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March 2021 Newsletter 
"More from Close to Home"

No Passport Required
 

Amazing trails in Pennsylvania

I love to travel and to find remote and unique locations to photograph.  Despite my busy weekends, my passport is feeling neglected. 

On the positive side, over the past 12 months, I have been fortunate to get out and hike and photograph within a 2 hour radius from my house.  Pennsylvania and New Jersey have so many great parks, historic sites and trails to explore. Despite still missing the traveling, I am thankful to live in an area that offers great outdoor adventures especially since I love photographing outdoors. 

This first shot is one of the trails we would visit on weekends home. This is from the Lehigh Parkway. 

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 47mm, f/8.0, 1/800 sec


 

This next shot is also nearby. I have been wanting to photograph Cutalossa Mill for quite some time. It is such a beautiful structure built almost 275 years ago in Buck County, PA. I was hoping for a calm day with some blue sky in order to capture the reflection. Mother Nature was kind enough to briefly cooperate for me.

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 7mm, f/7.1, 1/1000 sec
 
Dingmans Falls
 

Dingmans Falls is another favorite site for me.  Although It required accessing the falls by a service road (due to the parking being closed) we still found amazing shots of the falls.  There is something very alluring to me about waterfalls and I enjoy photographing them every chance I get.  Waterfalls are great composition year round. 

The first set of falls is called Silver Thread Falls that you will pass on your way up to Dingmans Falls.  I assume the name comes from how narrow it is. This area is part of the National Park Service.

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 17mm, f/8.0, 1/20 sec

This image is Dingmans Falls. This is the second highest waterfall in Pennsylvania at 130 feet. The tallest in Pennsylvania is Raymonds Kill located in the Delaware Water Gap. 

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 12mm, f/8.0, 3.2 to 50.0 secs w/10stop ND filter
Bonus shot!  This is a small pond area at the base of Dingmans Falls. I wanted a long exposure to smooth out the water juxtaposed with icicles. This area is part of the National Park Service.

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 41mm, f/5.0, 20.0 secs w/10stop ND filter
Tracking National Historic Sites
 

Grey Towers

In searching for hiking sites (with great photography options) we have found a few local historic sites including Grey Towers in Pennsylvania and the Van Slyke Castle loop in Ramapo Mountain State Park. Both of these sites included amazing architectural photography combined with a great hike and other features along the way. 

Grey Towers National Historic Site, also known as Gifford Pinchot House or The Pinchot Institute, is located near Milford, PA. 

Here are a few images from the site.  You can also watch my video on the site here:  https://youtu.be/JFCcb5tSifU


Camera: Olympus OM- D E-MI Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 9 mm, f/8.0, 1/500 sec

The Bait Box located on the Grey Towers property was build in 1923-1926.  It was the playhouse for Gifford Bryce Pinchot, the son of Gifford Pinchot. 

Camera: Olympus OM- D E-MI Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 8mmF1.8 Fisheye PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 8 mm, f/8.0, 1/2000 sec
Bonus Shot!  This waterfall was above the Grey Tower property.  We were able to hike to the site after checking out the buildings/property. 

Camera: Olympus OM- D E-MI Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm d1.8 PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 9 mm, f/7.1, 0.8 sec
Mode:  Internal Live ND Filter
Ramapo Mountain State Park
Both the image above and the image below were captured at Ramapo Mountain State Park. The first image is the remains of a castle that was burned down in the 1950's by vandals.  What you can't see from this image is that it overlooks the New York skyline.  

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 7mm, f/18, 1/800 sec

This second image was inside the water tower at the site. 

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
Settings: ISO 500, 8mm, f/3.5, 1/1000 sec
TEDx Lehigh River
Take Two
 
In 2013 I was invited to share my Ted Talk with TedX Lehigh River and I shared about my vocation vs. my avocation.  In February, 2021, I was invited back to “update” where I am now - the transition through the pandemic.  Here is the talk.  The first few minutes are a re-cap from my original talk. Click here to see the video. 

