Saturday, April 25, 2020

Switching the Blog Over to My Hosting Site

Future blog posts will take place on my Zenfolio based hosting site. This site has been losing photos lately and I don't want to deal with replacing them.

You can now visit the blog at

UPDATE: The missing photos have apparently returned but I'm still sticking to the new plan.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Waterford Harbor and the Drained Canal

Some nice scenes on this morning's walk over to Waterford this morning. The harbor was nice and calm with enough clouds for some interesting reflections. The canal is still drained which creates some interesting scenes.

All of these are five file HDR composites except for the train image which is a single file.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Morning Walk Up the Champlain Canal Trail

For this morning's walk I decided to head from home and up the old Champlain Canal trail north of the village of Waterford. This trip includes a weighlock, which I've included, and a lock, which I haven't, as it now contains the remnants of someone's campsite gear and looks awful.

I carried the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens on one of the EOS RP bodies. It's nice to see some green things starting to pop up. There was also an interesting cloud as I started out.

Here are some of the results.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

I took a quick walk over to Peebles Island this morning for some Easter sunrise shots. Sunrise comes late here due to some hills to the east of the Hudson River. Today, the sun came up just to the north of Bald Mountain. I carried an EOS RP and EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Deep Blue Skies

I was out twice today, trying to take advantage of some nice mostly clear weather. I carried the 70-200mm lens with me on my five mile walk early in the morning. As usual when I'm out early enough, I didn't have to worry at all about physical distancing. Here are some shots from that session.

Mohawk River - 127mm
Ontario Street, Cohoes - 121mm
Waterford Museum - 70mm
Waterford Waterfront, Hudson River - 70mm

A few hours, and a 40 minute drive, later I used the 17-40mm lens to photograph the Saratoga Monument in Schuylerville, which is now a part of the National Park Service. You can read about the monument at


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Plan B Worked Out

This morning, instead of just walking from the house, I decided to drive over to Peebles Island and spend some time walking all the trails. In addition to scenics I was planning on looking for closeups of emerging vegetation so I was using the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro lens.

But, at 7:30 AM, there were ten cars in the area of the parking lot at Peebles Island where people park to use the trails. At that time on a normal weekend, much less a weekday, there might be one or two. I was not in the mood to dodge people on the trails so I went to plan B.

Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve is a much larger space than Peebles Island with longer and wider trails. And there was only one car at the parking lot near the Whipple bridge. When I left there were five or six but I walked for about four miles and only saw two people. Perfect.

Here are some of the shots from this morning.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Same Early Morning Stroll With a Longer Lens

This morning to walked pretty much the same route as yesterday but this time carried the EF 70-200mm lens on one of the EOS RP bodies. Here some snapshots.


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Early Morning Stroll Through Three Counties

Lately, mostly due to weather, I haven't been bringing a camera along on my three mile walk across the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and back. This morning, however, it looked like there might be some decent scenes so I brought one of the RP bodies and the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens along.

Physical distancing is not a problem when I get out early enough as I rarely run into anyone who isn't in a vehicle of some kind. Here are some of the scenes from this morning.