Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Analog NYC

New York City
I brought my 1940's Kodak Hawkeye Brownie with me to New York. I still enjoy experimenting with vintage cameras and film and I like using something super simple sometimes. I shot two rolls - Kodak TMax 100, which came out exposed pretty nicely,  and a long expired roll of Fuji NPS 160 color negative film which has the exact vintage look you would expect. The key with these old Kodak box cameras is to hold them really still - I would guess the shutter is around 1/50th so its easy to introduce blur in the shots. I lost a few images to that....

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Steve McCurry in Canton

Steve McCurry
On Saturday Rick and I went down to Canton to see Steve McCurry do a Q&A at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography. If you don't think you know who that is you at least know his most famous photo - Afghan Girl(google it) - it is probably in the top five of most famous photographs ever taken(if not just #1 at this point). He is an absolute master of color and light and the gallery had an incredible collection of large prints on display. If you haven't been to Joseph Saxton it is always worth the trip as their collection in general is up there with museums and galleries in NYC or Chicago. Anyways - McCurry was interesting to hear from. There were some of the boring technical questions(he isn't a studio photographer bro, knowing what f-stop he used isn't going to help you) but most of it was thoughtful.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Bike Bag Camera

Howe Meadow Farmers Market
As I've been riding around this summer I have usually had my older camera(Canon 6D with a 40mm pancake lens) in my bike bag. I've been snapping photos with that then transferring them over its wifi directly to my phone for social media posts. Here are a few from a few weeks ago that were on my card.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

CX at Edgewater

CX Race
My friend Woody has been racing cyclo-cross with Joy Machines Racing for a few years now but I hadn't had the chance to see him. With Sunday looking like a beautiful day Ben and I decided to ride up to Edgewater Park and take in the first race of the season. Since it was going to be over a 70 mile day for Ben and I in the saddle I just brought my usual riding set-up - the Canon 6D with the 40mm pancake lens - not an ideal rig for sports photography but I still did my best to catch a few cool photos of my friends.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Day in Brooklyn

Day in Brooklyn
We spent our last full day in New York exploring Brooklyn. We both had a couple of spots we wanted to check out. Erin lived in Brooklyn and had spent most of her time there. She couldn't believe how much some of the neighborhoods had changed - or some areas where there hadn't really been anything before. Not to mention the glass towers that are now going up in Brooklyn too.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Brooklyn Bridge Walk

Brooklyn Bridge Walk
You've seen this photo of the bridge, I've sen this photo of the bridge - but I still wanted to take mine anyways. Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is always on my list when I go to New York but this time I finally made it happen - in good light and everything.

Friday, August 23, 2019

NYC Part Three

New York City
After a coffee stop I rode my bike back to the rental place then met Erin at the Union Square Green Market - a farmers' market in Union Square. We spent most of the morning/afternoon shopping - or more accurately window shopping. A highlight was the Chelsea Market where we ate lunch, but also checked out many boutiques, artist markets, and all sorts of other spots.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

New York City by Bike

New York City
On our second day in NYC we got up and hit another one of Erin's excellent coffee shop choices(apparently I didn't take any photos - probably because I hadn't had coffee yet). We then went back to the room and got organized for a day on bicycles. We rented a couple of hybrids from Blazing Saddles near the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. We rode around Lower Manhattan, along battery park, and then followed a trail all the way up the Hudson River into Washington Heights before cutting over to The Bronx. Erin wasn't so fond of these bikes so she hopped a subway back south and I rode along the East River meeting her in Soho.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New York City Day 1

Financial District
I always love visiting New York City - there is just an energy there that I haven't quite felt anywhere else I've been. I've wanted to get back for a while. Erin ended up finding a really good deal on some plane tickets and then we found an Air BnB in Two Bridges that seemed cool and affordable.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Summer Things

Countryside Farmer's Market
Downtown at Dusk, Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow, Magic City Brewing, and more - all great Summit County summer places to ride and meet friends. Here are are a few shots I took while out and about on my bicycle over the last week.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Roller Skating on Cascade Plaza


