Friday, October 31, 2014


Laura and Coco "Laura and Coco"
Ok, so I set up to take a self-portrait for a post I wanted to write - Laura got home from work and I had her stand in while I took test shots. Somehow it degenerated into portraits of us and our cats - all five of them(in fairness I had two and Laura had three before we moved in together). 
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Camera Collection

Polaroid SX-70 Model 2 Today I photographed a few of my most recent camera acquisitions and I decided I would update and finally finish my camera page. Well, hours later and I'm not even close to done with the website. I've added a bunch of cameras and worked on the behind the scenes html that will organize and make the collection searchable and categorized by make - but I still have a ways to go. I guess I'd forgotten how many camera I have and how time consuming writing code can be. Anyways - you can check the progress with the link on the right of the page and I will update you when I finally do finish it - hopefully soon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Frosty Big Bend

Golden Hour on the Towpath Sunday morning I had run my first road race in years and when I woke up on Monday I was extremely sore. I figured I'd head down to my usual spot, Big Bend, and walk for a while on the Towpath to try and stretch out. Of course I brought my camera and I'm glad I did. I've shot at Big Bend tons of times now but one of the great things about Ohio is places almost never look the same way twice. This morning the sun was rising and burning through the fog and everything was gleaming and frost covered. I took photos from the same angles I had before but the different weather, season, and time of day made them look different. Sometimes it can be boring shooting the same things over again - times like this it is exciting.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Family Carvings

Guts Tonight my parents had everyone over to eat dinner, carve pumpkins, and taste some beers they picked up on a recent trip. Laura and mine came out the best, of course, but don't tell everyone else.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Trailing @ Munroe Falls

Leaves and Lake When shooting photos like the above one - I usually end up with the view in the photos below. Always trailing - and jogging to catch up. I bet this is a familiar scene for anyone that loves to take pictures...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Main Street Modern II

Awesome Chairs
I spent the day down in Canton shooting furniture and smalls at Main Street Modern. We shot tons of stuff - here are a few different views of the day. Saturday will be their last retail day of the season - they will be open from 10-3 - so if you like mid-century modern furniture or other funky antiques(everything from Deco to Mod and beyond) check them out.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Plateau Trail

Forest Color Yesterday afternoon I knew that I wanted to go for a reasonably long hike in the Valley - but I also knew that it would be swarmed with people. I decided to park at the Valley Picnic Area on Riverview Road and pick up the Plateau & Oak Hill Trails. It was a good call as I only passed a few other hikers...
I've talked to a few people about the colors this Fall - I can't tell if I forget every year how amazing it is - or if the colors are just more spectacular this year. Either way its a struggle for me to stay indoors right now - even when I have work to get done...

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Mom and Laura From Wikipedia:
"Chinese whispers (or telephone in the United States) is a game played around the world, in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group. Errors typically accumulate in the retellings, so the statement announced by the last player differs significantly, and often amusingly, from the one uttered by the first. Reasons for changes include anxiousness or impatience, erroneous corrections, and that some players may deliberately alter what is being said to guarantee a changed message by the end of the line.

The game is often played by children as a party game or in the playground. It is often invoked as a metaphor for cumulative error, especially the inaccuracies as rumours or gossip spread, or, more generally, for the unreliability of human recollection or even oral traditions."

Did anyone else ever call this "Chinese Whispers"? I had never heard that before.

Shot on Kodak Gold with my Pentax K1000 - I developed it with a C41 Press Kit.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Springfield Bog

Lighted Path This afternoon I went for a hike at the Springfield Bog and although the park opened in 2011 this was my first time there. The park is an old farm field that has a couple of bogs and is being returned to prairie land - the trail is basically a large loop around the field. I know this doesn't sound too exciting but being there with all the fall color I found it quite beautiful. The sun was dodging in and out from behind the clouds which could really make for some cool lighting on the fall foliage. A few different times I found myself standing in the same place for a while just waiting for the light to hit. The hike improved all the more when the Goodyear Blimp(or "The Blimp" as we say in Akron) flew overhead. After my hike I drove through the surrounding countryside and the colors were beyond spectacular.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Medium Format Fall

