Age and its beauty!

Age and its beauty!

This is a flower that I kept on the window to dry out. I love the textures and look that age gave it. It is photographed with multiple LED lights using the Olympus OMD E-M1MarkII and the Olympus 60 mm macro lens.

 

 

“Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many.”

“Youth is a gift but age is a work of art.”

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

Invest in yourself – two free ebooks

Photography education

I believe in investing in yourself through books, ebooks, webinars, and more in all areas of life.  I have been a long time fan of DAVID DUCHEMIN having read many of his photography ebooks and a few of his physical books.  He is giving away two excellent photography books that I recommend regardless of your skill level.

Ten – TEN WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CRAFT WITHOUT BUYING GEAR

Ten More – TEN MORE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CRAFT WITHOUT BUYING GEAR

David’s books are extremely affordable normally selling for ~$5 ea but at the price of free, they are a tremendous deal.  Don’t let free scare you away thinking they are not worth the time or effort to download and read them.  Invest in yourself starting today.

“Your body and brain will be around much longer than those expensive toys you are considering.”

R.E.A.D. Really enjoy and discover the world of books

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” Mark Twain

 

Vintage Car Show

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Olympus E-M1MarkII 12-100 f/4 vs Nikon D750 24-120 f/4

Olympus 12-100 vs Nikon 24-120 f/4

I use zooms over primes for a variety of reasons with the main one, the type of work I cover. Mainly weddings and events which often causes me to start at the front of a church and end up at the far back.  Zooms enable me to cover a wide range without changing lenses and using two cameras can have a range from 24-200 between the two cameras.  Do I own primes? Yes, do I use them as often as zooms? No –

OLYMPUS E-M1MarkII 17mm f/1.8 1/15 second ISO 1000

OLYMPUS E-M1MarkII 17mm f/1.8 1/15 second ISO 1000

When Olympus announced the 12-100 f/4 lens, I was intrigued because in theory, I could have the full range of coverage that I need in one lens and if I wanted to put a fast prime on my second camera, I could get a different look when needed.

Olympus E-M1MarkII 12-100 f/4 vs Nikon D750 24-120 f/4

Can the Olympus 12-100 f/4 (Equiv 24-200 f/4) match the Nikon 24-120 f/4?  Although we are not comparing exacts since the Olympus 12-100 covers 80 mm more than the Nikon. The Nikon D750 and 24-120 f/4 combination have been my go-to combination for nearly everything and wonder if the Olympus 12-100 f/4 can compete.  In this first post, we will compare the size of each.  We are not doing a comparison of apples to apples but more like apples to carrots with the Nikon. (Hey, I am 100% plant based and love apples and carrots 😀 ).  Keep in mind that this isn’t saying that one is ‘better’ than the other but can the Olympus keep up and perform equal to what I am used to in my Nikon gear getting me closer to a lighter load for both event and travel photography. My goal when using the Olympus or any mirrorless system is to reduce the amount of gear/weight needed and overall size while adding desired and/or needed features. (e.g. longer range, extra image stabilization, and more)

 

They both have lens stabilization and with a constant f/4 aperture.

However, the Olympus weighs in at 1.2 pounds and is weatherproof and the Nikon is not weatherproof nor listed as weather sealed. This is two up for the Olympus – range and weatherproof.  Additionally, the Olympus 12-100 f/4 when paired with the Olympus E-M1MarkII adds IBIS that the Nikon does not contain.  Another feature of the Olympus over the Nikon.

The Nikon is slightly heavier at 1.56 pounds vs 1.2 pounds for the Olympus. Over the course of the day, this will make a difference but when holding them in my hand, I couldn’t tell the difference.

Comparing cost, the Nikon 24 – 120 f/4 wins without a challenge. New it is less than $1100 and the Olympus 12-100 f/4 is $1299 to 1349 depending where you shop based on the current demand for this lens.

 

In the comparison image, notice the combination of the Olympus E-M1MarkII and the Nikon D750, the D750 combination is at least 1-inch longer.  Since the Olympus covers more of a range, I give the point to the Olympus 12-100 f/4

On the Olympus 12-100 f/4 there is a small push button for the hood that unlocks it for removal which is a great feature!  Olympus seems to have a unique way with lens hoods, on the 40-150, it retracts as part of the lens.  Great feature!

 

A few quick comparison points between the two cameras:

• Nikon D750 is 5% (6.4 mm) wider and 24% (22.1 mm) taller than Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
• Nikon D750 is 13% (9.1 mm) thicker than Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
• Nikon D750 [840 g] weights 46% (266 grams) more than Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II [574 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).
• Nikon D750 dimensions: 140.5x113x78 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II dimensions: 134.1×90.9×68.9 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)

Below are a few of my favorite images with the Nikon D750 and 24-120 f/4 combination.

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Below are a few of my recent images taken with the Olympus 12-100 f/4 after using it for a few days. No doubt I will have more in the future.

