Daniel Novak Photo: Blog http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Daniel Novak dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:15:00 GMT Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:15:00 GMT http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/img/s/v-5/u364181526-o825092777-50.jpg Daniel Novak Photo: Blog http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog 120 60 Greeting a New Day http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/greeting-a-new-day Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Previously from Letchworth State Park: It's the season of color - Letchworth is getting very colorful!Autumn vs. Summer, Great Bend at Letchworth - Two Birds with One Stone at Letchworth - Letchworth Off The Beaten PathThe Seasons They Are a-Changin' - Watching Time Pass - The Mystery of Papermill Falls - Back at Great Bend for More, Letchworth State Park - Could not Resist - Back for More at Letchworth - Letchworth Icon: Portageville Bridge to Be Replaced - Waterfalling Off the Beaten Path in Letchworth - Nickel Plate Road Engine No. 765 on Letchworth's TrestleMiddle Falls BluesFall Colors & Setting SunGreeting a New Day ... and more posts about the Annual Letchworth Balloon Festival.

Colorful Fall Morning Inspiration, Middle & Upper Falls, Letchworth State ParkColorful Morning InspirationLetchworth State Park I am not a fan of the daylight savings time. Let me clarify, I am not a fan of the changes that come along with it. If I had my choice, I'd just switch to daylight savings time permanently as I like the long summer days and am less concerned about darkness in the morning. But don't worry, I am not going to bore you with the benefits, or the lack of, of DST. I will admit though that the changes sometimes come with benefits.

Like this time. As the clock rolled back it put enough time between sunrise and the start of a business day, all of a sudden allowing me to enjoy a daybreak at a wonderful place away from people with mostly just birds sharing the moment with me. And it did not even require the crazy wake up time of 4 a.m. that's needed at the peak of daylight savings time.

Well, I could not exactly sleep in either as I wanted to turn this into a truly relaxing morning. Too many times in the past did I try to save every minute of sleep arriving either just in time or couple minutes too late for the best show. So this time, the alarm announced a new day at 5 a.m. and I was enjoying the fresh air and the dim view of the gorge by 6:30. On weekends, there's a pretty good chance a few people will be around even this early as some of the viewpoints are now too famous for their sunrise views. But on weekdays, that's rare.

And as you can see this is not a typical sunrise photograph. Not only was it very cloudy but you're looking south here, even slightly to the west. As I set up my tripod and started thinking about my composition I saw a very deep and bold red in the sky to my left, even doubting my decision to come here this morning. But each time I refocused knowing that I had previously photographed the sunrise and this was the location that deserved a new look in my photo collection. And the heavy clouds were perfect, diffusing the light and illuminating the whole gorge while providing a nice dramatic backdrop for the colorful foliage. Really, one could not wish for much more.

Now as I am writing this, guess where I'd rather be than in front of the computer screen?

Get Inspired!, Middle & Upper Falls of Letchworth State ParkGet Inspired!Letchworth State Park

Get Inspired!, Middle & Upper Falls of Letchworth State Park

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

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An early morning pre-sunrise foggy morning at Big Bend of Letchworth State Park, New York (NY).Foggy Fall Morning Big Bend of Letchworth Cloudy Daybreak at Hog's Back, Letchworth State ParkCloudy DaybreakHog's Back Middle Falls Bright & Clear, Letchworth State ParkMiddle FallsBright & Clear Upper Papermill Falls Waterfall, Silver Lake Outlet, Letchworth State Park, New York StateUpper Papermill FallsLetchworth Papermill Falls Sidekick Waterfall, Silver Lake Outlet, Letchworth State Park, New York StatePapermill Falls SidekickLetchworth Frozen Winter Wonderland under Letchworth State Park's Upper Falls Trestle BridgeUpper Falls WinterTrestle Bridge

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy autumn bold buffalo cloudy. colorful colors dawn daybreak dramatic falls inspiration landscape letchworth middle falls nature new york ny outdoors park photography rochester scenic serene water waterfall western new york wny http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/greeting-a-new-day Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:14:54 GMT
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Broadway - Sattler Theatre, Buffalo, NYBroadway TheatreBuffalo, NY The Broadway Theatre, Buffalo, NY established as the Sattler Theatre in 1914. It was renamed to Broadway Theatre in 1920. The building was purchased by the Western New York Minority Media Professionals (WNYMMP) in 2008. Fundraising has been ongoing since but I have not been able to get any recent info on the fundraising status or plans as of 2017.

It's a beautiful historic building that was on the city demolition list for a while. Will it make it in the end? With so much positive happening in Buffalo, will it reach all the way here?

On this beautiful blue sky day I wanted to insure the building's preservation in a photograph of mine. Out of the possible angles and given the surroundings I opted for the straight head on shot here carefully leveling the camera and aligning all of my verticals to insure I would not cause a premature leaning of the building forward or backward.

