I have seen photos of my friends jumping in the freezing water at Portage Lakes State Park for years but I had never been there. The Polar Bear Jump raises money for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. This year it was a beautiful day, air temperature-wise, the water was still ice cold. ....but I don't know for sure - I wasn't there to jump - but to photograph my friends at the law firm KNR. They had raised the second largest amount of anybody at the event.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Saturday evening I photographed the first Common Threads Akron which was held at Birchwood Supply Co. It is a series of events that are sponsored by the Knight Foundation and Global Ties Akron to bring people from different cultural backgrounds together to engage in conversation. This event focused on the foreign born - sharing their stories and contributions to Akron. It was an engaging evening, sometimes fun, sometimes heartbreaking but totally worthwhile.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
On Friday I was lucky to attend the launch of the Summit Brew Path at Thirsty Dog Brewing. This program is sponsored by the Akron/Summit County Visitor's Bureau. The idea is to pick up a passport, go and get a beer at a brewery, get it stamped, and when you visit all you get a prize.
Friday was a fun night to get to meet so many of the brewers and talk to the ones I had met before. One - I'm already a brewery nerd, two - I took photos of all the breweries for the website. Kind of a dream job, ya know?
Monday, January 30, 2017
Last weekend I went to Brunty Farms with Erin - she was buying some chicken for her brother's bday and also picked us up some apple cinnamon chicken sausage. I've since tried the sausage and it is delicious.
They sell various different kinds of meats at their Bath location(2470 Martin Road) which is self serve. Check out their website(here) for more details. They also sell at the Howe Meadow Farmer's Market. I was glad I tagged along and checked the place out.
I'm still getting used to editing the files on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV - but I'm liking the camera more and more each time I use it.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
I shot this little road trip video mostly with my GoPro Hero 5 Black. I was trying my hand at making a travel/short video à la Casey Neistat or Ted Forbes(Art of Photography). I wish I had taken even more video(and photos) - its always a little bit of a struggle between enjoying myself and "working". I hate to hold up the group - so I'm starting to get better at the compromise(also, I'm used to running to catch up!).
If you've watched some of my other videos on YouTube or Facebook you'll remember me having problems out-of-the-box with the GoPro - everything seems to be fine now - which is a relief.
More videos soon - I have a lot in the works.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Erin and I went down to Columbus to visit my friend, Brad, and attend the Columbus Beerfest. Erin is a big coffee fan so we hit a few shops, also had a couple great meals and cruised around the city on bikes.
Here are a few snaps I took - I'm also working on a video I shot with my GoPro - that will be up later today...
Friday, January 13, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Yesterday I took my new camera, the Canon 5D Mark IV, out a to a couple of places to see how it would perform. I went for a very cold hike at the Gorge in the afternoon and in the evening to a opening at 22 High Street Gallery. It does seem to have greater dynamic range than my 6D and more low-light capability. I still need some more experience with it before I make final a judgement on the image quality. Its definitely not the instantly noticeable jump that I saw when I went from the 7D to the 6D - that was pretty big.
The main thing I've been enjoying so far is the usability of the camera. The ergonomics and button placement as well as the amazing auto-focus systems. I say systems because not only is it incredible through the view finder but also in live view mode or when shooting videos. Also - the camera is built like a tank - it almost makes the 6D feel like the my old Rebels(maybe that is a slight exaggeration).
Anyways - as much as dSLR's have just become tools to me this one is exciting to use. I can't wait to try it out at an event.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
I didn't put out a show over the holidays but I did get a couple of other videos up. In this week's show I talk about my new camera - the Canon 5D Mark IV. I didn't plan on buying a new camera but some problems with my 6D forced the issue. Buying cameras for me hasn't been an emotional decision for a while - it is a tool I need to do my job. That being said this is an upgrade that excites me - as you can see in the video I just love holding this thing. Image quality aside - this camera is going to be so much more of a joy to use.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
I shot Akron's First Night - a family friendly New Year's Eve event organized by Downtown Akron Partnership - on Saturday night. This was the 21rst year for First Night but the first time I had ever been there. I had an itinerary of different performances and activities to cover at multiple venues throughout the night. Most of the action was centered on High Street but Lock 3 and The Civic Theatre on Main Street were part of the night too. It was fun and challenging to get around to so many different things. I could definitely see returning to First Night in the future.
Friday, December 23, 2016
I went and saw Missile Toe at the Akron Art Museum for the third year in a row. Missile Toe is great everywhere but I really like the juxtaposition of loud rock and roll and the Museum lobby.
If you've never had the pleasure of seeing them(and trust me, it is a blast) make it our to the Empire Concert Club tonight or the Matinee on Christmas night.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Earlier today I attended the swearing ceremony of my friend Liz Walters to the Summit County Council. I wasn't there in an official capacity but I still wanted to capture the moment as a proud friend. Summit County and Akron can use some fresh(younger) blood in government and I can't think of a better person to fulfill that than Liz.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
I attempted to shoot a time-lapse video with my GoPro on the Rubber City Ratz annual Christmas ride. The camera did shut down on me once. I'm going to buy another memory card and see if that fixes the problem.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Going to see Stan Hywet dressed up for the holidays has become one of my family's traditions. The evening that worked for all of schedules this year happened to turn out to be a very cold night - which definitely limited my photo-taking. It was still a pretty night and fun to get everyone together...
Monday, December 19, 2016
Some computer troubles over the weekend delayed this episode - but it is posted at last.
As I have said before - the idea of me bringing back the weekly show(and other videos) isn't as much that I think I'm some great on air personality with amazing pearls of wisdom to give to the universe - but more about me improving my video shooting and production skills. With that said - I do hope to improve the content too - this episode is a little dry.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Summit County Art's organization, ArtsNow, hosted a a meet and greet with the new Summit County Executive, Ilene Shapiro, and members of the art community in the county at the Mustard Seed Market in Montrose. There were brief remarks, food, drinks, local art hanging on the walls, and mingling.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
So 2016? It was another interesting year. As far as my business goes it was my best year yet - making a living as a commercial photographer is a dream come true. I learned new skills, shot more things, and traveled for work more than ever.
Personally the year started on a high note and is ending on one as well. Anyone who knows me knows the middle was a little rough - but hey - that is how it goes. You can't enjoy the good times if you don't know what the bad times feel like.
So here it is - my 2016 year in photos - two of my favorite photos from each month of the year. I think I've been doing this for something like 8 years now - how the time flies...
Click HERE to see it.