 

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Do I like and recommend this lens?  Yes!  Although it is on the pricey side, it is weatherproof, covers a wide range at a constant aperture and if you own the 40-150 f/2.8, then you can share filters (72mm) between the two lenses. I like this lens enough to sell the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 lens.

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First Impressions Olympus E-M1MarkII vs Nikon D750

If you ever photographed an event that you don’t have the outline, then you know the challenges faced.  I wanted to ensure I captured the ‘critical’ images but also wanted to ‘play’ and test the new Olympus E-M1MarkII. Therefore, for the first part of the event, I carried both cameras using the same set-up.  On the Nikon D750, I used the 70-200 f/2.8 VR (original version) and the Olympus E-M1MarkII with the Olympus 40-150 f/2.8.  Carrying one one each shoulder, I roamed the floor and up near the platform to get the images I wanted.

Initially, some of the camera’s focusing frustrated me.  Mainly, the face recognition with multi-points.  I quickly switched to what I know best and use always, single point spot focusing and spot metering.

I covered all three showings of the Family Christmas and used the extra shows to ‘play’ and use different lens combinations and camera settings.  I enjoyed using the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 on the Lumix GX8 but this camera steps up the game for focusing speed and will discuss prime lenses on the Olympus soon.

 

My first impression with the Olympus E-M1MarkII is it is a fun camera and very capable of handling low light and fast changing scenes without issues.  During the Family Christmas at Victory Family Church in Cranberry Twp, I brought both the Nikon D750 (my go to camera up to now) and the new Olympus E-M1MarkII with multiple lenses.  These images were taken within a few minutes of each other using both cameras and comparable lenses.

  1. The Olympus E-M1MarkII is smaller and lighter (I will discuss this in a future post) than the Nikon D750 but that is expected.
  2. The focusing is very fast
    1. My settings: Spot Meter | Spot Focus | Face Detection turned off –
      1. I attempted to use the face detection but it seems too aggressive for me when doing event work.  However, I will attempt to play more for portraits.
  3. The menu system from the ‘main’ screen – pushing the OK button on the thumb wheel is very nice and the touch screen works great with many features that I will cover in future posts.
  4. My favorite part, it kept up with the Nikon D750 without issues.
  5. I haven’t determined if I ‘like’ or am neutral on the camera size.  The grip design is very similar to my Nikon D750 and lends itself to me liking it.  However, I might need to get the additional battery grip which could take away from a smaller system.

One of the best features of the smaller mirrorless system is the ability to carry everything I need for a standard event in a small backpack.  I can carry the camera, with the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8, Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 multiple primes, and flash without issues.  I couldn’t think of doing this with my Nikon without a larger shoulder or roller bag.

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Lightroom Noise reduction for Olympus E-M1MarkII

 

I used the same Sharpening and Noise reduction for both the Nikon and Olympus E-M1MarkII and found these settings to work well.  I might experiment more in the future but as of now, this produces a nice image at these ISO’s.

To see full res images of the Olympus pix, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS E-M1MarkII 40-150 f/2.8 ISO 1600 1/250

 

 

Nikon D750 70-200 f/2.8 ISO 1250 1/200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the following images, the settings are slightly more dramatic with similar results. – I didn’t notice until working in post production that the Nikon settings were more dramatic (12800 ISO).  However, with that stated, I am pleased how the in body image stabilization kicked in well for the Olympus enabling me to hand hold to get a similar image.  The Olympus is slightly less zoomed at ~ 190 mm.

OLYMPUS E-M1MarkII 40-150 f/2.8 1/40 second ISO 1600

Nikon D750 70-200 200mm f/2.8 ISO 12800 1/100 second

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Beaver County Boom July 2016

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While waiting for the Beaver County Boom to start, we were presented with an amazing sunset! The colors were amazing painting the river with a tremendous array of colors.

 

Sunset over the Ohio River

Once the sun set, Zambelli Fireworks presented an amazing display of lights and color.

Monaca Fireworks 2016 Show from Frank Kendralla on Vimeo.

Images created with a Nikon D750 and Lumix GX8.

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Manup 2016 Victory Family Church

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ManUp 2016 Pittsburgh 

Victory Family Church in Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

 

“May you [Lord] be Glorified

and the enemy {Devil} be horrified!”

Speakers – Coach Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach – Dr Eric Mason – Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship – Will Allen, Pittsburgh Steelers, – Dr Ed Glover , Founder and President of Urban Impact

 

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Seneca Valley Prom 2016 Photo Booth

The Seneca Valley Prom was held at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.  DJ and Lighting provided by Otto Productions.  Congrats to the graduating class of 2016!

You have Brains in your Head.

You have Feet in your Shoes.

You can Steer yourself any

Direction you Choose.

~ Dr. Seuss

MEMO 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to view the images from the “No Booth Photo Booth” and/or purchase images please click on this link. 

