Life Captured Frame By Frame

What the what?

Where in the world….
Have I been??! Well I took a hiatus, yes I am going to try to fix this soon and write more as well post a few more photos. But I am also going to swing into a slightly different direction adding another aspect to the site subjects that I hope many will enjoy – more on that later…

I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year! Here is shot of my favorite cookie – and I also heard that Santa Claus Ho Ho Ho is also a HUGE fan…

The 4th….

Thank you
To those that served, are serving and will serve. Thank you for giving me the freedom to be able to write this. Thank you for the sacrifices that you made and will make. Thank you for putting your life on the line for mine. A debt to which payment can never be repaid.

I won’t make this a long one – I love to shoot fireworks, here are some that I have shot in the past – look forward to shooting a few more this year maybe.

Chris out.


The best…for some…
So in the last post I let you guys know that we got a puppy. Well…it is not just a puppy…it is a Belgian Malinois puppy. If you don’t know what this is you are looking at an incredibly special breed. Now having said that don’t think you need to run out and buy one. These dogs are not for the faint of heart, they take an incredible amount of your time and energy and patience. They have endless energy and annoying tendencies if that energy is not used. No problem you say?? I will walk him…half mile to mile – that will wear him out…WRONG. Let me give you an example – 3.5 miles walk last night still yearning to burn some energy. These dogs must have their minds and energy used or they will be a NIGHTMARE. The average owner should steer way CLEAR of this breed. We did a TON of research and talked to a TON of great people before. All of which tried to talk us out of it and all of which warned us and gave us the nightmare scenarios. And now looking back I would say these very talented and knowledgeable breeders know their stuff. There are times we think – GAH!!! What did we do?!?!?! Why did we do?!?!?! And other times we are good to go and not rethinking our breed or dog in general for that matter.

The trainer
Originally this part of the post was filled with someone that we thought was a good honest person. We had a pretty bad experience that I don’t wish to get into right now (if you know me in person – ask – I will divulge what I can) however through this terrible experience we did end up finding an excellent trainer. Jake took Stryker and turned him into an obedience machine that we are well pleased with.

Max…the movie
I know there are a lot of people that will see the movie Max. This is about a Belgian Malinois – and what I fear is that this movie will ruin the breed much in the same way that Lassie, 101 Dalmatians, Rin Tin Tin etc has ruined other breeds. Be fair to yourself and be more fair to the breed you are choosing – I don’t want a bunch of Mals to end up in the pound and ultimately put down due to someone thinking they can handle them because of a movie. These are special dogs with extra special needs that require a ton of training and a lot of attention to get their energies disbursed. Remember what you are seeing on the screen are multiple dogs that have been trained trained and then trained some more with an expert handler on site carefully watching over everything. Let us learn from history and preserve this great breed for what it is and what it was meant to be.

Where have you been…???

First things first…new site…new look…
If I said that I enjoyed losing information and hard work due to someone else’s inability to be what they said they were I would be lying…having said that I think that it is always good to take inventory of a situation and try to adapt and move on. With that there is a new look to the site, I am not 100% loving it yet so it might change, but for now I think we are making progress…

Where have you been…??
Well…I wish that I had a really good excuse to say that I have been traveling afar taking lots of photos and lots of adventure in the path…however this is not by any means close to what I have been up to. To be honest, I plain lost my mojo and excite to shoot…which means no posting…

Now I have not been doing nothing…in fact the addition of a puppy and kids activities have been keeping me busy as can be as well as exhausted. I also helped my good friend get the right stuff for the site he built found here Jeremy and Jessica after their marriage and life beginning together. Yes I did shoot the wedding…

Also having a kid not only compete in but bring home a first place on vault in state competition (YES!!! A STATE CHAMP!!!!) keeps you busy and traveling…as well as having another kid blooming into competition in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – we have been crazy busy…

So for today I will leave you with a photo that I took just a few weeks ago in our front yard – I really need to shoot more…

What the….

Heck is going on here?!?!? Well…because I like to try to keep it positive we will just say that it was time for some changes to be made. I have tried to keep all the post and such and will be going through and finding things that are broke or not working soon. Hopefully everything is working…stay tuned….

