Pictures from the summer of 2013 in Buffalo showing Woodlawn Beach State Park and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden
Decided to head south one day for my nightly walk and noticed that the Michigan Ave lift bridge was up. Headed over quickly and got to see my second lake freighter since I arrived in Buffalo. I've always been more interested in trains and boats than trucks since they are more efficient at moving large quantities. After waiting for the Herbert C Jackson of the Interlake Steamship Company to clear the bridge, I quickly made my way to the Ohio Street lift bridge just in time to see the freighter approach. The Jackson finally docked in Elevator Alley at the ADM facility. It's kind of sad how much this country has declined industrially in the last 50 years. Even the working ADM plant is not in the best shape these days.
Enjoyed some of the summer preview temperatures in spring by going up to Delaware Park to do some exploring. Decided to focus on some of the details in this park and the surrounding neighbourhood. I took this opportunity to try experimenting some more with depth of field.
First time in ages that I got up early on Saturday, so I decided to take advantage of the morning sun and photograph downtown Buffalo in the morning. The nice low sun hitting the buildings squarely really brings out their features and makes them radiant. I also have decided to start seeking out the numerous ghost signs in Buffalo, a nice snapshot and occasional humorous of the past since some signs are decades old. Downtown was happened to be very busy this particular morning with a charity walk, flooding the city with an unheard of number of people for a Saturday morning.
I finally decided to take advantage of the incredibly warm weather and walk around Delaware Park for the first time since I arrived in Buffalo. The area around Park Lake next to the Albright-Knox Gallery reminds me a lot of the Museum Campus in Chicago. One big difference though is the lower illumination compared to Chicago. Delaware Park is markedly dimmer after sunset, being situated in a predominately residential area far away from the downtown light sources. It makes getting clear handheld night time shots much more difficult, requiring me to use higher ISOs and deal with more image noise. The night sky ends up noisier since there is less light being thrown upward. I hope to go back soon with my tripod and get much improved shots.
Finally got down to the lakefront in Buffalo to capture the beauty of winter. The lake is very textured, with the ice breaking and forming obstructions to the movement of snow across the surface resulting in a bumpy landscape.