Once I was happy with the single shot version I took this opportunity one step further and worked to create a series of shots to stitch into one large resolution image. There are several advantages to this. First, one could print a photo really large with an amazing level of detail even upon close inspection. And second, it allows for zooming in and studying the architectural details as if standing right by the facade despite being across the street.

In the end, I captured 13 vertical and overlapping photographs to provide a 134 megapixel photograph of the Broadway Theatre. It's hard to show how large it could print here so instead I will show the detail captured:

134 Megapixel Close Up, Broadway Theatre, Buffalo, NY134 Megapixel Close UpBroadway Theatre

134 Megapixel Close Up, Broadway Theatre, Buffalo, NY

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

References: The Broadway Theatre - The Sattler Theatre - Broadway Theatre “Board and Paint” with BYP

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 716 architecture broadway buffalo cityscape decay historic new york ny photography sattler theater theatre urban http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/the-broadway-theatre-of-buffalo Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:03:57 GMT
Thessaloniki Photo Exhibition http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/thessaloniki-photo-exhibition An unplanned Tuesday post for you today. If you find yourself in Greece between November 23 and 26, specifically in or near Thessaloniki, you can see my Gallagher Pier Pointed at Sunset photograph digitally featured as part of the GuruShots exhibition at Art Thessaloniki International Art Fair.

Gallagher Pier Pointed at Sunset, Outer Harbor - Waterfront, Buffalo, New York (NY).Gallagher Pier Pointed at SunsetBuffalo, NY

Gallagher Pier Pointed at Sunset, Outer Harbor - Waterfront, Buffalo, New York (NY).

For this photo, the atmospheric conditions were just right and I was given a bonus solar pillar. DO you see it shooting upwards from the sun?

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You (#etbtsy)!

Would you like to see more photographs from Western New York? Visit my Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes and enjoy! To get a dose of fall colors, click through to my Autumn Collection of photographs. 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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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy art buffalo exhibition fair gallagher greece gurushots international new york ny photo pier thessaloniki http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/thessaloniki-photo-exhibition Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Fall Colors & Setting Sun http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/fall-colors-setting-sun Previously from Letchworth State Park: It's the season of color - Letchworth is getting very colorful!Autumn vs. Summer, Great Bend at Letchworth - Two Birds with One Stone at Letchworth - Letchworth Off The Beaten PathThe Seasons They Are a-Changin' - Watching Time Pass - The Mystery of Papermill Falls - Back at Great Bend for More, Letchworth State Park - Could not Resist - Back for More at Letchworth - Letchworth Icon: Portageville Bridge to Be Replaced - Waterfalling Off the Beaten Path in Letchworth - Nickel Plate Road Engine No. 765 on Letchworth's TrestleMiddle Falls BluesFall Colors & Setting Sun ... and more posts about the Annual Letchworth Balloon Festival.

Gorge of Colors, Middle Falls, Letchworth State ParkGorge of ColorsLetchworth State Park After a short break we're returning to the wonderful Letchworth State Park to witness another day's end. This time I arrived sooner gaining more time to experience the magic of a bright day turning into dusk for a few brief moments only to disappear in the darkness of the night.

We take these transitions for granted. Indeed, they're there to witness twice a day so why pay attention, right? Did you ever take the time to slow down or stop and actually really pay attention? Isn't it amazing how quickly it happens? As the sun approaches the horizon, or a mountain ridge, its speed of movement becomes so obvious and so incredibly fast!

Such was this evening too. Just couple minutes after this photo the cliffs on the left lost the sunshine, and then I could watch the line of the light as it climbed the trees up the the treetops and above. And that was it, another evening to remember!

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more photographs from Western New York? Visit my Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes and enjoy! To get a dose of fall colors, click through to my Autumn Collection of photographs. 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!

An early morning pre-sunrise foggy morning at Big Bend of Letchworth State Park, New York (NY).Foggy Fall Morning Big Bend of Letchworth Cloudy Daybreak at Hog's Back, Letchworth State ParkCloudy DaybreakHog's Back Middle Falls Bright & Clear, Letchworth State ParkMiddle FallsBright & Clear Upper Papermill Falls Waterfall, Silver Lake Outlet, Letchworth State Park, New York StateUpper Papermill FallsLetchworth Papermill Falls Sidekick Waterfall, Silver Lake Outlet, Letchworth State Park, New York StatePapermill Falls SidekickLetchworth Frozen Winter Wonderland under Letchworth State Park's Upper Falls Trestle BridgeUpper Falls WinterTrestle Bridge

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo colors falls landscape letchworth light long exposure middle falls nature new york ny outdoors park photography rochester scenic serene sunset water waterfall western new york wny http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/fall-colors-setting-sun Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:30:00 GMT
Large Format Pinhole of Green Lake http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/large-format-pinhole-of-green-lake Previously on pinhole photography: A New Chapter, a New Book - Pinhole PhotographyFilm Pinhole PhotographySeaside Pinhole PhotographyLake Erie Lakeshore on PinholeErie Basin Marina on Pinhole, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2017The Final SixLarge Format PinholeLarge Format Pinhole by Cargill Pool Grain ElevatorLarge Format Pinhole of Orchard Park Train DepotLarge Format Pinhole of Green Lake

Green Lake, Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford PaperGreen LakeLensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Paper Let's continue this black and white Thursday theme for another week while staying in Orchard Park and not far from the scene of the previous Train Depot photo.

