Friday, January 18, 2019

Snow Globe Akron

Snow Globe Akron
On my way home from a shoot last night I stopped and met Erin & friends for Musica's newish Happy Hour on Thursdays. When we walked out it was a GD winter wonderland. I was parked a few blocks away so I snapped as we walked to the car. Apparently it was a little preview of what we are about to get tomorrow. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Earthquaker Devices

I've been the product photographer for Earthquaker devices for a little over a year now but I hadn't posted anything about it here yet(just some hints on social media). Earthquaker is a world renown guitar effect pedal company located in Akron, OH. I've known the owners and many of the employees from my years playing in bands so it was really cool to get this gig. When I walk into the shop to pick up new item its like visiting a bunch of friends. The few employees I didn't know when I started shooting there have now become friends or at least acquaintances(I even ride bicycles with some of them). Since almost everyone at the company is an artist in some form the are very particular about their photography - which always makes it a fun challenge. (Also - I get to see the new products before they are released!). 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Paris (Under)Exposed

When I pulled this roll out of the fix I thought to myself, "oh no, did I somehow just develop a roll of film I didn't expose?" Upon closer inspection I realized there was a little bit there - just vastly underexposed. It didn't take me long to realized I must have shot this roll of Ferrania P30 with my camera still set to ISO 400(because I usually shoot Tri-X400). There is a chance I realized this when I went into a Paris camera store to buy a few rolls of Kodak Tri-X and that I would have planned to try and develop for the mistake - but over the intervening months I had simply forgot. So anyway - most of the roll is a waste(or at least not worth editing and posting) but a few of these shots still came out kind of interesting. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Snow & Beer

Plateau Trail
Here are a couple snaps from the weekend. On Saturday Erin and I attended the Cottage Crawl with some friends at Lock 3. It was quite different than last year - a better beer selection and many more people. On Sunday we went for a hike on the Plateau Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley. It was nice to finally get a pretty snow hike in. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

God's Favorite Customer

God's Favorite Customer
I've mostly used photographic gels to correct or "balance" color from my flashes to match the light in a room - tungsten or florescent(orange and green). A few time working as an assistant to Rick we used blue gels to set a cool techy or medical look. I had an aversion to using them in artistic ways - probably because I associate them with cheesy swimsuit model stuff from the 80s. Lately I've seen them coming back into style in my Instagram feed and yesterday I was listening to 'God's Favorite Customer' by Father John Misty - I decided to recreate the three gel look of the cover photo.(HERE). I assumed I would know how to do it - but I would rather practice now and be sure before I get asked at some point. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

France on Film

I'm a 'to-do list" maker and developing my rolls of film from my April trip to France has been on my list since I got back. I'm pleased to say I finally got the first one done and there are some great shots in there. They came out well even though I did a number of things wrong. I put this roll in the development tank months ago - and while I didn't think that would effect it - I didn't know for sure. Then when developing it I accidently poured the stop bath in before the developer - I did the whole development routine before realizing what I had done. I rinsed the film a few times and started over. Finally - when I went to hang dry the film I knocked a dirty rafter worrying me that the film would dry very dusty. Despite all the results were really good! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


The owner of Dirty River Bicycle Works had become a really good friend of mine over the last few years. We spend a lot of time together and I have made some videos for him and also shot some photos and he helps me fix all of my vintage bikes. As a thank you/trade/sponsorship he built me a Raleigh Tamland 2 with a mix of components we had. It is my first modern gravel bike and it is a lot of fun. Last weekend was so nice that I went out and put it through its paces on all kinds of surfaces - old oil roads, wet Towpath, abandoned Akron roads etc. I brought my GoPro and made a short movie highlighting some of the adventures.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

New Year

So I wound down 2018 with a some great people at the studio - a few of whom are pictured above. I know some people aren't huge fans of resolutions but I like to take the time to reflect and set some goals. When I was writing at this time last year I really believed it would be the year of getting back to personal projects - more analog film, more YouTube videos and things like that. In fact it didn't work out like that at all. I shot more videos and photos than ever before - but it was mostly for work. Most of the personal projects came from my travels. That being said my biggest goal had always been to a professional photographer and now it is to grow my business - so I'm not mad at all that things didn't go as planned. 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Year in Photos 2018