Downtown Akron Partnership has been hosting monthly themed roller skating parties on Cascade Plaza. This month I photographed the 90's party for them. I stay off of the skates though.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Weekend Rides

Rittman Orchards
I went on a couple cool bike rides last weekend. On Friday night Ben, Ryan and I rode out to Bent Ladder at Rittman Orchards - it is a cidery on an absolutely beautiful farm. We were in time for a perfect sunset - and their hard cider is fantastic. On Sunday we rode out to Portage Lakes State Park and had a picnic and went for a swim. 
I always make a "summer list" and these were two things I get to check off.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ratz2Derby

Demo Derby Ride
Riding the the demolition Derby at the Summit County Fair is my small bicycle group's yearly party - we open the ride up to anyone(normally we are just a small group of friends that rides every Wednesday). We drink the over-priced awful beer, slam some fair food, and cheer like crazy.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Akron2Akron: Bikes Along the Towpath


So this one is obviously up my alley! Instead of the typical neighborhood walking tour we took the Towpath around town. Interesting stops and people as always!!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Rave on Main


Downtown Akron Partnership held a family friendly dance party at Cascade Plaza last night. I captured the fun for them, drank my first White Claw and Ben taught me how to line dance!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Christmas in July


Every year I shoot Akron Snow Angel's Christmas in July. In the cold months Snow Angel's pass out supplies to those who are in immediate need. This event is the day they do it over the summer. There are snack, haircuts, health check ups and more.

Monday, July 15, 2019

White Lighter and The Dreemers

White Lighter
White Lighter are a band of friends that I have known forever - The Dreemers are a band that I've more recently become friends with. Both are great. Here is some photos of them playing Musica.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Akron2Akron: South Akron


I was bummed to miss the last Akron2Akron - but I had a colleague photograph it for me. Anyways - this edition was in South Akron and was a good one since I had never been to most of the places that we visited and learned about.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Ohio to Erie

Ohio to Erie Trail
Over the 4th of July Ben, Erin and I rode the Ohio to Erie Trail from our doors to Cincinnati. We did it in four days - 312 miles. We camped two days, stayed with a friend one, and then an Air BnB in Cinci. A few friends joined us in the beginning - all the details follow below.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Touring Machine


A few of us are about to embark on a multiple day bike-packing adventure to Cincinnati on the Ohio to Erie Trail. This is my weapon of choice. The frame, fork and bars are my 1983 Trek 500 but all of the components and wheels I took from my 2007 Trek 1500. The goal is modern tech with that smooth, steel, vintage ride. Now that I have it loaded and photographed its time for the test ride!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Torchbearers in Pittsburgh


Last weekend I photographed the Torchbearers trip to Pittsburgh. I have been to Pittsburgh a few times now and I always enjoy it. There was plenty of fun and good food on the trip but the most important thing was how much I learned. We met with so many interesting organisations that are doing amazing work - great ideas that can be brought back to Akron. I also saw parts of Pittsburgh that I had never been to before(even snuck a little ride in on a citi bike).

Friday, June 7, 2019

Akron2Akron West Hill 1


A new season of Akron2Akron neighborhood walking tours is upon us! The first one was the West Hill mini-tour. The weather didn't really cooperate but we managed to learn, mingle and and have fun anyways.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Lunch Outside

Lunch Outside
Erin and I rode out to a spot in Kent to have a little picnic lunch. I've heard to this spot referred to as the "Moon Tower" - one of the few remnants of the Erie Rail Yard that used to be here. It is obviously a popular hang out spot as the decades of broken beer bottles can attest.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Memorial Day Ride

Memorial Day Ride
On Memorial Day a group of us decided to ride up to Cleveland and go to Noble Beast Brewing's Second Anniversary Party. Ben and I rode down and met each other at the Dog Park, we met Erin at the Ira Trailhead, and the three of us met Brad in Boston at TrailMix. We ended up running into a couple more friends by the Towpath Mounds in Tremont and they joined us for the ride as well. This was the perfect chance to test out my latest photography purchase - the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens. I was curious to see how this tiny and inexpensive($200) lens would perform.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Cleveland Ride Vid


