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Roadside Treasures II

August 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Previously in this series: Roadside Treasures

Another place I go by often and wonder what light it wood look best in. Rising sun? Setting sun? The harsh midday sun? In the end, I opted for no sun at all capturing it after sunset with light quickly fading and night settling in. I preferred the black and white too to further highlight the days gone by.

A House Past Prime, Urban decayA House Past PrimeUrban decay

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Searching for Sun and Warmth

August 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hawaii became the 50th state to join the United States on August 21, 1959. The capital city is Honolulu (Oahu). The highest point is Mauna Kea at 13,803 feet (4207 meters) (island of Hawaii, aka The Big Island), a dormant volcano last erupting 2460 BC. Mauna Kea is over 33,000 feet (10000 meters) tall, making it the world's tallest mountain measured from its base to the summit; the majority of which is under water. The highest point on Kauai is Kawakini Peak about a mile south of Mt. Waialeale, the volcano that originally built up the island.

Previously from Hawaii: The Beginning - Seaside Pinhole Photography - Tropical Clichés - Windy Drama of a Tropical Morning - Quite an Ad - Searching for Sun and Warmth

Polihale State Park Beach, Kauai, HawaiiPolihale State Park BeachKauai, Hawaii This trip to the Garden Island of Hawaii trailed a very cold front and it was very perceptible on every move we made. Temperatures were comfortable, but cool, more for hiking than beach activities. After a few days one does get the itch to hit the beach though. In our search for sunshine and more warmth we made another attempt at Polihale State Park on the western side of Kauai. Our previous attempt a few years before failed as the access dirt road was flooded in several places and not being able to see the depth of the puddles I did not want to risk getting the rental stuck.

This time, there were no signs of water. A completely dry path lead us all the way to our destination. And yes, we found sunshine along with beautiful puffy clouds floating overhead. But warmth, that was a different story. While the sun made a nice attempt at it the breeze from the Pacific Ocean pretty much negated that.

The guides often warn about the swimming conditions here, the rough surf, and the undertow. And I can attest to that! However, a photographer's heart was happy. A beautiful beach, beautiful mountains at the northeast end of the beach, marking the southwestern tip of the famous Na Pali coast, beautiful clouds above, surf splashing around and flooding the sandy beach over and over, what's not to like?

I found several compositions I liked and then worked each to capture the interaction with water. Here, I am sharing two very similar photos with you. Once more of a cliché of a tropical sandy beach, and one I am more partial to that fills that beach with rocks. Which one do you like more?

Polihale State Park Beach Rocks, Kauai, HawaiiPolihale Beach RocksKauai, Hawaii

Polihale State Park Beach Rocks, Kauai, Hawaii

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References: Hawaii on 50states.com

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The Moods of Cargill

August 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Cargill Pool Grain Elevator Time LapseBuffalo, NY Last Thursday night I found myself on Gallagher Beach enjoying a very cloudy end of the day. I arrived late because I falsely relied on remembering the sunset time from a few days back. It is amazing how much the time shifts in just a week!

I would have been on time had I not forgotten my water bottle at home. But since I did and felt rather thirsty I stopped at a gas station along route 5 to buy a bottle of water. All that thinking I still had time to spare.

I did not really mind though as I was here not for the sunset but for the dramatic clouds that obstructed the sunset anyway. Had I been on location a few minutes earlier I would have had a better opening for the video. This way, I have something to improve upon next time - both to double-check the sunset time and to grab an even more dramatic light.

That evening, I did not pull out my standard camera. Instead, I framed and (hopefully) captured a black and white photo on my Nikon FE on black and white film and then used my iPhone to take some of the mood in using a time lapse video, which you can see here.

I think this sets up a nice look back through my previous visits to this Buffalo icon and the different moods the grain elevator and the lake can have.

 

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Oh, and that beach you see by the rocks in the foreground in these photos was nowhere to be found. The lake completely took over.

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Update: Edited August 17 to double the video speed for more action and less waiting, and added background music for more drama.

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Same Lake, Different Beach

August 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

To Paul

Previously from Sturgeon Point: And Still in White - Back at the Lakeshore for More Moody Photographs - Two Faces of One Lake

I've lately bombarded you with photographs from the Hamburg Beach. Sunsets, sunrises, daytime photos, peaceful and quiet photos, and dramatic photos. They all had one thing in common. Yes, Lake Erie. Today, just a slight change of pace, moving a little further down the shoreline to Sturgeon Point witnessing a wonderful summer sunset with the lake still rough compliments of the storms of the days leading up to this sunset.

Sunset Awe at Sturgeon Point, Derby, NY near Buffalo, NYSunset Awe at Sturgeon PointLake Erie Magic

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Fiery Sunset over Buffalo Skyline

August 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Buffalo offers absolutely breathtaking sunsets while looking west over Lake Erie or the powerful Niagara River. However, the city itself can also look great during sunset with the sun at one's back. This particular evening, the light developed in a dramatic fashion. At first, clouds on the horizon blocked the rays of sun from reaching the city skyline leaving the view to the east very flat and lacking any drama. Over the years, I've learned that while I can't control what happens I can control what I do. And giving up is not the right measure in situations like this. Sure, it can result in a disappointment and several hours going by with no photographic outcome to show for it but the locations offer their own experience no matter what the outcome. No one can take that experience away, the quiet observation and just living in the moment.

So, I set my camera on a tripod, picked my composition, and waited while watching birds do their fishing, boats running up and down the Niagara River, airplanes taking off over the city, all that with the constant hum of the river. I also took the time to play with filters to slow down the exposure and provide just the right amount of motion blur in the water. And I waited some more.

Then, some nice clouds positioned themselves above the city, one on the left and one on the right, like towers of an ancient castle. And then the sun broke through and lit the clouds up, leaving the city in the dark. I checked the exposure, the focus, the river blur, and continued waiting.

And this evening, my patience was rewarded. And not just once, but twice! First, just for about a minute, the sunlight found its way to the buildings of Buffalo making it brightly stand out. I captured the scene in excitement thinking that was  what I was waiting for. Then, as quickly as it started the show was over and the city returned to darkness even as the clouds over remained illuminated. The light kept fading but the clouds were getting more and more intense. I started capturing more photographs not sure when the peak would come. But when it did it was clear as the overall color in the sky started quickly diminishing and daylight fading into night.

In the end, I left with two photographs I like and am sharing the latter one here with you today, the final moment of this night's shoot.

Dark Drama over Buffalo Skyline and Niagara RIverDark Drama over BuffaloA dramatic sunset over the Niagara River and the city of Buffalo, NY.

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