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. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

God's Favorite Customer

God's Favorite Customer
I've mostly used photographic gels to correct or "balance" color from my flashes to match the light in a room - tungsten or florescent(orange and green). A few time working as an assistant to Rick we used blue gels to set a cool techy or medical look. I had an aversion to using them in artistic ways - probably because I associate them with cheesy swimsuit model stuff from the 80s. Lately I've seen them coming back into style in my Instagram feed and yesterday I was listening to 'God's Favorite Customer' by Father John Misty - I decided to recreate the three gel look of the cover photo.(HERE). I assumed I would know how to do it - but I would rather practice now and be sure before I get asked at some point. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

France on Film

Streets
I'm a 'to-do list" maker and developing my rolls of film from my April trip to France has been on my list since I got back. I'm pleased to say I finally got the first one done and there are some great shots in there. They came out well even though I did a number of things wrong. I put this roll in the development tank months ago - and while I didn't think that would effect it - I didn't know for sure. Then when developing it I accidently poured the stop bath in before the developer - I did the whole development routine before realizing what I had done. I rinsed the film a few times and started over. Finally - when I went to hang dry the film I knocked a dirty rafter worrying me that the film would dry very dusty. Despite all the results were really good! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

'Splorin

The owner of Dirty River Bicycle Works had become a really good friend of mine over the last few years. We spend a lot of time together and I have made some videos for him and also shot some photos and he helps me fix all of my vintage bikes. As a thank you/trade/sponsorship he built me a Raleigh Tamland 2 with a mix of components we had. It is my first modern gravel bike and it is a lot of fun. Last weekend was so nice that I went out and put it through its paces on all kinds of surfaces - old oil roads, wet Towpath, abandoned Akron roads etc. I brought my GoPro and made a short movie highlighting some of the adventures.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

New Year

NYE2
So I wound down 2018 with a some great people at the studio - a few of whom are pictured above. I know some people aren't huge fans of resolutions but I like to take the time to reflect and set some goals. When I was writing at this time last year I really believed it would be the year of getting back to personal projects - more analog film, more YouTube videos and things like that. In fact it didn't work out like that at all. I shot more videos and photos than ever before - but it was mostly for work. Most of the personal projects came from my travels. That being said my biggest goal had always been to a professional photographer and now it is to grow my business - so I'm not mad at all that things didn't go as planned.