Reach For It

Oil Can Project – OCP11

Reach For It – Portfolio Blog


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Reach For It

Reach For It
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200



Half Pint

Oil Can Project – OCP10

Half Pint – Portfolio Blog

This project had stalled slightly. I believe the last post was at the end of February. It was a lack of motivation more a lack of discovery. I hadn’t been able to find additional, unique oil cans to add to my collection. To be fair, I haven’t searched all that much as other things in life have needed attention, but that is a minor excuse.

Well, I corrected that on Sunday. Rather than drive out to Costco to look for stuff I didn’t really need I thought it would be good to explore some antique stores. I checked Google Maps and found a few unexplored stores to the East of me and plotted a mini trip. If I started with one of my first store in Barneveld I could travel down Route 28 stopping in Newport and Mohawk. The adventure was set!

Off to Foothills Merchantile (Facebook link) in Barneveld. I hadn’t been there in quite a while and surprisingly, a lot had changed. Some familiar old displays with new stuff and an entire section of the store that looked to remodeled. It was a good start and I walked away with a new oil can and a set of Dragon Double 6 dominoes for my Game Pieces project. Striking oil on the first stop was a great sign.

The next stop on my hunt was the Newport Marketplace (Facebook link) in Newport (I know, a little obvious). This store was very deceptive. From the outside it did not look that big but once inside, I didn’t know where to start and if I needed to leave a breadcrumb trail back to the front door. There was a good mix between crafts, antiques and commercial items. I walked away with another oil can. I spotted quite a few lanterns as well but damn, they are expensive. I will have to think about those some more.

The last stop on my Route 28 tour was the Mohawk Antiques Mall (yes, in Mohawk, NY). What a great place. It was huge! Even though I walked all through this place I know I only truly saw about a third of the stuff in there. Great collection of items too! Definitely going to have to make another trip out. I also know of a couple more store out in Little Falls which I can add to this Sunday tour. By the way, at this store I walked away with three more oil cans! Now I have some photography to do… LOL!

Here is the a little 1/2 pint oil can I found at the Mohawk Antique Mall. Actually, it was the first thing I picked up. Luckily I could only carry so much or I would have walked away a little more broke.


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; 1/2 Pint

Half Pint
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/40s, 32mm, f/11, ISO 200



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

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


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

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

Swing Spout

Oil Can Project – OCP08

I’m back to the oil cans. I had spied this can during one of my trips to The Eclectic Chic antique store but my hands were already full! Luckily, someone was paying attention and I found this one under the Xmas tree this year. Apparently I was a little better behaved this year… LOL

I have been playing with the lighting and tried for more side light in this picture. I wanted to add some shadowing which I believed would give the can more depth. I’m not sure I succeeded but it was fun (and frustrating) trying to figure it all out. I think I need a few more items for my “studio” (OK, corner of my office on a TV tray) in order to make the post processing a little easier. Takes my a little bit of time to mask out the backdrop.


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Swing Spout

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