Posts Tagged ‘Allentown

12
Dec
17

Autumn’s Last Light

I shot these images a couple days ago (before our snowstorm) on a frosty morning in the Lehigh Parkway. I suspect these may be the last ones with color until next year. All images were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII and the M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 PRO lens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30
May
17

Muhlenberg College Chapel

A couple of weeks ago my friend Dave Rehrig and I decided to head over to Muhenberg College and photograph the Chapel. I have never seen it before and I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised. It had a very gothic feel and as such, I thought the images would be best viewed in a black & white. In order to capture the glass windows behind me, I used the Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII paired with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 fisheye PRO lens. Take notice to the light fixtures. The subsequent images of the fixtures were shot with the M. Zuiko ED 12-100mm PRO IS lens in order to give me some compression with the shot.

18
Apr
17

Trexler Park – Long Exposures

This past weekend I had it in my head that I wanted to accomplish some long exposures in an area by a beautiful foot bridge in Trexler Park, Allentown, PA. Having been there the week before, I had a pre-conceived plan of how I wanted to approach the composition. The only thing I needed was the cooperation of Mother Nature. She was a bit finicky at the start. But in the end, she came through for me. Note: All of the following images utilized a 10 stop neutral density filter and were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII paired with the M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO.

ISO 64, 10mm, f/16, 60.0 secs.

This next image was taken using Olympus’ “Live Composite” mode. By using this approach, I am able to create a more painterly effect in the sky. This is accomplished by setting the camera to expose every 2 seconds. The total time on this image was 3 minutes.

ISO 200, 9mm, f/5.6, 180 secs

This final image is a shot of an old hunting cabin adjacent to the the foot bridge.

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28
Nov
16

Trans Siberian Orchestra (TSO)

Last week I saw one of the most amazing concerts of my life, The Trans Siberian Orchestra. They performed in Allentown at the PPL Center. They have restrictions on camera equipment (based on size), but, because I brought my Olympus Pen-F, I was able to shoot the concert. All images were shot handheld with the M.Zuiko ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II.

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06
Sep
16

Tales of the Great Allentown Fair

The following images are a collection of my perception of the life and stories of the Allentown Fair. In order to capture these images, it required me to first start a dialog with my subjects, and then after gaining their trust, I would take the picture. This requires one to step out of there comfort zone and try to become a small part of the “culture”. All of the images were shot handheld with the Olympus PEN-F and in many cases the exposures were in excess of a half of a second. I was only able to accomplish this because of the Olympus built in image stabilization system. One additional bonus from this shoot, is that it happened to be the day KISS performed, which provided some additional characters for the evening.

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07
Jul
16

It’s-A-Com 2016

A couple of weeks ago Lehigh Valley Itz-A-Con held there 2nd annual event in Allentown, PA. The event is all about steampunk, comics and movie characters. It was quite the photographic opportunity. All images shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII.

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25
Jun
16

Bogert’s Covered Bridge 175th Anniversary

On Sunday, June 12, 2016 Bogert’s Covered Bridge celebrated its 175 Anniversary. Bogert’s is located in the Lehigh Parkway which is part of the Allentown, PA city parks. This is a location I enjoy shooting. There were many groups present for the celebration. I especially enjoyed the reenactors. I was fortunate to have met Gen. U.S. Grant (aka Ken Serfass), President Abraham Lincoln (aka Rich Neely) and Fife player (aka Chris Zimmerman). These three gentlemen were a pleasure to photograph. All images were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the 12-40mm f2.8 Pro or the 7-14mm f2.8 Pro lens.

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08
Jun
16

After the Rain

For many of us in the northeast, we had a fairly rainy weekend. This sends a lot of photographers to the indoors when this occurs. However, I find that this is where and when the opportunities present themselves. This is a time frame when I change up my gear and, for me, the the ideal equipment is my rugged Olympus TG-4 waterproof, crushproof & freezeproof camera. It has a very fast f2.o lens and allows me to shoot in RAW. All of the images were shot in the “Super Macro” mode.

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26
May
16

Historic Bridge Details

I’m fortunate to live in an area that has diversity as it relates to contemporary & historic structures. However, I find myself drawn more to the historic structures. These two images were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO lens. This lens has a full frame 600mm equivalent which is great for creating compression in the image. Which was what I was trying accomplish with these images.

This covered bridge is know as Bogert’s Bridge. It was built in 1841-42. It takes its name from the Bogert family. Peter Bogert purchased the land on which the bridge is located in 1744 as part of his farm. Its most distinctive feature is two long arch trusses resting on abutments at either end. Of which, was my focus for the following images.

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08
Mar
16

Frank T. Smith Photographer as Seen by PBS

This past fall I was asked to do a presentation on my recent visit to Cuba for the Olympus InVision Photo Festival in Bethlehem , PA. During my preparation for the presentation, PBS39 asked if they could do a story on me because of my connection to the region and as an advocate of InVision. Here is the story.




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