T.J. Powell | Photography: Blog http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog en-us (C) T.J. Powell tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:53:00 GMT Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:53:00 GMT http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/img/s1/v56/u708523184-o738089505-50.jpg T.J. Powell | Photography: Blog http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog 120 120 Twinsburg High School Girls Varsity Volleyball Tri-Match http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/9/twinsburg-high-school-girls-varsity-volleyball-tri-match The Twinsburg High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Team played a Tri-Match this past Saturday.    They played the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Glenoak High School.  The Twinsburg walked away with a victory in both matches!

I was there to capture the action.  I have some of my favorite photos shown below.  Plus. there is a gallery of all the photos at the bottom of this post.

All of the photos can be found in this gallery.

Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) High School Sports High School Varsity High School Volleyball Sports Twinsburg High School Sports Twinsburg High School Volleyball Varsity Volleyball http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/9/twinsburg-high-school-girls-varsity-volleyball-tri-match Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:52:36 GMT
Twinsburg Girls Varsity Soccer vs Walsh Jesuit High School http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/8/twinsburg-girls-varsity-soccer-vs-walsh-jesuit-high-school The Twinsburg High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team played the Walsh Jesuit High School Soccer Team on Thursday this week.  Walsh defeated Twinsburg by 4-1.  I was there to capture the action.  I have some of my favorite photos shown below.  Plus. there is a gallery of all the photos at the bottom of this post.

All of the photos can be found in this gallery.

Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) High School Soccer High School Sports High School Varsity Soccer Sports Twinsburg High School Girls Soccer Twinsburg High School Soccer Twinsburg High School Sports Varsity http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/8/twinsburg-girls-varsity-soccer-vs-walsh-jesuit-high-school Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:50:25 GMT
Twinsburg Boys Varsity Soccer vs South Euclid - Lyndhurst Brush High School http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/8/twinsburg-boys-varsity-soccer-vs-south-euclid---lyndhurst-brush-high-school The Twinsburg High School Varsity Soccer Team played the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Brush High School Soccer Team on Thursday this week.  Twinsburg defeated Brush by 4-2.  I was there to capture the action.  I have some of my favorite photos shown below.  Also I created a video slideshow of a goal by Twinsburg and a video of the Twinsburg Goalie warming up before the game.   Plus. there is a gallery of all the photos at the bottom of this post.

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) High School Soccer High School Sports High School Varsity Soccer Sports Twinsburg High School Boys Soccer Twinsburg High School Soccer Twinsburg High School Sports Varsity http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/8/twinsburg-boys-varsity-soccer-vs-south-euclid---lyndhurst-brush-high-school Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:47:35 GMT
Twinsburg vs Strongsville Football Scrimmage http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/8/twinsburg-vs-strongsville-football-scrimmage Last Thursday Night Twinsburg High School Football held a Scrimmage against Strongsville.  I went to the scrimmage to see what types of photos I could capture at a football game.  I walked away very happy with my results.  there are a few pf my favorites below and a slideshow of all the photos.  I am very excited to shoot the upcoming season.  The season starts next Friday with a game against Solon.  Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Football High School Sports Sports Twinsburg High School Football Twinsburg High School Sports http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/8/twinsburg-vs-strongsville-football-scrimmage Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:14:21 GMT
Twinsburg Boys Varsity Soccer vs N Olmsted HS http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/8/twinsburg-boys-varsity-soccer-vs-n-olmsted-hs The Twinsburg High School Varsity Soccer Team held their opening game on Monday this week.  They played against North Olmstead High School Varsity Soccer Team.  North Olmstead defeated Twinsburg by a score of 1 to zip.  I was there to capture the action.  I have some of my favorite photos shown below and there is a gallery of all the photos at the bottom of this post.

