Monday, May 10, 2021

Tri-X in Rodinal

I shot a roll of Kodak Tri-X last fall and early winter in my new(to me) Minolta XD11 - I just developed it in Rodinal. This was my first time using Rodinal for Tri-X - it doesn't look all that different from my usual go to HC-110(b). I like using one-shot style developers because it is so easy. I've read that these two developers render the grain differently but I need to put them side by side on the light table to really notice. I think I captured a lot of the great winter light in these - one of the few things I like about winter in Ohio - magic hour lasts all day. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

North Bend Rail Trail

North Bend Rail Trail
On Saturday I had a photo shoot along the Towpath at FT. Larauns near Bolivar for the Ohio & Erie Canalway - I decided to leave at 6 am and ride my bike there(50 miles). After the shoot I rode over to Dundee, OH to a HipCamp site Erin had found. Ben rode down and joined us after work - it was a beautiful spot. In the morning we headed to meet the gang in West Virginia to ride the North Bend Rail Trail. We had an absolute blast. I only carried my Canon with me on the first day because of the weather but at the end of this post I have GoPro footage from most of the trip. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

April Snow at Lock 2

April Snow
Well, I'll take those 80s we had just a bit ago - but between two shoots today this little walk at Lock 2 was undeniably beautiful. Also - snow is white not grey ...and though I shot these with my Canon R5 and 35mm f/1.4 lens even if you just have your phone make sure to "over-expose" your photos. Your mushy, dark snow photos suck and they don't have to. 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Massillon by Bike

Paradign Shift
My friend Zack and I rode the Towpath Trail to Massillon to meet some friends for lunch at Paradigm Shift. They had camped the night before in Bolivar. We headed back North all together hitting the Muskingum Trail and a few more brew spots. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Oregon Space Trail of Doom

Oregon Space Trail of Doom
On Saturday afternoon I went for a gravel ride with a bunch of camera stuff: I had my drone, 2 GoPros, Canon R5 & of course my phone. These are the images I shot when I got to Dirty River Bicycle Works to see Oregon Space Trail of Doom and then when we went to Magic City Brewing after.(at the bottom is the video with the other gear). Anyways, it was so great to see some rad live music again after a year and people in general. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Spring Riding

First Day of Spring
Well the first day of Spring did not disappoint. Erin and I met Ben at the shop to get her Crust set up tubeless and then we met a couple other friends who were heading out in the same direction. We hit some of the industrial gravel before connecting to the Freedom Trail to Kent where we stopped for some beers in the sun. AJ & Micah kept moving and we took the Hike & Bike back with one more outdoor beer stop. 
I was shooting with my Canon EOS 6D and a 24mm f/1.4L lens.  

Monday, March 8, 2021

Single Speeding

I used a bunch of parts that I had sitting around and a few that were given to me by Dirty River Bicycle Works to build up my first single speed bicycle. Ben also built himself one but the opposite way - out of all new parts. For a first ride we went out to the old roundhouse in Kent and had a few beers. Erin was also on a new bike - her first gravel bike - a Crust Bombora. I had my Canon 5DIV with me and snapped some images. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

Wheel Build

Wheels Building
Erin has been building her own new bicycle - a Crust Bombora. The other night we went to Dirty River Bicycle Works and the owner, Otis, taught her how to build a wheel. I was super impressed. Wheel building is something that I have never attempted as I have a hard time even trueing a wheel(straightening it). I'm excited for Erin to finish her bike and for the adventures we will undertake with it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Birthday in the Sun

A January Day in the Sun
It was Brad's birthday on Sunday and we decided it was nice enough to get together outdoors and social distance. It was great to actually ride with other humans and see some faces. We had brunch on the patio of Magic City Brewing, then took some crowlers to an abandoned bridge before ending the day at our friend Kenny's brewery - Missing Falls. The winter light was perfect and I took a ton of photos - here is a sampling.