 

Architecture
 

ArtsQuest Re-Imagined
One of my favorite photography subjects is architecture. I have been able to work with many local developers, engineers and architects in showcasing their work through my photography.  As you will see from some of these images, lines and angles create great composition and are a great marketing tool. 

Both the image above and below are from the newly designed space known as Pallette & Pour. The image above was taken with:

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 7mm, f/8.0, 1/125 sec

This is another shot from the interior space.  I love the symmetry of the blue chairs lined up.

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 7mm, f/8.0, 0.5 sec
Mary Immaculate Property
These images are from the Mary Immaculate Seminary.  The property is planned for re-development.   This first image is the property entrance view and is a long exposure.

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
Settings: ISO 64, 7mm, f/18, 50.0 sec
This image is one of the walkways on the property. I love the lines and arches. 

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 7mm, f/8.0 1/320 sec
Reflections - 
seeing more in one image

Reflections intrigue me.  When I have the opportunity to shoot a reflection - either in a puddle or in a body of water, I shoot it!  I love architectural features and when I can find the opportunity to shoot the image with its reflection, to me that is a bonus! Here are a few images that I captured recently. 

 
This image was taken on my hike at Wissahickon Valley Park on the Orange Trail. This was photographed just prior to all of the snow storms we received. I wanted to catch a small vignette a portion of the arch and of course the reflection caught my eye.

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 44mm, f/8.0, 1/320 sec
This is another reflection shot at Wissahickon Valley Park. 

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 25mm, f/8.0, 1/500 sec

TG-6 Camera
 

We got a lot of snow in February and there is no better way to spend the day then having the grandkids go tubing/sledding in the neighborhood.  The TG-6 camera does an amazing job of videoing live action (and is waterproof/weather proof).  Check out the quality of this video (click here) which was shot entirely by the TG-6,  and the amazing fun we had! 

VIDEO WORK

Over the past year I have been developing short videos of my hikes/photo shoots to share more about my tips and insights for others exploring photography.  I personally am a visual learner and I love to learn through videos. My goal is to share my planning, shooting and post processing techniques for others to be motivated. Please consider subscribing.  You can click the images below to see a few examples of my work.

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Virtual Photography Workshops and Presentations 

As many of you, I have been adapting to the virtual platforms to continue to do what I love in teaching and sharing insights on photography.  Over the last several months I have been able to connect with camera stores and photography clubs around the country to provide presentations on specific areas that I shoot.  I have also been able to connect with several of the local schools and universities who offer either direct photography programming or are hosting programming to share new skills and insights to their students such as photography. 

I am continuing to seek new opportunities to share my insights and work with camera clubs, camera stores and with virtual conferences. Click here to visit my website and speaking opportunities. 

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Upcoming Workshops & Presentations

WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS

I love to present and engage with other photographers in workshops and at events.  Over the past year, I have been fortunate to present virtually to many photo clubs, camera stores and colleges and universities. .  Not quite the same as in-person.  I still enjoy inspiring others through my work and the lessons I learn.  

Below is a list of upcoming workshops. Please check out the links below to see if you can join me.  Please also check out my website for presentation updates at https://www.franksmithphotos.com/upcoming-events as events may get added.  

DeSales University
Photography Class
March 29,2021

Longwood Library
Art of Photographing People
March 31, 2021

Lehigh Valley Photography Club
Abstract Photography
April 6, 2021

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Exploring the Magic of Night Skies
April 8, 2021

 

Stay Focused Camera Club
Architecture
April 13, 2021

South Jersey Camera Club
Art of Photographing People
May 13, 2021


 

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This image was taken locally at the Allentown Rose Garden on a slightly dreary day with misty rain. 

Camera: OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
Settings: ISO 200, 12mm, f/6.3, 1/800 sec

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