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Top Photos 2021


Top Photos 2021

A few of my favorite photos from 2021. Is it weird that I'm in over 10% of them? ;-)


Top Photos 2020


It was hard to pick the top 9 photos for the year, so I'm going with the top 20 for 2020!

It is refreshing to see that even in this lock down pandemic year, there were a lot of things going on.

Individual photos can be browsed here.


2019 Favorite Photos


2019 Favorite Photos. JR Howell, Howell Photographic Arts LLC.

My favorite photos of 2019. Mostly sports and concerts which I love to shoot. I've included captions and photo info in this album. All shot with my new Olympus OM-D gear!


Strobist Lighting Workshop


I had the opportunity to learn from David Hobby "The Strobist" so I jumped at the chance. Here are a few photos from his Portrait Lighting workshop in Sandy Spring, MD.

The above photos show the build of lighting using ambient light (left), ambient plus fill (center), and ambient, fill and key lighting (right).


Handheld OM-D at 1/25th


As you may know, I switched entirely from Canon gear to the Olympus OM-D camera system this year. There are a ton of things I like about this system, but one really stepped out this week. That is the incredible image stabilization with the IBIS (In body imaging stabilization) as well as the image stabilization in some lenses. Here's a perfect example. This image was shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f4 IS lens. As the Olympus OM-D is a Micro Four Thirds system, this becomes an effective focal length of 600mm. I've found that I like to shoot concert photos at The Rust Belt from a short ladder half way back close to the sound and lighting control pit. Typically I use a 40-150 mm f/2.8 lens (80mm-300mm effective focal length) for wide shots and the 300mm f/4 for close ups. Sometimes the lighting isn't the best, but I still manage to get pretty good shots with this Camera system.

This photo of the mandolin player in the Still Shine band is an example of a photo in challenging conditions. It was shot at ISO 3200, at 600mm effective focal length, f/4 aperture and hand held at 1/25th of a second. Yes, that's not a typo, one twenty fifth of a second. Kind of blows the guideline of one over the focal length out of the water doesn't it???? You can find this full frame / full res photo in an album of a few of my Olympus OM-D shots in this Olympus Portfolio.

Needless to say, I'm pretty happy with my decision to switch to Olympus!


Peter Read Miller Workshop

edgeI had the great pleasure of attending the Peter Read Miller Workshop on Sports Photography this past week. This was a full 7 days of presentations, critiques, shooting, and editing. As part of this workshop I shot 10 different sports, thousands of frames, and had 62 images critiqued. Needless to say I put in a lot of time and effort and was really rewarded as I learned a lot, met a bunch of very talented individuals, and greatly improved my photos. While I learned of lot, the single most important thing was what makes a great sports photo. This shot of the baseman running drew great praise as Peter suggested it could be a Sport Illustrated magazine cover. He should know as he has more than 200 covers to his credit!

One of the photographers sharing instruction duty with Peter was Grant Leighton who specializes in Portrait Photography. I took the opportunity to have him review some of my Portraits and he generously gave me a number of suggestions for improvement. I can’t wait to put them to use.

I shot somewhere between 500 and 1,000 frames of each sport. The motor drive on my camera was humming right along … I reduced this to my favorite 5-10 for each sport for the critique session. Take a look:

Mountain Biking
Roller Derby
Track & Field

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