Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BK Deconstruction

Burger King Deconstruction II
They are currently tearing down the Burger King in my neighborhood to make room for an Advanced Auto Parts store (almost directly across from the Auto Zone I work part-time at). I walked over to take a few shots and say a last goodbye to an old friend.
Burger King Deconstruction IV

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Memorial Day
Hanging the Flag

Memorial Day seemed like a good day to hang a flag pole on my parents barn. Well, the day before Memorial Day that is - Auto Zone hates our fallen heroes so I had to work today....

My Dad and Bro did most of the work while I snapped a few photos(as always).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

B-Day Bike

Can you remember anything better than getting a new bike for your birthday?
New Bike!
Ryen and her new bike last weekend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Its Black, Its White(part II)

End of the Line
So now I'm thoroughly annoyed with how dirty these negatives are. Shooting film is supposed to cut out Photoshopping - not increase it. But I've spent hours removing water droplets and dust. A friend recommended a different lab for me to try out - my next roll is heading there - I'll have a full review soon.
This is also why I look forward to having my own dark room completed - I can deal with my own mistakes - but not other peoples.....
Akron Brewery

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Its Black, Its White(part I)

I just got a roll of Ilford XP2 Super 400 developed at Akron Commercial Color Lab and scanned in to my computer today. I shot the whole roll with my Minolta X-700 and MC Rokkor f/1.7 55mm lens attached. I was happy with the results of what I shot but found the development to be lacking - the whole strip of negatives was covered with water spots. I used Photoshop to do some cleaning of the images but I will have to clean the actual negatives to make prints with the enlarger(which hopefully I'll be able to do soon).
The Path IV
I used Photoshop to crank the contrast up in most of the shots and I did some limited cropping too. More on flickr and I'll post the rest of the roll tomorrow.
Ankore IAkron, OH

Monday, May 23, 2011

Return of the Green

Green is Good
I love the first truly green hike of Spring - the color almost feels over-whelming in the woods this time of year after the bare landscapes of Winter. I snapped this in the North Hawking area of Sand Run Metro Park.
Hanging Basket
The nice weather of the weekend also allowed for some gardening and yard work to finally be done - this is a new hanging basket over my garage....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tough Shits @ The Matinee

Tough Shits
Akron loves Philly's 'Tough Shits'. Its always an amazing scene/show when they are in town - last night was no different. They played two sets - the first was their new "record"(which is on cassette tape(which is awesome because my car has a tape player - move over Back to the Future Soundtrack!)), and the second was the sing-along-classics. Awesome night, awesome dudes, you shoulda been there.
Tough Shits
Tough ShitsTough Shits
View the rest on Flickr.com.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Stringing Along

Stringing Lights II
These new lights are going to look pretty rad at night.
Thats all for today - off to see the Tough Shits at The Matinee!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Movie Stuff

Kodachrome Movie Film
I traded another photographer some work-time for some old movie cameras and film that he wanted to get rid of. Its just some cool, classic-looking stuff to put on my shelf.
I like how these reels have "Akron Motion Picture Service" stamped on them.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Couple Classics

Polaroid SX-70
I scored two really cool cameras the last few weeks. Above is an original Polaroid SX-70 from 1972 - probably the most sought after Polaroid camera. I picked it up for 10 bucks at an estate sale! I need to get some Impossible Project film to see if it still works.
Nikkormat FTn
This is a Nikon Nikkormat FTn(1967), in my opinion one of the coolest/most iconic looking cameras of all time. It has many interesting features which I'll expand upon when I add it to the Vintage Camera page.

Monday, May 16, 2011

B-Day Fun!

...at my girfriend's niece's 5th birthday party....
Below is the modern piƱata - no more baseball bats - just pull the string...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Luxuries III

The Luxuries
On Saturday I was at the Matinee for my friend Wes's birthday show. His band, The Luxuries, played along with Hell's Information. I used my bounce-flash technique to capture the action. I shot much of the show at an ISO of 640 to be a little less taxing on my flash and close the aperture a bit to obtain more depth-of-field.
The Crowd
A classic hold-the-camera-out-shot...I love this one.
The LuxuriesThe Luxuries

Friday, May 13, 2011

After the Storm

Night Tree
Unfortunately Blogger was down for a few days and I couldn't put up new posts....
....this photo is a 30 second exposure in my front yard a few nights ago after th storms passed...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I'm finally getting around to doing some of my Spring cleaning and chores. I cleaned the garage a few days ago, today I weeded. While weeding I thought of the idea/angle for a photo - I had to take a weeding-break and make the picture....

Monday, May 9, 2011

Crab Apple Study No.1 & 2

Crab Apple Tree Study #1
A couple different views of the same, blossoming, crab apple tree branch. That is all for today. Carry on.
Crab Apple Tree Study #2
Oh yeah - I shot some Ilford XP2 Super B&W 35mm film today also - I'll have that soon....

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Northside Lofts @ Night

Northside Lofts
These are a couple of 30 second exposures I shot of the Northside Lofts on my way home from the Downtown Akron Artwalk on Saturday.
Northside Townhomes
Cool, eh?

Saturday, May 7, 2011


On Saturday I went to check out some of the art shows associated with the Downtown Akron Artwalk. I spent a good deal of time at the Millworks Gallery viewing Greg and his friend's show 'Break'. It was a fun night full of good art and good people, lotsa people. Akron is happening nerds!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

More Nikon L35 AF

So I shot the last roll of expired Fuji Super HQ 200 that I had(which was acquired at an estate sale) and I'm kinda bummed about it. Shooting this film with my old Nikon gave photos and a classic old look - no messing with Photoshop or "apps". "Instant Vintage" - hows about that phrase?
I was even more bummed because my camera stopped taking photos after #20 on a 24 exposure roll...and now I can't get the camera to take up the next roll....
Oh well - enjoy some of my faves....
Gamauf Hardware

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Twins II
I always carry a camera with me even when I don't plan on taking pictures...because you never know when you girlfriend and a friend will show up to the bar in the same shirt....

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Gaussian Blur

Well - I was going to write about my use of gaussian blur but I flipped on TV and saw they just killed Osama Bin Laden....I'll write about blurring stuff tomorrow...and I'm not talking about the Iraq War. Zing! In your face Bush!
More Tulips