Once a year I’m happy to live where I live. Once a year – if we’re lucky – Western NY becomes a magical place, full of color and the sights and smells of fall. Once a year for a couple of months. Again, if we’re lucky. The other seasons aren’t quite as wonderful (in my opinion). If every month could be October I’d love it here. I’d never want to leave. But alas, October is quickly followed by the cold and wind and ice and snow of December and January and February. Which suck. So my “job” now – during October – is to get out and photograph as much of the magic as I can, before it’s all laying on the ground or being raked and bagged by industrious homeowners.
Here, then, are a few current offerings from my favorite season.
Naturally, I have to include a few waterfalls images. What fun would life be without a few waterfalls?
Actually, this little excursion had as much to do with trying out a new filter as it did with wandering through a favorite gorge and enjoying the color. I have a new variable ND filter that I wanted to test. I’ve used lots of ND filters in the past, but I’ve never used a variable one. It’s an interesting piece of equipment. Being able to dial in the right amount of filtration seems to have a few advantages (like not having to look through your bag to find the one with the right diameter and the right amount of filtration). And if you want to use a large amount of filtration, you can set it at a low amount while you’re focusing and then crank it up. The main disadvantage, I guess, would be using it with a wide angle lens (the filter is a little thicker than most). You’d certainly have to be wary of vignetting around the edges.
Another “advantage” is that it forced me to get back to using my tripod. Even the EM-1’s stabilizer can’t handle 1 – 3 second exposures.