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January 2020 – Happy New Year Newsletter

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Welcome 2020 – Perfect Vision-

Let the light shine through…A new decade is ahead of us and an amazing decade has just passed.  I am sure as is true for many of you, there is a lot to reflect back on in the past decade and so much to look forward to as we begin 2020.  I am not about resolutions however I am all about being grateful for so much to be thankful for and the opportunity to continue to capture people, nature, cultures and structures in unique and creative ways.  20-20 has a unique connotation- to see clearly!  Here is to capturing all that life brings forth in the new year!  Let the light shine through…
This image was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X using the M Zuiko ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO with the settings of ISO 500, 12 mm; f/1.8, 1/50th sec.

OM-D E-M5 Mark III

The latest new camera in my bag.  As Olympus says:  SMALLER, LIGHTER, AND SO MUCH SMARTER.

If you’re tired of lugging around heavy DSLR camera bodies and lenses, the OM-D system is a revelation. It’s smaller, lighter, and more portable, providing you greater freedom of movement to capture any image. OM-D lets you enjoy photography instead of feeling weighed down by bulky gear.

The E-M5 MARK III is 55%smaller and 64%lighter compared to average DSLR systems (as of October 2019)

And check out the image quality taken in Cleveland Ohio.
This image was taken with the OM-D E-M5 Mark III with the M.ZUIKO ED 7-14 MM F2.8PRO. Settings ISO 200, 7 mm, f/4.8, 1/125th second.

Disney – May the Force Be with you

If you have not seen the new Star Wars Movie –  drop what you are doing and go see it!  In October we surprised our grandkids with a Disney Trip.  I could fill this entire newsletter with favorite photos from the trip as it was totally magical.  I did take the opportunity to capture a few images that will have you feeling like you are on the Star Wars movie set.  Disney’s recreation of the Millennium Falcon was nothing short of amazing.  The ride, by the way was well worth the wait!

For this image I used the Olympus  OM-D E-M5 Mark III  paired with the M.Zuiko ED 12-40 mm f2.8 PRO. Settings ISO 200, 12 mm, f5.6, 1/320th second.

Tucson Arizona – Visionary Summit

I just recently came back from the Olympus Visionary Summit in Tucson Arizona where I had the opportunity to photograph some desert shots.  It is such an honor and privilege to work with the Olympus team and my fellow visionaries –  having the opportunity to share ideas, techniques and learn more ways to leverage the amazing Olympus equipment & technology.

I used the OM-D E-M1X paired with the M.ZUIKO ED 12-100mm F4 ISO PRO lens.  The settings for the first shot were ISO 200, 17mm, f/20, 1/80th second. The second image was ISO 200, 29mm, f/6.3, 1/100th second.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

This fall I was invited to present to the Chagrin Valley Camera Club and lead a photowalk in Cleveland.  One of my favorite elements to photograph is architecture and this was a perfect setting for me. As I stood outside of the the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, I was able to capture these images.  What inspired me was the graphic details of the buildings and I am pretty sure I could hear the music in my photos!

Both images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-MIX using the M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO lens.  The settings on the first image were ISO 200, 9mm, f/8.0, 20.0 seconds.The second image settings were ISO 200, 7mm, f/8.0, 5.0 seconds.

Jim Thorpe in the Fall

This has become an annual outing with Dan’s Camera and Olympus.  Each year I lead a photowalk through Jim Thorpe capturing iconic buildings; trains and the beautiful fall foliage.  This is basically in my backyard and each year I find new and creative elements to photograph.  You can also check out the video I created for the participants which depicts the photoshoot. The image was shot with Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the M. Zuiko 12-100 F4.0 IS PRO  with the settings of ISO 250, 20 mm, f/9.0 and 1/60th second.

Johnson Photo Imaging – Bradeonton, Florida

I was recently with the crew from Johnson Photo Imaging presenting several photo workshops and leading a few photowalks on behalf of Olympus.  Such a great time walking through Braedenton with the team from Olympus and Johnson Photo Imaging.  Here are a few images from the photowalks.

For both images I used the Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark III using the M. Zuiko 12-100 F4 ISO PRO lens. The settings for the first image were ISO 200, 100mm, f/6.3 and 1/640th second.  The settings for the second image were ISO 1250, 100mm,  f/6.3 and 1/200th second.

The Camera Shop of Muskegon

Nothing like a midwest welcome.  From the moment I arrived, through the weekend  with the team at the Camera Shop of Muskegon, we had a blast sharing about the Olympus system and actively photographing the area.  Muskegon is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Here are a few images I captured.

Both of these images were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III. I used the M.Zuiko ED 9-18mm F40-5.6 for the first image and the settings for the first image were ISO 200, 9mm, f/10 and 1/800th second.For the second image I used the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8PRO lens with the settings at ISO 500, 7mm, f/5.6 and 1/60th second.

New York, New York

Architecture, street photography and culture are all synonymous with New York City.  I was born in Brooklyn and New York is always a favorite place for me to photograph.  It is so rich in history and each building in town tells a story.

Here is a shot I took from outside of B & H while I was presenting information about the new camera in a series called “Break Free and See the New Olympus E-M5 Mark III”.

This image was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III with the M. Zuiko 17 mmF1.2PRO. The settings were ISO 200, 17mm, f2.0 and 1/100th second.

