Commissioned Oil Painting Photos

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The blog image is a collage of photos of oil paintings by Sherry McVickar (The Barn Lady). Sherry commissioned me to photo the paintings as an alternative to Brilliant Studios.  Sherry is a very discerning artist and the collage (an 8 1/2 x 11 inch print on canvas) was provided to facilitate Sherry’s approval.  Sherry is planning to provide some of these to an art publication featuring her work.  She will also likely use them on her web site as well as provide prints of the paintings.  Post-processing for these photos was done in Lightroom.

Graffiti Underground – 6 Years Later

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The blog image was captured during our Camera Club outing at the graffiti site in December.  This is the same framing as my signature image shot 6 years after the initial image.  This one is shot a little closer however.  If you are familiar with the original image, which appears on the face of my business cards, you will note the changes in the graffiti that have taken place.  This image is an HDR image captured with a Nikkor 24-70mm lens at f/10 and 24mm.  HDR processing was done with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro and final post-processing in Lightroom 5.

2014 in Review

2014 In Review

In retrospect, 2014 was a pretty good year for my photography.   My blog image today is a partial capture of blog post images during the past year.  Click here for a complete gallery of blog images posted during 2014.  Some highlights were:

  • I participated in more art shows, some better and some not so good, than in years past.
  • My image “Market Street” was selected to grace the cover of the 2014 Membership Directory for the Chester County Bar Association.  See blog post here.
  • In January my image “Yellow Springs Studio” graced the cover of the Chester County Night School spring catalog.  See blog post here.
  • Although I have been doing a lot of baby-sitting for my granddaughter, I did manage to go on one camping/photography trip to Acadia National Park in late May and captured some really nice images.
  • In July I added a Thunderbolt docking station for my external disk drives and finally moved a copy of my images to a safety deposit box at my local bank.  See initial post here.
  • In August my image “Graffiti Underground at Sunrise” won 3rd place at the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk show.  See the blog post here.  This is the second award this image has received.
  • In September my wife and I spent a much-needed vacation at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.  Although this was my wife’s trip, I did manage to capture quite a few nice images.  Check out my initial post.
  • Once again, I taught my HDR Photography class in the Chester County Night School during the Spring and Fall sessions.  In the Fall session I also introduced an Image Post-Processing class focused on Lightroom and Photoshop.  I am currently preparing a Photography Workflow class focused on Lightroom to be taught in the Winter session beginning Jan 7.
  • I again participated in 2 Plein Air competitions, Paint the Town West Chester sponsored by CCAA and Plein Air Brandywine Valley sponsored by Children’s Beach House.
  • During the Plein Air Brandwine Valley reception my peers voted my images “Artist Choice” for photography, which also included a nice award.
  • In November I purchased an Epson 7900 printer, which will allow me to print up to 24 inches wide.  See initial blog post.
  • I have been to the Graffiti Underground site in Philadelphia so many times since my first visit there in Feb. of 2008 that I decided to put together a book using the Lightroom 5 Book Module. It is made up of 20 images showcased chronologically over that time period.  I am looking forward to receiving the finished book from Blurb.  If it turns out ok, I have ideas for 2 or 3 others.  I plan to use these in the art shows in which I participate to showcase my work.

Graffiti Site in Philadelphia

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On Dec 13 the Chester County Camera Club held a group outing at the Graffiti Site in Philadelphia.  I, along with Helen Wagner, went to the site early for sunrise shooting.  The blog image is one of my favorite shots at sunrise showing the Ben Franklin Bridge and city scape in the background.  This image was shot as a HDR Panorama (3 positions of 3 shots each) with a Nikkor 24-70mm lens at f/10 and 24mm.  HDR processing was done with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro with final post-processing in Lightroom.

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Epson 7900 Printer

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The blog image shows my new Epson 7900 printer on the right and taking up quite a bit of room in my office.  This is an early Christmas present to myself.  The image is a 4-shot panorama captured with a Nikkor 24-70mm lens at 24mm and f/8.  The 4 images were merged into the panorama with Photoshop CC with final post-processing in Lightroom.  The image dimensions are slightly skewed shooting the panorama up close with a relatively wide lens.

I have had many print customers asking if I offered prints larger than the 16×24 canvas prints that I sell and decided it is about time to provide that capability.  The Epson 7900 will print up to 24 inches wide, and has roll-feed unlike my existing Epson 3880.

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BV Plein Air – Haskell Barn

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Although I did not print this image for the Plein Air reception, I like the composition and texture of the stone garage, which runs right along Rt 100 in Chadds Ford, PA.  The blog image is an HDR panorama made up of 20 images (5-shot HDR images at 3 different positions).  The images were captured with a Nikkor 24-70mm lens at f/10 and 70mm.  HDR processing was done with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro.  The HDR images were merged into the panorama with Photoshop CC.  Final post-processing was done with Lightroom, Nik’s Color Efex Pro and Topaz Simplify.

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BV Plein Air – Marshall Street Park

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As part of the Plein Air, the Renovation Committee for Marshall St. Park offered a $500 prize for the best photograph and the best painting of of the park.  While my photo above was in the running, it did not make the final choice.  This is a 7-shot HDR image captured with a Nikkor 24-70mm lens at f/10 and 24mm.  HDR processing was done with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro with final post-processing in Lightroom.

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BV Plein Air – Milner Estate

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The blog image was captured at the Milner Estate, located at the entrance to Stroud’s Preserve in West Chester, PA.  This is a 5-shot HDR image captured with a Nikkor 24-70mm lens at f/10 and 70mm.  HDR processing was done with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro with final post-processing in Lightroom followed by Topaz Labs Simplify to provide a slight painterly look.

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BV Plein Air – Haskell Market #2

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The blog image was shot at Haskell Market on Rt. 100, south of Rt 1, in Chadds Ford, PA.   This is an HDR panorama made up of 20 images (4, 5-shot HDR images at different horizontal positions).  HDR processing was done with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro.  The 4, HDR images were merged into the panorama using Photoshop CC.  Final post-processing was done in Lightroom and Nik’s Color Efex Pro followed by Topaz Simplify to provide the slight painterly look.  If you look closely at the left center of the image, you can see Denise Vitolio, one of the Plein Air painters capturing part of the market scene.

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