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

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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

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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

Cleveland
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

Camping
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

Timecat
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....

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dayton Video


Here is the road trip video from Dayton. It is a combination of footage from my GoPro, Mavic Pro Drone, and Canon 5D mkIV. Canon gets a lot of flak from all the internet commenters - but I'll tell you what - I barely have to touch that footage to make it look good. Also - with the new YouTube redesign I can't figure out how to resize the embedded videos. You should go "fullscreen" anyways I guess....

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dayton

Dayton
Erin and I decided to load up the bikes and get one more Summer road trip in. We picked Dayton because neither of us had been to the downtown and the bike lanes, trails and brewery scene looked strong. As my friend Rick said, "An experiment in breweries making any place a destination". Which, I do find to be true, and not just because I travel other places to try out their breweries, but also because every time I do I usually meet people at the breweries who know Akron(or Cleveland) because of our brewery scene. Breweries and bike infrastructure are tourist draws. Every time there is an article in Akron about improving bike lanes or adding trails there are always so many negative comments - bike lanes make our community a better place to live but they are also a draw. I've yet to ever have someone tell me about how they enjoyed visiting a city because the traffic flowed so well or that there was really good parking. It is always about friendly, walkable neighborhoods, cool local shops/restaurants/breweries, and great parks with hiking and biking. Anyways - if fast cars and strip malls with up front parking are your thing there are plenty of suburbs for you.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Year of B&W

Weeds
This is an expired roll of Kodak TMax that was in my camera for almost an entire year. I started this roll sometime last summer at the Akron Farm & Flea and finished it this summer at the Akron Art Museum's 'Downtown @ Dusk'. It must not have been stored very well because TMax should be very low grain - and this came out very grainy. I developed it in Kodak HC-110 dilution b.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Pokemon Go! Downtown


I'm not going to pretend like I knew anything about Pokemon Go! or "augmented reality" games - I've never had any kind of game on my cellphone. All I know is when it came out I would see people walking around Downtown staring at their phones. I though the trend had subsided so when the Knight Foundation hired me to shoot their Pokemon event downtown I kind of thought it would be a bust. Nope! Downtown was packed with roving groups of people staring at their phones! It was pretty remarkable. Erin stopped by to show me what was going on(on the screens) and I enjoyed wandering around the city covering the event.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

More Fuji Color

Stems @ Signal Tree Festival
These are a few more shots with the expired Fuji Press 400 film and my Pentax K1000 that didn't fit with the Earthquaker Day photos from the last post. Many of these were shot at Lock 3 during Stems set at the Signal Tree Festival(above).

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Earthquaker Day in Color

Earthquaker Day
On August 5 I rode my bike downtown Akron to the second annual Earthquaker Day. Earthquaker Devices, the internationally acclaimed guitar pedal manufacturer, held a festival again this year. There were tours, clinics, vendors, food, music and more. I brought a couple film cameras with me - I shot the early part of the day with my Minolta X-700 and a new b&w film(haven't developed those yet) and the later part of the day with my Pentax K-1000 and some expired Fuji Press 400 film - these are those shots. Most of these photos are of 'Fringe Candidate' and specifically Karl - for obvious reasons...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse

The Eclipse
Like anything that is over-hyped I have a tendency to steer away from it - plus I had a lot of work to do. So I hadn't tracked down any special glasses, lens filters or made any plans. I also figured there would be well prepared photographers taking amazing photos - so what would be the point in my half-assed attempts. As the peak started to near I walked outside and tried to use my front facing camera over my shoulder to see what was happening. That didn't work. So I grabbed a ND filter and put it over the lens - still - just a flare. I grabbed a red filter that was laying around and doubled up - still nothing. OK - now I kinda wanted to see what was happening - I grabbed my Canon 6D(decided against pointing the 5D at the sun) and I put the two filters over the lens and set the camera to its smallest aperture and fastest shutter speed. I put the camera into live view mode and there it was - the moon moving over the sun on the back of my camera. Pretty cool. "Oh wait", I thought to myself ...."I can also take photos with this thing...."

