Thursday, February 27, 2020

Fog on Fog

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

Weekend

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

Hustlin'


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

NYE
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....