If you are interested in learning more about the behind the scenes of shooting straight on an old fashioned photo paper, feel free to hop back to my previous post (Orchard Park Train Depot).

The one thing I am still getting used to is the lack of a viewfinder. I can either guess where the front of the camera is pointed and how wide of a view the camera will capture, or try to approximate things with my regular camera and then replace it in the tripod with the large format pinhole. Unfortunately, I do not have a lens wide enough for this exercise as the Lensless Pinhole I selected is 50 mm. 50 mm on a 4x5" format is equivalent to 15 mm on a 35 mm (full frame) format.

Of course, I can also do some math and create a viewfinder but I am on the fence with that idea as it would take some of the crudeness out of the experience. Maybe I will just rely on practice and learn what fits in and what does not.

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more pinhole photographs from Buffalo and Western New York? Visit my pinhole gallery on timelessbuffalo.com and enjoy!  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!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2017 4 x 5 art b&w black and white buffalo cityscape large format ny paper photography pinhole timeless timelessbuffalo train depot urban http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/large-format-pinhole-of-green-lake Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:49:15 GMT
Road Trip: Route 66 Part VI: Shamrock, TX http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/road-trip-route-66-part-vi-shamrock-texas 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.

Route 66: Conoco in Shamrock, TXRoute 66: ConocoShamrock, TX 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), Route 66 Part VI: Conoco & Magnolia

Alright, we're back on the road today rolling east on Route 66 through Texas and arriving at Shamrock, the last stop on the Mother Road before leaving the Lone Star State. What's to look at here? Two wonderful historic gas stations.

First, the Conoco Tower, an art deco gas station and cafe from the 1930s, yet, with Tesla charging stations in the back! This was the inspiration for Ramone's in the movie Cars.

Second, a beautifully refurbished Magnolia service station with its vintage gravity feed gas pumps.

Route 66: Magnolia Gas in Shamrock, TXRoute 66: Magnolia GasShamrock, TX

Route 66: Magnolia Gas in Shamrock, TX

With this stop behind us, let's hit the road and we'll be in Oklahoma in no time!

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you (#etbtsy)!

References: Texas on 50States.comConoco Tower - Route 66 Art DecoMagnolia Gas Station - Route 66: Shamrock, Texas

Did you enjoy this post and the included photographs? Would you like to see more of my travel photographs? Visit the Travel Photography gallery or the On the Road photo collection. Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered. Looking for a present? I also offer ready to hang solutions like canvas gallery wraps, prints on metal, and matted and framed ready to hang photographs.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2013 conoco magnolia mother road photography road road trip road tripping roadside route 66 shamrock texas travel tx http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/road-trip-route-66-part-vi-shamrock-texas Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:08:46 GMT
Large Format Pinhole of Orchard Park Train Depot http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/large-format-pinhole-of-orchard-park-train-depot Previously on pinhole photography: A New Chapter, a New Book - Pinhole PhotographyFilm Pinhole PhotographySeaside Pinhole PhotographyLake Erie Lakeshore on PinholeErie Basin Marina on Pinhole, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2017The Final SixLarge Format PinholeLarge Format Pinhole by Cargill Pool Grain ElevatorLarge Format Pinhole of Orchard Park Train Depot

A black and white theme for this rainy Thursday showing my progress with the large format pinhole camera I introduced in the last couple posts on the topic (see links above). To help with the strong contrast I experimented with pre-flashing the photo paper. What's pre-flashing? I briefly exposed the paper to diffused dim light from a flashlight. I metered the light falling on the photo paper and cut the exposure down to a 1/3 of the metered exposure time. Then, on location, I subtracted that third from that reading to insure I would not overexpose.

Orchard Park Train DepotOrchard Park Train DepotLensless 4x5" Pinhole Camera, Ilford Paper This method allows the dim light from shadows to register on the photo paper where there would not be enough light otherwise thus revealing more of the dark areas. Retaining detail in highlights becomes more challenging thus the need to lower the scene exposure based on the pre-flash.

Alright, one more technical detail I'd like to share today, even though that one is more for fun. Why can photo paper be developed in a darkroom illuminated by a dim red light (or green in some instances too)? Because it is only sensitive to blue light. So, what happens when you try to use a red filter to darken blue skies as one would do with a black and white film? Yep, you guessed it, you'll get a blank image.