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bubbles!


The Akron Art Museum hired me to shoot a family event they were holding - there were all kinds of activities but the main event was 2X world record holder, DrURawesome, who makes gigantic bubbles. It made for some great photography!

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.

Akron AleFest


Last year I volunteered and poured beer for the first Akron AleFest - this year I photographed it and drank beer. The AleFest takes place under the trolley barn downtown and focuses on Ohio Breweries. Great beer and food in a unique venue - what not to like?

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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Common Threads - Summit Lake


The latest in the Common Threads series focused on the people of Summit Lake. The event kicked off with some music and dancing by 'Congo to Akron' and was a lot of fun. Being a really hot day we then moved inside for the open format discussion. Summit Lake has a lot going for it and I'm glad organisations like the Knight Foundation and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition have been focusing energies there. People still seem to have a negative perception of the area - hopefully events like this will help to change that.

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Snow Angels - Christmas in July


The Akron Snow Angels are a group that works to help the homeless by providing necessities on the spot. Most of their missions take place during the cold months but for the third year there was also a Christmas in July event. Essentials were passed out and a free lunch was provided - the big guy in the red suit also showed up to deliver school supplies to children.

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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Night at the Races


Last Saturday night my family attended a fundraiser for WABL(West Akron Baseball League). It was a 'Night at the Races' event where you can bet on pre-recorded horse races. There was also a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, other games, wine pull, Swenson's Food Truck, drinks and more. It was a fun time and you don't feel bad about gambling ....for a good cause.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Brewed


Last Sunday morning Akron Coffee Roasters and HiHo Brewing put on a joint tasting. We started with some tastes of coffee and then moved on to beers infused with that coffee. Albert explained the coffee's origin, processing and brewing method and then Jon discusses the special beers he had brewed for the event. There were also local pastries - sweet with the coffee and savory with the beer.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

More Shiny Things


I recently started photographing for a new company in town that makes extrusion machines and their parts. Being that I shoot for another company in the business I wanted to do something to set the two apart. Usually I shoot product photography with a long lens and even use Photoshop to keep things square. In this case I decided to use my 35mm lens, use high-key lighting and more dramatic angles for effect.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Jane's Walk Weekend


Last weekend I attended and photographed three of the Akron Jane's Walks. Jane's Walks take place all over the world and describe themselves as, "...a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbors.". The three I attended were: Main Street Revitalization(about the Tiger Grant to update Main), Ohio & Erie Canal(about the Cascade Locks and Mustill Store area), and My City Was Gone(about the Rock and Roll History of Akron). Akron2Akron Neighborhood Walking Tours collaborated on many of the walks. I would have liked to attend even more but my schedule didn't allow for it.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

PechaKucha

PechaKucha Akron
PechaKucha is a quarterly speaker series where each speaker gets 20 slides and 20 seconds to talk about each. It's a cool format and I've thoroughly enjoyed everyone of them - this was episode VII. The location is always different and Greystone Hall had the perfect atmosphere. I wasn't working - I just snapped a few photos from my balcony seat. If you haven't attended one yet I strongly recommend that you do - and they sell out - so follow them on Facebook so you can grab a ticket when they announce the next one.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Akron Coffee Roasters Birthday


Last night we went downtown to help Akron Coffee Roasters celebrate their one year anniversary. They put on a happy hour with coffee beer, coffee drinks and more. When I first tasted the coffee Albert roasted a few years ago I didn't know what to make of it - now I can't live without it. ACR has been such an awesome addition to the Downtown Akron neighborhood - I'm proud to call the owners and employees my friends.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Scales


