Winter on the Lake

Delta Lake State Park

Winter on the Lake – Portfolio Blog

I was not a happy camper yesterday. I awoke to the sound of wind and rain on my window. My hope for going out to capture a sunrise was quickly diminishing. So were my plans to test the X-T2 a little more before I needed to send it back. The day unfolded and my mood only worsened. I’ll admit, I pouted.

I should have had faith in Mother Nature. We are usually on good speaking terms. Around 3:30 in the afternoon she came through for me. The sun worked its way through the clouds and as I looked to the west I could tell it was going to be a good sunset. I got the cats fed, charged up the camera battery and headed over to Delta Lake State Park for the show. It was so worth it!

I’m really enjoying the manual adjust dial layout on the X-T2. I can adjust the exposure quickly without removing my eye from the viewfinder. The multi-angled view screen is great for when I switch to portrait mode as well. The small joystick for re-positioning the focus point just works for me. I had a good time on the frozen lake last night. Hopefully this image reflects my mood…


MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Winter on the Lake

Winter on the Lake
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, 1/60s, 33mm, f/16, ISO 200

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2 at Bellamy Harbor Park

Fujifilm X-T2 – Portfolio Blog

It has been a little over two years since I switched from my Nikon setup to Olympus. I love this camera. Everything I need fits easily in my backpack. The smaller size equipment allows me to take it everywhere without creating issues for me. The only downside I currently have is the low-light performance. I find for my normal landscape work around sunrise and sunset it is not to much of an issue. Sometimes I have to utilize a longer exposure or open up the aperture a few stops but I have been able to get the images I wanted. On my last trip to Disney I found the camera a little limiting while trying to capture more night images. I’m looking into possibilities for improving my game…

I rented the Fujifilm X-T2 camera, the Fujinon 23mm f/2 and Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lenses for a week. I didn’t want to give up the advantages of the mirrorless system but wanted to see if the larger sensor improved my night time results. I have also been looking at the Sony A7R II/III system but not sure I need to go all the way to full frame (the sticker shock might be a contributing factor in those thoughts). I might rent the Sony at some point down the road to see if the price is justified. I also believe part of this looking elsewhere is due to the cost of the upgrade to my camera. Not sure it helps with what I want for the price.

Of course, as luck would have it, I rent the Fujifilm equipment for a week starting on Friday but I neglected to inform Mother Nature. She can be so cruel some times. I managed to go out Saturday morning to Bellamy Harbor Park to try out the system. As I am writing this post this morning I can hear the wind and rain against my windows and I know my opportunities today will be very limited. And to add to my predicament, I have to go out of town this week for work (very last minute) so unless I am willing to take it with me, my rental week will be very short.

One of the aspects of the X-T2 that I was interested in is the systems ability to simulate various Fujifilm film types. In particular, the Acros 100 mode. I was not a big film photographer when I was younger and really only became serious about photography in the digital age but I do love a good monochrome image. My apologies now, most of the images in this post are the straight out of camera Acros simulation images. Hopefully, I’ll have some opportunities to play with more features/functions of this camera before I have to send it back.

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Oil Can Project – OCP09

Imperial – Portfolio Blog

What I couldn’t believe the other day when I had my little light studio setup for the lantern was I had never “officially” photographed this oil can. It is the first oil can that I purchased when I started the project. At the time I might have taken a quick image with the phone and posted it out to Instagram but I never returned to this can to “get it right.” Hopefully this time I did the can a little most justice…


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Imperial

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 15mm, f/8, ISO 200

Slinky, part II

Game Pieces – GP12

Slinky, part II – Portfolio Blog

I know what you’re thinking, and you are right. Where the heck are the new Game Pieces pictures. Talk, talk, talk. All talk, planning, grand designs, but no actual pictures to speak of. I want to say I have been trying but that would not be entirely true. So, not exactly a new subject, but it is a new image.

Slinky, Part II – while I had everything setup the other day to photograph the Dietz Lantern, I grabbed my trusty slinky to played with a few setups and lighting options. I am sure a few of you are getting tired of the black background with the reflective black surface, but in this particular case, it works really well. I feel I am getting to understand my flashes and how best to utilize them. Let me know what you think…


MLCreations Photography: Monochrome &emdash; Slinky, part II

Tree Line

Monochrome Winter

Tree Line – Portfolio Blog

After the Sunday chores were completed, i.e., groceries and cleaning, I headed out into winter reborn for a walk along the creek and into the fields behind the house. I’m still trying to determine the quality of the pictures I captured while sloshing through the creek bed but I do like the simplicity of this image. I was walking from the woods back toward the house when the snow covered tree line caught my eye.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Tree Line

Tree Line
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 100

Dietz #80

Dietz #80 Blizzard Cold Blast Lantern

Dietz #80 – Portfolio Blog

Does using the term “better late than never” really make a difference? I don’t even have a good reason why it has taken me so long to get back to this lantern. It is the second lantern I received for Christmas. My son was very proud of himself for going to an antique store and finding this for me. In my head I was afraid of this one. It is taller than anything else I have tried to photograph with my indoor setup. I had to get a little creative. It definitely turned into a Rube Goldberg type setup to achieve what I wanted for this lantern.

I wanted to improve the lighting setup. This beautiful old lantern deserved a little better presentation than I was getting with my previous images. I utilized some natural light from a window and added a few fill flashes to highlight the details. I needed a few attempts to figure out what I was doing and to get the look I wanted. I’m quite happy with the results. Let me know what you think…


MLCreations Photography: Monochrome &emdash; Dietz #80

Dietz #80
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 12mm, f/8, ISO 200

Shadow over my Dreams

Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Shadow over my Dreams – Portfolio Blog


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Shadow over my Dreams

Shadow over my Dreams
Nikon D5100, Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 Pro DX, {1/50, 1/125 & 1/320s bracket}, 15mm, f/8, ISO 400

Tunnel Vision

Butternut Creek, Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

Tunnel Vision – Portfolio Blog

Another creation from my lunch exploration of the Old Erie Canal Park near work last week when we still had some snow. Although the water level was low and it allowed me to get down into the creek, there was some good speed to the water which created the ripples. It was an overcast, winter day so there was nothing of the sky to capture. I am totally in love with the stone work of the aqueduct so I captured a three shot bracket in order to bring out the detail in the shadows. My original plan was to create this image as a B&W, but there was not enough tonal difference between the water and aqueduct and everything turned out the same with this white spot in the middle. I decided to desaturate the image which allowed for the separation of the aqueduct from the water.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/10, 1/30 & 1/50s bracket}, 18mm, f/16, ISO 200