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.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Lakefront Nature Preserve

Lakefront Nature Preserve
On Thursday I had a shoot up near Cleveland and decided to take a walk at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve after. It is an interesting place - in the 60's two old freighters were sunk to protect a park beach and then the US Army Corps of Engineers started dumping the sediment dredged for the Cuyahoga River shipping channel here. After it was filled in and they stopped using it for this purpose nature took hold and now the spot is known for a variety of bird species and butterflies. It opened to the public in 2012. I was there at about noon so the light wasn't great for a lot of photographs but I still managed a few that I liked. I shot all of these with my Canon 5DIV and Sigma 105mm f/1.4

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Cleveland Birthday Ride

Cleveland Bday
Friday was my birthday and Erin and I continued our tradition of having lunch in Cleveland at the French Cafe Le Petit Triangle. Since the weather was perfect we also brought our bicycles and rode around to a few other of our favorite spots. I snapped some photos with my Canon 5DIV and also made another video. Check it all out below.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Skate or Die

Some of my friends have been creating a DIY skate spot and on Thursday evening I decided to ride my bike over and check it out. I brought my Canon 5DIV with my Sigma 105mm f/1.4 and my ultra wide 16-35mm. I got a bunch of really great photos and it was good to see some people in an outdoor setting - it had been a while. Don't ask me where it is - if ya know ya know.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Ohio to Erie and More 2020

Ohio to Erie Trail
For the second year in a row a few of us decided to tackle the Ohio to Erie Trail. This year we added an extra day and switched up our route a bit adding a camping spot and trip down the Little Miami Scenic Trail. It was a nice change as it cut out a fairly tedious part of the trail and replaced it with a more scenic route and some cool towns. I had to debate what photo gear I wanted to bring since space and weight on a bike-packing trip are a big deal. I ended up going with my GoPro Hero 8 Black and my Canon 6D with a 40mm pancake lens. I tried to leave the dSLR at home but in the end I knew I would want at least a few high-quality photos and the low light capability that the GoPro lacks. Photo-wise I shot them both about equally as grabbing the GoPro while riding is so much easier.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mr. Fred

My friend Greg has an exhibit at the Summit ArtSpace, MR. FRED AND MR. GREG-LOVE BEYOND BOUNDARIES, and I wanted to document it - and he wanted it documented. Here is a link to the official show description and artist statement - LINK - nut in a nutshell Greg is telling the story of his relationship with his father who was in prison while he grew up through their letters and drawings. It is pretty touching and interesting and a bit personal for me since we grew up on the same street.

Monday, June 8, 2020

TMax on the Farm

Yellow House Cheese Camping
After I finished the role of CineStill 50D I popped a roll of expired TMax 400 in my Canonet QL17GIII. I shot the whole roll at Yellow House Cheese - the farm in Seville we had ridden our bikes to camp at. We had some beautiful light in the evening. The roll was developed in my typical style in Kodak HC-110(b).

Saturday, May 30, 2020

CineStill 50D

Market Morning
I was going through my film inventory and I found this roll of CineStill 50D that I forgot I had bought(I actually don't even remember when I did). So as I usually do I turned to the 'net to do a bit of research before shooting it. It turns out that this is actually a Kodak motion picture film that CineStill cuts down and removes the remjet layer from - a remjet layer is for is necessary for movie cameras but makes the film not able to be developed by traditional still film process(c41). So it is kind of a neat, novel film to try. It is supposed to be the least grainy film on the market and I don't think I could argue with that. My scanner seamed to treat the color balance a little strange on some of the images but a quick correction in Photoshop had it looking quite good. The other thing of note is that this film is fairly low contrast.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Abandoned on Bikes

Factory Team
As I've been mentioning in these blogs and the videos I've been avoiding the bike paths on most days as they are just too busy for the way I like to ride. That has led to a lot of exploration and some cool finds - like this abandoned factory. This was an evening where I kind of wish I had every piece of photo gear I own with me - but my Canon Canonet QL17Giii, one roll of Tmax 400 and GoPro were going to have to do. Pretty fun stuff to photograph.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Bikes on Film

When heading out on my bike rides I've been carrying my Canonet QL17GIII on almost every ride. Lately I've been shooting it with Kodak TMax 400 since I have a whole box of expired rolls that a friend gave me. Originally I had been using expired Fuji Color Press 400 but with the stay-at-home order I decided to switch to b&w since I develop that myself. All of these images were shot on various bike outings.