This was our seventh Aruba Photo Safari. This year we spent more time touring and photographing the island. In the sixteen years I have been visiting Aruba I have never seen the water as rough and currents as strong as this year. Carlos from Mermaid Sport Dives told us it was because of high winds and storms out in the Atlantic.
Olympus OM-D/EM1 Mark II in a was PT-EP14 Underwater Housing and PPO-E04 Dome Lens Port use for the underwater photographs. Lighting was two Fantasea Radiant 1600 Video Lights. OM-D/EM1 Mark II was used for all the land photographs.
What’s in Bob’s Bag:
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro
ED Zuiko 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Zuiko 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Lens
MMF-3 Four Thirds Adapter
EC-14 1.4x Teleconverter
Olympus Tough TG‑4
While I was searching for a place to photograph fall foliage I cam access this wonderful park located near Bangor, PA.
A land of myth and mystery located in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. The park rooted in Celtic spirituality and inspired by the Isle of Iona off the coast of Scotland. It’s an outdoor sanctuary open to the public as a sacred space for quiet meditation.
The Hoover Mason Trestle, at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant, used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone and iron ore to make the iron from the ore yards to the blast furnaces. Now a public walkway designed to be a museum, community recreation resource and attraction. The trestle stands 46 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. Opened on June 25, the Hoover Mason Trestle located along the blast furnaces with one entrance at the Visitor Center and another at either end of the Gas Blowing Engine House providing access from the Sands parking lot or PBS 39 end of the campus.
The Hoover-Mason Trestle was completed in 1907 and named after the Chicago-based engineers who designed it. For over 80 years, cars delivered raw materials including limestone, iron ore, and coke to the blast furnaces. Men worked around the clock, in three shifts, emptying carloads of materials into storage bins below.
The blast furnaces operated continuously and required constant feeding of materials. Tons of limestone, iron ore or pellets, and coke would be loaded into the furnace in layers. Hot air was blown in near the bottom to fuel the reaction.
The Blower House generated the “wind” for the blast furnaces. Inside this building, rows of giant gas-powered engines pumped pressurized air out to the stoves. The stoves heated the air before it was forced into the furnace. This hot pressurized air reacted with the coke (fuel), producing intense heat and carbon monoxide.
Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Dutch Springs is holding it’s 1st Annual Expo Weekend June 3-4, 2017.
Join us to demo the latest Olympus Cameras and housings. I will be doing seminars on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by our booth to register for a door prize.
Many leading manufacturers in the Dive Industry will demo their dive gear.
Dutch Spring’s dive safety seminar series will kick off this weekend.
Dutch Springs, located in Bethlehem, PA, is a 50-acre lake, with attractions at depths up to 100 feet. The lake is spring-fed from an underground aquifer that filters through limestone to provide excellent visibility. Explore underwater platforms, submerged vehicles, aircraft and other unusual sites. Enjoy a variety of interesting fish and aquatic life, including Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, Palomino Trout, Koi, Yellow Perch and Goldfish. Visit their website www.dutchsprings.com for more information.
Cornwall Furnace is indeed a unique survivor of the early American iron industry. Originally built by Peter Grubb in 1742, the furnace underwent extensive renovations in 1856-57 under its subsequent owners, the Coleman family, and closed in 1883. It is this mid-19th century iron making complex which survives today. At Cornwall, furnace, blast equipment, and related buildings still stand as they did over a century ago. Here visitors can explore the rambling Gothic Revival buildings where cannons, stoves, and pig iron were cast, and where men labored day and night to satisfy the furnace’s appetite for charcoal, limestone, and iron ore.
Cornwall Iron Furnace is part of a National Historic Landmark District by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. It has also been designated a National Historical Landmark by the American Society of Metals, and a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, citing Cornwall Furnace as “the only one of America’s hundreds of 19th century charcoal fueled blast furnaces to survive fully intact.”
Photos taken with a Olympus E-M1 Mark II with Olympus M.7-14mm F2.8 and M.12-100mm F4.0 Lens. Photos were shot in camera raw and made into high dynamic range (HDR) images using Google Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro 2.
St. Michael’s Cemetery, located at 4th & State Sts in South Bethlehem, PA is the resting place for immigrants who came to America in the 19th & 20th centuries, many of whom worked at Bethlehem Steel & other local industries. The land for the cemetery was donated by Asa Packer in 1867 to create the first burial place in Bethlehem consecrated for the interment of Catholics. St. Michael’s is an excellent representation of the diverse cultures that built our community – more than 25 nationalities are buried at St. Michael’s.
Explore exciting creative possibilities the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 fisheye PRO. The super-fast lens lets you apply interesting fisheye effects in low-light conditions, yet it delivers the same amazing edge-to-edge sharpness as other Olympus PRO series lenses.
This ultra portable fisheye lens makes this a perfect companion for creative shooting in any environment, especially urban street shooting, landscapes, underwater and hand-held night shots.
The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye, with a full 180° of creative shooting. It’s lightweight and portable enough to throw in your camera bag without a second thought.
Unparalleled Optical Performance
The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye’s lens architecture (17 elements in 15 groups) dramatically reduces, chromatic and comatic aberration. Its proprietary ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating virtually eliminates ghosts and flares from backlit scenes. And its precision optics maintains pin-point sharp resolution right up to the edges of the frame – even at a wide-open f1.8 aperture.
Sealed For Perfection
The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye is surprisingly rugged. There’s a weather-sealing in five separate locations and it’s freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C).
The PPO-EP02 Dome Port available For The M.Zuiko 8mm F1.8 Pro Lens. The Dome Port is compact and designed to maximize the lens performance whether you’re shooting over/unders, macros or around the reef or wreck.
PPO-EP02 is compatible with the E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II Underwater housings. The PT-EP13 Underwater Housing for E-M5 Mark II requires a port exchange service. Users are required to send their housing into the service dept at which time they will install the PPO-EP02 (item only available through service) for use in that housing.