Network Magazine – Lehigh Valley

Network Magazine is the Lehigh Valley’s high end business-leader driven magazine that began its publications in the summer of 2015.  This magazine is published quarterly and I have been the cover photographer since its inception.  The magazine wanted a local look and came to me to share images that they select for each issue that are converted to black and white.  Here is the most recent cover image.  To see more about the magazine, click here.

Following me on Instagram & Facebook?

New Year begins new travel opportunities and I wanted to let you know that I will be sharing images along the road on Instagram and Facebook.

If you are not already following me, I invite you to find me on Instagram at @franktaylorsmith or you can click on this link from your web browser: & on Facebook at

Coming up – Workshops and Presentations

I have several presentations and workshops coming up over the next few months that offer instructional content as well as hands on workshops.  Please check out the links below to see if you can join me.  Please also check out my website for presentation updates at as events may get added.

Chester County Camera Club
Travel Photography
May 13, 2020
South Jersey Camera Club
Creative Elements of Architecture
May 14, 2020
Focal Planes Camera
Creative Elements of Architecture
June 11, 2020
Doyelstown Camera Club
Nordic Travels Presentation
June 8, 2020
Pocono Camera Club
September 15, 2020_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Interested in booking a talk or workshop?
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Oculus (2 of 2) – Interior

This is a follow up post to the previous one I did on the exterior of this complex. As much as I enjoyed photographing the exterior, I found the interior to be be almost magical and again, it screamed to be monochromatic. As many of you know, I am drawn to geometric shapes and styles with a wide angle slant. I look forward to returning and finding more hidden treasures.






















































Oculus (1 of 2) – Exterior

During the months of October and November, I spent a fair amount of time in New York for various Olympus events. During one of the earlier events I went to the newly opened Oculus at the World Trade Center station. I was immediately captivated by its design and presence in relationship to the Freedom Tower. I found myself going back several times during my travels to NY trying capture different angles of the structure. Over time I went and found new vantage points to shoot from. There appears to be no limit to different photo opportunities at this place. I am a wide angle shooter and for me, this place screams fisheye & WIDE. I captured all of the images in color but I found black and white works best. If you haven’t seen this place, the next time you are in New York put it on your list of places to see.















































The Jungle’s of Panama & Costa Rica – Patterns (post 3 of 3)

This is a continuation of the the posts I did the other day (post 1 & 2 of 3). As in the other posts, all images were shot with the Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f4.0 PRO (600mm full frame equivalent) and the OM-D E-M1 & OM-D E-M5 MkII.






















The Jungle’s of Panama & Costa Rica – Flora (post 2 of 3)

This is a continuation of the the post I did the other day (post 1 of 3).  As in the other post all of these images were shot with the Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f4.0 PRO (600mm full frame equivalent) and the OM-D E-M1 & OM-D E-M5 MkII.






















The Jungle’s of Panama & Costa Rica – Fauna (post 1 of 3)

A few months ago I traveled to the jungles of Panama & Costa Rica with the primary intent of trying out the new Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f4.0 PRO lens (equivalent to 600mm full frame). I decided to break the trip into 3 posts. The first one being Fauna, the second one will be Flora and the last one will be Patterns. 80% of the images were shot with the OM-D E-M1 and the remaining ones were shot with the OM-D E-M5 MkII. The ISO’s averaged between 1,000 and 5,000. I was not disappointed with the results, however, I’ll let you be the judge.





















































Missouri State Penitentiary

I recently had the pleasure to lead a workshop with Creve Coure Camera which was sponsored by Olympus at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson, MO. The following images were taken during the workshop. This was my first experience at this location. I have photographed the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia many times, so I was somewhat familiar with what to expect. There were many similarities, but there were equally as many differences. One of the differences was that this facility had it’s own gas chamber. I must admit, I had a very eerie feeling in here. The prison operated from 1836 – 2004. Many of the images were processed in-camera with a monochromatic filter and a couple of them in HDR. The equipment I used was the Olympus PEN-F paired with the M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO & the OM-D E-M5 MkII paired with the M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO (an amazing combination).






































Welcome to the Gas Chamber


Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

A few weeks ago I did a couple photo-walks & presentations for Creve Coure Camera in St. Louis. The event was sponsored by Olympus. The first photo-walk was at the Cathedral Basilica. The following images are from the day’s shoot. I have traveled a lot domestically/overseas and have photographed my share of Cathedral/Churches and this one is at the very top of the list, as far as beauty and wow factor. The cathedral was built over a 100 years ago and was designated a basilica in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

































MacArthur Road Car Show

I always enjoy photographing car shows and this weekend was no exception. I don’t pretend to know a lot about cars, but I do enjoy capturing their various graphic elements. My friend Dave and I had shot this event a couple of years ago and thought it would be fun to check it out again. Many of these images were straight out of the camera using using the Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII “Dramatic Tone” filter. Most of these images were shot with one of my favorite lenses, the M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO.





























Manhattan from Brooklyn

A few weeks ago I traveled to New York with my friend and fellow Olympus Trailblazer Alex McClure. Our plan was to photograph the city from Brooklyn. We had done this back in November from the area around the bridges, however, we ran out of time to get shots from the this location (in front of the piers). This time, when we arrived at this location, we were greeted with a beautiful evening and a wonderful sky. I had two camera bodies with me and I used both of them for the following images (The Olympus OM-D E-M5 MarkII and the PEN-F). After we photographed the city skyline we walked up to and over the Brooklyn Bridge. The remainder of the images were from the bridge. The one with the car headlights and taillights was done in “Live Composite” mode.






















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