Sunday, December 10, 2017

Yeti Squad Ride #2

Dirty River Bicycle Works held their second, weekly, into to exploring, group ride. We rode a little on the road and a little off. I captured some footage with my GoPro and added some Winter-style color-grading in Premiere Pro. 
Come out next week - just wear a few layers!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Snow Angels

Last Saturday I went on a Snow Angles mission to take some photos for Akron Life Magazine. I've volunteered and photographed with the Snow Angels a number of times and I always enjoy the experience - the personal interactions being the best thing about it. We started off at the warehouse organizing, then went down to the Market Street Bridge, over to the Second Chance Village, and then to Grace Park - where there was a huge turnout.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Throw Back Thursday #1

I had been shooting with a digital camera for a few years - mostly the bands I went to see, hikes, and my family stuff - when I came across a mutual friend's photo-stream on flickr. I couldn't understand how he was making his portraits and pictures of his friends so fantastic - so I asked. He sent me a link to Lighting 101 on Strobist. I was instantly obsessed with learning off-camera lighting. Above was my first ever attempt - I didn't even have a way to trigger the flash yet - I simply made a long exposure and triggered it by hand(below photo). Meet the Beatles. I was on my way.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas in the Studio

Christmas Lights & Cameras
Every year I decorate my camera collection with Christmas lights and drink a Corsendonk Christmas Ale while listening to 'Once Upon A Christmas' by Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers(don't ask).
The above shot is a 10 second exposure at f/16(the smallest my Sigma 35mm Art will go).

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ring Light

My studio is filled with decades worth of lighting equipment and modifiers and from time to time I set up one I haven't used before and try it out. There has been an Alien Bees 'ABR800' ring light on the shelf since I've been here and I finally decided to try it out the other day. Ring lights are used for even lighting, macro photography, and the distinct catchlight they leave in a portrait subject's eyes. I tested it with some selfies(or what we used to call "self-portraits").

Monday, December 4, 2017

HeadTrip Brewery

Head Trip Brewery
Erin and I checked out the soft opening of a new brewery in Stow on Saturday evening. The brewery is HeadTrip and they officially open on the 21rst. They had seven beers on tap and we ordered a couple of flights to try them all. Everything we had was solid - some a little better than others - but nothing "off" at all. It is a small cozy spot in a strip mall and a promising nano-brewery.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Drone Modes

On Friday evening I hit up my friend Ben to head out towards Summit Lake and test our some of the "active track" modes with the drone. Basically, you draw a box around what you want the drone to track(on your phone) and then select the mode. It can follow forward, backward, in profile, make circles or in a spot light mode where the drone stays put and just tracks the subject from that fixed point. We didn't have the room or time to test some of the modes - but in the video you can see we did the 'follow' and the 'profile' modes. I think the profile is a super cool look. The light was so awesome that I ended up shooting some footage of the old Firestone HQ and cutting that in - as well as a passing train. The goal is to do a multi-camera bicycle shoot in this style.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Black Friday

Our family took our Black Friday trip to Cleveland again this year - but instead of spending money at corporate chains - we do it at local breweries. We started the day with a walk along the Towpath Trail through the Flats. This section of the trail offers amazing views of Downtown Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River. It will be excellent when this section is able to be officially connected.  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Woodyard Wedding

As I mentioned in the last post - my friends, Woody & Amanda, got married in the Smoky Mountains. There was an official wedding photographer and our friend Ben was shooting the reception - so I took some behind the scenes, hanging out, video and drone photos. It was an awesome cabin and an awesome weekend.
Here are a few of my favorite photos.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Side Trip

The Smokys
My friends, Woody and Amanda, invited me their wedding in the Smoky Mountains last weekend. They had a big cabin rented for friends and family and since I had no shoots over the weekend I decided I could pull it off. On Thursday morning I photographed the Leiberth Award Breakfast, came home and edited the photos, packed up my things and decided to skip town early. I rented an Air BnB in Lexington on Thursday night, explored Knoxville on Friday, and hiked in the Smokys on Saturday afternoon before joining the crew at the cabin on Saturday evening. These are some of the photos from my side trips on the way down.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fall in the Gorge

Look On Down from the Bridge
I had been hoping to fly my DJI Mavic Pro over The Gorge while the leaves were at peak color - and late yesterday afternoon I had my chance. It was pretty windy and my drone kept sending me warning but I didn't have any trouble. I really like that the Mavic lets me shoot in RAW mode - it makes editing the photos and bringing out the best possible. One thing I love about DJI is they seem to allow the hardware to work to its full potential with firmware updates coming through fairly often(unlike Canon who use software to cripple their cameras to keep the camera lines delineated).
Anyways, Fall in Northeast Ohio never ceases to amaze me. It is so beautiful and it was fun to explore from a new angle.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Full Weekend

Bent Ladder
Erin and I didn't have a bunch of plans heading into the weekend but we ended up really getting around and doing a lot. On Friday I went out for a bike ride and met Erin at the Civic Theater for Pechakucha Akron. Saturday morning I rode with Ben and Andy to Erin's Winter Farmers Market at Old Trail School and from there we rode to check out the new Brew Kettle in Hudson(Erin met us after work.) In the evening Erin and I drove out to Rittman Orchard's Bent Ladder Cider tasting room and stopped on the way home at Wadsworth Brewing. After a lazy Sunday morning we drove to Cleveland for a snack at Croquette Patisserie, camera bag shopping at Dodd Photo, and then checked out the Jazz Age exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Lastly, we had dinner at my parents house on the way home. All in all a pretty awesome weekend!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mounds & Bikes Video

The latest in my "Road Trip" Video series. This time we explore the Great Serpent Mound & Fort Ancient while enjoying a few hikes, bikes, and camping.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Charity Ball 2017

On Friday I shot the Halloween Charity Ball for the fourth year. It is always one of my favorite events to photograph - people in costume having a good time. This year the event raised money for Pechakucha Akron and Stewart's Caring Place. Roxymoron played the VIP room and there was the DJ and costume contest in the other. I had a blast as usual and dressed up in my annual thrift store women's costume.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pre-Historic Ride

I've always wanted to explore some of the ancient American Indian sites in the southern half of Ohio so Erin planned a short trip for us that combined that with some cycling. She found us a rustic cabin that was only a few hundred feet from The Little Miami Scenic Trail - a paved bike path that ran right to the Fort Ancient Park. On our second full day we drove to the Great Serpent Mound - viewing that has been something I've wanted to do since my Ohio History class in elementary school. I didn't shoot a ton of photos on the trip but like the last few get-aways put more effort into making a video that will be posted in the next few days.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

200 Plates

200PlatesSummitLake from Reimagining the Civic Commons on Vimeo.

Re-imagining the Civic Commons held a three day studio for the cities involved in Akron. One night they collaborated with The League of Creative Interventionists to put on a community meal at Summit Lake. The meal took place next to many of the park-like upgrades that have been funded by the program. It was cool to see the diversity of the group that sat down and ate together. This is a short video/slide show I made of the event.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Timecat in Colors

Every third Thursday throughout the Summer The Devil Strip and City of Akron sponsored concerts at Lock 4 Park. Last week after shooting a different gig downtown I made it to Lock 4 Live in time to catch Timecat. It was a fun to make some photos with all the different colors from the stage light show and with the LEDs that the Knight foundation had installed in the park.
As much as I love Autumn the winding down of these Summer events bums me out....