Springeez Up

Oil Can Project – OCP15


July? My last post related to this project was back in July 2018? Damn! The sad part of this comment is that I went on a spree a few months ago and found quite a lot of new subjects but the inspiration to photograph them never struck. Luckily, yesterday was another consignment shop excursion and I walked away with this beauty. I assembled my setup for capturing these images and went to town on all the oil cans I haven’t photographed. Fair warning… there will be more to come. 🙂


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Springeez Up

Springeez Up
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 14mm, f/16, ISO 200


Maytag Multi-Motor Oil

Oil Can Project – OCP13

A forgotten gem in my collection.I captured some images of this can a long time ago but never was happy with the results. Sadly, I never set it back up for the re-shoot. What was I thinking?


MLCreations Photography: Oil Can Project &emdash; Maytag Multi-Motor Oil

Maytab Multi-Motor Oil
Olympus E-M! Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 200



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

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



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