Photoitsu out

Photo Tip – How to get that silky waterfall…

Chris – how do you get those silky waterfalls in harsh light like you did???
So I get asked this a lot because you have to have a slow shutter to achieve the silky smooth waterfalls. Now you can get fancy with filters and such that make the camera view things a few stops below that allows for slower shutters speeds even in daylight as this was shot but I don’t even own a filter. Not that there is anything wrong with that and they absolutely have their place and time to be used…however I have never shot with one and don’t own one.

So how did I get this?? Well basic knowledge here will help out as I am not going to go through the entire exposure routine on this one…however if your camera is able to shoot at ISO 50 remember that moving from ISO 50 to 100 doubles your setting. The secret for this type of thing is to shoot at your highest FStop in this case F/22 and the LOWEST ISO in this case ISO 50.

So for the below shot I shot this with the following settings:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
ISO: 50
Focal Length: 17mm
Aperture: f/22
Exposure Time: 0.25s (1/4)
Date Taken: 2014-03-24 13:54:28
Exposure Program: aperture priority

Today’s Photo: Powerful Waterfall
So there is actually a story to this image. This photo was shot on what we thought was going to be a trip to the top of the mountain where the Chimney Tops reside. It was chilly, we were headed up to the top – got out the car, put on some warm clothes, grabbed the camera pack and tripod and off we went. Crossed over a bridge and there was this totally awesome set of rocks everywhere with water streaming awesomeness each way we looked. I of course said – hey I am going to take some shots here before start up the mountain – you guys hang out and I will be done shortly. OK great! We are going to explore. So I take some shots here and there, climb around up and down these rocks. Take a few photos of people with their cameras and such. I get finished and I go find everyone and to my surprise there is a soaking wet 11 year old explorer with a huge smile…me….ummmmm…nice job slick….are you cold? Yeah kind of – just then jumps again to another rock and *SPLASH* there he goes again…dip number two in the water. By the time we made it back to the car (which I had the best parking spot we could get and this place was CROWDED!!!) he fell in 3-4 times. Now normally this would not be an issue as I am ALWAYS prepared and carry an extra closet in my truck…however that is for me and my truck was a few states over…so yeah we did not make it past go….we did not collect any money (poor Monopoly humor here…) and headed right back to the hotel to get the poor little guy warmed up and a change of clothes. On the way up it was gorgeous, no traffic, perfect conditions. The way back to the hotel for operation “warm change” everyone must have told everyone else that conditions were perfect and that there was no traffic – because on the way down the road in WAS PACKED. so instead of planning to come back up we stayed around the hotel for another hike that was within a rock throw of the hotel. This was also nice – however there is a story for that one as well…but I will bore you with it later…as the camera did not make it out of the bag…

Behind the scenes – Watch Macro Photography

Today’s Blog: – out of the normal but in to the normal
Hello all – if you guys did not know I enjoy watches…I have many and many have me…they are a form of my precious…none really get me going the way Breitling and Casio G Shock though.

I hang out on a few watch forums and I have posted a few post with photo sets of various watches. One question that I often get asked by those GREAT group of members there is this –

“Could you please give us some tips and tricks on how you get these shots, as well as maybe a behind the scene look?”

So welcome to this post – however let me preface this with – this is NOT going to teach you the basics of a camera and I will assume that you understand FStops, shutter speeds ISO etc as well as basic exposure principals. I am going to attempt to show you all how I do this. So without further blabber from me – let’s get into this. Maybe I will do video on this as well if there is enough interest. Also if you come back and check you will see some posted with various other things that I enjoy including knives, flash lights and things that go BANG!!! All of these things are forbidden at the main forum so I am not able to post these types of things there.

Technical details:
Camera – Canon 6D
Lens – Canon 100mm Macro lens
Lighting – Cheap clamp on lights from lowes, 5000k 1600 Lumen 23w CFL (100w eqivolent)
Light box with black background

Now here is the basic setup, there is a light clamped on each side that is being diffused by the sides of the tent.

iPhone backed up as expected...Genius

Ok, so there is the basic setup, now one of the tricks is getting the proper viewing angle that clearly shows the watch face. The only time I dont worry about this is if I am getting a detail shot in close where the DOF (Depth Of Field) will blurr out the face anyways.

