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.

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. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Back to Boston

I returned to Boston to visit my friend Eric and his fiancĂ© Martha - we also met up with Colleen(Erin's best friend) who had recently moved to town. I had a good mix of solo-exploring, going out with the friends, and some relaxing as well. Boston is a really fun city to roam and photograph - I think a life there would be tough though. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Museum in Autumn

Akron Art Museum
On Friday I was walking down High Street on my way to my car after a long day of shooting when I looked up at the beautiful, changing leaves in the garden of the Akron Art Museum. I really wanted to get home as I was pretty beat....but then I also noticed the dramatic sky over the building. I couldn't help myself - I spent the next 45 minutes or so taking photos around the garden. The colorful trees and plants looked so great against the grey backdrops of the museum and the sky. I haven't shot very much Fall foliage this year because I have been too busy with actual work - I guess it is kind of funny that I ended up doing it in a downtown instead of the woods like years past. Anyways - here are a few of my favorite images. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Halloween Charity Ball 2018

The Halloween Charity Ball is always one of my favorite events to shoot. It is fun to photograph people in costume dancing and having fun and it also makes a bunch of money for great charities. The costume contest is always a highlight to as the contestants work the crowd(see above). Here is a small slice of some of my favorite images - check out their website for them all:
Halloween Charity Ball Website

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Marietta by Backroads

I had only ever been through Marietta for work and never really had the chance to check it out - so I suggested it to Erin for a quick Fall get-a-way. We set Google Maps for "no highways" and took off on Sunday morning. It was a beautiful drive roughly mirroring the path of the Ohio and Erie Canal. We made a few stops on the way down and the way back and took in Marietta's long history on foot and on the bicycles. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Bike Packing to Massilon

Bike Packing to Massilon
On Saturday afternoon Erin and I loaded up our bikes and rode down to River's Edge Campground a few miles outside of Massillon. The campground is only for Towpath users and its a really nice spot with a firepit and benches overlooking the Tuscarawas River. We made a few brew and diner stops along the way. It was a fun but short getaway. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Akron2Akron: Kenmore Loop

The last Akron2Akron neighborhood walking tour of the year was a bit different - it was a biking tour. We took advantage of the great new bike lanes on Kenmore Boulevard and some of the other lanes around the neighborhood to explore. As always there were interesting stops and conversations. We ended up at Live Music now on the Boulevard for Kenmore's Bikes & Brews. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Towpath 50

I photographed the first Towpath 50 event for the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition - which was a new fundraiser for the organization. It was a supported ride from Lock 3 in Akron down the Towpath to Canal Fulton and back. There was an after-party with food and drinks back at Lock 3. The event was a ton of fun to cover and ride - and since it ended up exceeding fundraising expectations I would assume it will be back next year. (It also helped that the weather was perfect!). 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Akron2Akron: Middlebury Extended!

The latest Akron2Akron walk was kinda a Remix & Extended Version of the last Middlebury walk. A lot of Middlebury history and a few different sites along the way. Even having had been on the first one I still learned new things this time. These walk are so well organized and so much fun!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Akron Coffee Roasters Metric Century

Akron Coffee Roasters held there second Metric Century ride a couple of days ago. It was a group organized group ride with SAG support and a number of great stops with coffee, snacks and other beverages. We started at the shop with coffee and took a lunch break at MadCap Brewing in Kent. This year they had two pace groups - a fast pace and a more chill group - though we all tended to reassemble and hang out at the stops. Last year they had cycling caps for purchase and this year it was cycling jerseys. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

GAP Trail

GAP Trail
For Erin's birthday I planned a bike-packing trip along the Great Allegheny Passage Trail(GAP Trail) from Cumberland to Pittsburgh - but not in that order. I found out you could bring your bikes aboard the Amtrak Train so riding the whole thing in one direction would be possible - 150 miles. The problem was the time of the trains didn't work out with our schedule - so I came up with a solution. We parked in Connellsville on Tuesday morning and rode 60 miles into to Pittsburgh, the next morning we caught the train to Cumberland and spent the next two days getting back to the car. With some side stops we ended up riding 172 miles and really enjoyed all the great scenery and small towns along the way. I brought my Canon 6D and 50mm lens which has become my bike riding go to - its a great balance between size and quality. A lot of people combine this trail with the C&O that picks up in Cumberland and goes to DC - that is something we would love to try eventually if we have the time. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Akron2Akron: North Hill

The latest Akron2Akron neighborhood walking tour took place in North Hill and it was a fun one to cover as most of the places we went to I had never been before. These walks are such a great way to learn about some of Akron's hidden gems. As always I recommend checking out the Facebook page and making sure you are at the next event. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sigma 105mm Art

Sigma 105mm Art Tests
A few weeks ago I bought the newish Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art lens. My goal was to have a better portrait & product lens and also something that would be a little longer for shooting at events. I haven't had the chance to use it a whole bunch yet but I brought it to my friend Kyle's to show it to him and try test it out a bit at his son's first birthday party. Most of these images were shot at f/1.4 and they are pretty brilliant. The lens is super sharp and the separation with that shallow depth-of-field is pretty awesome. The lens is also known for its pleasing "bokeh" which is a word that describes the quality of the out-of-focus blur in the background of a photos.