Oil Can Project – OCP07

As I work on this Oil Can Project I find myself conflicted in the direction it should go. I have been loving the Black & White version of all the cans. I think processing the images as such creates a very dramatic look and brings out the details in each one. There have been a couple of oil cans that I thought looked very cool in the color version of their image. Today’s image drives this internal debate to new heights…

Quite a few weeks ago I found a set of Kendall motor oil cans at one of the shops I have been frequenting. At the time I already had my hands full of other items but not wanting to “lose” a potential addition to my project I bought the red can. I have attempted numerous times to photograph the single can but I was never happy with the results.

I received the other two cans as part of my Christmas loot. Having a nice trio of cans solidified my resolve to “find” the image I wanted for my project. The result is the first image below. Now I have another issue, the color version is a stronger image in my opinion. This is bringing all sorts of thoughts to my internal debate on the direction of this project.

Then I couldn’t help myself. I took the color version a little farther by adding a slight vintage look to the image. I reduced the saturation, added a slight blue tone and finished it off with a grunge texture overlay. For me, this puts the color image back inline with the monochrome oil cans.

I’m still not positive the direction this project will take, but that is half of the fun…


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Kendall B&W

Kendall B&W
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Kendall

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Kendall Vintage

Kendall Vintage
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

Fill’er Up

Oil Can Project – OCP05

Another one of my great Christmas presents. This one is different in that it is a pour style can rather than a pump style. I like how this image turned out. The texture and age of the can definitely show through in this setup.  I was able to create a better reflection for this can which highlights more of the weathering on this can by the different shadowing.


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Fill'er Up

Fill’er Up
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 14mm, f/16, ISO 400


Oil Can Project – OCP04

My family went out of their way this Christmas to find more stuff for me to photograph. I received more oil cans for my project, the other two cans of oil to join the one I purchased a while ago and even a couple of new items for what will probably end up another series of stuff for me to collect… lanterns. I spent a few hours last night working on my setup for capturing photos of all this new stuff. I think I have a better understanding of what I need to do. I still need to figure out one last piece but for now here is one of the new items from my stocking… a little oil can.


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Spout

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 32mm, f/16, ISO 400

Merry Christmas!

The house is quiet this Christmas morning. The cats have enjoyed their breakfast and are off lounging on various pieces of furniture, some of mine and some of theirs. That isn’t to say they were not a little vocal in wanting me to get out of bed to feed them. I’ll sit them down and explain how this is suppose to work later… LOL.

The last few years I have spent Christmas in Florida. In 2014 the kids and their Mom went down to Grandma’s to spend the holiday and it kinda started a little tradition. I managed to join them in 2015 and it fueled a wonderful obsession with photographing the Florida coast. Most of us went back down in 2016 although Ian had a new job and was unable to get away. This year Grandma decided she wanted to spend the holidays back up here in New York so we really didn’t have an excuse to travel. Although, as I write this post, I’m thinking next year needs to be back down in Florida…

Merry Christmas!


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Melbourne Beach Pier Sunset

Melbourne Beach Pier Sunset


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Surf Dreamin'

Surf Dreamin’


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Out for the View

Out for the View


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Full Risen

Full Risen


Favorite Corner Store

Main Street, Magic Kingdom


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Favorite Corner Store

Favorite Corner Store
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 400