Big Bend Last week I decided I wanted to try and capture some fall colors with the beautiful film Kodak Ektar 100. I didn't have too much time though so I loaded up the Fuji GSW690III and headed down to nearby Big Bend and shot a roll. When I was taking these photos I thought I captured something pretty special - but after developing them I felt like they were only OK. Its definitely easier catching Fall with digital - but I've gone out with my Canon and thought I did quite well until I returned home and saw them on the screen too. Autumn colors are just so awesome I guess anything less than magical perfection is a letdown in photography... for me anyways...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Fun

Fall Hiking Spree A few Fridays ago Laura and I continued our quest to complete the 'Fall Hiking Spree' out at Silver Creek Metro Park. Afterwards we stopped by Rittman Orchards. I had my Pentax K1000 loaded with Kodak Gold 400 with me to document it all...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Akron Craft Beer Festival 2014

Akron Craft Beer Festival 2014 Last night Laura and I attended the 'Akron Craft Beer Festival' at the Civic Theatre. Neither of us had ever been to a beer fest before so we only had a rough idea of what to expect. You grab a tasting glass as you enter and get to sample as many of the 51 different beers by the 23 different breweries represented as you want. Each brewery had their own table and was pouring roughly 2 oz. samples mostly from bottles. Highlights were BrewDog, LaTrappe, Dieu du Ciel, and MadTree - but everything we tried was pretty darn good(except for Ohio Brewing - but that goes without saying). The Fest was all over the theatre - the main area was the lobby but they had beers upstairs too - it was nice to be able to take in how beautiful The Civic really is(especially with beer in hand). There were "free" appetizers and heavier fare available for purchase.The also debuted a 45 minute documentary about craft breweries that was interesting - although Laura was a little upset about the lack of women in the movie(there was one). It could feel a little chaotic with all those thirsty drinkers roaming everywhere but all in all we had a blast. I definitely see returning in future years...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Color Fog

Drying Today I developed 4 more rolls of color negative film. The last roll seemed to be a bit "fogged" which got me to thinking about if I'll ever do this again. I don't really save or lose money doing it, the lab I use costs almost the same, and there is no real creative advantage - you only hope to do it as well as the lab would(and you worry about being super meticulous with temperatures, timing, and chemical consistency). I guess I'm just not sure if the juice is worth the squeeze - I'm not that huge of a color film user to begin with(says the guy who just invested in a color film kickstarter) - the only benifit is the satisfaction of doing it myself. I guess if my lab goes out of business or I was doing a project that involved shooting a bunch of rolls in a brief period of time this would be worth it - anyways - I'm glad I tried it out and know how to do it.
Obviously I'll be posting lots of color film shots this next week....

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Only Place

Indigo Lake Study #75 This morning I woke up and went for an early jog - I watched the blood moon eclipse over West Akron. While running down Aqueduct a large buck with a big set of horns burst out and ran next to me for a few seconds - I let out an audible "woah!!". As I returned home the moon was fully eclipsed. I showered, got dressed, and headed to the Valley. While driving down Riverview the Steam Engine No. 765 (which I thought had left town weeks ago) raced down the tracks. I parked and walked to Indigo Lake where a bald eagle was diving and swooping over the lake as the last of the fog burned off.  I got none of that on film - but I shot and enjoyed a beautiful magic hour walk anyways.
Northeast Ohio in October - nothing better - home.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Akron Explorer

I went out to shoot a specific building for a job one evening last week in Downtown. I thought I was going to have the perfect light but when I arrived at the building I realized the light was on the side that had no facade. It was going to have to be a morning shot.  I've since invested in an app for my tablet that shows me exactly where the light will fall on a place at a given time and date - and I got my photo on Sunday morning aided by it. Anyways - not one to waste good light I pulled out my Minolta X-700 loaded with Foma Fomapan 100 and went walking and shooting.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Around East Fourth

Euclid Avenue "Euclid Avenue"
About a month ago some friends and I went up to Cleveland to see a concert at the House of Blues(terrible venue by the way) and decided to make more of a trip out of it by getting dinner and drinks before hand. The House of Blues has a no DSLR policy so I didn't even bother bringing my Canon just to have it sit in a trunk on the streets of Cleveland. So I brought two film cameras - a point and shoot with color film to shoot my friends and my Minolta X-700 with Foma Fomapan 100 to shoot whatever else. The light was just right to stop and snap a few black and white photos of the area as we walked to a few different places before the show.....