Plews

Oil Can Project – OCP12

Wow! It has been a little over two months since my last post for my Oil Can Project. That is too long of a delay! What have I been doing? Well, whatever it was, I definitely need to get back on this project. Although, I suppose I need to find more display space as my current shelf is getting a little full.

This latest little gem is from a good friend of mine. We worked together for a couple of years before I jumped ship a few weeks back. I missed seeing him before I left on my last day and we have been trying to get together to catch up. Funny how it appears you have a lot of free time but when you need to coordinate a few hours to meet up, the hours never align.

Well, after listening to me drone on about this project he must have decided to contribute to my habit rather than keep suggesting I attend those meetings… flea market anonymous. I was never going to go to a meeting, I heard they didn’t have cake…

Thanks Bob! This one is a great addition to my collection. I was able to find this same model on the “Plews & Edelmann” website. I was hoping for a cool name but this is how it is listed: “Oiler, Pistol, 6oz., 6″ Rigid, Base Holder”. Amazingly, it still looks exactly like this one, but without any of the character of this little guy. BTW – We still need to get together to catch up!

  

MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Plews

Plews
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 26mm, f/11, ISO 64

 

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

 

Imperial

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

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

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

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

Kendall

Oil Can Project – OCP07

As I work on this Oil Can Project I find myself conflicted in the direction it should go. I have been loving the Black & White version of all the cans. I think processing the images as such creates a very dramatic look and brings out the details in each one. There have been a couple of oil cans that I thought looked very cool in the color version of their image. Today’s image drives this internal debate to new heights…

Quite a few weeks ago I found a set of Kendall motor oil cans at one of the shops I have been frequenting. At the time I already had my hands full of other items but not wanting to “lose” a potential addition to my project I bought the red can. I have attempted numerous times to photograph the single can but I was never happy with the results.

I received the other two cans as part of my Christmas loot. Having a nice trio of cans solidified my resolve to “find” the image I wanted for my project. The result is the first image below. Now I have another issue, the color version is a stronger image in my opinion. This is bringing all sorts of thoughts to my internal debate on the direction of this project.

Then I couldn’t help myself. I took the color version a little farther by adding a slight vintage look to the image. I reduced the saturation, added a slight blue tone and finished it off with a grunge texture overlay. For me, this puts the color image back inline with the monochrome oil cans.

I’m still not positive the direction this project will take, but that is half of the fun…

  

MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Kendall B&W

Kendall B&W
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Kendall

Kendall
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Kendall Vintage

Kendall Vintage
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200