World of Wheels 2018

The World of Wheels is always a fun show to attend but ensure you put your walking shoes on and be ready for great looking cars, trucks, and bikes.  There were many fully custom vehicles with ‘paint jobs’ that were unreal.  To me, the World of Wheels 2018 in Pittsburgh is a great way to tickle the car cruise enthusiast and take away the winter blues for those who enjoy great looking cars, trucks, and bikes.

There were many that caught my attention (complete gallery of images here) including the coffin car to the cars from Fast And Furious but one that stuck with me is what I titled “Laughter”.  This image was taken with the Olympus E-M1MarkII and Lensbaby Sweet Optic 35. creating the fun out of focus look.

 

Laughing Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another image that immediately caught my attention was the very ‘high’ truck. I don’t think it would make it into most parking garages. 😀

Monster Truck

 

Monster Truck

Monster Truck

Monster Truck

 

Used Cars

There was a display – parody – Used Car Lot | featuring the 90-second warranty and shady salesperson

Shady Sales Person – 90 Second Warranty

Used Cars

Shady Sales Person

Vendors

There were many vendors ranging from fudge to car parts to shirts and hats.

Pictures for sale

Hand Drawings

Candy and more

Motorcycles

There were so many beautiful bikes with some of the most amazing paint designs that I could spend hours looking at them.

Airborne

I highly recommend visiting the World of Wheels 2018 at the Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Plan to spend hours, stay hydrated, and wear comfortable shoes. Stop by and visit the Victory Family Church – Car Cruise Booth

Victory Family Church

 

All images were taken with the Olympus E-M1MarkII and a variety of lenses including the Olympus 17 f/1.8 and 7-14 f/2.8

 

Video of images

 

 

Posted in car cruise, car cruise pittsburgh, car show, diary of a travel junkie, Olympus, OM-D E-M1 Mark II, street photography, Victory Family Church

Frozen Soap Bubbles

What do you do when you want to take pictures but the temps are below zero and you want to stay close to home?  Try this fun creative winter photo project.  If you search the net, you will find many different recipes to make soap bubbles that freeze into beautiful creative objects.

Frozen Soap Bubble Recipe

A recipe that I used to start my recipe is located here.

I substituted glycerine for corn syrup since I had glycerine and had no future need for corn syrup.  I did experiment with brown and white sugar and each one created an interesting look.

My first mixture didn’t freeze as hoped but it did create an interesting pattern of colors – I vote for the brown sugar and glycerine combination.

Using the Olympus E-M1MarkII and 60 mm macro, this is what the surface of the bubble look like as it attempted to freeze but instead swirled around creating beautiful patterns.  Maybe I had too much glycerine in the mix?

Colorful Soap Bubble

 

 

Frozen Soap Bubble Success

I tried a few different combinations of bubble mixes and lights but the wind was too strong carrying them away before they froze and or I didn’t like the way the lights illuminated the bubble. Then I decided to put the bubbles on top of our frozen pool. This idea proved successful since it seemed the soap bubble ‘stuck’ to the frozen snow on the pool cover. I used the setting sun to backlight the frozen bubble and the snow reflected light creating amazing patterns.  Again, I used the Olympus E-M1MarkII and 60 mm macro and was able to get an interesting set of freezing lines in the soap bubble. Although this was a similar mixture to the first image, the colors didn’t pop but created a muted look with fun lines and swirls.

Frozen Bubble

The temps were in the single digits but I think the amount of glycerine and sugar in the mix caused it to not freeze too fast but when it did, it was ‘solid’.

I continued experimenting with mixtures including coloring which ruined the mix causing no bubbles to create – what a messy, sticky solution 😐 I think the mixture will be on the pool cover until the spring thaw.

After tossing that mix, I used a mixture of dish soap, glycerine, and white sugar. The temps dropped below zero degrees F and the winds were over ten MPH.  I couldn’t sleep and was up around 0200 but went back to sleep thinking of what to do to ‘protect’ the fragile soap bubble (and my body).  Tis was not a good situation for being outside so I set-up shop in an area near our house which was still freezing (my mixture froze while in the container) but protected from the winds.

Using miniature toys for props in your frozen soap bubble images

It was then that I decided to use some of the miniature items I often use in macro work but never considered for frozen bubbles.

The pedestal was my first choice and I backlit the image by bouncing a strobe off a paper backdrop created from a summer image. Using a straw to ensure the bubble ‘landed’ where I wanted it, I took many images but the one when the frozen bubble started collapsing was my favorite.  (I might edit the others and post in the future – maybe when its 100 degrees out and folks are stating it is too cold 😀 .)

 

Bubble on pedestal – Collapsed

For this image, I used the Olympus 30 mm macro (which I believe is a sleeper lens) and had lots of fun. Using pocket wizards to trigger an off-camera flash, I bounced light into the backdrop and lit the scene.

Settings were –  f/4.5 1/30 second and ISO 200. Handheld.

Frozen in time! Be creative with your photography!