You will also want to play around with the apeture – also known as FStop. I go anywere between F2.8 and F11. Remember the lower the number the less will be in focus and the higher the number the more that will be in focus. You I use an ISO speed of either 3200 or 6400 – this will be dependant of the shutter speed that you are shooting. Shutter speed I move between 1/40, 1/125 or even 1/400 – this is the variable that moves around to get the exposure that you want. I typically will underexpose the shot purposely because the camera has a hard time interpretting the light situation with the two bright lights shining in. Over exposed means to bright under to dark. I typically find that 1-1.5 steps under works beautifuly. Remember that the slower the shutter the more steady hand you need. A lot of people will tell you to get a tripod – I agree with this, however for my macro work especially on these watches I hand hold ALL of them.

So below is the latest shoot that I did with the Casio G Shock Gulfmaster – it is a gorgeous piece that I really really like. Also note that I purposely used some darkening on the shots where the digitals don’t seem to viewable – I did this to draw your eye in to the subject. You will see on most that the digitals scream out at you as it should. I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did making them. Also if you have questions leave a comment and I will do my best to answer them.

Historic Cabin

Today’s Photo
This is not far from my house – within a quick walk from me yet I don’t get there as often as I could or should…

On this day a storm just got finished coming through and the skies were still reflective of that. Yet the glowing of the light spoke volumes to the mood and overall feel as I gazed into the mystery of the history I was creating in my head. The magical feel became more apparent as I stared at the cabin and the times of yesteryear danced around my head…it was a great creative scene that I hope you have fun with also.

About this cabin – below is the snippet taken from the official site found here Wartinger Historic Park <--- Click me :)

George Jarusiewic Cabin, Replica (circa 1805)
The Jarusiewic Cabin was discovered in April 1972 on North Fairfield Road. In 1972, Beavercreek resident George Jarusiewic owned the property, and his restaurant was named Scotties. George Jarusiewic wanted to preserve the old house for Beavercreek. The house was dismantled, meticulously, and rebuilt at Wartinger Park by George Jarusiewic. In the spring of 1997, the 16 by 24-foot structure was removed from the park because of insect infestation by the Beavercreek Parks, Rec. and Culture Dept. Only the fireplace was salvaged. Brady Kress, Executive Director of Dayton History made the replica, authentic to the period. Ten tons of stone made the stone fireplace from a cabin located on Sperling Lane in Beavercreek.

Resurrection – Happy Easter

Today’s Photo
Have you ever wondered why people who don’t believe still celebrate Christian holidays? Just seems odd to me…I have always wanted to ask them why but this is usually a hot topic for people so I tend to just let that question be…

Anyways – here is a shot that I took at a church in Dayton Ohio – it has significance to area but also to some in my family. I hope that they are all doing well today and all eating way to much 🙂

I hope that you have an awesome Easter and an enjoyable day.

Oh I forgot – on the food topic – I cooked my grandmothers traditional Easter Sunday meal for today – this is always bitter sweet for me as she passed on the traditions and cooking to me and made sure that I know before her last breath that I was responsible for passing them on and that she was well pleased with my cooking – in fact she said that it was better than hers and to anyone that knew her that was saying a lot! I miss her and my grandfather everyday.

Also on the food topic – I follow quite a few people on twitter however I admit that I only check in and read a handful of peoples tweets. One that I saw was this (this will be a paraphrase as I like to keep a little mystery around things) –

“You won’t get fat eating 1 bad meal – so this Easter – GO EAT! There is always tomorrow to go back to your healthy lifestyle :)” Well actually that was not even close….but yeah you get the point 🙂

The Darks Within The Lights

Today’s Photo
I took this today amidst a crazy cavern that you are not allowed to use a tripod. This was a 3 shot HDR handheld at high ISO. I am trying to gain permission to get a private setting and permission to use a tripod. Getting this was quite a challenge, but I am happy with the way it turned out.

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