Did you know that some tow motors(lift trucks) have scales built in? Neither did I - until I had the job of photographing them. I've shot at this location a number of times now - product photography, videos, portraits, how to images and more. Shots like the above one will be "cut out" and used in spec sheets, on the website, and for banners & manuals. I've made an episode of my show about the gear I bring with me for shoots like this - it is a lot of work - but I still enjoy it. It also takes bit of hustling - I'm trying to be in and out and get my job done as quick as possible so I'm interrupting the regular work of the company as little as possible.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bluebell Remnants

Bluebells
Yesterday I went for a hike along Furnace Run in the Cuyahoga Valley to photograph the Virginia Bluebells. I've been shooting and blogging about the bluebells for a long time so I try to mix it up each year - using different cameras and film stocks, shooting at different times of day, and in different weather conditions. The differentiating factor this year is that I came far past their peak - no big field of blue shots. I pretty much had to track down the late bloomers. This challenge though, does set these images apart from the blue-out conditions of other seasons.
Anyways - it was good to get out for a hike with my camera. With all the cycling I've done the last few years nature photography has really taken a backseat.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wadsworth Brewing Company

Wadsworth Brewing Company
Erin and I went to downtown Wadsworth to check out the recently opened Wadsworth Brewing Company. It was a cozy and comfortable space in a historic building. Everything we drank was really solid and there was a wide range of beer styles available - there are snacks but it is not a restaurant. The husband and wife team that own the brewery were working and very friendly - we always enjoy being able to discuss the beer with the brewer.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Light Stands = Bike Stands

Gitane Tour de France
So I really, really like to ride bicycles - as any regular reader may have noticed. Over the last few years I've collected a few vintage road bikes - none have a ton of value - I like to find them cheap then fix them up into riding condition. I'm not a retro purist and I wouldn't say that I am "restoring" them either. 
Anyways - for a work stand I had been using some clamps and a two by four on my workbench - it gets the job done but it definitely isn't the best. Every Wednesday I go on a group ride with some friends and a few were mentioning that Aldi(of all places) was selling bike work stands for only 30 bucks. I started to think I should get one - then it occurred to me - I have every kind of stand, clamp and arm possible in this studio to hold up lighting gear, cameras, and backdrops. After trying a few different pieces and parts I came up with the above solution - why didn't I think of this before!?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Akron2Akron - Goosetown


This edition of the Akron2Akron walking tours focused on the area of the city that was once known as Goosetown. It had sandstone ledges(Wolf Ledge), a German immigrant population and a stream that early Akron breweries took advantage of. The creek can still be seen in the basement of the old Burkhardt Brewery(which now houses Thirsty Dog and Aqueduct) but the ledges have long since been filled in. The German legacy is mostly in the old churches in the area. Interstate 77 did the neighborhood no favors when it came through and cut the hood in half.
Again. as with all of these walking tours, I went to spots I never would have and picked up on so many little facts about Akron's history I never would have known.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Car Parts II


A couple of years ago I started shooting for a company in downtown Akron that makes car parts - specializing in transmission crossmembers. I set up and shot at least a 1000 photos in their warehouse for their website and catalogue. They have an employee who lives near my studio so now whenever they come out with a new part(s) he stops by and drops it off here for me to shoot and picks up whatever I shot the last time. It is a perfect relationship as it allows them to keep their website current and me to do my finest product photography while keeping their costs down.
I show a lot of my event work and hobby photography on the blog - so I wanted to share more of the other type of work I do as well.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bikes and Brews in PA

Erie Ale Works
Erin and I decided to take Good Friday off and head on a short road trip. We stayed a little ways outside of Erie, PA at a camp ground/RV park and spent our first day on Presque Isle and then exploring the city. The next day the weather was iffy so we decided to travel around a bit - we visited a few towns and multiple breweries. I always enjoy trips on the back roads with no serious agenda.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Common Threads III


The third edition of Common Threads(a collaboration between Global Ties Akron and the Knight Foundation) was held at Jednota Lanes and focused on Akron artists. The four artists discussed what life was like as an artist in Akron. The dialogue with the audience had a focus on what could be done to help make life easier for artists and the importance of art in the community. At the end the panel broke up and bowling commenced!