Monday, January 11, 2021

In the Sun

On the Tracks
It felt nice to get some sun over the weekend....and it was just warm enough to be able to hang outside a bit. On Saturday I went for a ride towards Kent and took some new roads and trails. I was working on a video and stopped at a bridge to try out some filming techniques. I also took some still photos with my Canon EOS R5 and vintage wide-angle Minolta Rokkor 28mm. Check out the photos & the GoPro video.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Vintage Lenses, Modern Camera

The Falls
I bought an adapter for 15 bucks from Amazon that allows me to put my vintage Minolta Rokkor lenses onto my Canon EOS R5. I'm surprised how well built/machined it is at that price and the lenses and adapter all fit together nicely - not too loose, not too tight. There are no electrical contacts so it is basically a piece of plastic with metal mounts on each end. The camera doesn't even realize there is a lens on so you have to go into the menus and set it to let you fire the shutter without a lens. Then everything works as it would with a manual lens - except for the auto-diaphragm. Basically you set the aperture on the lens, manually focus and set everything else in camera. I don't see why the camera couldn't confirm focus like it does when a regular Canon lens is on the camera in MF mode but it doesn't - so focusing can be a little tricky as it is purely visual. That being said since it is a mirrorless camera you can zoom in. Nothing about this set up is quick - but it is just a fun way to use some of my favorite lenses for hobby work. 

Monday, December 28, 2020

Let it Snow - with Snow

The Langes
Yesterday I shot my second roll of Film Photography Project's 'Let it Snow' in much more of the conditions it was intended for. Erin and I went for a hike at one of my favorite trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Tha Langes. I've photographed a bunch here over the years and yesterday was pretty perfect - snow covered but with some sun and a bit of blue sky. I used my new Minolta XD11 with a 50mm f/1.4 lens and a red 25 filter(for most of the images). The film is very fine grained and has a very clean look. It isn't my favorite emulsion ever but I'm glad I tried it a few times as it does have a unique appearance.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Let it Snow - Without Snow

I just broke all of my own rules - I shot a new camera with a new film and developed it in a new developer....but it worked! These came out pretty nice for a mostly overcast day. I rode south down the Towpath and just took some snaps before hitting some industrial gravel and finishing the roll. The camera is my new(to me) Minolta XD11 and the film is Film Photography Project's 'Let it Snow' which is based on Svema Foto 100. The film is extremely fine grained and with a red 25 filter on my lens has that infrared look. It is also the flattest drying film I've ever shot which is great for scanning. I developed it in Adox Rodinal at a 1:50 dilution for 13 minutes.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Akron From Above

Akron From Above
I needed to take some drone video for jobs I'm working on but I also snapped a few still photographs while I was flying. The upgrade from the original Mavic to the Mavic Pro 2 is huge. I can edit these photos more like they came from a professional camera. The 20MP RAW files are very nice and give good leeway - which is important as there is often a lot of differing light in drone images. The other awesome thing about the Mavic series of DJI drones is how small and convenient they are to carry - I had it in my backpack along with my Canon EOS R5 while I rode my bike to these three locations. 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Bergger around Akron

Akron Rides
I shot my second roll of Bergger Pancro 400 last week. I was riding my bike around Akron with my Minolta X-700 mostly looking for hand painted signs and old run down buildings. I guess this vibe kind of fits the sensation of isolation lately. Alone together. Anyways I really like this film - I made a video about my first roll explaining all the reasons(linked at the bottom) but in a nutshell it has tremendous exposure latitude and a grainy but nice look. It is the newest black and white film on the market and this French company has created something truly unique. It isn't cheap but I definitely will buy more.

Monday, December 7, 2020


Holidays Downtown
I've been riding and photographing downtown Akron a lot this Fall. I really like these first three "corner" images that I took during magic hour. After that I headed down to Kenmore Boulevard to photograph their light displays and stopped to get a great sunset photo.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Thanksgiving Weekend 2020 Style

Like everything else this year Thanksgiving weekend was quite different. Different isn't always bad  -though I did miss some of our modern traditions. My Dad's text to everyone on Thanksgiving morning definitely teared me up on my way out the door to play a quick game of catch with a couple friends(instead of our usual tackle football game with a bunch of friends/family). Erin fried the two of us some turkey tenders that we ate at a normal dinner time. Our family brewery crawl(all day long!) on Black Friday was reduced to just me meeting mom & dad for a couple of beers outside at Lock 3 and the bars and bands and old friends the rest of the weekend were replaced by solo bike rides and some chill nights around a fire and YouTube vids. Again - not horrible - just different....

Sunday, November 22, 2020

More Downtown


I was downtown documenting the completion of the mural at Lock 4 and the magic hour light was so fantistic that I had to snap more images before it was gone. Dig it.