T.J. Powell | Photography: Blog http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog en-us (C) T.J. Powell tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:32:00 GMT Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:32:00 GMT http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/img/s1/v56/u708523184-o738089505-50.jpg T.J. Powell | Photography: Blog http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog 120 120 DIY Sun Shade for Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (4 Door) (JKU) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/7/diy-sun-shade-for-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-4-door-jku Driving around int he sun in our Jeep Wrangler with the top off can lead to a sunburn and lots of glare, etc.  I have seen and  liked the sun shades that are on the market, I thought they were a little on the pricey side and thought about doing my own. I stumbled upon this video on YouTube by How to Wrangler. After I watched the video I knew that I could build one for our 4 door (if you have a 2 door you can build it a little shorter, there are dimensions in the video). So I gathered all the parts and got started. I verified all the measurements from the video and they seemed good.

I gathered all the parts from Home Depot, screenshot of the shopping cart and items are below:

I cut the screening material and enlisted my wife to get the sewing machine out and sewed the edges. The machine did not have any issues going through the material. She did a straight stitch followed by a zip zag across the edge of the screen, this will help to keep the edge down and prevent it ripping.

I then installed the grommets at the locations shown in the video, a screenshot is below. Only thing I might change if I did this again would be to move the ones at the front of the Jeep from 4" in from the edge to about 6".

Then I was able to move onto the bungie cords. The video gave lengths of the cords. The ones purchased are 12" (they were actually closer to 14"). I cut them down as shown but I did notice that the ones at the front of the Jeep which attach to the footman loops needed to be a little shorter than what was suggested. A screenshot from the video is below.

I installed it and here is the final product.

So, what do you think? Everything cost about $40 and that included the cost of the grommet kit, you may already have that and if you do the total cost would be around $30.

Post your comments below.

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/7/diy-sun-shade-for-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-4-door-jku Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:30:00 GMT
2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/7/2016-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-unlimited Last month we purchased a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, this is a really fun vehicle, here are some photos that I took shortly after the purchase, enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/7/2016-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-unlimited Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:30:00 GMT
Porsche of Beachwood Cars & Coffee (June 2016) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/7/porsche-of-beachwood-cars-coffee-june-2016 On June 12th, Porsche of Beachwood held their Cars & Coffee.  They had a great turnout with too many cars to count.  Most of the cars were of the "Super Car" Variety.  I had a great time.  You can visit my photos in the gallery and they are below.  The next event is August 14th (see the event page on FaceBook) and it will be held at Legacy Village.  They hope to double the turnout with the additional space.  Enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Car Show Event Vehicle http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/7/porsche-of-beachwood-cars-coffee-june-2016 Sat, 23 Jul 2016 02:30:53 GMT
Night shoot at the Midwest Railway Preservation Society http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/6/night-shoot-at-the-midwest-railway-preservation-society This past Saturday night there was a night shoot at the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.  They set up 5 trains and other props around the grounds and allowed photographers in about 8 PM to shoot past sunset.  A few people even brought out some drones.  I spent a little bit of time talking to them about the drones as they fascinate me.  I can away with the photos you see below.  Enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) AuroraHDR GTW 4070 Grand Trunk Western 4070 HDR HZRX343 Midwest Railway Preservation Society Nik Software OC1293 Ohio Central 1293 Railroad Railroad Engine Railroad Roundhouse Railroad Steam Engine Silver Efex Pro Transportation http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/6/night-shoot-at-the-midwest-railway-preservation-society Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:40:46 GMT
Summer Solstice (or There abouts) Sunset Photo Shoot http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/6/summer-solstice-or-there-abouts-sunset-photo-shoot

On Friday night I attended the "Summer Solstice (or There abouts) Sunset Photo Shoot (2016)".   This is an annual event hosted by the Facebook Group "Cool Photo Ops" and it was hosted by Ron Skinner and Dale Kincaid.    On the summer Solstice the sun sets directly down the Cuyahoga River and the sun is framed by the Railroad Lift Bridge and the Route 2 Bridge.  I have been to this one other time.  It was a very attended event with approx 60 photographers.  It was a great night and the sunset did not disappoint.  

