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


Dietz Lantern


I tried photographing another of those wonderful gifts I received for Christmas. My shelves are full of items to capture, I am struggling with the figuring out the best way to present each item. I have a feeling I am over-thinking this too much. I should put the dang thing in front of the camera and click away… LOL

This is an old Dietz Lantern. There is a possibility it was manufactured in the Syracuse, NY factory (no promises, only wishful thinking). The entire Dietz lantern story is fascinating and I have only scratched the surface. I did find the following website where the factory in Syracuse has been converted to loft apartments (The Dietz Lofts). I have another lantern I received for Christmas, before I get that one photographed I’ll see what additional info I can find on the company…


MLCreations Photography: Monochrome &emdash; Dietz Lantern

Dietz Lantern
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 25mm, f/11, ISO 200


Barrel of Monkeys

Game Pieces – GP11

Either I am a very slow starter or a very patient person… It was a little over two months ago I posted about my plan to re-start my Game Pieces project. I know a portion of the delay was my search for the next pieces I wanted to photograph. I started with a shopping list:

  • Paddle Ball
  • Sliding Tile Puzzle
  • Pick-Up Sticks
  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Tiddlywinks
  • Marbles
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Checkers
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Trouble
  • Yahtzee
  • Monopoly
  • Clue
  • Sorry
  • Rock ’em Sock’em Robots
  • Magic Eightball
  • Boggle
  • Stratego
  • Mousetrap
  • Space Shot Gravity Ball
  • Game of Life
  • Connect Four
  • Battleship
  • Operation

At first I was planning on picking up new games at the store, creating my photograph, and then giving the games to charity. I picked up a Yahtzee game and a Barrel of Monkeys before the Christmas season hit me and my efforts turned toward the Toys for Tots campaign.

Then I went to a consignment shop. Everything changed. My first find was a 1954 version of Monopoly. Next I picked up a 1949 version of Cootie. I was hooked. I know I will not be able to find older versions of everything on my list but the hunt is half the fun. Remember, it is the journey, not the destination…

I have not decided how best to display my treasured finds so I thought I would warm up with the Barrel of Monkeys. I’m still debating if a subtle approach would be better, i.e., maybe only a monkey or two, no barrel, etc. For now, I went with a full on assault for this version. Maybe there will be a different decision down the road…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Barrel of Monkeys

Barrel of Monkeys
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200