Sunday, August 9, 2020

Cleveland Birthday Ride

Cleveland Bday
Friday was my birthday and Erin and I continued our tradition of having lunch in Cleveland at the French Cafe Le Petit Triangle. Since the weather was perfect we also brought our bicycles and rode around to a few other of our favorite spots. I snapped some photos with my Canon 5DIV and also made another video. Check it all out below.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Skate or Die

Some of my friends have been creating a DIY skate spot and on Thursday evening I decided to ride my bike over and check it out. I brought my Canon 5DIV with my Sigma 105mm f/1.4 and my ultra wide 16-35mm. I got a bunch of really great photos and it was good to see some people in an outdoor setting - it had been a while. Don't ask me where it is - if ya know ya know.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Ohio to Erie and More 2020

Ohio to Erie Trail
For the second year in a row a few of us decided to tackle the Ohio to Erie Trail. This year we added an extra day and switched up our route a bit adding a camping spot and trip down the Little Miami Scenic Trail. It was a nice change as it cut out a fairly tedious part of the trail and replaced it with a more scenic route and some cool towns. I had to debate what photo gear I wanted to bring since space and weight on a bike-packing trip are a big deal. I ended up going with my GoPro Hero 8 Black and my Canon 6D with a 40mm pancake lens. I tried to leave the dSLR at home but in the end I knew I would want at least a few high-quality photos and the low light capability that the GoPro lacks. Photo-wise I shot them both about equally as grabbing the GoPro while riding is so much easier.

Monday, June 8, 2020

TMax on the Farm

Yellow House Cheese Camping
After I finished the role of CineStill 50D I popped a roll of expired TMax 400 in my Canonet QL17GIII. I shot the whole roll at Yellow House Cheese - the farm in Seville we had ridden our bikes to camp at. We had some beautiful light in the evening. The roll was developed in my typical style in Kodak HC-110(b).

Saturday, May 30, 2020

CineStill 50D

Market Morning
I was going through my film inventory and I found this roll of CineStill 50D that I forgot I had bought(I actually don't even remember when I did). So as I usually do I turned to the 'net to do a bit of research before shooting it. It turns out that this is actually a Kodak motion picture film that CineStill cuts down and removes the remjet layer from - a remjet layer is for is necessary for movie cameras but makes the film not able to be developed by traditional still film process(c41). So it is kind of a neat, novel film to try. It is supposed to be the least grainy film on the market and I don't think I could argue with that. My scanner seamed to treat the color balance a little strange on some of the images but a quick correction in Photoshop had it looking quite good. The other thing of note is that this film is fairly low contrast.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Abandoned on Bikes

Factory Team
As I've been mentioning in these blogs and the videos I've been avoiding the bike paths on most days as they are just too busy for the way I like to ride. That has led to a lot of exploration and some cool finds - like this abandoned factory. This was an evening where I kind of wish I had every piece of photo gear I own with me - but my Canon Canonet QL17Giii, one roll of Tmax 400 and GoPro were going to have to do. Pretty fun stuff to photograph.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Bikes on Film

When heading out on my bike rides I've been carrying my Canonet QL17GIII on almost every ride. Lately I've been shooting it with Kodak TMax 400 since I have a whole box of expired rolls that a friend gave me. Originally I had been using expired Fuji Color Press 400 but with the stay-at-home order I decided to switch to b&w since I develop that myself. All of these images were shot on various bike outings.