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) High School Soccer High School Sports High School Varsity Soccer Sports Twinsburg High School Boys Soccer Twinsburg High School Soccer Twinsburg High School Sports Varsity http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/8/twinsburg-boys-varsity-soccer-vs-n-olmsted-hs Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:24:39 GMT
Rick Sammon's Backyard Workshop (Croton-on-Hudson, New York) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/7/rick-sammons-backyard-workshop-croton-on-hudson-new-york

I attended the Rick Sammon Photography Backyard Workshop this past weekend in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. 

The photo shown above is a portrait of a model that we had the pleasure to photograph as part of the Flash Photography portion of the workshop.  I took this photo outside using natural light.

I attended this workshop along with about 10 others and had a great time. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to become more familiar with Portraits (Models), HDR, Flash Photography, Lightroom (or Photoshop), Plugins, etc.

During the workshop we visited the New Croton Dam, Hudson River for Sunset, Buddhist Temple, etc. You can find out more about Rick's Workshops on his website at http://ricksammon.com/

Below you will find a slideshow of the photos I took, you can link to a gallery of the images as well.

My favorite photos are below:

     

And a Slideshow of all the photos!

Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Bodies of Water Color Efex Pro Event HDR Lake Nik Software PhotomatixPro Portrait Religious Buildings Rick Sammon's Backyard Workshop River Silver Efex Pro Stream Sunset Waterfall iPhoneography http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/7/rick-sammons-backyard-workshop-croton-on-hudson-new-york Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:47:38 GMT
Sunrise at the Hinckley Reservation - Cleveland Metroparks http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/5/sunrise-at-the-hinckley-reservation---cleveland-metroparks Photo from an early morning trip to Hinkley Lake in the Hinkley Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Photo taken on May 2, 2015. This was a 3 bracket exposure (-2, 0, +2) that was merged as an HDR in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC/6. This is the first I have tried doing this with LightRoom. I really like the final result as I was able to pull out details from the shadows. Plus it is a very realistic looking shot. I think I will be using this more often than I used the traditional HDR before.

The location was planned using The Photographer's Ephemeris, this is a very useful tool to determine the location of the sun and moon throughout the day anywhere on Earth.  They have Desktop and Mobile Versions of the app.  I have been using it for quite some time and I love it.  Here is a screenshot of the location where I took these photos.

Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Bodies of Water Cleveland Metroparks HDR Hinckley Reservation Lake LightRoomHDR Parks Sunrise http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/5/sunrise-at-the-hinckley-reservation---cleveland-metroparks Sat, 02 May 2015 21:55:50 GMT
Anna and Elsa in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/4/anna-and-elsa-in-the-disney-festival-of-fantasy-parade I shot this photo of Anna and Elsa in December 2014 during the Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This was shot with a full frame camera, the Canon 5D Mark II using the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L at 200mm.  I carry this lens around so that I can get closeups of parades, etc.

Have a magical day!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Anna Disney Characters Elsa Festival of Fantasy Parade Magic Kingdom Main Street U.S.A. The Hub WDW Walt Disney World Walt Disney World Parade Walt Disney World Park http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/4/anna-and-elsa-in-the-disney-festival-of-fantasy-parade Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:39:02 GMT
Belle and Beast n the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/4/belle-and-beast-n-the-disney-festival-of-fantasy-parade I shot this photo of Belle and Beast in December 2014 during the Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This was shot with a full frame camera, the Canon 5D Mark II using the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L at 200mm. This is not cropped other than getting it to be square. I carry this lens around so that I can get closeups of parades, etc.

Have a magical day!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Beast Belle Disney Characters Festival of Fantasy Parade Magic Kingdom Main Street U.S.A. The Hub WDW Walt Disney World Walt Disney World Parade Walt Disney World Park http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/4/belle-and-beast-n-the-disney-festival-of-fantasy-parade Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:30:09 GMT
Frozen Blue Hen Falls http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/3/frozen-blue-hen-falls

Made a trip to the Frozen Blue Hen Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park this past Sunday. In Northeast Ohio we have not been above freezing since Feb 11th or so. The falls are completely frozen over. I have never seen this much ice at the falls before. We could barely hear running water and inly saw a faint drip of water on the ice.