I feel a bit silly telling you but I actually did this. I was standing there by the Orchard Park train depot thinking of creative ways to further improve the photo, pulled out the filter, opened up the shutter of the pinhole camera, and thought, "what am I doing? This can't work, Can it?" I completed the exposure adding time for the filter factor and later developed the paper with the expected result :-) Rules of physics prevailed.

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more pinhole photographs from Buffalo and Western New York? Visit my pinhole gallery on timelessbuffalo.com and enjoy! Come back often as that gallery will grow over time. 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!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2017 4 x 5 art b&w black and white buffalo cityscape large format ny paper photography pinhole timeless timelessbuffalo train depot urban http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/11/large-format-pinhole-of-orchard-park-train-depot Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:26:17 GMT
Middle Falls Blues http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/middle-falls-blues Previously from Letchworth State Park: It's the season of color - Letchworth is getting very colorful!Autumn vs. Summer, Great Bend at Letchworth - Two Birds with One Stone at Letchworth - Letchworth Off The Beaten PathThe Seasons They Are a-Changin' - Watching Time Pass - The Mystery of Papermill Falls - Back at Great Bend for More, Letchworth State Park - Could not Resist - Back for More at Letchworth - Letchworth Icon: Portageville Bridge to Be Replaced - Waterfalling Off the Beaten Path in Letchworth - Nickel Plate Road Engine No. 765 on Letchworth's TrestleMiddle Falls Blues ... and more posts about the Annual Letchworth Balloon Festival.

Two Bridges - Two Waterfalls, The Old & The New Bridge and Upper and Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park at DuskTwo Bridges - Two WaterfallsLetchworth at Dusk There are so many beautiful areas in Letchworth State Park and they all look their best at different times of day and in different weather. As I continue returning to the park I always try to focus on a specific area and see if I can unlock its secret.

Today, I'm happy to share a view I have not shared before. The sun has set and the Genesee River gorge plunged into a deep shadow, the colors of the fall foliage gradually fading with the light. You can see the Middle Falls and further up the river the mist from the Upper Falls.

Look carefully (or click the first photo to see it large) and you will see the two bridges over the Upper Falls. The historic trestle bridge is still there and just in front of it the arch of the new one. It's not always you can witness a transformation like this and so far, I like the outcome. The new bridge will look great over the gorge as the old one has done for so long!

As the light continues to fade the Middle Falls come alive as the illumination kicks in between April and October. That led me to the next photo. Rather than appreciating and showing the whole beautiful gorge I zoomed in for a tight photo of just the waterfall lined with the deep steep rocky cliffs. I also liked the deep blue reflection of the dusk sky up above the falls.

Enjoy the view!

Middle Falls Bright & Clear, Letchworth State ParkMiddle Falls Bright & ClearLetchworth State Park

Middle Falls Bright & Clear, Letchworth State Park

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more photographs from Western New York? Visit my Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes and enjoy! To get a dose of winter whiteness, click through to my Winter Collection of photographs. 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!

An early morning pre-sunrise foggy morning at Big Bend of Letchworth State Park, New York (NY).Foggy Fall Morning Big Bend of Letchworth Cloudy Daybreak at Hog's Back, Letchworth State ParkCloudy DaybreakHog's Back Upper Papermill Falls Waterfall, Silver Lake Outlet, Letchworth State Park, New York StateUpper Papermill FallsLetchworth Papermill Falls Sidekick Waterfall, Silver Lake Outlet, Letchworth State Park, New York StatePapermill Falls SidekickLetchworth Frozen Winter Wonderland under Letchworth State Park's Upper Falls Trestle BridgeUpper Falls WinterTrestle Bridge

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo colors dusk falls illumination landscape letchworth light long exposure middle falls nature new york ny outdoors park photography rochester scenic serene water waterfall western new york wny http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/middle-falls-blues Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:38:01 GMT
Struggle & Magic http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/struggle-magic To Paul

Sunset Light, Lake Erie at Sturgeon Point near Buffalo, New York (NY)Sunset LightLake Erie at Sturgeon Point Previously from Sturgeon Point: And Still in White - Back at the Lakeshore for More Moody Photographs - Two Faces of One Lake - Same Lake, Different Beach - Struggle & Magic

This quiet sunset on Lake Erie turned into a detective story for me. It's amazing how puzzling photography can be!

It was a beautiful warm fall evening and the lake was a bit rough compliments of the winds and rain of the previous couple days. But not too bad, just right for my taste to experiment with different exposure times and just having lots of fun with the water.

The sky cleared too much not leaving enough clouds behind to catch the color of the setting sun. Also, I had visited this area of Lake Erie shore several times recently and was looking for something new. Something that would create a whole different photograph that put side by side with another from the same place would not be recognizable as such.

