Category Archives: Fine art

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


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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

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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.”

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The ultimate sacrifice | Memorial Day

The ultimate sacrifice - giving your life

Memorial Day 2015 | We will never forget!

We will never forget those who gave their life for us to live. This design is a composite of two images in an attempt to thank my Lord and Saviour for dying to give me life eternal and to honor and thank those who served in our military to protect this great nation.

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” — Jeff Miller

On This Memorial Day

Remember those who served before.
Remember those who are no more.
Remember those who serve today.
Remember them as we eat and play.
Remember our protectors-
who are not home today.
Remember them all on Memorial Day.

Source: Family Friend Poems

Freedom:”Costly for many including God’s Son; Enjoyed both now & in the age to come!”

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13


And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD. 1 Chronicles 28:20



Monaca skyline at night | Bridge at night

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 Beaver County Bridges | Bridge at Night

The full moon and the lights off the bridge bathed the Ohio river in beautiful lights.

Full Moon Delight

Full Moon Delight

The air was cool and the sky was painted in all shades of blue and purple as I arrived at the Bridgewater Landing. I knew my time was minimal that would provide rich colors in the sky vs a dark black backdrop. The bridge from Rochester to Monaca was lit with the moon and man made lights creating a near perfect painterly effect on the water.

I enjoy the look of old bridges that have character and tell a story when the bridges in the area were made from local steel and from factories in states.  There is something about these bridges and viewing a bridge at night.  I am not sure why but they seem to cry out that our country was built on the backs of those who labored here.


Bathed in moonlight

Bathed in moonlight

With a full moon, the train bridge was bathed in light and cast a beautiful shadow on the Ohio river. Normally, this section is too dark to get a nice image at this time of night (earlier it is always back lit with a setting sun). However, the full moon created an amazing light on the train bridge.




If you enjoy these images and would like them for your home, they are available for purchase here and here Art Prints .

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Believe | Belief | DO

Believe | Belief | DO


Colorful flower pedals

I am a fan of colorful flowers as they ‘dry-up’. It appears their color changes and it seems as if the textures and ‘skin’ become translucent similar to what happens as we age. Maybe it is my hope that we get ‘better’ with age and add value to the world with each year. Regardless why, I find it fascinating to photograph flowers, leaves, and other parts of nature as they say goodbye.
The flower pedals were placed on a back-lit drawing table and photographed with enough back lighting to cause the beautiful veins of the leaves to show off.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines believe as:

To expect or hope with confidence; to trust. To have a firm persuasion of any thing. In some cases, to have full persuasion, approaching to certainty;

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Matthew 21:22 . . ., whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Ps.27.

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
— Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

Belief |Believe | Believer

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
For the technical – Nikon D7100 – Tamron 90mm macro – f/36 | ISO 100 | 1 second exposure | Acratech Ballhead |
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Bridge over waterfall | Seven Springs

Bridge over waterfall

Bridge over waterfall

I am not sure why but I love photographing bridges over water falls. Maybe it is a throw back to when I was in high school and a popular song was “Bridge over Troubled Water” Simon And Garfunkel

Oh, if you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

I was in Seven Springs photographing the PA TSA (scholastic) event and came upon this familiar bridge and enjoyed how the water looked as it flowed under the bridge and couldn’t pass up sharing it with everyone.  Enjoy my rendition of a black and white Bridge over a waterfall.


Technical Specs:

Nikon D600 | Nikon 24-120 f/4 40mm – f/22 – .6 seconds ISO 100 | Tripod – multiple images merged


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Pittsburgh Skyline | Sunrise over Pittsburgh


By chance or planning | Be ready for a great image | Pittsburgh Skyline

One of the best things about living in a city with mountains is the ability to get above the city skyline for either a sunset or sunrise. Since the sun rises ‘behind’ Pittsburgh when viewing it from Mount Washington, a backlit image of the city presents a tremendous image.


A few years ago, I had a client who wanted a sunrise image. Therefore, I suggested we do the session from Mt. Washington. It gives us a great view of the city and bordering rivers with a platform (overlook).


On the day of the scheduled session, I looked out the window and was greeted with fog so thick, I could barely see 20 feet in front of me.

 The Pittsburgh Skyline is tremendous from Mt. Washington

I loaded my gear and headed toward the city. On the way, I received a call from the client asking if we should cancel. I suggested that we continue as planned. When I arrived to Mt. Washington, I was greeted with an amazing view and look. Immediately, I set-up my tripod and camera attempting to capture a quickly fading look (the sun was melting away the fog) that bathed the city in a glow I never imagined.


Regardless how many times I photograph Pittsburgh, I never seem to grow tired of it but this image will always remain as one of my favorites. Why? Because it almost didn’t happen. If I would have canceled due to the fog, I never would have seen nor could I imagine this look. (Yes, the birds were flying by – they were not added later.)

 Portrait Session & the Pittsburgh Skyline

How did the portrait session go? Great! The client arrived ‘late’ but it gave me time to not only get this image but a few others that I enjoy. We still had time to get some tremendous sunrise image with the client and city for a very successful day.


If you enjoy this image, consider decorating your home with it or sending a friend a card. This image is available in a variety of formats from the link below.


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Roses and Thorns

Roses and Thorns

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr

I am a fan of roses (if you couldn’t tell by now 😀 )

The textures and colors in a rose continues to change as it goes through the stages of its life. In this rose, I let it dry out for a few weeks then added LED lighting to enhance the tones and contrast. I had one person describe it as ‘very emotional image’.

I would agree but then every rose is emotional to me. The pedals are translucent and textured at the same time. Based on the light, I see many colors in each pedal. Almost like a PRISM does with light, a rose does the same thing in my eyes. Maybe it is the way I see light and color but I see colors and textures change with the light source.





I am now selling my fine art on Fine Art America {listed below}.

Roses and Thorns is available now

Art Prints

I plan to create a full line of inspirational cards in boxed sets. Please watch the site for more information about this purchase option.


“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr
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Valentine Poem

While walking among the rose bushes this beautiful Valentine’s day, I found this perfect rose with a light sprinkling of dew on the edges. The sun was perfect casting a beautiful warm glow. With not even a slight breeze to cause the flower to move. (okay – truth be told – I am thankful for flower shops who sell perfect roses – from Posies by Patti, Ellwood City

Valentine Poem

Roses are Red

Roses are Red – Violets are Blue – Agave is Sweet – ILUVU2


Roses are red

Violets are blue

Agave is sweet

& I luvU2


I searched way too long for great roses are red or Valentine poems. I then altered my search for love poems and more and found a few great poems about love and Valentine’s day





I asked God

I asked God for a flower, he gave me a bouquet

I asked God for a minute, he gave me a day

I asked God for true love, he gave me that too

I asked for an angel and he gave me you.

Some goofy

Roses are red, but there are also pink, white and yellow varieties. Violets aren’t blue, they’re violet, hence the name. I’ve got OCD. And my poetry skills are also lacking.

Some nice

  •  Rose are red, violets are blue Love never crossed my mind until the day that I met you
  •  Roses are red. Violets are blue. Angels in heaven Remind me of you!
  •  Roses are Red, Violets are Blue I feel so lost, unless I’m with you!
Valentine Poem

Enjoy a dinner together

Then a Valentine poem by a ‘kid’ – for fun

OK, now you’re ready to get into a fun, creative session. Start off with a “fill in the blank” poetry completion exercise. Pick one of the colors on your list, say “pink.” Recite the following stanza, then fill in the blank at the end.

Violets are blue.

Roses are pink.

Put on your shoes,

your feet really ____.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

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