Friday, May 8, 2020

In the Light

Here are few images I've shot in the course of other projects over the last week.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Bergger Pancro 400

I tried out Bergger Pancro 400 for the first time and just developed it in HC-110 dilution b. I was surprised that the development time was 9 minutes - that seems crazy for dilution b - I double checked multiple sources before doing it. Bergger says the film has two emulsions which make for a wide exposure latitude that works well in any developer. I would have to say they are correct - this film had more latitude and information on the negative than anything I had ever shot. They also claim decent grain size but I found it to be pretty grainy - not necessarily a bad thing but this is not TMax. Overall I was really happy with this film - the exposure latitude makes it great for scanning and post-processing.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Update #5

This is a quick update video about what has been happening around Fitzwater Photography the last few weeks. I also give some shout-outs to some local businesses that we've been trying to support. My plan is to do one of these every Friday.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Ferrania Success

Bike Mural
I finally had some success shooting FILM Ferrania P30 Alpha film. To get decent results I ended up over-exposing the images between 1/2 a stop and 2 stops. About one stop of over-exposure yielded the best results. I developed it the same way I had developed the other three rolls I had already shot - 6 minutes in HC-110 dilution b(or twice the time in E). I still plan to develop my last roll of Alpha in FPP 76 which is the Film Photography Project's version of Kodak's D76. I am really thrilled that I finally got a roll of this film that worked out though. 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

TMax 400 on Bikes

Bikes on Film
My friend Taylor gave me a big box of film that he had found at an estate sale a little while back. I've posted a few blogs with the color film but with the 'Stay at Home' order I've jumped into some of the black & white film since I can develop it at home. Being a big fan of Tri-X I never had a reason to try out TMax 400 - until I had a free box of it! I shot the roll over three bicycle rides and then developed it in HC-110 dilution b for 6 minutes. This isn't a recommended way to develop TMax but it is what I have and these were mostly snapshots anyways. I was really happy with the results - the age of the film and developer probably led to extra graininess and increased contrast but that is something I don't mind at all for images like this.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Roger Riviere Vids

With the Stay at Home order I've had the time to work on a number of projects. Below is one of those - a new series of videos about my bicycles. I go through the broader history of the bike as well as the personal history of my specific model. 
Below is a video from Easter Sunday in the music video style I've been doing for a number of years.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Bonfire & Distance

On Saturday Erin and I had a bonfire at her house. It felt like I was going to back of the beginning of my career - photos of friends, long exposures of the fire, and some light painting - basically playing around with my camera and just trying things for fun. I know a few people are going to have a problem with this gathering... we kept our distance, no one went in the house, and everything was wiped down. I personally haven't gone in a store, seen my family or gathered with more than a couple people since March 10th. The point to me that is if everyone does their best we flatten the curve. As I ride my bike around I see lots of gathering of teens and people being way to close(and total idiots) in the park. It is frustrating. But I'm not taking it upon myself to lecture people where their line should be. I'm doing a lot and have lost almost all my business but I'm not going to claim to be perfect. I have seen some businesses and individuals just paying lip service to all of this...they will have to answer for themselves when things go wrong and their customers, friends and families end up sick.
Back to the photos...

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Third Time Isn't the Charm

I took the opportunity offered to Ferrania Kickstarter supporters to buy five rolls of P30 Alpha at 5 bucks a piece. I have now shot three of the rolls but I've spaced them out and shot them in such unique situation that I didn't realize that I was messing up the development. I did try a different method this time but I would simply say that using Kodak HC-110 is not a good idea with this film. Again, the contrast was through the roof. I used dilution H this time at twelve minutes. As you'll see the few images I posted are way to contrasty. I made a video about it which is at the bottom of the blog. You can also see my other two rolls here and here - though it worth noting that I now know it was my development that was off - not the setting or situations.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

New Angles

I was looking for a close spot to film an ending to a video I had been working on and I found it right across the street from The Studio. This is one of those three walled enclosures for dumpsters - but the Ponderosa has been abandoned as long as I can remember so it is clean in there...and it had the shade I needed to film some close-ups of my GoPro. The light was really cool and I decided to take a few photos too. I also got a new perspective on my building.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Big Sky Akron