This photo was rendered into Black and White from a color photo in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. I used Silver Efex Pro in the Nik Collection by Google to create this. The Black and White was able to bring out the textures on the snow and I think it gave it much more dynamic look. Your thoughts?

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Blue Hen Falls Bodies of Water CVNP Cuyahoga Valley National Park Nik Software Parks Silver Efex Pro Waterfall http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/3/frozen-blue-hen-falls Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:44:35 GMT
Viaduct Park in the Bedford Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/2/viaduct-park-in-the-bedford-reservation-of-the-cleveland-metroparks Last weekend the boys and I went to the Great Falls of Tinkers Creek in Viaduct Park which is located in the Bedford Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Photo shot in Feb 2015 after a very frigid week and after a signifigant snowfall.

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Bedford Reservation Cleveland Metroparks Parks Snow Stream Viaduct Park Waterfall http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/2/viaduct-park-in-the-bedford-reservation-of-the-cleveland-metroparks Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:51:19 GMT
Project 365 - January 2015 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/2/project-365---january-2015

I have started my 3rd year of the 365 Project. This is my calendar of shots from January. 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/2015-365

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) project365 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2015/2/project-365---january-2015 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 02:38:46 GMT
Luminocity (Twinsburg, Ohio) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/12/luminocity-twinsburg-ohio The City of Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township held their first ever Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony over the weekend. It was a great event that started at the Twinsburg Government Center and then proceeded down Ravenna Road to Twinsburg Township Square.

The event was hosted by Louie the Elf and his cast of characters. They encouraged the attendees to wear "elf attire" and asked them to accessorize it with lights and other items. When you arrived they provide glow necklaces.

After the Government Center was lit up the crowd marked down Ravenna Road to Twinsburg Township Square to light up a huge Christmas Tree. When we arrived there they had set up food stands and were handing out snacks.

At the square they had the Ohio Burn Unit Performing. They brought a spectacular show of fire. After the tree was lit there was another surprise when fireworks were set off. None expected this and I did not see it in any of the advance literature for the night.

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/12/luminocity-twinsburg-ohio Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:02:31 GMT
Project365 for November 2014 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/11/project365-for-november-2014 I am now 11 months into my 365 Project for 2014.    What is a 365 project?  This is a project where you take a photo a day to document and remember what you did that day.  Most people also post the photo online or collect them and put them on a calendar.

I am doing this project entirely with my iPhone

This image shows all of the photos I took in November in a calendar view.

You can visit my 2014 Project look back at my 2013 Project.

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Balloon Classic Invitational (North Canton, Ohio) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/7/balloon-classic-invitational-north-canton-ohio

Before work Friday I went to the Balloon Classic Invitational in North Canton at the Kent State Stark Campus. This was the Media Flight. The conditions were great for lift off.

I saw plenty of balloons and some of the ones that had chase vehicles with websites addresses on them were Peg Leg Pete, Aloft Horizons, Airtime Balloon Company, and St. Louis Ballooning Adventures.

Take a look below and there are more in the Photo Gallery. I have been to this event previously, check out my priors years adventures on the blog.

Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/7/balloon-classic-invitational-north-canton-ohio Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:34:15 GMT
Project 365 - February 2014 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/3/project-365---february-2014

I am now 2 months into my 365 Project for 2014.  This image shows all of the photos I took in February in a calendar view.

I am using my iPhone with the CollectPhotoApp, get it at http://collectphotoapp.com/

You can visit my 2014 Project at http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/2014-365 and you want to look back at my 2013 Project take a look at the photos at http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/2013-365

Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) 2014-365 365 collectphotoapp iphoneography project365 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/3/project-365---february-2014 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:15:00 GMT
Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre – Through the Looking Glass http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/2/twinsburg-youth-community-theatre-through-the-looking-glass Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre - Through the Looking Glass (2014)

I spent the last month shooting photos for the Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre Production of “Through the Looking Glass“.   I was asked by the mother of one of the boys on my sons soccer teams to take them.  She knows that I shoot the soccer games and likes what I have done with them.  I had never shot a theatrical production before but I found it was similar to indoor soccer, you had low light and sometimes it was fast moving.

