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May 2018 Newsletter

Norway - March, 2018


I had the opportunity to visit Norway recently.  My goal was to see the Northern Lights, landscapes and to capture the small fishing communities when there would be the least amount of visitors.  That meant that the average daily temperatures during my time in Norway would between + 20 degrees to - 20 degrees.   

The fishing villages, landscapes and lights did not disappoint on any level.  I was really pleased with the colors, skies and overall photographic opportunities.  

I traveled with the same group that I went to Iceland with last year. This was my second time traveling with this group and I especially liked the focus on capturing what many others would not want to photograph based on the weather and overall conditions.  

The first image was shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera using the M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO with the following settings:ISO 64, 21mm, f/14, 60.0 sec.
The second image used the same camera and the M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO and the settings are ISO 200, 10mm, f/11,1/125 sec.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls...

Well I do chase waterfalls year round.  I am intrigued with there ever changing landscapes and views based on each season.  This past winter and early spring I have visited several locations in PA and NJ and have been able to capture several great images.  Pennsylvania has so many areas to hike and view waterfalls. I have been using the All Trails app on the phone and selecting different sites every chance I get to go shoot.  The first image was Hawk Falls in Hickory Run State Park.  I used the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Camera and the M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO.  The settings were ISO 200, 28mm, f/8.0, 60 sec. The second image was shot at Rickett's Glen State Park used the same camera and lens and the settings were ISO 200, 12mm, f9.0, 1.50 sec.
 

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Bold & Beauty Contest 

I was asked to consider being a photographer for the Bold  Beauty Contest with the planned exhibit outside of Philadelphia in April. “Bold Beauty Project is a powerful, visual arts exhibition that features women with varying disabilities. Through the photographer’s lens and the women’s personal stories, the project seeks to raise awareness of the women’s strength, sensuality and spirit, and in the process, change perceptions of beauty.” 

My model, Claire Senita is a young woman from Pittsburgh who traveled to the Lehigh Valley to allow me to be her photographer for this year’s Bold Beauty Project titled Grit & Grace. I was able to work with the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem to have early access to the museum and use their exhibits as my backdrops.  Claire was an exceptionally great model and an amazing young woman who has worked to overcome her disabilities by sheer determination and drive.  The link to the exhibit and more about the program is http://www.boldbeautyproject.com/about/

The first image was shote using the Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II camera and the M.Zuiko ED 25 mm f1.2 PRO lens.  The settings were ISO 200, 25mm, f/1.2, 1/100 sec. This image was used to market the event and program. 

The second image, same camera using the M.SZuiko 45mm, f/1.2, 1/400 sec.  


 

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First Friday at the Banana Factory - Bethlehem PA

Bethlehem has a great arts community and I am fortunate enough to be involved through my photography and serve on the ArtsQuest Visual Arts Board.  The Banana Factory is a home to local area artists occupying their studios.  There are 30 studios, several galleries and classrooms where artists from all mediums work and display their works.  The Banana Factory also includes the Glass Factory where glass is blown by expert artists.  

Each month on the 1st Friday, the Banana Factory opens up its doors for anyone to come in and meet the artists.  I enjoy going studio to studio to see the artists ranging from painting, ceramics, sculpting and photography (to name a few) and capturing a few “in-studio” shots.  Every artist is different and their passion for their craft is clearly evident.  

Both of the images were taken using the Olympus PEN-F camera and the M. Zuiko ED 17mm f1.2 PRO lens. The settings for the 1st image are: ISO 500, 17mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec. The second images settings were ISO 400, 17mm, f1.2, 1/80 sec. 

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What's New In My Bag...

M.Zuiko ED 17mm f1.2 PRO

Olympus continues to produce amazing craftsmanship in their professional lenses.  The M.Zuiko ED 17mm f1.2 PRO is one of their pro model lenses designed for landscapes and street photography, two of my favorite things!  This has become one of my go-to lenses.  

The advanced ED-DSA element is truly unique, reducing the lens’ size while improving performance, and the lightweight focusing mechanism is quiet, fast, and accurate. 

The lens has superior low light performance and like all of their equipment is light weight, easy to carry and is also dust proof and splash proof.  Here are a few of the images from the lens.

To see more about the lens go to http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/lenses/m-zuiko-ed-17mm-f1-2-pro.html



Both of these images were shot using the Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II camera using the lens referernced above.  The settings for the first image was ISO 200, 17mm, f/2.5, 1/320 sec. The second one is ISO 200, 17mm, f/1.2, 1/800 sec. 

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My New Toy...

DJI Spark

Over the holidays Santa brought me a new drone, the DJI Spark. I have been experimenting with the drone over the past several months and have been getting a little more comfortable (and willing to push the limit) flying the drone.  The perspective from 50’ to several hundred feet above the ground is amazing to capture.  The drone is very easy to navigate and I am thankful I have not had to go swimming to rescue the drone.  Click on the image to see the video. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

New York High LineJune 3, 2018
Bergen County Camera
High Line Photo Walk 
Cape May Photography Club 
June 4, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
Architecture - Out with the Rule Book 
Churchville Photography Club 
June 18, 2018
7:00 PM Workshop
Architecture - Out with the Rule Book 
Adorama Presentation & Photo Walk 
June 27, 2018
Occulus & Freedom Tower, NYC
Dan's Camera
October 18 & 20th
Jim Thorpe Presentation & Photo Walk

 
InVision Photo Festival
Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA  
November 2-4, 2018
InVision Photo Fesitval

 
Horizon Workshops Presentation
Architecture & Abstracts
Delaware
November 4, 2018
HorizonWorkshops

 
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