Ben and I rode up to Cleveland to check out the new Joy Machines Bike Shop and have lunch at Saucy Brew Works - I made a short GoPro video of our adventure.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Farmer's Feast

Farm to Table Dinner
Last Saturday night Erin and I attended "Sprung Spring" a "farm to table experience collaboration from Colin Brown & Annabella Andricks" at Erin's friends' farm Yellow House Cheese. The night started off with cocktails, cheese, and other snacks during live music - but I was pretty much wandering around taking photos during the beautiful sunset. The home infused cocktails and snacks were amazing and then Colin started bringing out the three courses of lamb that were from the farm. The food, music and overall atmosphere couldn't have been better.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Summit Lake Loop Trail


On Saturday I went to Summit Lake to check out the new Summit Lake Loop Trail - they were having a kick-off event. It really is amazing what some signage, mowing and a small bridge can do. Much of the trail is just a line mowed through a few fields - but it totally transforms the area. It is somewhere you never have would've walked and now it feels like beautiful park.
They had different activity stands along a few different points of the trail for the event. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Augmented at Lock 2


New Territory created an augmented reality canal boat at Lock 2 for the Ohio & Erie Canalway. You simply download the app then point your camera at the photo on the banner and the canal boat comes to life - you can walk in it and all around it. Very cool. I can imagine so many cool applications for this technology. I rode my bicycle down and shot some photos during the kick off event.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

ACR Turns Three!


Last night Akron Coffee Roasters celebrated their third anniversary with some snacks, drinks and good people. I'm drinking a mug of their special third anniversary coffee right now - stop in for their special drinks and bags while they last. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Around Blackfork

Kokosing River Hike
A few of my cycling friends went down to the Mohican area to ride in the Blackfork Gravel Grinder Race - it was a beautiful but brutal course. It was raining at the finish of the race and I did not want to carry my camera up and down all of those hills(there are a few cell phone photos on my instagram) so I didn't shoot anything at the race, but the day before and after Ben, Erin and I did do a bit of exploring. Here are a couple of those shots.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

La Belle Fleur Sauvage 2019

Spring Wild Flowers
Every Spring I like to go down by Furnace Run and take photos of the Virginia Blue Bells. I then post a blog with as many "blue" and "bell" puns as possible - this year it is just the photos...

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Louisville

Louisville
Erin and I wanted to see the band Lord Huron but the announced tour skipped Ohio - so we decided to take a road trip to Louisville to catch them. A day after we booked our Air BnB they announced a second part of the tour that would be stopping in Cleveland - oh well - we still decided to explore the city on our bicycles and take in the show. We ended up having a great time - Louisville had some great bike trails and great bicycle infrastructure on the city streets. I brought my old camera(6D) with me since I knew we would be spending most of our time on the bikes and I can fit it in my frame bag with the nifty fifty.  

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Missile Toe Plays L.A.M.F

Missile Toe
Missile Toe is a usually a punk rock Christmas cover band - but over the years they had always thrown in some Johnny Thunders songs. They decided to do a cover set of the legendary Heartbreakers album L.A.M.F at Jilly's Music Room. Here are a few shots I took while rocking out.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Opening Day for Trails

Trail Opening Day
The Rails to Trails Conservancy(along with other local and national partners) sponsored Trail Opening Days across the country. I rode my bike up to the Cleveland one at Merwin's Wharf. I went on the bike tour to check out the latest addition to the Towpath Trail - I actually didn't realize these parts were open yet. After the event I rode over to the new restaurant, Good Company, and met Erin for lunch. Afterwards I rode home capping a 90 mile day on the bike. 
As usual when I ride I brought my Canon 6D and nifty fifty combo - in general I'm happy enough with the images from this lightweight combo - my main problem with the cheap, plastic lens is actual the colors I get from it(it always takes a little extra editing work to make them look ok).  

