It does not matter what you eventually buy as long as you start here. I truly appreciate each purchase, no matter how small. Thank you!

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Motion Follow Up

May 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Previously from Hamburg Beach: Stormy Hamburg Beach and Lake Erie Shoreline - One Beach, Yet More Looks - One Beach, Different Looks - Winter Abstracts - The Frozen Moon Land is Back - Arctic Tundra in Buffalo, NY - Frozen Desolation on Lake Erie -  Lacking Perspective - As the Clouds Roll In - No Two Are the Same - Motion Follow Up

I have been recording videos with an increased frequency over the last few months. I feel that the motion picture provides a nice complement to my still photographs. It provides a point of reference to check the photos against. How well did I capture the mood? How much did I deviate from reality using creative photography techniques? Not only do the videos capture the motion, they also record the sound, and that is only left to imagination in photographs. It's another great reference point. And it seems videos are also a great media form to share with you, the readers of my blog, as well as the social media crowd. Videos have a greater engagement than photographs. That is the electronic form. They're still more difficult to hang on the wall, stare at, get lost in the moment, and imagine your own situation behind the photograph. That's where photography leaves more opportunity, it leaves the interpretation to the viewer.

Quiet Sunset over the LakeHamburg Beach, Hamburg, NY Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

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What did all the rain do at Akron Falls?

May 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Previously from Akron Falls: Variety: Follow the Grand Vistas with Detail Shots - Morning on Murder Creek - Going for the Details AgainWestern New York Winter Wonderland at Akron Falls - As Winter Fades Away ...An Abstract Dose - Not the usual suspects at Akron Falls

With all of the rain of April 2017 and May adding to the totals so far I really wanted to see what that did to Akron Falls. I usually go there in summer or fall by which point the waterfall is reduced to a trickle, and I enjoy that. It adds just enough water to go with all of the moss covered rocks that the place looks like fairy land. I visited once at the and of winter and there was plenty of water but I did not like that everything still had the bare winter look with trees without foliage. So this year, the abundance of rain offered an opportunity to check it out in May with green all around.

Right from the start of the trail I could immediately tell the difference. The usually gentle rock hopping Murder Creek was more of a raging river with much more water and moving forcefully. On the other side of the bridge the creek was spilling out of its usual banks. And when I eventually faced the Lower Akron Falls the rage was also present. Under normal circumstances, only the bottom half of the cliff offers falling water. The top may or may not have a waterfall on the right-hand side. This morning the top waterfall was at full flow across the full width, something I have not seen before. The romantic feeling was not there. It was all about power!

Akron Falls Rumble, High Water on Murder CreekAkron Falls RumbleHigh Water on Murder Creek

Akron Falls Rumble, High Water on Murder Creek

As you can see in the photograph, heavy blowing mist was also a problem and the backlight caused many flare spots compliments of the droplets settling on the lens despite cleaning before each shot. However, I liked the end result that serves as a further description of the scene.

Lower Akron Falls, New York (NY) in summer frequently reduced to a magical trickleAkron FallsUsual Summer Trickle In the end, I opted for a black and white photo that does not really showcase all of the spring greenery, however, hides some of the clutter the colors resulted in. I believe the simplicity of the black and white form better sums up the essence of the scene.

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Would you like to see more photographs from Western New York? Visit my Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes and enjoy! For more black and white photography, may I offer you either my World without Color
photo collection or timelessbuffalo.com, a web site dedicated to black and white urban photography, whether digital, film, or pinhole. Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered, I will be happy to help! For a quick reference to all photo galleries and collections as well as all photo products currently offered through my site, please, visit the Products page.

Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph for your walls yet? Using my links to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. And it costs you nothing. You just need to start your shopping by clicking on an advertised product or use the Amazon search box in bottom left. It does not matter what you eventually buy as long as you start here. I truly appreciate each purchase, no matter how small. Thank you!

Would you like to see my photographs printed, matted, and framed? Visit Picture Your Walls in Hamburg, NY (184 Buffalo St, Hamburg, NY 14075).

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