The first photograph you see above was an early one that evening, an establishing frame in my desperate search for something special. I liked the long exposure effect combined with the rocks being lit up like bulbs by the setting sun. And yes, I was able to show this was at sunset with the sunny blast of light on the left but drama was missing. Afterwards, I moved about quite a bit looking for different rocks, different perspectives. I came up empty handed and when the light was pretty much gone I started packing.

iPhone Sunset Action, Lake Erie at Sturgeon Point near Buffalo, New York (NY)iPhone Sunset ActionLake Erie at Sturgeon Point Then, I remembered I did not grab a photo for my Instagram photo stream. I pulled out my phone, positioned it just about where my camera was last but even lower to the ground, waited for an incoming wave, I snapped the second photo you see here.

I will admit, I did not even pay too much attention to what I got. Unfortunately, I felt a bit disappointed and really was in a packing mood already thinking about what was next. It was not the first time I allowed that to happen and I am sure not the last but it is never good and does not help. As I know very well, it is not over until its over!

Once I collected all of my gear in the semi-darkness and make it back to the car, I sat down and checked the photo out. I got both excited and disappointed yet again! This was what I wanted! Something completely different, yet still a sunset photograph. But I only had it on my cell phone, not on the real camera in higher quality.

It just shows how flexible those little devices are. It was so easy to position it pretty much down on the sand of the beach, point it in the right direction while watching a sufficiently bright image on the LCD allowing for easy composition, selecting a focus and exposure point, and clicking as the wave crashed into the rocks near the shore. Don't let the brightness mislead you, it was pretty dark at that point and only because the exposure was set based on the dark water in the foreground did the sky ending up looking this bright. But that is the trick, to make a photograph rather than take one, to make it look like one wants.

The decision was clear. I had to come back another day and attempt to recreate this shot in the camera. But that is always easier in theory, not in practice as I knew from the past and would re-learn on the shores of Lake Erie again. I could not come back the very next day as weather was completely off what I needed to get the strong back-light. But I made it back couple days later.

What happened? Who moved my rocks? I literally spent at lest half an hour crawling on the beach (observed by other sunset lovers who asked me about my crazy activity when I was leaving) trying to find the same angle and just could not. Sounds strange? You bet! I know, but I am not making that up. Those fairly large rocks seemed to have rearranged themselves. Or maybe they were Trolls?

The lake was also too calm for the desired shot. While there were some waves they were about half the size compared to the first night that started this pursuit. While planning is good I had to accept what I was given (Trolls on a quiet lake) and try to turn this evening's photography into something different yet again.

All the while I was crawling in the sand I also suspected that even if I found the lost angle and if a random larger wave found its way to my frame I would still not have gotten my photograph. There just was no light. Heavy low clouds were completely obstructing the horizon and I could barely tell where the lake ended and the sky started.

I got lucky on that front though! As I was losing the last bits of hope seeing that sunset came and went strictly on my watch without any hints of it in the distance, it happened. The heavy clouds broke up quite a bit, an opening was created, the sky turned dramatic, and my camera and I were ready.

Water & Rocks at Sunset, Lake Erie at Sturgeon Point near Buffalo, New York (NY)Water & Rocks at SunsetLake Erie at Sturgeon Point

Water & Rocks at Sunset, Lake Erie at Sturgeon Point near Buffalo, New York

I will be back, looking for my rocks, my angle, and my sunset action photo!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 716 buffalo cloudy erie fall lake landscape light long exposure nature new york ny outdoors photography serene sturgeon point sunset water western new york wny http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/struggle-magic Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT
Shenandoah: Rose River Falls Trail http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/shenandoah-rose-river-falls-trail Waterfall in Fall, Rose River Falls Trail, Shenandoah National Park, VirginiaWaterfall in FallShenandoah National Park Previously from Shenandoah: Trouble with ColorThe Details or the Wide and Grand? - The Skyline Drive View in Autumn - The Lonely Tree - Dark Hollow FallsCozy at ShenandoahSkyline Drive of ShenandoahShenandoah SunsetDifferent Look of Shenandoah at Big MeadowShenandoah is Waking UpOn Skyline Drive - Colorful FlashbackLuray CavernsLuray Valley MuseumFox Hollow Trail - The Treasures of Shenandoah - Distant Sunset Views - Hiking - Rose River Falls Trail

It's been a while since this hike, three years, but I still remember it quite well. Even after hiking other trails to beautiful waterfalls this hike impressed me all along the way. I actually struggled to make hiking progress as there were treasures on each step. If you find yourself in Shenandoah National Park, Rose River Falls trail should be on your list. I know, so many trails, such wonderful nature, rarely enough time!

It's been a while for us too. After several back to back annual visits to see Shenandoah during the wonderfully colorful season we have had a long break. It's time to go back, revisit a few favorite places, and find some new ones. This trail will be on the list!

Traditionally, cloudy weather is considered the best for waterfall photography and in general any photography in the woods. The lower contrast is easier to manage and things look more dreamy on their own. Add the smooth flowing water in a long exposure photograph and things can get magical. However, I often struggle with the concept of "great light". Why should something be photographed only during the golden hour of the morning or evening? Why should other things be limited to cloudy weather? We all live during all times of day and all weather. So why not challenge ourselves a bit more and try to capture the wonders in the light many people will actually see it in?