If you are interested in how the sun sets and where we were dating the shoot you can see the image below that is a screenshot from the TPE "The Photographers Ephemeris".  This website and the Mobile Phone Apps are used by many photographers to determine the best place and the best time to shoot.

And below you can see a slideshow of the photos that I took.  You an also visit the gallery on the website.  Enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Bodies of Water Bridge Cuyahoga River Infrastructure River Skyline Skyscraper Sunset Transportation http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/6/summer-solstice-or-there-abouts-sunset-photo-shoot Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:09:14 GMT
How to take Photos of Fireworks http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/6/how-to-take-photos-of-fireworks

With the Independence Day Holiday coming up in the United States I thought that I should re-post how I like to photograpgh fireworks.    

In general, when I shoot fireworks I like to do the following:

  • Camera Settings
    • F-Stop: f/11 to f/16
    • ISO: 100
    • Shutter Speed: Use BULB Mode and keep the shutter open, I usually have it open between 5 and 10 seconds. You need to time it with the show so that you get the bursts.  Use a cable release so that you do not shake the camera as you are holding the shutter button.
    • Turn off auto focus, I like to get the focus set before it gets too dark
  • Use a very stable tripod out to long shutter speeds
  • Get their early to claim the best location for the show
  • Use a wider lens, the fireworks will most likely fill the entire sky and you will need to be very wide, I suggest around 24mm on a full frame camera and 18mm on a crop body camera
  • Bring a flashlight so that you can change settings on the camera or get something out of your camera bag.
The equipment I use consists of a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens, wired remote shutter release and an  Induro CT314 w/ a Induro BHL3 Tripod and head.  This combination of Head and Tripod is rock solid and will not budge and you need that when you leaving the shutter open for 6 seconds, any shake will be apparent on the photos. I also like to  get something in the foreground to give the shot scale and provide a reference to the environment.

Fro Knows Photo Video Tips

I ran across this video from Fro Knows Photo and he has 16 tips for shooting Fireworks.  I did not break mine down as far as he did.  Most of what he talks about is common sense.  But I did like the one tip about trying to get some crowd shots while the fireworks are going on.  If you have a second camera this would be an ideal thing to do with it while your main camera is on the tripod.


Fireworks at Walt Disney World

I have taken some of my best fireworks photos at Walt Disney World.  I believe they have the besot fireworks shows around.  Probably because they are having at least one show a day and have lots of practice.  You can visit my Gallery and I have inserted some of the photos below.




tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Walt Disney World fireworks howto http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/6/how-to-take-photos-of-fireworks Sat, 11 Jun 2016 18:44:28 GMT
Trip to Jungle Jim's International Market http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/trip-to-jungle-jims-international-market Earlier this month when visiting relatives in the Cincinnati Area we stopped at the Jungle Jim's International Market, overtime we are n the area we stop by.  It is a great place to browse and purchase unusual items.  

The following description is taken taken directly form their website.  

Jungle Jim’s International Market is more than a grocery store, it’s a destination! With more than 200,000 square feet of shopping space in each of our stores, there are over 150,000 products from which to choose.

In addition to all the grocery items, you’ll find store tours, food demonstrations and lots of fun and attractions for the whole family.

Our stores also offer more gift shops, boutiques, restaurants and conveniences than any other mega store in the region. Stop in for an hour or make a day of it. However you do it, shopping at Jungle Jim’s is an experience you won’t forget!

