Friday, December 20, 2019

Photo Editing

I get many requests for photo editing, so I've officially added it as a service I offer. 
Unfortunately, people often pay for family pics with a photographer that don't turn out as expected. In many cases, I'm able to edit the images to better meet the subject's expectations. Here's some examples.


Image with less than optimal background and lighting.

Edited....now Christmas Card material!!



Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Christmas Pics!

I had fun shooting a spontaneous Christmas shoot last night. Cutest kids...and a new puppy to boot!
These pics were shot at Shelby's home...on a couch, bed and at the kitchen table. Perfect opportunity for me to use some backgrounds I've been wanting to try out!











Saturday, December 14, 2019

Holiday in the City...testing the Olympus Live Composite feature.

We had a wonderful, but COLD, time at the Holiday in the City!
I was anxious to test a feature on my new Olympus OMD EM5 M3 camera. The feature, called Live Composition, allow you to do a composite photo all processed within the camera. You do need to use a tripod. Once you've selected how long each exposure will be, you snap the initial image. The, when you are ready to start the composite, you snap the shutter button again, and the camera begins adding exposures. Each subsequent exposure captures only new light. You can see these added composites on the screen. Once you've reached the image you want, snap the shutter again and the image is saved. I used it to capture the fireworks image below. 
If you examine the image, you can see that there's wonderful detail in the fireworks. This feature is awesome!!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

October Fun... Ferncliff Cemetery Mausoleum Crawl



    Cool, crisp weather and amazing colored foliage....what could be better? 
    How about walking through a cemetery at night time, carrying lanterns and peeping into mausoleums?
    If that sounds intriguing to you, then two October events hosted at Ferncliff Cemetery and Arboretum here in Springfield, Ohio may appeal to you! The cemetery is amazing and there is so much history to be discovered for those who are interested. This post reviews the Mausoleum Crawl.
    The Mausoleum Crawl is a night time event. This was the 4th annual crawl, and it was on Friday night.  Cost for the event was $10 per person...an amazing value for this tour! The crawl registration fills up quickly, so I made sure to register as soon as I saw the announcement. 
    The weather was amazing....cool and clear. Perfect for taking a look inside some of the mausoleums and hearing about the history not only of the occupants, but also of the history of the times.              
    A local historian, Kevin Rose of the Turner Foundation, conducted the crawl. As we walked and peeped, he related anecdotes about mausoleums. He talked about mausoleums in general, and while he did talk in depth about the occupants and their contributions to Springfield history, his narratives didn't stop there. He included history of the times when these folks lived and also included interesting information about the architectural styles of the mausoleums. Combining his insights with lantern-lit walks through the cemetery added up to a wonderfully macabre evening!


    Here are some of my pics from the event....I hope that they convey the feeling of night time in the mausoleums!

Bushnell Mausoleum



Local historian Kevin Rose tells us about the Gladfelter Mausoleum.




Kevin Rose discussing the McGilvray Mausoleum

The Blee Mausoleum

Inside the Mast Mausoleum looking out at the Mast Mausoleum
Inside peep of the Bookwalter-Leffel Mausoleum


Night time walk by lantern light through the cemetery



Sunday, March 31, 2019

San Diego Art

I love graffiti.....I could photograph the amazing art of graffiti and murals endlessly. This building is located in San Diego...



Wednesday, March 6, 2019