• Shutterbug Magazine Feature

    Recently I was featured in the August edition of Shutterbug Magazine talking about my passion for photography and the new Olympus PEN-F

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    ©2015 Jamie A. MacDonald

    ©2015 Jamie A. MacDonald

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  • Philadelphia Photo Workshop


    • July 16, 2016 - July 17, 2016
      8:00 am - 1:00 pm

      Join fellow Olympus Trailblazer Jamie MacDonald and myself for a 2 day workshop in the town of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA.  We will visiting some great places and capturing some amazing images.  During the workshop you will be getting instruction from, and shooting with both of us as we take you from the urban (more…)

  • San Francisco Photo Workshop

    Photo by Mike Boening http://www.memoriesbymike.zenfolio.com

    Are you looking for an amazing workshop to kick of your 2016 photographic year, if so look no further.  Check out the workshop below that I will be co leading with Derrick Story from The Digital Story.  This is the third year for this workshop and it proves to be the best now that it has been extended to three days.  There are so many great opportunities for photography in this area and Derrick has selected the best of them.  Check out the whole itinerary here at this link.

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  • Gifts for Your Street Photographer

    Photo by Mike Boening http://www.mikeboening.com

    I know there will be lists everywhere for what you should be getting people for Christmas this year and I could write a long one for gear and such.  This time though, I am going to go with things your favorite Street photographer might want.  We are a different breed of photographer and our likes differ a bit so here it goes.

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     Everybody Street Movie– $13.00 to buy or $5.00 to Rent

    If you like an edgy movie featuring some of the best street shooters around within the confines of New York City you will love this movie.

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    The Americans by Robert Frank-$23.55

    First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank’s The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In 83 photographs, Frank looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life.

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    Looking for more books?  Head over to Rocky Nook where they always have great deals on all types of books including Street Photography!

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    Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 prime lens

    In my opinion the ultimate street shooting lens for Micro Four Thirds.  Sharp and extremely fast focus.  This lens is well built and even has a manual clutch where you can shift it back and forth in and out of manual focus which I like when doing street photography.

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    Olympus 9mm f/8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Lens for Micro 4/3

    This inexpensive lens is gets packed in every bag I carry.  It can produce some amazing shots with a much different perspective.  Never leave home without it.

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    The Lens Flipper by GoWing.  This little product is great for shooting in the streets when you want just one or two extra lenses.  Great for being inconspicous in the streets.  Who needs a bag?  Throw a couple extra batteries in your pockets and an SD card, wear your small lenses over your shoulder and hit the streets.  I have done this a couple times in New York and it’s a great way to get through crowds.

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    The Camslinger Streetomatic is the Street Shooter’s bag.  I have tested it now for over a month and have come to love the simplicity of it and that’s what I like when I am shooting in the streets.  Simplicity.  I don’t want to worry about gear or what I am carrying it with.  We have had the Cosypeed CEO on the the Mirrorless Minutes Show and he is a great guy too, which means you know the product is built that way.  Worth checking out for sure.  Now it’s an Indiegogo project but soon to be delivered.

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    Gear Ties 16 Pack

    OK, this may not be for any specific type of photography but I love having these little things around to manage my corded life.  It’s a great stocking stuffer that will be used all year long.

    Photo by Mike Boening http://www.mikeboening.com

    The San Francisco Photo Workshop – April 6-9, 2017

    Invest in yourself in the new year and take a street photography workshop in one of the best places on the planet to learn, San Francisco.  You will be immersed into the culture and the streets of San Francisco with the Nimble Photographer, Derrick Story, and yours truly, me.  Taking a workshop can be so rewarding on many levels from the learning to the camaraderie, it’s a gift that just keeps on giving the whole year.

  • How Did You Get That Shot #4

    Photo by Mike Boening http://www.mikeboening.com

    On my recent workshop in Toronto I was discussing and demonstrating the benefits of Live Composite mode which is available on all of the Olympus OM-D line of cameras.  We talked about how to choose compositions and what made an interesting image compared to a normal plain light streak image.  As usual, when you get a group of photographers together and talking, ideas continue to evolve.  The above image is an example of that.

    We had been walking for a couple hours around some very busy streets and found a few nice images but we wanted something different.  Something that made us say wow.  I remembered a busy intersection we had crossed earlier and wondered if we could view it from the elevated walk we were currently on.  Sure enough, when we got to the area we were quite pleased.  A busy corner with curve qualities.  Earlier the same day I gave a presentation that talked about the same point, curves in roadways when in a big city make for very interesting compositions.  The images below were taken with this in mind.

    Photo by Mike Boening http://www.mikeboening.com               OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    After some time spent capturing images on the corner I started to experiment with the zoom effect during the actual Live Composite.  Earlier in the evening one of the workshop participants had reminded me of this option and I was quite appreciative.  Workshops have a way of creating this type of atmosphere between the participants as well as the host.  I think that is why I feel so strongly that getting involved with a workshop will always give your photography a kick start if you let it.

    The zoom effect is essentially rotating the zoom on your lens while you are capturing the long exposure.  It creates an interesting motion effect that can add depth into your Live Composite images.  The key piece in doing this effect during a Live Composite is you are able to see it happen live and if you don’t like it, you can stop and start over again.  You aren’t waiting till the image is completed 40 or more seconds later, hoping you got something worth keeping.  So much of the guess work is taken out of the image by using Live Composite.

    To start you need to have your OM-D on a tripod with your composition selected.  If you haven’t used Live Composite or need a refresher please see my recent blog post on getting started here.

    TIP:  Look for tall buildings in the background that might have lights on in the windows.  (see image below)

    I would suggest that you shoot a few test Live Composites before you actually perform the zoom effect to analyze things like traffic flow and is the pattern of light pleasing with your frame.  Once you are happy with your selection it’s time to experiment.  Sample test shot before the zoom effect was used is below.

    Photo by Mike Boening http://www.mikeboening.com

    The lead image in the blog post was captured by watching the traffic flow and noticing when it slowed would be a good time to start the Live Composite working the zoom effect within the first few seconds of the image.  By doing that I ensured if I didn’t like the zoom effect then I could stop the Live Composite and start over instead of waiting for it to finish only to be unhappy with the results.  I start the first depression of the shutter of course to get the base image like in all Live Composite shots and then when the traffic slowed I would start the capture phase by clicking the shutter button a second time.  While doing that I had my left hand resting lightly on the lens barrel, over the zoom.  I would start turning the barrel slowly, but more important, consistently, all the way through the zoom from the front to the back.  This created the movement in the lights which were mainly the windows in the large office buildings at the back of my frame, see tip above.

    TIP:  When turning the zoom in or out be sure that it is done in one motion and at the same rate of speed.  If you start or stop too quickly it will leave jagged edges that may not be what you are going for.

    Now that I had the motion part of the image completed I would wait for the cars to start coming through the intersection around my already formed motion streaks from the zoom effect.  As soon as I felt I had enough light streaks I would depress the shutter one more time to stop the exposure.  That’s it!

    This effect is fun and creative.  It won’t work on every one of your Live Composite images but when used from time to time you will find that it opens an amazing creative ability in a function that’s already amazing in itself.  Give it a try the next time you are out shooting Live Composite and share the results with me.  I would love to see what you create.

    Gear used for the feature shot:

    OM-D E-M5 Mark II

    7-14mm f/2.8 Pro Lens

    Me-Foto tripod