As I was ‘playing’, I couldn’t decide how to utilize a miniature chair and then it dawned on me to try reflections. I place the chair very close to the front of the bubble and using the Olympus 30 mm macro, I was able to create this fun image. No, the chair isn’t ‘Photoshopped’ in and the combination of two LED lights created the dimension to the scene. I had an LED headlight positioned to camera right and an LED panel light, camera left.

Frozen in Time – Chair in Frozen Soap Bubble

 

If the weather stays this cold, I will continue to play and post more images. Watch my Facebook and Instagram feed for more tips, tricks, and images.

We believe that people with passion can change the world for the better. … Steve Jobs

Think different!

Make the world a better place.

Posted in beaver county, Landscape Photography, macro, mirrorless camera, Olympus, OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Photography Education, winter landscapes

Tender moments

Daddy’s protective arms

In daddy's arms

In daddy’s arms

There is nothing like photographing tender moments and when a dad is so in love with his little girl the moments ooze from every image making my role as a photographer and artist very easy. Daddy’s baby girl touched his heartstrings in more ways than an image can show but when you notice, her hand was on his left side over his heart. My goal is always to show an intimate and loving bond between each parent and child and often using black and white gives a look that cannot be told in color. Without the distractions of color, the eye automatically gravitates to the emotion and tenderness of the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeping sound with mom

The delicate touch of a mom and glow that is displayed radiates from this image and the light was perfect creating a soft look.

My sweet baby

My sweet baby

Fun, fun, and more fun! Every time I look at this image, it looks like an ad for a hair product. “Use our hair products and your hair will look this good!” 😀 What a fun image!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daddy’s little girl!

Daddy’s big muscles

Wow, the look and feel as daddy holds on to his little girl’s hand and keeps her secure in his arm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tender moments!

Tender moments

As both mom and dad look on to their little girl, the love pours from the image and this could be used for many statements including, “The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself… ” James Faust

 

 

 

 

 

 



Technical specs:

Camera used – Olympus OMD-EM-1 Mark II
Lenses – I use a variety of prime lenses for portraits including the Olympus 17 mm, 45 mm, and two macro lenses 30 mm and 60 mm

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Inside Red Macro Photography

Focus Stacking | Inside a red flower

I bought this flower at a local flower shop along with a few other flowers but this flower was not open and presented little to photograph. However, after a few days of sitting in the container, it opened and I couldn’t pass it up as a candidate for focus stacking.

This image is a combination of five images focused from back to front then combined in Helicon Focus. I used the Olympus OMD E-M1MarkII and the Olympus 60mm macro lens. The water drops are a combination of water and glycerin sprayed on the flower to create dimension. Although the E-M1MarkII has IBIS, I use a tripod when doing focus stacking. It makes it easier for me to compose and reduces camera shake when I need to go to a slower shutter speed.

Some post processing work done in Photoshop and Topaz labs.

 


Recommendation for Topaz Labs and affiliate link: I highly recommend Topaz labs and they have a special until the end of June 2017.

New Free Features added as of 1.0.7:
– HEALING TOOL (we’ve added healing to the program and it’s available in the Tools toolbar on the right)
– Image rotation and flip
– More clear differentiation between free and pro adjustments (free or owned adjustments now have a blue icon)
– Better integrations with Plugins (Owned plugins are available automatically through the plugins menu upon install)
– Tons of minor bug fixes

We’re also working on a number of new features in the next minor update (which should be released in July) including
– Ability to save PSD-like Topaz Documents, so you can continue working later
– White balance picker in the Basic Adjustment to make color balancing simple
– Color pickers added to each relevant area
– Automatic Lens correction for more lenses with Raw images
– Social sharing of images directly to Facebook
– And much more!

 

Posted in floral, flowers, Inspirational Art, macro, mirrorless camera, mirrorless photographer, Olympus, OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Dedication | Flower Sunburst

Dedication | Talent is cheap but dedication is expensive. Dedicate your life to a dream worth living and it becomes a reality.

| Technical – Get Olympus #E-M1MarkII Olympus 30 mm macro f/6.3 1/15 second ISO 200 MeFOTO tripod slight painterly effect with Topaz Labs Impressions 2

 

Posted in macro, mirrorless camera, mirrorless photographer, Olympus, OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Macro Photography and a different look

Alien or Bird of Prey

Alien or bird of prey?

 

Your photography is an extension of you and what you see in life. What I really like about macro and close-up photography is it reveals a world that too often we miss or ignore. This is a very close image of an orchid. When looking at this with the ‘naked’ eye, this look doesn’t automatically jump out at you. However, when viewing through a macro lens, the image takes on a different look which is fun and exciting.

Have fun with your photography and journey in life!

Enjoy photography, life, and the world we live in!

Life, love, laughter!