Akron Sky
On Sunday afternoon there was a fantastic, dramatic sky that I figured would be perfect for some contrasty black and white photography. I grabbed my Minolta X-700 with a couple of lenses with red filters then went to get a roll of Tri-X from the fridge - except I was all out of Tri-X. So looking through my black and white film I decided on a roll of Holga 400 I picked up somewhere - after a bit of research I found out it is actually Fomapan 400. I rode my bike to downtown Akron in an absolute wind storm. It was nuts. I was also trying a 28mm f/2.8 Rokkor lens that I was given - I had wanted a wide angle for my Minoltas's for a while so I was really glad to have this.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Quarantine Mustache

Monte Zoncolan
There are a lot of "challenges" and social media activities going around right now since many people have extra time on their hands - also as a distraction I believe. Ben tagged me in a #QuarantineMustache challenge and what the heck - it was time for the winter beard to go. Also - I'm not seeing that many people anyways, or so I thought - about ten minutes after shaving I received a text about shooting at the FoodBank today. Oh well! 
I used it as an excuse to set up some lights and try out a lighting technique in the studio.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Two More Color Rolls

Rocky River
So I ran a couple of more rolls of that expired FujiColor Press 400 through my Canon Canonet QL17GIII. I have been carrying the small camera with me on my bike adventures as the situation around us has rapidly changed. I dropped the roles in the film box at Akron Commercial Color Lab on Sunday evening and used my last non-essential trip yesterday to pick them up. I probably won't shoot much C41 color film for a while as I will be following the rules of the "Stay at Home" order we have in Ohio even though the lab is staying open since the do work for the government. I think I will still do analog but just switch back to B&W since I have all the materials I need to develop it here at the studio....

Friday, March 20, 2020

Moon Tower - Vlog and Photos

Moon Tower in Kent
I grabbed three of my cameras(five including my phone) and rode my bicycle out to the Moon Tower in Kent for a mid-afternoon break from editing and reading cancelation emails. I stopped at Bottles 101 to grab a beer on the way. I ended up making a vlog à la Peter McKinnon or Casey Neistat. I also made some images with my Canonet QL17GIII which I will get developed and posted next week.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Minimal Human Contact

Minimal Human Contact
Yes, times are tough - but they are tough for everybody in a variety of different ways. Below is a video I made about it last week - I will be making an updated version later today. Hang in there and stay healthy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St. Paddy's Meet Corona

St. Paddy's was definitely different this year - this was our social distancing, breakfast picnic. Below is a ride I took last Sunday - the last day the bars were open.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Fujicolor Super G 100

Rising Star
Mixed in with the 60(!) rolls of FujiColor Press 400 I was given by a friend was one roll of Fuji Super G 200. This film was discontinued and replaced by the Superia line in 1998 so this roll is at least that expired. I shot it at ISO 100 to give it an extra stop. I was impressed with how well it turned out. I expected way more grain and color shifts. The only problem was user error - I accidentally popped the film door open at some point and lost a few images.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Bikes, Art & Music (all in a day)

Book Signing
Saturday was a busy one. I woke up early and picked up Ben to head out to Garretsville to ride in a gravel race called the Road Apple Roubaix. The conditions were a bit sloppy as you'll see in the photos and video below. After I got home and showered up I went out to Trust books to get my booked inscribed at Greg's book signing and to check out the opening of the Boiler Room Gallery. I walked from there over to the Akron Music Awards to cover that event. Every activity was a great time but needless to say I had no trouble sleeping that night.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Latte Art Throwdown

Last night Asterisk Coffee Bar hosted a Latte Art Throwdown. Baristas show up to compete in a bracket-style tournament to see who can make the prettiest lattes and win prizes. The spectators sipped on cocktails, beers and coffee drinks while answering trivia questions for prizes.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Studio Fun

2020 Cycling Promo
I took a couple different studio portraits recently to experiment with a few ideas I had. Above is a cycling photo I had in mind using gels and grid spots and below is a "fake summer" idea I had using a single light and beauty dish. I took a few set-up shots with my Canon 6D to show how I arrived at these looks.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Proof, Beer & Food

Cleveland Museum of Art
Yesterday Erin, Brad, Ben and I went up to Cleveland to see "Proof" at the Cleveland Museum of Art. We left in the morning and made an entire day out of the trip. Brunch, beers, shopping, and more. The exhibition at the museum was fantastic - one of the best shows I've ever seen and probably my favorite photography one ever. More below...

