Thursday, September 20, 2012

E Street

Was out walking with Connor around sun set. My favorite time to take pictures. The sun is low in the sky that gives a dark yellow light to everything and incredible shadows. Took a picture of a street sign and then did some HDR Toning in photoshop. Nothing spectacular but its fun to look at.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Vehicle Rescue Demonstration

The Stowe Township Fire Department preforming a vehicle rescue demonstration for the public. By the end of the demonstration the roof was gone and it barely resembled a car anymore.


A fellow firefighter setting up an anchor point on the ladder to rappel. The Stowe Township Fire Department Hosted a Public Safety Day today. We grand opened our new fire station and invited the public to come take a tour. We also had a few events for everyone to watch and participate. We had Patches the fire dog teaching fire safety, a fire hose with a little wooden house where the kids had to knock down the fire in the windows. And we had some fire fighters preforming rope rescue, which is where this picture came from. And last but not least we had a vehicle rescue demonstration. Those pictures will be uploaded next. 

Monday, September 10, 2012


Just playing around with my new 50mm lens. Still amazed at the overall sharpness this lens provides. You get some truly dynamic photographs. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Rebel T1i - f/2 - 1/50sec. - ISO 250

Jaws of Life

REBEL T1i - f/4.6 - 1/50sec. - ISO 3200 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 18mm focal length

Out training with the fire department. We had a local junk yard donate a car for us to practice with our rescue tools. It was pretty dark out as a storm just passed through, but i was able to get a lot of good shots. This is whats left of the passenger side door, with one of the rescue tools set on top of it. I made it black and white and raised the contrast just a bit to give it a little more intensity.

The 50mm

I just bought the Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. What a worthy investment. I grabbed it up on Amazon for 80 bucks and its worth every cent and then some. After reading all the reviews and hearing all the good everyone had to say about it, i figured it was worth a shot. Its not a disappointment! I rarely take it off the camera now. The wide aperture setting really allows your creativity to shine. The depth of field is amazing and the pictures are unbelievably sharp. Cant wait to start setting up some portrait shots with this lens.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Moon and the Ladder

Our Ladder Truck. The ladder was almost fully extended. Cool shot with the full moon in the background.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


REBEL T1i - f/4 - 1/60 sec. - ISO 400 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 18mm focal length
Hiking in the woods with Connor again. Another late afternoon walk with great lighting. I realy liked the incomplete composition of this shot. Nothing is complete, you can only see part of the bridge, part of the creek, the bottoms of the trees. Everything has been cut off. Yet the line of sight from the water highlights, moves in a nice straight line up the photo drawing your eyes upwards. I played around in Photoshop with the HDR toning filter, softening things up and increasing the highlights and shadows. I actually think i might want to get a print of this one.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Dark Knight Witch Hunter

REBEL T1i - f/16 - 4 sec. - ISO 400 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 27mm focal length     

Friday, August 3, 2012

Structure Fire

REBEL T1i - f/5 - 1/60 sec. - ISO 1600 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 41mm focal length

Structure Fire

REBEL T1i - f/3.5- 1/50sec. - ISO 1600 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 18mm focal length
A mutual aide response in Crafton for a residential home. The attic caught fire after it was struck by lightning.

Fire Escape

REBEL T1i - f/5.6 - 1/100 sec. - ISO 800 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 37mm focal length

The Path

HDR Image - 2 Pictures taken with Canon Rebel T1i 

Went to the park with Connor today around 5pm. Great time to be in the woods as the sun is low in the sky so you get those long shadows. Bright golden light and lots of dark shadows. Perfect time for photographs. You get a ton of contrast. I took two shots one with a high aperture and then one a couple steps down, then used Photoshop to merge them into an HDR image. Hope you like it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

My Yard at Night

REBEL T1i - f/3.5 - 1/60 sec. - ISO 400 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 18mm focul length

Playing around with my flash late at night. I angled the camera severely and my flash has the weird extender on it. It almost works like a spot light. It focuses the light from the flash onto a smaller area. I came up with this shot and I think it's somewhat creepy. 

Learning Young

The Artist

2 year old iPhone expert

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Holiday FireFighter

Rebel T1i - f3.5 - 1/25 sec. - ISO 400 - ES-F 18-35 - 20mm focal length

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Cave Bat

Rebel T1i - f/16 - 8sec. - ISO 400 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 51mm focal length
Another of my kids action figures. This one is Prehistoric Batman. I cant remember the comic series, but in it, the Dark Knight is sent way back in time. They made some action figures, and i took some photos. This was another timed exposure with a maglight.


Rebel T1i - f/5.6 - 1 sec. - ISO 400 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm 48mm focal length
a Zippo.....

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Darker Dark Knight

Rebel T1i - f/22 - 26 sec. - ISO 400 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 21mm focal length
The Dark Knight figure from the comic series Flashpoint.

Spider Mans' Head

Rebel T1i- f4.5 - 1 sec. - ISO 400 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 34mm focal length
Two heads are always better than one.

The Dark Knight

Rebel T1i - f/14 - 25 sec. - ISO 100 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm - 24mm focal length
An action figure of Batman, based of the Arkham City video game. 25second exposure with a mag light. As im sure you can see i held the light directly above the figure for a couple of seconds, then moved the light around the inside of the cape to give it that electric look.

Behind the Lens

My name is jAy. I have been dabbling with cameras for as long as i can remember. Ive never had any formal training. Just what i have picked up along the way. I have read a couple books here and there but mostly i have learned by experimenting. I am and amateur hobbyist i suppose. Its great fun to photograph anything that captures my interest. Most of my pictures are of my son and his toys. Macro photography is great fun. I love the control of the situation and the lighting. I am also a volunteer fire fighter and take my camera with me to every call. As long as there are enough firefighters present i run around and try to capture the controlled chaos of a fire scene.

So not much left to say.  Leave comments, let me know what you like and what you like about it.