Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Sun Also Rises

Virginia Kendall
Since my gimp leg kept me up most of the night I decided to pay it back by dragging it around Kendall this morning - it had been far too long since I watched the sunrise in the Cuyahoga Valley anyways. I guess there are a few reasons I don't get out in the woods as much anymore - most of my hiking time is now biking time, I feel like I've pretty thoroughly covered The Valley with my camera over the years, I'm shooting all the time as my day job now, and maybe this one is stupid - but it seems kind of ridiculous for me to lug thousands of dollars worth of gear knowing people will look at it on tiny phone screens - so like most - I'm happy to take the iphone snap and just post it to Instagram...
Regardless - I am glad I took the time to enjoy a beautiful morning in the park - and maybe I'll print one of these big - something a phone still can't do.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Growing Up Akron 2017

I've been shooting Growing Up Akron, which is a charity event for Child Guidance and Family Solutions, for a number of years now. It is a really fun event to cover as it is held at Thirsty Dog Brewery and has a very laid back vibe. This year I brought my drone to get some aerial shots and then put together this slide show of the event.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Downtown at Dusk

Downtown at Dusk
Downtown at Dusk is one of my favorite weekly summer events in Akron. It takes place every Thursday - I love to go and have a few beers and mingle with friends. Last week Half-Cleveland played and put on a great show.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ratz2Derby

I haven't posted a blog about my Wednesday night bike rides for a while - but I still do ride with a varying, loose based group every Wednesday. Last week we opened the group up for a slower roll for our third annual ride to the Demolition Derby at the Summit County Fair. The turnout was great and instead of taking stills I brought my GoPro and cut this little video of the ride.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Live at Lock 4

Lock 4 Live
The Devil Strip hosted their monthly Live at Lock 4 event last night. They had a food truck, beer trailer, and three bands - and it was finally great weather. I rode my bike down and took a few drone shots and some shots of Relaxer with my 5D mark IV. I love that there are so many outdoor events in downtown these days...

Monday, July 17, 2017

From Above

Home & Work
I picked up a DJI Mavic Pro drone a few weeks ago. My goal is to use it for some of the video projects I have in the works and for some event photos too. I've been mostly just practicing flying it and have just started dabbling with the camera settings. These photos were all shot flying from the studio in the RAW format DNG. They are pretty impressive for the little camera. The above shot is looking down on the plaza my studio is in.
I'm working on a video about the drone today too - the 4k footage is really nice.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Roll of Tri-X

High Level Bridge
I started this roll of Kodak Tri-X in my Minolta X-700 sometime last winter. I took it on a few hikes, out to PA, and finished it back at the studio. I've been shooting more film this summer - I just need to get around to developing it(and getting the color developed). I also just received some new Italian monochrome film from a Kickstarter I invested in - I'm excited to see what that will look like. In other words, stay tuned for more analog.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Finger Lakes Video


Here is my latest road trip video - the first containing drone footage! The couple of opening shots are actually from the first two times I ever flew the drone - it is on beginner mode and I haven't changed any of the default settings from the camera. It wasn't that hard to fly - albeit a little nerve wracking. I'm sure it will get easier - and I'll dive into the menus to improve the footage.
The trip was awesome and the rest of the video is a mix of GoPro footage and 5DmkIV footage.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Finger Lakes Reunion

Finger Lakes Trip
I spent the Fourth of July Weekend in the Finger Lakes for the second year in a row. It was a kind of anniversary/reunion for Kyle and Getta's reception last year and a group of us rented the same house. We enjoyed some great sightseeing, swimming, hiking, beer & wine tastings, and some good chill time with a great group of people. This was my third time in the Finger Lakes and I feel like there is still plenty more to discover - I love this region of the country.  

Monday, June 26, 2017

Open Streets Akron


The Knight Foundation along with the City of Akron and other sponsors hosted an Open Streets event on Sunday. The idea is to close streets to automobile traffic to allow pedestrians and bikes to explore the streets from a different perspective. There were all kinds of activities along the way. The route had parts of Kenmore BLVD and Firestone Park joined by the Towpath around Summit Lake. It was quite windy but otherwise a perfect day.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Akron2Akron - Parks of West Akron


The City's planning director, Jason Segendy, led a walking tour in the Wallhaven area focusing on the parks in the neighborhood. He discussed their history, current use, and possible plans for the future or improvement. He also said he considered it a little of a fact finding mission to see what the people on the walk thought about them. It made for an interesting walk, discussion and back and forth. It was a beautiful day to learn about another part of our city and meet other interesting-ed people.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Common Threads - Middlebury


The latest in the monthly Common Threads series focused on Middlebury - getting to know the people who live and work there - or both. Middlebury faces many challenges - years of decline, overbuilt main thoroughfares, a Waste Management Transfer Station and more. But there is hope and energy in the neighborhood. We met in Compass Coffee which is part of The Well - one of the positive things happening in the area. Greg Milo started the conversation but turned it over to Zac Kohl to facilitate - he is the Executive Director of The Well CDC.
As always Common Threads goal is to bring people from diverse backgrounds to have a open discussion - the events are a collaboration between the Knight Foundation and Global Ties Akron.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Beers, Bikes and a Tipi!

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Last weekend Erin and I took a road trip to Southeastern Ohio. Erin found a couple unique places for us to stay near bike paths and breweries. I captured a lot of our biking with my GoPro - hopefully I'll get to that soon. Before we went I also decided to just take one lens with me - my Canon 24mm f/1.4L. I didn't want to have all kinds of gear on the bike and thought this would be a fun way to challenge myself.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Grow Green Compost Giveaway


Reworks gave away 8 cubic yards of food scrap compost to 6 community gardens this week. There was an application process and then the winners were randomly selected. One of Reworks' goals is to reduce food scraps ending up in landfills and this helps demonstrate one of the much better uses for all those fruit peels and veggie stems. It was pretty cool to get to check out these gardens. This is the kind of shoot that makes me love my job - getting to work with the passionate people at Reworks and meeting the great people who were enthusiastic about receiving this product.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Akrun & Crawl


I shot the Akrun & Crawl hosted by Torchbearers on Saturday evening. For the second year they held it at night as a 'glow run' with glow sticks, lights and DJs on the course. I didn't stick around for too much of the "crawl" part of the event as I was running in the Cleveland Half--Marathon the next day.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Common Threads: North Hill


This episode of the monthly Common Threads took place at the North Hill Library and focused on the diverse people of the North Hill neighborhood. The intimate group led to an interesting and free-flowing conversation. After the conversation we wandered over to the Exchange House for a reception with food from the Western Fruit Basket. We were also treated to a short play that was coordinated with the Gum Dip Theatre.