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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
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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

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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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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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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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Chicago | October 2015 | Lumix GX8

Although I have been to Chicago many times, I never stayed in the city.  However, on this trip to Chicago, I had the opportunity to stay in the city at the Hilton Chicago.  Little did I realize how much there was to do within walking distance from the hotel.  On my list of places to visit was Millennium Park and the park didn’t disappoint.  It was clean and void of debris and vagrants.

In fact, I wish I had more time to spend in Millennium Park.  During my visit, the Cubs were in the race to the MLB play-offs which is why the buildings were lit with Cubs. If you visit Chicago, I recommend visiting Millennium Park.  No doubt in the summer, it is packed with people and street vendors.  On this fall night, it was warm but there were not many vendors open nor was the park crowded providing the opportunity to move around without bumping into other visitors.  I wanted to get a sunrise over the Bean, but time didn’t permit on this visit.  However, I did get some other early morning images of the city which I will post in the future.

On this trip, I took my then newly acquired Lumix GX8 and the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 lens and it didn’t disappoint.  Over the next few months, I will continue to post images from this trip and future trips, discussing my opinion of the Lumix GX8.  The camera didn’t disappoint, delivering excellent quality in a smaller body than my Nikon Full Frame Cameras.  I like the rangefinder-like look and feel and at first didn’t ‘get’ the viewfinder on the left side versus the middle.  However, now that I used it for more than a month, I like it and find it odd when I go back to the Nikon.   I can carry a complete kit in a shoulder bag with much less weight making the traveling with a camera more enjoyable.

 

Reflections in the Bean of Chicago

Reflections in the Bean of Chicago

The sky created an amazing effect in the Bean.  No doubt my image is one of many thousands, but I wanted my version as I saw it on this day.  The reflections were tremendous creating a globe-like effect into a different world of fun and adventure.

The Bean with the city of Chicago

The Bean with the city of Chicago

My version of a selfie

My version of a selfie

Reflective Selfie

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Chicago at Night Cubs in Play-offs

Chicago at Night Cubs in Play-offs

 

 

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Wedding Cake Cutting Video

There are many parts of a wedding that is filled with anticipation, the entrance of the bride, will the groom and/or dad cry when they see the bride for the first time?  The first kiss, the first dance, but there is one part of the wedding which is often filled with statements such as, don’t smash the cake in my hair followed by the bride smashing the cake in the groom’s face.

Wedding Cake Cutting

When do you cut the cake?

From my experience, it all depends on many items.  Tradition has it that the cake was cut at the end of the wedding reception signaling to the guests that the couple would change and leave.  However, that tradition has been replaced by cutting the cake immediately upon entering the reception (which gives the venue’s staff time to cut it and serve the cake to the guests during the meal and the opportunity to clean up when needed).  Others wait until after the meal is served but not finished and begin the cake cutting presentation.  While others wait and do the cake cutting after the first few dances.  There is no ‘right or wrong’ but only a time when it matches your desire for the reception.

 

Ensure you display your beautiful cake for the guests to see before it is cut.

 

Many venues and some D.J.’s put lights on the cake to ensure it is shown off to the hilt.  Do everything possible to NOT put it in a corner where no one can see it or the photographers cannot photograph you cutting the cake.  Too often the cake is put in a dark corner where the guests not only cannot find it but will miss the fun when you cut your cake.

Kiss after cutting your wedding cake and give your guests (and professional photographer) a great picture to share and you to put in your wedding album.

Wedding Cake Cutting

 

One complaint I hear from the guests is that they cannot see the wedding cake cutting.  At Kendralla Photography, we incorporate both still images and motion into our packages creating a memorable keepsake for you and your family.  What better way to share this fun part of the wedding with your guests and those who couldn’t attend but in a short video of your wedding cake cutting.

In this short Hybrid Cake Cutting, enjoy the anticipation and fun of a great cake cutting!

Video captured with the Lumix GX8 and Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 lens.

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Serbian Orthodox Wedding

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If you never attended a Serbian Orthodox Wedding, you are in for an exciting event when you attend your first.  I photographed other orthodox weddings and similar events but never a Serbian Orthodox and enjoyed the entire day.  It started with the pre-wedding festivities where the family and close friends attended a party called a Skup at the bride’s home while she prepared for the day.    Guests were greeted with a Serbian band playing Serbian music not only during this part of the celebration but later during the reception when the guests participated in kolo dancing.

Groom arrives at Serbian Celebration

Groom arrives at Serbian Celebration

Kendralla Photography-D75_3407-EditWhile the bride and her bridesmaids are preparing for the day, the groom arrives and a toast is given by the father of the bride to welcome him into their family.  Laughter and more celebrating continues as the bride awaits her dad to see her for the first time.   More tears of joy as the dad views his beautiful daughter for the first time in her wedding gown on her special day.  Laughter and more tears follow as they embrace and others gather the family and friends to see her for the first time.

As she walks with her arm in her dad’s arm, the crowd of guests awaits her entrance. The little girls giggle as they see the beautiful bride descend the steps with her dad who in a few minutes will give a toast to his daughter.

After the toast and more celebrating, the bride and her bridesmaids leave for the church where a beautiful wedding celebration occurs.

 

 

Crowning of Groom at Serbian Orthodox Ceremony

Crowning of Groom at Serbian Orthodox Ceremony

They are crowned after the exchange of the rings (bethrothal) at the Royal Door and the binding of the cloth by the priest who crowns the groom first, then the bride.  The binding of the cloth which symbolises the bride and groom are bound for life is as beautiful as the crowning of the couple. The priest recites the crown blessing three times, (The servant of God, [groom’s name], is crowned unto the handmaiden of God, [bride’s name], in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.)

 

During the wedding ceremony, the choir sang from the choir loft adding a beautiful sound to the Serbian Orthodox Wedding.

After the service which includes drinking from the common cup and a procession three times around the altar, the wedding ceremony concludes.  The couple leaves the church and is greeted by family, friends, and the Serbian band playing.

Unlike other exits from a church, the couple is showered with coins and collected by children in attendance.

Later at the reception, the Serbian band plays and the crowd participated in Serbian Dancing and more fun filled activities.  The father of the bride gives his third toast of the day to the bride and groom followed by a toast by the kum.

The dancing, laughing, and the celebration continued into the night.

Congrats to Samantha and John!  Believing the best for your lives together!

Creative Bridal Portrait in Archway

Creative Bridal Portrait in Archway

Below is the 18-minute wedding show of the wedding celebration that we produced as a heirloom memory for the family. It contains audio, video, and stills with music and more. Enjoy!


 

 

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