It is always a fun place to spend some time.  Of course, my photos are below :)  Enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/trip-to-jungle-jims-international-market Sat, 30 Apr 2016 01:35:26 GMT
Summit County Metroparks - Daffodil Trail http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/summit-county-metroparks---daffodil-trail Over the weekend I made a trip to the Daffodil Trail in the Furnace Run Metro Park of the Summit County Metroparks.  The daffodils seem to have been past  peak, I believe that the unusual Winter/Spring caused them to not be as colorful and deathly as they usually are.  I was able to get a few photos.  Enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Daffodil Flowers Summit County Metroparks http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/summit-county-metroparks---daffodil-trail Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:33:34 GMT
Twinsburg Boys Varsity Baseball vs Hudson Boys Varsity Baseball http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/twinsburg-boys-varsity-baseball-vs-hudson-boys-varsity-baseball I shot baseball for the first time tonight at the Twinsburg Boys Varsity Baseball vs Hudson Boys Varsity Baseball Game. I arrived at the game late. I had to drop Andrew off at Soccer Practice. I found that the angles stink, the play is slow, nowhere good to stand, had to shoot through a fence, etc...... But I will give it another try smile emoticon My efforts tonight are in this album.  Enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/twinsburg-boys-varsity-baseball-vs-hudson-boys-varsity-baseball Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:25:02 GMT
House of Wills http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/house-of-wills Today I went to the House of Wills in Cleveland, Ohio.  This was a photo trip organized on the FaceBook Group "Cool Photo Ops".  This was the first time I had shot and visited an "urban decay" site.  The building was in bad condition and falling apart, it was apparent that there had been some water damage and possible fire damage.  The walls were ripped apart and it appeared all of the copper pipes and electrical wires had been stolen.  It was a sad situation, it as obvious that this building was grand when at one time.  There were many viewing rooms and funeral meeting  rooms.  The main room when you walk in was a two story room that looked like it had been used for entertainment purposes with a stage, etc.  Check out the photos on this page and in the gallery.  Enjoy!


tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/house-of-wills Sun, 17 Apr 2016 01:03:12 GMT
Beam Erection on ODOT SUM-271-1413L http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/beam-erection-on-odot-sum-271-1413lledge

For my day job I got to witness the Beam Erection on the ODOT SUM-271-1413L Structure in Macedonia, Ohio.  The Contractor was installing the beams on the Rear Abutment of the Southbound Structure on 271 over Norfolk Souther Railroad / Ledge Road / North Freeway Drive / South Freeway Drive.  Of course I took my camera and got some photos.  Enjoy them here or on the photo gallery.  Enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/4/beam-erection-on-odot-sum-271-1413lledge Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:45:01 GMT
Twinsburg Boys Varsity Basketball vs Garfield Hts Varsity Basketball -- PLAYOFF GAME http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/3/twinsburg-boys-varsity-basketball-vs-garfield-hts-varsity-basketball----playoff-game Last night the Twinsburg Varsity Basketball Team went up against Garfield Hts in Solon.  This was a playoff game.  Twinsburg lost to Garfield Hts by a score of 78 to 50.

I was there to capture the action.  I have some of my favorite photos shown below.  

All of the photos can be found in this gallery.


tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Basketball High School Sports School Sports Twinsburg City Schools Twinsburg High School Twinsburg High School Football Twinsburg High School Sports Twinsburg Student Section http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/3/twinsburg-boys-varsity-basketball-vs-garfield-hts-varsity-basketball----playoff-game Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:50:12 GMT
Project 365 - Februrary 2016 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/2/project-365---februrary-2016

I am through the 2nd month of the 4th year of the 365 Projects. This is my calendar of shots from Februrary.

I take at least a photo a day with my iPhone. I then post it to various locations on the internet. You can follow along on my website at http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/2016-365


tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) project365 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/2/project-365---februrary-2016 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 01:06:38 GMT
Twinsburg TAB Middle School Wrestling Tournament http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/2/twinsburg-tab-middle-school-wrestling-tournament Over the weekend I had the opportunity to shoot the Twinsburg TAB Middle School Wrestling Tournament, this was the first time I shot any photos of wresting.  I was not sure what to expect.  This tournament had 37 schools represented, it was a crazy event.  I went on Friday night and shot some of the early matches.  I returned on Saturday night to shoot the finals.  The final standings can be found on this PAGE.  

Out of the 37 schools Twinsburg came in 4th and placed in the top 8 of 10 weight classes.

I look forward to shooting more wrestling in in the future.