Press Photos

It first started with Press Photos to send to the local newspapers and media outlets.  I took these in a controlled environment where I was able to use my Canon Speedlites and my 43″ Octagonal Apollo Orb by Westcott.  These photos are in the Press Photos Album. and you can see my favorite below.

Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre - Through the Looking Glass (2014)Julianne Kuchcinski - Red Herald, Dean Curran - Red Knight

Performance Photos

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 Lightroom 5 in post processing to get the colors to look right by adjusting the White Balance.

Before I could begin the post processing I had to take to the photos.  This was difficult as the lighting was often dark.  I used my Canon 5D Mark II with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L to capture the scenes.  I was often shooting with a shutter speed slower than 1/200 seconds, even at high ISO and shot wide open at f/2.8, so I used my Induro AM34 Alloy 8M Monopod to steady the camera so that I could get shots that were sharp.  This combination and set-up worked well.  One of the performance photos is below and you can visit my favorite photos in this album and all of the photos are located here.

Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre - Through the Looking Glass (2014)Evening Performance (07 February 2014)

Staged Photos

We also did a Staged Photoshoot before one of the performances.  During this we took close up shots of the actors in full costume.  In addition we were able to take family photos as a large number of the performers were family members.  We had parents performing with children, siblings with siblings, etc.  Below is a photo and you can see more in this album.

Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre - Through the Looking Glass (2014)Staged Photos, Closeups, Family Members, Etc

Full Cast Photo

We were also able to take a full cast photo during our staged photo event.  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.

Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre - Through the Looking Glass (2014)Full Cast Photo formated to fit on a 16x20 or 8x10 without cropping

Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Cast Theatre Theatrical Performance Through the Looking Glass Twinsburg Youth & Community Theatre http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/2/twinsburg-youth-community-theatre-through-the-looking-glass Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:00:00 GMT
Project 365 - January 2014 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/project-365---january-2014 I am now 1 month into my 365 Project for 2014.  This image shows all of the photos I took in January in a calendar view.

I am using my iPhone with the CollectPhotoApp, get it at http://collectphotoapp.com/

You can visit my 2014 Project at http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/2014-365 and you want to look back at my 2013 Project take a look at the photos at http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/2013-365

Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) 2014-365 365 collectphotoapp iphoneography project365 http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/project-365---january-2014 Sat, 01 Feb 2014 02:37:12 GMT
Kent State University Twinsburg Regional Academic Center http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/kent-state-university-twinsburg-regional-academic-center Kent State University Twinsburg Regional Academic Center I was going through my photos that I have not processed and I found this. it was taken on Sept 26th (2013). This is the Kent State University Twinsburg Regional Academic Center. It was a quick shot on the way in the door to a meeting of the Northeast Ohio Medical Response Corps (NEOMRC). I took this using the Canon EOS M w/ the 22mm lens.

I thought it was nice to look back and find a photo of a much warmer day than we are having now. Today started around -8 degrees F.

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) kentstate ohio twinsburg http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/kent-state-university-twinsburg-regional-academic-center Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:49:16 GMT
Frozen Brandywine Falls http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frozen-brandywine-falls Frozen Brandywine FallsThe 2nd Polar Vortex of the 2013-2014 Winter Season has frozen the falls. There is a small portion of open water at the top of the falls and the moving water disappears behind the ice and goes over. The 2nd Polar Vortex of the 2013-2014 Winter Season has frozen the falls. There is a small portion of open water at the top of the falls and the moving water disappears behind the ice and goes over.

I have never seen the falls like this and it looks spectacular. Another Polar Vortex is about to his us and Tuesday has a forecasted high of zero degrees fahrenheit. I wonder what it will look like in a few days, only time will tell.

Enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) brandywinefalls cuyahogavalleynationalpark cvnp niksoftware http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frozen-brandywine-falls Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT