Family

Oil Can Project – OCP08

I have begun transitioning this blog over to my portfolio website. I created that site almost two years ago due to running out of image space on WordPress. I have still been using WordPress to publish my ramblings but it is time to fully embrace the new site. I will continue to publish on this version of the blog for a while and will maintain it as an archive of my growth over the past several years…

Family – portfolio blog

  

I worked my way back to my Oil Can Project last night. I should be saying I captured more images but at least I processed one I had taken earlier in the month. With the plethora of subjects I have collected so far, it was time for a small family portrait. I thought it would be interesting to compare the differences in the cans I have been able to find so far. These are my largest and smallest oil cans. Plus, it never hurts to have some oil in the family portrait to really sell the concept… LOL

  

MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Family

Family
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 22mm, f/11, ISO 200

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Old Erie Canal Park Twice

Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

I have begun transitioning this blog over to my portfolio website. I created that site almost two years ago due to running out of image space on WordPress. I have still been using WordPress to publish my ramblings but it is time to fully embrace the new site. I will continue to publish on this version of the blog for a while and will maintain it as an archive of my growth over the past several years…

Old Erie Canal Park Twice – portfolio blog

  

I’m still working through the few images I captured last week when I snuck out to the Old Erie Canal Park around the corner from where I work. If you remember it was not the best day to be out for pictures but I needed a break from the events at work. It definitely was what I needed and reinforced in me the ability to create interesting pictures in any type of conditions. It is not always sunshine or rainbows when you have the urge to be creative. You work with what you have to satiate the cravings.

I struggled with the post-processing of this image. I originally saw the image in monochrome when I was composing the view and capturing the picture. I could see my normal B&W processing pulling out the subtle layers of light from the drizzling, overcast scene. I think my latest post-processing trend with my Disney images (an attempt at a vintage look) has had an affect on other images. I saw this image that way too. I struggled with which creative trend would win on this image. Even after processing this scene both ways I am still conflicted as to the one image I wanted to post… so you get both.

Not always the best choice for an artist to present conflicting stories, but I think each of these will speak to different people. The first version is the vintage processing attempt. I used Lightroom & On1 Effects to attempt to give this version an old film vibe. On1 has a few interesting presets for accomplishing this look and each time I use it I end up tweaking it slightly. It is a great learning tool for me.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Yesterday Gone

Yesterday Gone
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

  

The second image is obviously the monochrome version. I processed it with Lightroom & Luminar going for an ethereal look. Besides converting to monochrome there is some blur added to the image as well as the Orton Effect. You will have to let me know which image you prefer…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sleep on the Water

Sleep on the Water
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

Hinckley Morning

Hinckley Reservoir

The weather forecast was calling for a warm weekend. It also indicated that rain would be moving into my area in the afternoon. I took a chance that those conditions would produce a good sunrise up at Hinckley Reservoir. Although the thermometer was reading in the low teens I didn’t think it would affect my morning photography. Stupid me! I forgot about wind chill. I lasted about 30 minutes up at the reservoir before I gave up and jumped back into the car.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand View

Grand View
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200
8 image panoramic

  

I have captured numerous pictures over the years from my vantage point next to the dam. If you do a search for Hinckley on the blog you will get a sense of how often I return to this spot. Before I ventured down to my normal vantage point at the water’s edge I decided to try for a panoramic image of the entire scene. I didn’t quite have enough coffee in me as I neglected to turn the camera to its portrait orientation but I grabbed 8 images covering almost 180 degrees. FYI – turning the camera to portrait will require more images to capture your scene but you can capture more information top and bottom which will help when your software stitches the images together. If you are interested in the process, check out this article at Digital Photography School.

After getting all my images for the pano I went closer to the concrete columns frozen in the reservoir for my traditional image at Hinckley. If you did the search you will see these columns are typically the focus point of my pictures in this location. I think it is time for me to explore this area a little more and find the other views I am sure are here. Maybe next weekend…

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Frozen

Frozen
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M.
Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2s, 13mm, f/16, ISO 200