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Technical specs:

Lumix GX8Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 on meFoto tripod

f/7.1 ISO 200 8 second exposure

Processed in Lightroom and Topaz Impression

Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

 

 

Posted in Lumix GX8

RAVPower 16750mAh Portable Charger quick review

Although more and more airports are installing power stations for the power-hungry mobile devices, there are always more travelers than power stations.  The worst is when there are no power stations and travelers must sit next to an outline along a wall that are so worn out that the plug doesn’t stay in the outlet. Thus, my need for a solid portable power supply.  A few weeks ago I decided to replace my well used but underpowered portable charger from Trent that served me well for 3-4 years.

After some searches on Amazon and Google, I found the RAVPower Portable Charger on sale and decided to give it a try.  This is my initial review which I will update after a few months on the road.

Charges iPhone from 40% to 96% in 20 minutes.

Arriving at the gate with 20 minutes until boarding time with two iPhones to charge, I decided to give this a try and it didn’t fail me. I charged an iPhone 6+ that was 40% to 96% before we boarded then charged a second iPhone with at least 3/4 charge on the portable charger remaining.

It is narrow enough to fit in a standard messenger bag without issues and the light is a nice feature when in a dark area and you need something from your bag.

It comes with a ‘sleeve’, but I find it more of a hindrance than value because it makes the portable charger too slick to hold. I ended up leaving the cover in the bag and use it to ‘protect’ the charger during transportation versus use. I would like some resistant material on the inside to prevent the charger from falling out of the sleeve. Unfortunately, this is the type of sleeve that other portable chargers that I own use which causes me to ‘ditch’ them.

The initial charge took a few hours which is understandable for the amount of power it holds.  As of this writing, it is still on sale and a great bargain as a gift to someone you know that always seems to run out of battery power. RAVPower 16750mAh Portable Charger affiliate link

 

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Sunrise | Wrightsville Beach

Sounds of birds chirping woke me from a deep sleep after more than ten hours on the road a few hours earlier.  The journey to North Carolina from Pennsylvania was eventless and the traffic minimal for a Sunday before a holiday.  Even though birds were chirping, it was very dark outside.  Why?  The sound of birds was my alarm sound and not the sound of the ‘real’ birds welcoming a sunrise.  Looking at my phone where the bird sounds originated, I noticed the temperature outside was slightly above 32 degrees.  Didn’t the weather folks know this was a beach town in the south and this temperature is reserved for the north?  Rubbing sleep from my eyes, I got ready for a cold sunrise on the beach thinking, all of this for a photo?  Yes, it was a cloudless night and the sun was predicted to rise three hours from now in all of its majestic glory and warmth (:D).

The car was covered with drops of ice and the thought of running back into the hotel and under the warmth of a blanket raced through my head.  Maybe I should enter a rehab program for photographers that are crazy?  The car warmed up and the heated seats were a welcome to a chilled body making the short ride to the beach easier.

Navigating my way toward Wrightsville Beach provided a new display of lighted decorations.  Maritime figures such as mermaids, dolphins, and more were on many of the light poles providing a holiday look to the town.  Few people were on the streets this early on a brisk morning.  I drove by a few runners dressed in warm running outfits who might need a rehab program similar to the one I need for crazy folks who go out in the early morning on a cold November day.

Finding a parking spot near Johnnie Mercer’s Pier was easy with quick access to the beach.  There were a few walkers and workers cleaning up the area for the day’s activities.

wrightsville beach pictures

Wrightsville beach pictures

“If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.”
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

Before the Sun rose, the sky was filled with great color!

As anticipated, the early morning sky was filled with bright stars and a beautiful sky.  I walked along the beach near Johnnie Mercer’s Pier and found a few spots that would provide a great sunrise image.  Huddled near the tripod and camera, I waited until the sky started to change colors and I was not disappointed.  Experimenting with a few different settings on the camera with the intent to ‘freeze’ the water and create a glow in the sky.

Two plus hours passed from the time I arrived at the beach and a faint orange glow peaked the horizon providing a slight mist and fog like effect over the water.  I could hear real birds in the distance but most remained huddled around each other staying warm.

A lady gathering sea shells walked the beach dress similar to me in a few layers of clothes and warm gloves while a few others ran to the beach, grabbed a quick sunrise image and immediately jogged to their respective cars to escape the cold morning air.

Birds staying warm on a cold morning

Keep tight to stay warm!

The time spent was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise that is fully appreciated after the anticipation.  The sun seems to creep up to the horizon then in all of its glory, rises providing light and heat.

The sun in all of its glory
 The sun in all of its glory

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Was it worth the time spent?  Yes!  A loud YES!  – visiting the beach for a sunrise or sunset is always worth the time spent listening to the sounds of the ocean, the birds, and the feel of life coming from the rising sun! To me, it is like the Lord saying to all of life – “Good morning!”  I have provided another day for you to enjoy!

Surfchex – Watch the beach from the warmth of your home!

Tech Speak:

All of the images were taken with the Panasonic Lumix GX8 and the Panasonic Lumix G 12-35 f/2.8 lens.  This set-up is my new favorite for lightweight travel and urban street photography. 

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