Erie Canal Welcome Center, Brockport

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Early sunrise on the Erie Canal shining on the Welcome Center in Brockport, NY.  The light was a garish yellow making an odd color to everything, so the image was desaturated just for fun.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/400 sec, 67 mm Lens, -1 step

ISO 100, F/9, 1/400 sec, 67 mm Lens, -1 step

Looking West on the Erie Canal

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Here we are walking Westward on the Erie Canal Pathway in Brockport, NY.  We just left the Main Street Liftbridge and are heading West and looking at the Merchant Street Grill across the Erie Canal. This was taken in early Spring when the canal was just refilling.  The water was actually running backwards to the West when it normally runs to the East. This brings in a lot of debris and sticks etc from the Genesee River.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/250 sec, 28 mm Lens, Aperture Priority

ISO 100, F/9, 1/250 sec, 28 mm Lens, Aperture Priority

Mainstreet Liftbridge in Brockport

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As we walk away from the Liftbridge on Main Street in Brockport, NY we look back towards the East.  The stone and concrete tower on the left has the Erie Canal bridge operator in it.  He or she has to operate that Liftbridge and also the Park Ave Bridge as boats go through.  You can see the stairways at both ends of the bridge that was shown close up yesterday.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/160 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/160 sec, 24 mm Lens

Walkway to the Sky

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We have walked together in Brockport and just crossed the Main Street Liftbridge over the Erie Canal.  There is another way to cross, but it is much rarer as it is available only when the liftbridge is in the raised or up position to let the boats go under.  This is the stairway up each side of the liftbridge designed for pedestrians to cross the bridge when it is up and to let the liftbridge operator get to the tower controls.  There is a little gate and bell at the top that activate when the bridge raises.  I love how they still use a mechanical bell instead of some electronic buzzer.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/80 sec, 24 mm lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/80 sec, 24 mm lens

Video of a Canal Packet Boat leaving Brockport. You can hear the bridge bell in the background:

Walking Across the Main Street Bridge in Brockport

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As long as we are looking at the Main Street Bridge in Brockport, NY we may as well cross it and get a view of what each walkway looks like.  This is a view looking South as you cross the bridge heading into downtown Brockport.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 24 mm Lens

Main Street Bridge in Brockport, NY

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Here we have walked down to see the Main Street Bridge in Brockport. We are on the East side and across the Erie Canal is the Stoneyard Grill reflected in the water of the early morning.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 24 mm Lens

Smith Street Bridge View

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Brockport has a third bridge that is fixed (not a liftbridge) called the Smith Street Bridge.  It is one lane so you have to be careful crossing it.  Here I dashed out between cars crossing, set up my tripod and took a series of 5 quick shots.  I wanted a crossing view of the bridge.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/15 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/15 sec, 24 mm Lens

Barbershop Downtown Brockport

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At dusk in Brockport I walked around and took some shots of our lovely little town.  This is the traditional barber with its old time spiral barber sign.  Next to it is Barbers Grill and Taproom. The evening light was quite odd with the artificial lights coming on so I converted it to Black and White.

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ISO 400, F/7.1, 1/30 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/7.1, 1/30 sec, 40 mm Lens

Walking the Erie Canal Towards the Main Street Bridge

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Here as we walk towards the Main Street Bridge in Brockport along the Erie Canal we come across the last packet boat tied up near the Welcome Center.

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ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/25 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/25 sec, 40 mm Lens

Packet Boat at Sunset on the Erie Canal

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Here we have walked down the Erie Canal pathway on the South side towards the Main Street bridge in Brockport.  The sun has set and left only subtle colors and the light is quickly fading.  Here is the Packet Boat Canandaigua resting at the side of the Welcome Center.

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ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/30 sec, 26 mm Lens

ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/30 sec, 26 mm Lens

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