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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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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

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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 OMD – E- M5 Great time to buy

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I love to travel and when I travel I love to document what I see.  I am not opposed to rising early as you can see from the sunrise image over the desert in Phoenix, AZ or staying out late as illustrated in the night images in NYC.

Tremendous view of the desert sunrise

What a tremendous sight of color

 

Additionally, when time permits, I am not opposed to attempting my hand at images when the light isn’t ‘golden’ as you can see from the infrared image in this post.

IR image in the desert

Infrared in the desert

My favorite travel camera and what I use for nearly all of my macro work is the Olympus OMD – E- M5.  For street photography I use it combined with the OMD 17mm f/1.8 lens and the small size of both combined make this a tremendous camera set-up for being NON-intrusive.  There are many features that make the OMD E-M5 a tremendous travel camera beyond the size.  I love the flip up LCD screen and the ability to compose an image without putting the camera to my eye.  This helps when photographing items close to the ground or to ensure I get a candid image.

I really like that I can ‘see’ what the image looks like before pressing the shutter even when using an IR filter to capture unique infrared images.

The images in the gallery for this post were photographed exclusively with the OMD – E-M5 and either the Oly 17 or Panny 20.  (I sold the panny to get the Oly which seems to focus much faster and is worth the difference in cost.)  This image was taken while walking around NYC and the reflections ‘popped’ out at me causing me to stop and take notice.

OMD-E-M5 NYC at Night

New York City at Night

 

 

 

The OMD combined with the Oly 60mm macro is tremendous for macro photography. This next image was photographed with this combination and shows its macro capabilities.

OMD - E-M5

The beauty of black and white

One of the main reasons I bring up this camera is because there are many ‘Black Friday’ Specials on this camera and lenses online. You can buy this tremendous camera new for the same price many of us paid for it used one year ago.

If you are looking for a tremendous mirrorless camera that will serve you for many years, then I suggest you look at this camera and lens combinations.

 

Wedding Rings and Heart

Wedding Vows are sacred

Vendor Shop Amazon – Black Friday Deals in Camera, Photo & Video

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Ducky Tours | Pittsburgh

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Celebrating life in the city on a ducky tour.

 

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J. Fox

 

We celebrated my wife’s birthday with our two eldest grandchildren, one of our brother in-laws, and my sister at multiple restaurants, a ducky tour of Pittsburgh, plus a ride up the incline.  After purchasing the ducky tickets, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch.  I am always hesitant for different restaurants since I am a “health nut” and often find it challenging for healthy alternative lunches.  However, the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh did an amazing job.  I asked for a ‘special’ salad, describing what I wanted and they delivered to the letter.  Now to my main point, if you buy tickets for DUCKY and decide to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe, look at the tickets.  They include a 15% off coupon for the Hard Rock Cafe and no I didn’t notice the coupon until we were getting ready to board the DUCKY. 🙁

We rode the white bus and were ‘entertained’ by a fun tour guy with a serious amount of hair (which I don’t have).  The weather was near perfect with slightly overcast skies and temperatures in the high 60’s to low 70.

DUCKY that we rode

DUCKY that we rode

The tour starts in Station Square and crosses the Smithfield Street Bridge into the city making its way to the North Side via the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Passing by his statue and PNC park, the DUCKY heads toward the access way of the river past the war memorials (which are amazing and are a visit in of their own). Entering into the river is fun and exciting as the kids cheer with the tour guide and captain of the ship.

The water motor kicks on and off we go into the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

 

DUCKY Tours

Passing by another DUCKY

 

 

We drove a short time on the water then the captain asked if any children wanted to drive the boat. One little boy raised his hand (so did I) and he had the opportunity to drive. Then the captain asked if anyone else wanted to drive and no other children wanted to drive. I kept asking 😀 – they then stated okay and I had the opportunity for a front and center view of the city and was able to get some amazing images.

 

 

 

 

Ducky Tours

I drove the ducky boat

Amazing view of the city from Ducky Tours Captain’s Seat

Ducky Tours Pittsburgh

Taken from the Captain’s Seat of a Ducky Tour in Pittsburgh

After floating along the water, we traveled past the war memorials and into the North Side of Pittsburgh. Since my grandkids never rode an incline nor traveled to Mt Washington to view the city from the overlook, I felt it was a must do! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to travel to Mt Washington via the incline

Time to travel to Mt Washington via the incline

Just passing by

Just passing by

Just passing by

View from the incline car to Mt Washington

View from the incline car to Mt Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our amazing city of Pittsburgh from the first overlook near the incline.

Pittsburgh from Mt Washington

Pittsburgh from Mt Washington

 

Must see Mural

There were many cars in the parking lot next to this mural but it is located near the road by the first overlook in Mt. Washington and is a must visit for pictures!

Beautiful Mural in Mt Washington

Beautiful Mural in Mt Washington

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Wedding Engagement Portrait Session The Point Pittsburgh

The night was perfect with the sun setting behind the Point in Pittsburgh. I love photographing couples and especially engagement portraits. To add a different look to an engagement session, I utilize a few clips of video mingled in with the still images to produce a hybrid engagement portrait show.  Photography is about story telling and why not utilize the power of both video and still photography to create a memorable wedding engagement portrait session?

 

“Don’t just take pictures, capture memories!”

Kristin & Mike Engagement Portraits @ The Point in Pittsburgh from Frank Kendralla on Vimeo.

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Kodak Commercial Pictures Live Forever

Tremendous commercial emphasizing the importance of pictures.  One of my favorite commercials of all time!  Why?  Because it emphasizes the value and art of story telling through photography and just as important it shows the need to print your images.  Too often folks take pictures but they never print them or do anything with them other than post them to instagram, facebook, or other social media site.

 

“The pictures are talking . . . they are saying keep me, protect me, share me and I will live forever.”  I can hear them! 

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Believe

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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