I just posted the annual 'Year in Photos' blog. Same as every year - two of my favorite photos from each month of the year. Check it out an let me know what you think HERE. Above is a honorable mention from our April trip to France.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Tall Tales +

Tall Tales
Otis, Ben and I rode out to the Whiskerton Holiday Party and then onto Akron Glassworks to see Tall Tales play(where we met more friends). What a couple of super cool spaces! After that I headed to Highland Square to see a few old friends who were in town. An all-in-all awesome evening. I brought my Canon 6D with a 24mm f/1.4  - not wanting my 5D on the bike ride and all around town(even though I always miss the 5D and lens selection when I don't have it). 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Fat Bike Delivery

Downtown Akron Partnership had ordered a couple of fat bikes from Dirty River Bicycle Works so they could start up a bicycle food deliver service in their footprint - it should be helpful to businesses on both sides with all of the construction. I do work for DAP and Dirty River so I was on hand to cover the event. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Deck the Hall 2018

Stan Hywet Hall
Going to see the lights at Stan Hywet has become a family tradition. There have been a few years where I couldn't make it because of work but I think the rest of them have been doing it for over a decade. This was a cold one - there have also been snowy nights and warm nights - it is Akron - you never know what you are going to get. This year we did go a little earlier though so I ended up running around a bit and catching some sunset light before we all wandered the grounds together. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Wooly Pig Farm Brewing

Wooly Pig Farm Brewery
Erin had bought me a gift card for Wooly Pig Farm Brewery for my birthday last August and we finally made our way down there on Saturday afternoon/evening. It is kind of out there in the country, down 77s and 36 with West Lafayette being the nearest town. To be honest I expected about four average beers on tap in a cool, rustic location - but it was so much more than that - they had a big selection of interesting and fantastic beers(in a cool, rustic location). ….and of course - wooly pigs. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

10 Years

driving So 10 years ago today I launched this blog with the above photo and this text:
"My new blog - about photography. I'm going to try and post a picture everyday....and write some other stuff."
I didn't ever quite keep up with my goal of one post everyday but I did always work to find something new to post - a new technique, camera, film, place etc. Through that process I ended up learning and growing a ton as a photographer.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Shammas Kick Off

My friend Shammas Malik is running for Akron City City Council - Ward 8. The current council woman is giving up her seat to run at-large. It is a short campaign season because in Akron the primary is pretty much the election(since a republican has a very hard time winning here). Shammas asked me to photograph the kick-off event at Akrona Gallery(I had also shot his campaign promo material). Having someone as intelligent, thoughtful, and with a younger fresh perspective on Akron City Council will be awesome and I fully believe he will do a fantastic job if elected. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Shade in Ann Arbor

Pete Souza
My friend Rick and I headed up to Ann Arbor last weekend to see Pete Souza speak- he was Barak Obama's Whitehouse photographer. We went the day before to have some time to do a little bit of exploring and we stayed with Rick's niece and her husband. They have a beautiful home in the woods just a few minutes from downtown. Pete Souza was promoting his new book 'Shade' where he juxtaposes the grace, humor and intelligence of President Obama with the current guy, which he calls "Minus". This book actually started as Instagram posts where he would post an image of Barak that contrasted with the current news - go give him a follow on IG - it is worth it. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend: Part One

Lock 3
On Thanksgiving we did something a little bit different - we went over to my sister's father-in-law's house. Most of our two families know each other fairly well and it was a really good time. I had my portrait lighting in the car from the job the night before and set it up and took some family portraits for everyone. I'm not posting those here but I did post some of the fun test shots. On Friday my family started at the Northside Marketplace(which was also hosting Crafty Mart) and then bounced around to a few breweries. We finished off the day with the tree lighting fireworks. 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Dreemers & White Lighter

The Dreemers
Last Wednesday we went out to Annabel's to catch some of our friends' bands. I had come directly from a job so I had my camera with me - although I only photographed the first two bands - White Lighter and The Dreemers. I shot some images with my flash but most of them high ISO. There were a few good ones in there - check 'em out.