The photos I took can be found in this ALBUM!


tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Sports Twinsburg High School Sports Twinsburg TAB Middle School Wrestling Tournament wrestling http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/2/twinsburg-tab-middle-school-wrestling-tournament Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:37:30 GMT
Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre – At the Corner of Broadway and Twinsburg http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/twinsburg-youth-community-theatre-at-the-corner-of-broadway-and-twinsburg

I spent the last few weeks shooting photos for the Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre Production of “At the Corner of Broadway and Twinsburg“.   

The Performance Photos were difficult to take.  The lighting levels were changing constantly.  The light color was changing with every scene and often during a scene the colors of the light would change.  It took some manipulation with Adobe Photoshop in post processing to get the colors to look right by adjusting the White Balance.

We were also able to take a full cast photo before one of the performances.  there were about 170 people in the production.    Fortunately the Twinsburg High School Auditorium has a balcony and I was able to get the cast placed on the stage and then take the photo from the balcony.  The higher perspective allowed me be able to see all the faces.  The photo was placed into a border with a description as shown below for 8×10 or 16×20 printing.

You can view all the photos in this GALLERY on my website.


tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Theatre Theatrical Performance Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/twinsburg-youth-community-theatre-at-the-corner-of-broadway-and-twinsburg Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:46:56 GMT
Twinsburg Boys Varsity Basketball http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/twinsburg-boys-varsity-basketball

I have shot three Twinsburg Boys Varsity Basketball Games since my last basketball post.  I have been bust and not put up a blog post with them.  and have not made a post about them.  The games that I shot are:

You can click on the link above and be taken to the game photos.


tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Basketball High School Sports School Sports Twinsburg City Schools Twinsburg High School Twinsburg High School Football Twinsburg High School Sports Twinsburg Student Section http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/twinsburg-boys-varsity-basketball Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:37:12 GMT
Favorite Sports Photos From 2015 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/favorite-sports-photos-from-2015

I went through my 2015 and picked out some of my sports photos.  This is a collection of Soccer, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Running, etc.

What are your thoughts?  Do you like these?  Do you like these?  Some of the people who have followed my photography suggested a few others but I had to draw the line somewhere.  Please let me know.  

You will find a slideshow below, or you can link directly to the photo album. Enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/favorite-sports-photos-from-2015 Sun, 03 Jan 2016 14:46:04 GMT
365 Project - 2015 Edition http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/365-project---2015-edition

On New Years Eve I completed my 365 Project for 2015. I started this on January 1st and I have taken at least one photo per day. This image is a college of the entire year. All of the photos were taken with the iPhone and I used the CollectPhotoApp ( http://collectphotoapp.com/ ) to keep track of my progress and make the calendars you see in the image here.

Through out the year I have also posted my progress on Facebook and Instagram. You can also see all of the photos I took in Hi-Res on my Photography Website at http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/2015-365 It has been enjoyable and I intend on keeping this going into 2014!

Happy New Year!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) 2015-365 365 365project http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/365-project---2015-edition Sat, 02 Jan 2016 19:39:31 GMT
Favorite Photos From 2015 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/favorite-photos-from-2015 I went through my 2015 and picked out some of my favorites.  I put together the photos you see below.  What are your thoughts?  Do you like these?  Do you not like these?  Please let me know.  Enjoy!

tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2016/1/favorite-photos-from-2015 Sat, 02 Jan 2016 00:25:28 GMT
Twinsburg Boys Varsity Basketball vs Wadsworth Boys Varsity Basketball http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/12/twinsburg-boys-varsity-basketball-vs-wadsworth-boys-varsity-basketball On Tuesday night the Twinsburg Varsity Basketball Team went up against Wadsworth at home in Twinsburg.

I was there to capture the action.  I have some of my favorite photos shown below.  

All of the photos can be found in this gallery.


tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Basketball High School Sports School Sports Twinsburg City Schools Twinsburg High School Twinsburg High School Football Twinsburg High School Sports Twinsburg Student Section http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/12/twinsburg-boys-varsity-basketball-vs-wadsworth-boys-varsity-basketball Fri, 25 Dec 2015 13:47:55 GMT