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Fog on Fog

Yesterday morning as I finished breakfast I was about to jump into some boring office work when I peaked out the door. I couldn't believe how foggy it was. I loaded a roll of the expired Fujicolor Press 400 in my Canonet QL17GIII and decided to walk across the High Level bridge and down into the Gorge - snapping the entire way. I had wanted to see what this film would look like over-exposed by a stop so I had it rated at ISO 200. I even went over the meter reading by two stops on some of the images knowing all of the fog would throw it off.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020


Collide Fundraiser
Last week was a busy one - I had so many shoots that I was editing photos on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. I still managed to make it out to a few good events over the weekend. Above is Greg Milo performing at a fundraiser for Collide at HiHo Brewing. Collide is a great non-profit that promotes arts in Cuyahoga Falls.

Sunday, February 23, 2020


I was running around shooting quite a bit last week - follow along as I run between Akron and the Falls. ...and these are just the bits I remembered to capture.

Friday, February 21, 2020

TorchBearers Anniversary

Last night the Torchbearers celebrated their 17th anniversary and I was there to document as I have been for the last 5 years. It was really cool to see two of my friends honor two other of my friends. This was a room so full of great people and friends that I really had to dfocus to do my actual job!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Cool Camera

Cuyahoga Falls
In my last post there is a video of my teaching how to fix light seals on vintage cameras. Turns out I know what I am talking about as my Canonet QL17 GIII worked. I tested it out downtown Cuyahoga Falls over a couple of days with a roll of expired Fujicolor Press 400. The camera is designed to be shot in shutter priority mode and that is how I used it for the whole role(it does have a full manual override albeit without light metering). Even though the film is 17 years past the expiration date and I have no idea how it was stored so I still shot it at box speed. All the hallmarks of its age showed up - less contrast, color shifts, more grain etc - but hey - if I want perfect color and contrast I'll shoot my thousands of dollars worth of digital gear.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Photography Videos

Recently I've started posting a new series of photography videos. It is something I haven't done in a few years as I was mostly focusing on my travel and cycling videos. I need to get back into doing videos with audio though so I can continue to improve that aspect of my film-making. They are a split between "how to" videos and history videos. The first three are up and I am already working on the next two that will be posted this week. 
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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Digital Analog

Photos of Photos
I've been dying to get out and shoot with the RZ67 for a while now. I have two film backs loaded with a couple of different films. My schedule just hasn't lined up with the right weather(light) yet and I've come down with a cold the last few days. Not being able to get out I set up this photo in the studio today.

Monday, February 10, 2020

International Clash Day

Boys from the County Hell
Friday was International Clash Day and Kent is one of the cities that celebrates. Ben and I decided to brave the snow and ride our bikes there for a couple of the events. We started at the Water Street Tavern to see the Boys from the County Hell do a couple Clash cover sets....and they absolutely killed it. Then we walked over to Euro Gyro - unfortunately we missed Fringe Candidate but we were in time to see Kill the Hippies. We had a blast followed by what felt like the longest bike ride home of my life....

