Squared – SQ121

The best way to spend my lunch hour was exploring Old Erie Canal Park in DeWitt with my macro lens on the camera. Typically, I go to the park for the landscape pictures, but today I was looking for the small details. Off the normal path and into the woods along Butternut Creek I found an interesting section of vine. I liked how the very end wrapped around itself…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Wrapped

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/800s, f/2.8, ISO 200



Forgotten Icon

WDW in B&W – WBW18
Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

I’m back home now. My Spring trip to WDW is over. I had a good time up until Wednesday night. I’m not sure if it was something I ate or a quick hit of something but I did not enjoy my last day. I spent the entire day curled up in my room. Finally around 6pm I ventured out to attempt to eat some solid food. That whole adventure is the reason I have been quiet on my blog for the last few days.

I had been posting pics from each of the parks as I explored them throughout the week. Wednesday was my Hollywood Studios day. The park is undergoing a major renovation with the addition of Star Wars and Pixar Place areas. When it is done it will definitely be a park to spend the day at. For now though I was able to get most of my rides in by noon. I grabbed a quick bite at the Brown Derby Lounge and then headed over to Epcot to explore more of the Flower & Garden Festival. My plan was to return at sunset to grab more images around the Studios. It worked out well, I had a great day.

Right around sunset the park moves a stage and video screens from in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre replica. This building originally housed The Great Movie ride but is currently under renovations to a Mickey & Minnie ride. I was never a fan of the big Sorcerer’s hat placed in front of this theatre. I understood way it had to be there but I was happy to see it go. Once the “junk” in front was moved I raced over to grab a few images. I always think of old Hollywood when I see this building. I guess that is why I processed this one as B&W…


MLCreations Photography: WDW in B&W &emdash; Forgotten Icon

Forgotten Icon
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/20s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


A Haze Toward the Night

In The Yard – ITY41

Technically it is more from the yard than in the yard but I’ll keep it with this series. Last night between the raindrops I ventured outside in an attempt to grab some images of the fog settling in after sunset. At least I’ll assume after sunset since there was no visible sky… 🙂


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; A Haze Toward the Night

A Haze Toward the Night
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 40mm, f/8, ISO 800


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