Sunday, November 22, 2020

More Downtown


I was downtown documenting the completion of the mural at Lock 4 and the magic hour light was so fantistic that I had to snap more images before it was gone. Dig it.   

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Barberton on Tri-X

On Saturday I rode my bike to Barberton with my Minolta X-700 and a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400. I spent some time just cruising around shooting some images. I had a 45mm f/2 lens on the camera mostly because it fit in my handlebar bag. I believe the lens was the kit lens for the cheaper XG line of cameras - but it is basically a pancake lens at that size. It didn't give the special look of my vintage Rokkor lenses but it still did fine for the kind of photos I was taking. I did video the process too and that link is below after the photos.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

U of A

UA in Autumn
I'm working on the next iteration of the Zippy Calendar for the alumni association at the University of Akron - we shoot a few different locations all year long to get some seasonality. Last week we were shooting at the Buchtel statue and were waiting for a ladder. My friend Brad was in town from Columbus and tagged along. While waiting aI captured a few images just for fun.

Monday, November 2, 2020

DORA in Lock 4-ah

Downtown on Halloween
On Halloween evening I was shooting family portraits at Lock 3 for Downtown Akron Partnership. There was great light so I managed to sneak in a few Main Street photos as well. After the gig I walked over to Lockview and grabbed a beer to go - Akron now has an outdoor drinking area - and then wandered and snapped some night photos. The ones of Lock 4 came out really cool. The image stabilization in the Canon R5 is pretty incredible - I was shooting at slow shutter speeds I never would have used before.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Riding and Photographing Downtown

Eighty Three Brewery
I've been documenting the progress downtown as Main Street opens and I have ridden my bike there a few times this week. Erin and Greg met me yesterday and after getting some shots we headed over to 83 Brewery to have a beer. I had also stopped at Dirty River Bicycle works to check on their progress in the new building which will be open on election day!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Wooly Pig Farm Brewing

Wooly Pig Farm & Brewery
Erin and I decided to take a day trip to the Amish Country area. We started off at one of our favorite breweries JAFB Wooster. After that we tried to go to a number of places - farms, markets, stores, but the crowds of people not wearing masks kept us away so we drove over to Wooly Pig Farm Brewing. Wooly Pig has great outdoor spaces and they had a fire going. You weren't even able to go into the building and they had a really great outdoor system going for ordering beers. We also got some awesome BBQ from the food truck.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Golden Gorge

Gorge in Fall
I took a quick evening break to walk across the High Level Bridge and down into the Gorge to snap a few Fall photos. I'm definitely starting to get the hang of how to set-up my Canon EOS R5 for photos like this. I'm still being stunned by the incredible detail and dynamic range from this camera. I can't wait to get my adapter and try some of my prime f/1.4 lenses on it!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Bath Nature Preserve in Autumn

Fall in Bath
Last evening Erin and I decided to go for a golden hour hike at Bath Nature Preserve. We were hoping to see the trees changing color in the Tamarack Bog but really there were only a couple of the trees visible ...and they were just starting to change(they are the only conifer that changes color). Regardless it was still an absolutely beautiful Fall hike and my first time using my new Canon EOS R5 for this kind of photography. There has been a learning curve getting the camera to operate the way I want for different situations - but the image quality is amazing.

Friday, October 9, 2020

2020 in B&W

Old Trail
Last Spring I was on a huge film kick,. At first I was shooting a lot of color but then I switched to black and white during the 'stay at home order' because I develop that myself. When I injured my back in early June that put an end to all my planned analog photography projects. So this roll starts with some late-spring snow and finishes just a few weeks ago. It is Kodak Tri-X 400 shot in my Minolta X-700 and developed in HC-110(b). I actually live-streamed myself developing it - you can see that HERE.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Springfield Bog

Springfield Bog
Everytime I take some nature/hiking photos I say that I don't take a lot of nature/hiking photos anymore. I guess I kinda feel like I'm treading the same ground when I do - I covered the hiking in Northeast Ohio pretty well over the last decade. It was part of the reason I got back into black & white film photography - to shoot the same things with a different vibe. Anyways - when I do go hiking and there is good light I'm still gonna snap a few. I always enjoy the Springfield Bog since its prairie is so different than most of the other metro parks that are more of a hike through the woods....