Technical info

Olympus E-M1MarkII | 60 MM Macro Lens | Kenko Extension tubes | f/5 – 1/8 second – ISO 200 | Manfrotto Tripod

 

Posted in Fine art, floral, flowers, macro, mirrorless camera, mirrorless photographer, Olympus, OM-D E-M1 Mark II Tagged , |

Fire in the sky | Chippewa Twp Park

As I was driving home on route 51 in Chippewa, I kept watching the sky.  One minute it was pure white and snow was blowing creating a minimal visibility white-out and the next minute, the sky was as bright as a summer evening.  After arriving home I kept watching the sky change colors and told my wife, I will be back soon, I need to get an image of this sunset.  “What sunset? Its a whiteout!” Grabbing my camera bag, I was off and my goal was to head to Monaca and catch the sunset over the Ohio River but I didn’t believe I would make it before the sky changed again. Therefore, I went to a nearby park in Chippewa Twp, only minutes from my home.

Grabbing my tripod and bag I was off to the edge of the pond and was not disappointed with how the sky kept getting deeper with color.  I am not sure if it was a combination of the snow swirling in the sky or something else but it was beautiful.  I decided to use the widest lens I have which is a 7 – 14 mm f/4 (Panasonic) and welcomed the strong reflections on the water without the use of any filters.

Fire in the sky | Sunset over water in Chippewa Twp

Knowing that I didn’t have much time, I quickly set up my tripod, leveled the camera, exposed the scene, and was blown away with what the Lord provided me in the sky and painted on the water.

If you know me, you will often hear me say that we don’t need to travel far to find beauty in our neighborhood. There are an unbelievable number of places to photograph in Beaver County to show off the beauty and wonder that we were given.

 

Photography humor: Ever since switching to digital, I find there are only positives and no negatives.

 


Technical Specs: Olympus E-M1MarkII f/8 ISO 640 7mm (equiv 14mm) | Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 | Manfrotto Tripod with Acratech Ultimate Ballhead | Landscape Photography | Gallery of Beaver County Images


From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised. Psalm 113:3
Posted in beaver county, Landscape Photography, mirrorless camera, mirrorless photographer, Olympus, OM-D E-M1 Mark II, reflections on the water, Travel Photography, Wedding Photography, winter landscapes Tagged , , , , |

Exposure Triangle and Aperture

How does aperture impact my image?

In this short video, I show a few examples how changing the aperture / f-stop impacts the look of your image.

My goal is to get you off of auto and in manual mode.

Additionally, my intent is to show you that each of the images shown in the video are exposed properly but a properly exposed image does not mean it is the image you intended to photograph.


Stranger: “That is a beautiful child you have there.”
Mother: “That’s nothing. You should see his photograph.” – Anonymous


 

Technical Specs

Olympus | E-M1MarkII | Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens | Mirrorless Camera | MeFoto Tripod

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Create art – look for lines and fun

Often I am called corny because I attempt to find humor in most aspects of life and I do the same when I am creating art.  In these two images, there is a face looking at you and as the saying goes, “The camera looks both ways”.   In the first image, the water drops were in a position that when created a ‘face’ and the lines of the rose accented the look.  In the second image, I was taking pictures of the ‘details’ when I wanted to have some fun and placed the necklace and earrings in a manner that created a smiling face to go along with the wedding day.

Have fun in life, laugh, love, and make art that will bring a smile to others.

Create art, make others laugh, be a powerful influence in the world with your art!

 

Create art, share  your art, and make others smile!

Share your work on social media but don’t forget to print your work and make others feel the warmth.  Print a series of cards and when you know someone that needs a tender word, send them one of your printed cards and give them a chance to laugh and smile again.

Olympus E-M1MarkII

Notice the face looking back

Life is too short to frown


Technical Detail Rose Image

Olympus E-M1MarkII | Olympus 60mm macro – FF Equiv = 120mm | f/4.5 1/80 second ISO 200 | MeFoto Tripod

 

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” Charles Dickens

Posted in Fine art, macro, mirrorless camera, mirrorless photographer, Olympus, OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Wedding Photography Tagged , , , , , , |

January Beauty in Beaver County

Winter Beauty in Beaver County

There is no doubt that some will not believe I created this image on January 21, 2017 in Beaver County. It was a Saturday morning and I knew the mixture of the Sun and fog would create something that was pleasing to the eyes. This pond is minutes from my home in Chippewa Twp and one of the many treasures found in this area of the county.

The sun was peaking through the trees bathing the water and evergreens with an amazing color and the reflections on the water made it look almost as if it were a painting. I couldn’t pass up not capturing its beauty for others to enjoy.

I have traveled to many of the states of this beautiful nation and to other wonderful countries but there is nothing like visiting the areas around my home in Beaver County, PA.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3

Click for a full size version of the image


Technical Specs

Photographed with the mirrorless Olympus E-M1MarkII and Olympus 12-100 lens. f/22 | ISO 200 | 60 second exposure | 44mm – equiv = 88 mm | Manfrotto Tripod

Posted in beaver county, Landscape Photography, mirrorless photographer, Olympus, OM-D E-M1 Mark II Tagged , , , , , , |