Friday, April 12, 2019

Riding the Towpath


Even though we ride year around I am so glad the weather is finally breaking!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Fringe Candidate

Fringe Candidate
On Friday I went to Musica to catch a few of my friends' bands play - White Lighter, Stems and Fringe Candidate. It got a bit rowdy by the end as you can see.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Kyle's Birthday!


My good friend Kyle turned 40 and had a birthday party around downtown Cuyahoga Falls. We started at HiHo Brewing, went to Crave Cantina for dinner, and finished off the evening at the bar at the Sheraton. It was a really great time with different groups moving through as the night went on.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Burned

Burned Down
I rode my bicycle into the Valley and by the Everett Road Covered Bridge to check out a house that I had heard burned down. It had been heavily vandalized the last few years. I really wish that the Park had the resources to take care of properties this. Even though it wasn't the most historic structure it is still sad.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Slo-Mo B-Roll


This is my latest bicycle. A 1986 Schwinn built up with more modern components and with a respray. I decided to attempt to shoot some of the slow motion b-roll that is so popular with YouTube creators these days...

Friday, March 22, 2019

it me.

it me
Here is a my latest selfie - actually it is a studio test shot. This is pretty much my standard, basic professional head shot style.

Monday, March 18, 2019

St. Pat's

St. Pat's
On St. Patrick's Day I bounced around Akron on my bicycle with a few friends. Here are a few snaps from the day.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Rubber City Ratz

Rubber City Ratz
Last night we rode out to Kent and hit the Moon Tower Trails in the woods, had some drinks and snacks at 101 Bottles and then rode back. I brought along my Canon 6D and Nifty Fifty - the perfect lightweight riding set-up that still has that low light and full frame goodness. Editing these photos does make me realize how spoiled I've become with my Canon 5DIV and L & Sigma Art lenses - but the 6D is still a very capable camera(especially since most people look at images on the phone). 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Weekend

Noble Beast
Last week was all work, sleep and not much fun since I had a pretty bad cold. I started to feel a little better by Friday - which was good because I had a 40 mile bike "race" on Saturday. Even though I wasn't 100% I ended up having a great Saturday & Sunday. So this is a post of the weekend adventures. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Dreemers/The Beyonderers

The Beyonderers
On Friday night I went to Musica to catch two of my favorite Akron bands - The Beyonderers & The Dreemers. I shot with three lenses - my ultra-wide Canon 16-35mm, Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4, and a Canon 85mm. It is fun to shoot at 16mm with the exaggerated perspective but I try not to overdo it. I also popped my flash at low power in many of the photos just to add a little separation - Musica is very dark. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

New Projects

Puch Austo-Daimler Alpina
I'm working on a couple of social media projects with my studio photography at the moment. One is a new feature on my Instagram page I'm calling #MinoltaMonday. With my extensive vintage Minolta collection I've decided to start sharing a camera each week and its story(here). The other project is on my cycling Instagram page(here) ZipperCityCycles - for that I have photographed all of my bicycles and I am writing their stories. There is this large roll of seamless gray paper I found and I used it for both - I really like the look. This time of year when Winter starts to drag I always seem to jump back into trying to improve my studio photography and doing personal projects. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Akron Coffee Roasters


I wanted to post a few of my favorite photos that I have made for Akron Coffee Roasters - now all I can think about is Spring after looking at this image. Spring.... 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Whiskertin


Whiskertin Lighting has been putting together a new website to expand their business online and over the last few months I have been shooting the images for them. We've done a mix of shooting in their showroom, at the locations they've installed at, and product photography-style shots. Here is a small selection of a few of my favorites. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Some Things!

Southern Tier Cleveland
The above photo is from the newish Southern Tier Brewing in Cleveland - I was up there for a shoot in the Key Tower. I don't have a coherent post to make right now but that doesn't mean I haven't been shooting some personal stuff. I've been making images on my way to and from other gigs and I've also been doing an Instagram takeover of Summit Peeks(click HERE). So check out about a week and half worth of these somewhat random photos. 

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

Paris
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.