Friday, September 18, 2020

Main Street

Main Street
The other day I had some photos to take downtown documenting certain construction and I decided to get some of Main Street and The Bowery project too. The construction worker pictured in a few of these photos told me with plenty of attitude, "Do me a favor and try not to get me in any of your photos." I ignored him at first and kept doing what I was doing. In general when someone asks me not to take their photo I honor that. In this case I wasn't really photographing this guy or what he was doing but documenting the progress - or lack thereof - on Main Street. Also - you have no legal right not to be photographed in public - the courts have ruled on your lack of privacy in public places multiple times. Anyways - let's not forget this guy is working on the public dime and Kenmore Construction has been horrible missing deadline after deadline and refusing to comment to the press. Anywho, after snapping a few more shots I replied, "Do me a favor and finish the effing street."

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Hazy Sunrise

Fogged Gorge
Driving home from an early morning shoot today I decided I had to pull over after to crossing the High Level Bridge to get this shot. Its beautiful and tragic at the sametime - the sunrise is that pretty because of the smoke from the Western wildfires in the upper atmosphere. Usually the sun would be to bright to capture the misty morning from this side of the bridge.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Bikepacking to Garrettsville

Garrettsville Ride
A few of us decided to do a quick overnight bikepacking trip to Ben's parent's farm. We stopped for coffee in Kent, a trailside beer break and then went and set up camp. After getting settled in we went out in Garrettsville for a late lunch and supplies. After a beautiful first day we woke up and made our coffee - just as we finished a massive storm front rolled in and never left. We hunkered down in our tents for a couple hours before deciding we just needed to make a run for it. I made a video of how I packed my bike and another showing both days. I only have still photos of the first day as my dslr had to be wrapped up to keep it dry.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Great Night, Great Light

Magic City Run
As the sun starts to set earlier in the waning days of summer it also makes for an extended chance to capture that fantastic late day light. This was one of our typical ride out to Magic City Brewing for a beer.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Erie Canalway Trail - Buffalo to Rochester

Erie Canalway Trip
For Erin's bday weekend we decided to head out of town and ride somewhere new. We drove to Buffalo on Friday afternoon and spent the night in an AirBnB. The next morning we grabbed some coffee downtown then headed out along the Riverwalk Trail(in crazy wind!) meeting up with the Erie Canalway Trail. We rode the trail all the way to Rochester with some craft beer stops along the way - over 100 miles. We had Erin's bday dinner than were fast asleep in out AirBnB. The next morning we explored Rochester a bit before working our way back to Buffalo - 108 mile day! We explored Buffalo a bit the next morning before taking a scenic route on our drive back to Akron. I definitely want to return to ride more of this trail that goes all the way to Albany.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Its Gonna Rain

Its Gonna Rain
On Friday I drove up to Cleveland's Kink Gallery to see my friend Micah's opening. A few of my friends rode the whole way and I wanted to do the same but I had a shoot back in Akron after. So I brought my bike and met them for dinner before the show. Micah's work is really cool and I helped him out with a couple of the video projects for it. Check out more info on the Kink Contemporary page.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Asterisk Coffee Bar

It has been a bummer not be be able to celebrate and enjoy the events that Askersik Coffee Bar/Akron Coffee Roasters usually would have - birthdays, tastings, shop rides etc - but I have still benn helping them promote what they do have going on with photography. Asterisk now has an open patio and has still made special cocktails and drinks for certain occasions. They share these on their social media pages - but I wanted to share a few of my favorites on the blog.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Summer Rides

Towpath Riding
Evening rides in perfect light are just about everything. We rode out to Magic City for some drinks and dinner then headed across the street to watch the sunset at the lake. Perfect summer evening.