T.J. Powell | Photography: Blog http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog en-us (C) T.J. Powell tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Sat, 02 May 2015 21:56:00 GMT Sat, 02 May 2015 21:56:00 GMT http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/img/s1/v56/u708523184-o738089505-50.jpg T.J. Powell | Photography: Blog http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog 120 120 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.

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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.

Enjoy!

 

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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.

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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.

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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
Sunrise over the former Twinsburg Chrysler Stamping Plant http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/sunrise-over-the-former-twinsburg-chrysler-stamping-plant Sunrise Over The Former Chrysler Stanping Plant This morning my wife ran to the office early and on the way back she saw the start of a good sunrise peeking between the clouds. When she got home she told me and I headed out. I did not expect anything like this today as it has been overcast and snowing. the clouds parted just enough to allow the sun to peek through just at sunrise. We are just getting our of one #polarvortex and have another one starting in a day or so.

This is the site of the former Twinsburg Chrysler Stamping Plant that closed down a few years ago. They are in the process of converting the land to other uses. You can see the construction equipment. Had this photo been taken about one week earlier you would have seen the offices of the old plant. The offices were just removed in past week.

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) caterpillar constructionsite northeastohio ohio polarvortex snow sunrise twinsburg http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/sunrise-over-the-former-twinsburg-chrysler-stamping-plant Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Winter Soccer http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/winter-soccer Twinsburg AC Soccer2014-01-11, U10B, Twinsburg - White v Solon - Red My kids winter soccer season has started. Our youngest played in his first game today. They played the Solon Soccer Club.

This winter we are playing at Force Sports. You can see my son going after the ball in the photo. The rest of the photos are  in the Album located at http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/twinsburg-ac-soccer-2013-2014-season-u10-winter-boys-20140111

Technical Info

Shooting at this venue is extremely difficult. The light is low and in order to get my shutter speed up to around 1/1000 or faster I have to shoot at ISO 12800 at f/2.8. At this high of an ISO introduces a great deal of noise into the photo. I used +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to process the photos and with it I am able to clean up a lot of the noise. I really wish they had better lighting but that will never happen :)

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Soccer Sports Twinsburg AC Soccer U10B http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/winter-soccer Sun, 12 Jan 2014 02:00:00 GMT
Frozen Blue Hen Falls http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frozen-blue-hen-falls Yesterday I made a trip to Blue Hen Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to photograph the falls under ice. The falls were completely iced over. The photo you see here of the falls is a HDR photo.

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) blue hen falls cuyahoga valley national park cvnp ice icefall ohio snow summit county waterfall winter http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frozen-blue-hen-falls Mon, 06 Jan 2014 01:45:23 GMT
365 Project - 2013 Edition http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2013/12/365-project---2013-edition Today I completed my 365 Project for 2013. 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 occasionally here on Google+. You can also see all of the photos I took in Hi-Res on my Photography Website at http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/2013-365 It has been enjoyable and I intend on keeping this going into 2014!

Happy New Year!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) 2013-365 365 365project http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2013/12/365-project---2013-edition Wed, 01 Jan 2014 01:12:27 GMT
New 500px Profile http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2013/12/new-500px-profile

500px has been rolling out their new profiles. I was selected as one of the early to be rolled into it. It is great to see 500px working on how to show Photography . If you’d like to visit my port, please go to http://500px.com/TJPowell/

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) 500px http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2013/12/new-500px-profile Sun, 22 Dec 2013 03:47:54 GMT
Fall Hiking Spree http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2013/12/fall-hiking-spree Summit County Metroparks Fall Hiking Spree (2013)

Earlier this month the boys and I completed the Fall Hiking Spree in the Metroparks Serving Summit County. This is the 50th year they have held the Fall Hiking Spree. We got the hiking sticks and the first bad for them last year, this year we received a bad to attach the sticks. This consisted of hiking 8 trails in the system during the months of September, October and November (this year it was extended until December 15th due to the Federal Government Shutdown and the confusion as to if the Summit County Metroparks were shutdown or not). Most of the trails are between 1 and 3 miles and not very difficult.

The photo above was taken at Nature Realm after the completion of the final hike on December 1st. 

Get out there and hike and enjoy!

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tj@tjpowell.net (T.J. Powell | Photography) Deep Lock Quarry Fall Hiking Spree Furnace Run - Brushwood Area Ledges Trail Liberty Park Nature Realm Parks Summit County Metroparks http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/blog/2013/12/fall-hiking-spree Sun, 22 Dec 2013 03:21:20 GMT