Falling Water of Fall, Rose River Falls, Shenandoah National Park, VirginiaFalling Water of FallShenandoah National Park

Falling Water of Fall, Rose River Falls, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy autumn colors creek fall hiking landscape national park nature outdoors photography rose river shenandoah trail virginia water waterfall http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/shenandoah-rose-river-falls-trail Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT
Road through Fiery Wonders http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/road-through-fiery-wonders Rock Skyline Road, Valley of Fire State Park, NevadaRock Skyline RoadValley of Fire Previously from Lake Mead and the Valley of Fire: Road Trip through Mars - Road through Fiery Wonders

So what was my destination #2 from the previous post? While not a national park nor a National Recreational Area like Lake Mead, don't let its status of a State Park make you think that it's of a subpar quality. Not at all! And I think it's named appropriately - The Valley of Fire. An amazing collection of natural red rock formations and a spectacular road winding through it all. Whether you are an avid hiker and spend most of your time on foot there or just enjoy a cruise through a wonderful landscape you will find something for yourself here. My humble opinion? If you find yourself in Las Vegas, leave the Strip behind and set your GPS for this state park. Just stop at a store to load up on at least a gallon of water and some snacks, hit the gas, and don't look back.

You will not regret your drive time nor the admission fee and you will know that even as you approach the park. And once in, the views seem to get better by the minute too. It's like a good movie with the plot getting more and more intense, a surprise here and there, and the best left for the end. And on that note, let me do that with my blog post too. Let this be just a small teaser and a step towards what's yet to come!

The Double Yellow, Valley of Fire State Park, NevadaThe Double YellowValley of FIre

The Double Yellow, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy colors desert landscape las vegas nature nevada on the road outdoors road road trip state park valley of fire http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/road-through-fiery-wonders Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:00:00 GMT
Colorful Great Lakes Sunrise http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/colorful-great-lakes-sunrise From the shores of Lake Michigan: Lake Shore Grass at Sunrise

Tree at Dawn, North Dunes Nature Preserve, Lake Michigan, Zion - Chicago, ILTree at DawnNorth Dunes Nature Preserve You find yourself on the western shore of Lake Michigan. What do you do? You go catch yourself a sunrise! Living in Buffalo, NY provides for beautiful sunsets over Lake Erie. However, no sun rising from the wet bed of a Great Lake.

And I am very partial to sunrises over sunsets. While I am sure I have more reasons for that than I can think of right now, I believe it is mostly due to the quiet solitude a sunrise can offer. Sunsets just can't match that. Sunsets at beautiful locations are heavily attended and heavily photographed, which for me takes some of the magic away.

Getting up early in the morning during the spring, summer, and fall months is not something too many people are willing to do. And that buys an advantage to those that do, and that is perfectly fine with me.

And so it was this morning. Alarm clock set for 5:45 a.m., which actually was not bad at all compliments of the late September. The sky was still pitch black and the ground was wet indicating it recently stopped raining. Not the best confidence builder. As I drove north the sky started to brighten up ever so slightly in the east. And when it showed enough light to actually illuminate the sky it was covered with a heavy cloud layer instilling even more doubts, and hope. That dual feeling that clouds before sunrise and sunset brings. Without clouds the events can easily lose most of their magic. With clouds, the sky can be on fire with a one of a kind show. With too many clouds, there may be no sunset or sunrise.

Saluting the Sunrise, North Dunes Nature Preserve, Lake Michigan, Zion - Chicago, ILSaluting the SunriseNorth Dunes Nature Preserve

Saluting the Sunrise, North Dunes Nature Preserve, Lake Michigan, Zion - Chicago, IL

At this point there was no more decision making though. My decision was made when the alarm went off and I got up. At this point it was just a matter of what I'd witness and whether or not I'd be able to capture some natural magic in photographs.

Western Glow of Sunrise, North Dunes Nature Preserve, Lake Michigan, Zion - Chicago, ILWestern Glow of SunriseNorth Dunes Nature Preserve Another thing I was wondering was whether I'd even make it to my location of choice. North Dunes Nature Preserve is open sunrise to sunset. Would the gate be open? Or would I be stuck finding a risky parking spot and walking further than planned possibly running out of time for being in the right place at the right time?

As I headed east on the final leg of my approach I had first one reason to smile, and a few minutes later a second one. The clouds on the horizon parted and the sky started showing some beautiful subtle glow. And yes, the gate was open! Not by much but it was open. The ranger was just a little past the   gate at the first parking lot working on opening the whole preserve. 

After parking, I set up my tripod by a little marsh pond and worked on the intended shot. Once I ran out of compositional ideas I looked around and as often happens to me when I keep my eyes open, several photographs presented themselves. I really liked the trees of the preserve standing tall against the colorful dawn sky!

Couple of them stood as stark silhouettes agains the eastern sky and I tried to find the best angle to do their beauty justice. Then, I turned around to see what the sun was up to in the other direction. And look, there were those beautiful pastel colors in the sky and another tree calling my name. The colors were more subtle and the tree was not a silhouette as I stood where the light was coming from. I did my tripod dance and settled on what you see in the last photo here, a low perspective, with the grass also reaching for the sky. As a final tweak of the scene I played with the aperture always keeping the tree in a sharp focus but varying the depth of field rendering the grass more or less out of focus.

And there you have it, a photographic trio of trees from a gorgeous morning on Lake Michigan. A memorable morning undisturbed by others, moments I had to myself. Another photographer showed up shortly after sunrise and and another moments later but that did not matter to me. For the magic moments of the daybreak it was me with my thoughts and the nature putting on a show. Thank you!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy chicago colors dawn daybreak il illinois landscape nature north dunes photograph preserve silhouette sky sunrise trees zion http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/10/colorful-great-lakes-sunrise Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT
Trains through the Moravian Countryside http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/trains-through-the-moravian-countryside Local Train in Moravian Wilderness, Brno - Uhersky Brod route near the village of Nemotice in Southern Moravia, Czech RepublicLocal Train in Moravian WildernessThe Brno - Uhersky Brod route near the village of Nemotice Previously from the Czech Republic: Of Trains & StationsA Stroll through Moravian CountrysideSunset Stroll through Southern Moravian CountrysideRolling Hills and Poppy FieldsThere are as many pubs as there are poppy seeds ...More Travel Treasures, Drying Garlic, Treasures of TravelsThe Power of Simplicity (of the iPhone)Take Me Home, Country Road ...Sound of Music Induced Moment of NostalgiaTravel in Space & TimeOf Trains & StationsRock Cities, Mills, History, and MoreAll About the Rolling HillsAn Irresistible Urge to StopCzech CountrysideTrains through the Moravian Countryside

Transportation makes for interesting photo subjects for me, whether it comes to planes, ships, or trains. And trains are the subject of today's post. This particular day, there were several benefits to the train chasing. I had an opportunity to spend time with my dad on a really long walk, we both had a chance to enjoy the rolling hills of the Southern Moravian countryside, and yes, we both tried to catch a train or two in our photographs.

Entering the S-Curve, local train entering a beautiful Curve on the Brno - Uhersky Brod route near the village of Nemotice in Southern Moravia, Czech RepublicEntering the S-CurveThe Brno - Uhersky Brod route near the village of Nemotice Banking through the Turn, local train in a banked curve on the Brno - Uhersky Brod route near the village of Nemotice in Southern Moravia, Czech RepublicBanking through the TurnThe Brno - Uhersky Brod route near the village of Nemotice

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy czech republic czechia europe evropa hills kopečky krajina landscape morava moravia photography railroad tracks train travel http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/trains-through-the-moravian-countryside Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:00:00 GMT
Large Format Pinhole by Cargill Pool Grain Elevator http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/large-format-pinhole-by-cargill-pool-grain-elevator Lensless 4"x5" by Cargill,Behind the Scenes, Outer Harbor, Buffalo, NYLensless 4"x5" by CargillBehind the Scenes Previously on pinhole photography: A New Chapter, a New Book - Pinhole PhotographyFilm Pinhole PhotographySeaside Pinhole PhotographyLake Erie Lakeshore on PinholeErie Basin Marina on Pinhole, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2017The Final SixLarge Format PinholeLarge Format Pinhole by Cargill Pool Grain Elevator

I wanted to squeeze another test in before updating my technique. And what better place to take the new large format pinhole camera to than the iconic Cargill Pool Grain Elevator on Buffalo's outer harbor?

Despite shooting black and white I timed my visit for sunset. I did not intend to include the sunset itself in the photo but wanted to take advantage of the beautiful intense light  the grain elevator is bathed in by the setting sun. I wow, did the sun put on a show!

The pair of images here is also a great study of the angle of view of different devices. As you can see, the iPhone struggled fitting the scene in and I would have had to back up from my selected spot to make sure the elevator roof fit it. The 24mm lens on my DSLR fit things in nicely, and you can see the effect of the super wide angle of the 4"x5" pinhole (its focal length is equal to a 50mm lens on a large format 4"x5" camera, equivalent to about 14mm on the 35mm / full frame format).

Cargill Grain Elevator on Lensless 4"x5", Gallagher Beach, Buffalo, NYCargill on Lensless 4"x5"Gallagher Beach, Buffalo, NY

Cargill Pool Grain Elevator on Lensless 4"x5" Pinhole Camera, Gallagher Beach, Buffalo, NY

For this photo, I scanned it in, inverted from the paper negative, and had to use a bit of rotation to correct the tilted horizon as I was not careful enough and kicked the tripod just as I was opening the shutter.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2017 4 x 5 art b&w black and white buffalo grain elevator large format ny paper photography pinhole http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/large-format-pinhole-by-cargill-pool-grain-elevator Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMT
Mossy Wonderland of Spring at Murder Creek http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/mossy-wonderland-of-spring-at-murder-creek 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! - Mossy Wonderland of Spring at Murder Creek

High Water at Murder Creek, Akron Falls County Park near Buffalo, NYHigh Water at Murder CreekAkron Falls County Park How about some greenery today? Green foliage, green moss-covered rocks, and a beautiful stream rushing by. What could be more pleasing? And rushing the creek was! Compliments of the heavy rains of the spring, Murder Creek was swelling and spilling on the banks into areas that don't see water much. Was it trying to live up to its name?

I am opening today's post with a composition I usually gravitate towards. With water in the photo, it should have prominent space in the frame, right? Add a long exposure to it allowing the rushing water to blur and there's one more reason to fill the frame with it.

But this morning was different. I did my usual tripod dance working the composition for this photo arriving at what you see here. But as I continued looking around the rocks started talking to me louder and louder. Their number, them being in a flooded area that's normally dry, them covered with some wonderful moss adding to the overall green look. It all screamed spring! Green, green, and more green everywhere.

I stood up and turned more to the right looking more into the woods than towards the creek and then the scene revealed itself.

Murder Creek Greens, Akron Falls County Park near Buffalo, NYMurder Creek GreensAkron Falls County Park near Buffalo, NY

Murder Creek Greens, Akron Falls Park near Buffalo, NY

What do you think? Which one do you like more?

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Murder Creek, Blue on the Rocks, Akron Falls Park near Buffalo, NYMurder CreekBlue on the Rocks Murder Creek Flow, Mossy Rocks, Akron Falls Park near Buffalo, NYMurder Creek FlowMossy Rocks 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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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2017 akron buffalo creek forest green greenery home decor landscape moss murder nature new york ny outdoors photography rocks spring wall art wall decor woods http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/mossy-wonderland-of-spring-at-murder-creek Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:34:02 GMT
Large Format Pinhole http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/large-format-pinhole Previously on pinhole photography: A New Chapter, a New Book - Pinhole PhotographyFilm Pinhole PhotographySeaside Pinhole PhotographyLake Erie Lakeshore on PinholeErie Basin Marina on Pinhole, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2017The Final SixLarge Format Pinhole

 

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2017 4 x 5 art large format paper photography pinhole shed http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/large-format-pinhole Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMT
Moody Niagara http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/moody-niagara A moody photo from the banks of the Niagara River. As I was staring into the glare of the sun reflected from the surface and my eyes lost focus I thought of trying to capture that in this photograph:

The Mood of Niagara River, Dreamy Glare Reflection, Buffalo, NYThe Mood of NiagaraDreamy Glare

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 716 buffalo glare landscape long exposure moody. new york niagara ny outdoors reflection river silhouette tree http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/moody-niagara Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:22:18 GMT
Tripod Repair http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/tripod-repair 055MF3 Manfrotto Tripod RepairTripod RepairManfrotto 055MF3 The Manfrotto 055MF3 carbon fiber tripod has been the workhorse tripod for me for many years. It has seen and been through a lot, including desert sand, beach sand, and salt water in both Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In recent years, I've "downgraded" to a smaller travel tripod but this one still goes everywhere locally as it is superior in its sturdiness.

With all of the use it's seen I have not really done any maintenance and it's possible it caught up with me. On one of the legs, a plastic tube collar broke and that section would now come completely off the larger tube, and became wiggly while sliding it. I must say though, those collars are a really flimsy piece of plastic. Still, it's possible a grain of sand got where it should not have and contributed to the parts demise.

Today, I spent several hour figuring out how to disassemble the tripod and am happy to report the first phase is done. As I took all of the legs apart I discovered another collar was already cracked too and it would have taken no time for the second leg to follow the fate of the first. The two spare collars for each leg cost $8 and since I have it all apart now I got three sets.

While I wait for the parts to arrive, the tripod will get a thorough cleaning to make sure no salt and no sand is left behind, and the moving parts at the top assembly will get fresh grease. And then I hope I'll be able to put it all back together and the tripod will be part of my photography for many more years.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 055mf3 2017 collar hardware manfrotto photography repair tools tripod tube http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/9/tripod-repair Sun, 03 Sep 2017 22:30:08 GMT
Roadside Treasures II http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/8/roadside-treasures-ii 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

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2017 buffalo decay explore house ny old roadside sight southtowns treasure http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/8/roadside-treasures-ii Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Searching for Sun and Warmth http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/8/searching-for-sun-and-warmth 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

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

References: Hawaii on 50states.com

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy beach clouds coast coastline hawaii kauai landscape nature ocean outdoors pacific paradise photography polihale seascape state park travel tropical http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2017/8/searching-for-sun-and-warmth Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:00:00 GMT