Saturday, February 8, 2020

MidWinter Blues

MidWinter Blues
On Thursday evening I was at the Akron Art Museum for their Midwinter Blues weekly event. This night Micah Kraus demonstrated screen printing and Lemon Quartet provided the tunes. It was a fun night and I saw a lot of friends. I decided to do something a little different and take photographs with my camera.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Cleveland by Bike

I started my day with a video shoot in the Key Tower, did some solo exploring, then joined up with Critical Mass to ride to Joy Machines Racing fundraiser at Mahall's.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Gold Sprints

Gold Sprints
On Friday afternoon I had a video shoot in the Key Tower on Public Square. After I stuck around and rode to a few destination before ending up at Mahall's 20 Lanes for a Joy Machines Racing fundraiser. There were raffles and beers but the main event was the Gold Sprints. Head to head races in a bracket-style on rollers which were hooked up to a computer and some kind of power or speed sensor to determine the winner. I had a blast hanging out and watching with some Akron & Cleveland friends - and some new friends I met that evening.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Old Roll

Arc de Triomphe
I really like this image of the Arc de Triomphe because it shows the scale of it that you don't notice in the wide shots down the Champs-Élysées. It is from a roll of Kodak Tri-X that I had forgotten was in my Minolta X-700. I just developed it the other day in HC-110 dilution b. It looks like I finished off the roll last srping in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park when photographing the Virginia Blue Bells as I do every year.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Winter in the Falls

Ice II
Last week I went for a brief photowalk in Downtown Cuyahoga Falls. It was very cold and I didn't last as long as I wanted to and bailed on a few plans which I guess I'll save for later. But it was really cool in High Bridge Glens with the ice formations.  I'm glad I got out for a bit.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Golden Hour Ride

Golden Hour
Well, this has been a weird winter needless to say... last evening it was 50 degrees and sunny so I decided to go for a ride and take some photos. I brought my Canon 6D and 40mm pancake lens. I was mainly getting a few shots for my cycling IG - ZipperCityCycles - but it was so pretty out that I kind of wish I had brought the good gear. It was a perfect "golden hour" evening and I snapped a few images that I really like in the Summit Lake area.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Safe Words and More!

White Lighter
Friday night was a fun one. We started off in the Valley celebrating Brad's birthday at Sushi Katsu, met a few more friends for cocktails at the Spotted Owl and then headed up to the Matinee to see Safe Words & White Lighter.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Couple Studio Things

Kodak Things
I had the studio set up to do some product photography and after I decided to shoot a couple images for the Instagram accounts. Above is a few of my favorite Kodak items that I've collected over the years. Which also reminded me that I would like to update my vintage camera page this winter - it has been a while. Below(or after the jump) is a vintage cyclocross frame a friend gave me. He bought the complete bike on eBay but it turned out the frame was bent. He gave it to me figuring I could use the vintage Italian and French components.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Another Cold Ride

Last night my cycling group took a mixed terrain route out to Hoppin' Frog Brewery. Some of the off road bits are supposed to eventually be a new bike trail through Akron. Its fun to ride them now - you are in the heart of the city then all of sudden in the woods. I just let the GoPro run on my handle bars the whole ride there and then edited this together. The hyper smooth that is so amazing during the day doesn't work that well at night - but it is still better than my old GoPro when it comes to the shakes.

Monday, January 6, 2020

RatzMas 2019

Every year my cycling group does our holiday RatzMas ride on the Wednesday nearest to Christmas. This year it was a full week out with the holiday falling on a Wednesday. It was only 19 degrees and I didn't capture any footage out on the trails(mostly because of the heavy doubled up gloves) but I did after our brewery stops when we rode in this old factory. I used this video to experiment with video transitions that I wouldn't use in my professional work...

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year

I hope that everyone had a awesome holiday season. I had a great time seeing so many friends and family members - even though it sometimes felt like it was hard to get work done. In my mind it feels like I did a weeks worth of work over four weeks. Anyways - I'm ready to get back to it in 2020 full speed ahead. I'm looking forward to working with some new clients and contacts and continuing projects with current and long term clients. I also have plans for some personal creative projects that I look forward to posting on this blog. 
At the start of the decade photography was still mostly just a hobby for me - I ended it owning my own studio - so on a professional level the last 10 years have been a complete success....