Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend Part I

Thanksgiving Weekend was a whirlwind of bars, beers, bands, breweries, some work, friends & family. I do love being out and about but right now it feels pretty nice to be working at my desk. Here are some photos from the hectic and fun, extended weekend.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

KNR Turkey Give Away

Kisling, Nestico & Redick (KNR) hosted its third annual KNR Turkey Giveaway and Coats & Cans for Kids drive on November 20th, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. To receive a free Butterball turkey people lined up to donate a non-perishable food item to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank or a gently used coat to benefit The Salvation Army of Summit County. This year’s Turkey Giveaway was the biggest ever. Cleveland 19 News, the ESPN Street Team, students, athletes, and band members from Kenmore High School, the KNR Turkey, and Santa Claus joined KNR and Cleveland 19 News to kick off the giving season. It was a great event -here are some shots.

Friday, November 20, 2015

That One Time Downtown(III)

On Thursday I made it to UnCorked Wine Bar for the Akron-centric story telling series -That One Time Downtown - this month featured Chris Butler, Francisca Ugalde and Mike Gould. Chris(Tin Huey, Waitresses) told a story about re-acquiring his vintage Vox teardrop guitar. Mike(an Akron police officer) talked about the speeches he gives to Akron Public school Children. Fran(a local artist) discussed her artistic journey including some recent commission works she has done in and around downtown. 
This is the third venue for the event - the first one on the lawn at Cascade was great in the sun - but Uncorked worked well too(drinks!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Mighty Soul Night

Last Saturday some friends and I went to The Mighty Soul Night - a night of DJs playing vinyl records. The Djs were El Prezidente, Ben Crazy, Forrest Getem Gump, and Dennis Oliver on drums with special guest Roger Riddle. The Soul Night is always a blast but this one was especially fun with a better turn out and more dancing than last month. These are held at UnCorked Wine Bar and there is no cover - the next one is on December 19th - you can bet we'll be there again - you should be too. Something a little different is always a good thing.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Royal Docks Brewing

It was another great weekend full of things to do in and around Akron. On Saturday alone Sara and I attended three events. Here are some photo from our stop at Royal Docks Brewing in Canton, OH(not far from the airport).

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ektar in Autumn

Kodak Ektar 100 is probably the most beautiful C-41 film still on the market - and even better when used in the 120mm format. I shot a roll in the Fuji GSW690III, a massive rangefinder camera that makes 6x9 negatives(you only get 8 shots per roll at that size!). Fall is the perfect time for Ektar and its saturated colors - not to mention the lovely dynamic range this film gets you. I shot the roll over three different hikes in the Summit Metro Parks. Between having to use an external light meter(there isn't one in the Fuji), the slow process of manual focusing, and knowing you only have a handful of photographs to make you really slow down and choose your compositions wisely. For anyone who likes to photograph and didn't grow up in the analog era I would highly recommend trying out a film camera at least a few times - you'd be amazed at the way it changes how you shoot and your thought process behind it.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Make Art Not Waste

ReWorks and the Summit ArtSpace selected twelve artists to take discarded latex paint and turn it into works of art. They had three days to create in the studio and the works were then displayed on Friday night in the Project Gallery of the ArSpace in conjunction with the November ArtWalk. I stopped by and photographed the artists while they were working and then again at the opening. The paintings were really cool and all very different. The artists and ReWorks split the profits from sales of the paintings - Reworks will use their half to educate the public on proper ways to dispose of latex paint.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Lieberth Community Vision Award

Earlier today I shot the "Dave Lieberth Community Vision Award" Brian Moore was this year's recipient. The award honors a Leadership Akron Class member who has made a significant contribution to the Akron community. Each year the breakfast is tailored to the tastes of the recipient. Brian is a music and Disney fan and singers in costume wandered into the room and sang throughout the program. The event is famous for its big send-off which included an Elton John impersonator this year.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bonus Day

Its been quite a while since we've had a first week in November like this....and I couldn't sit inside all day. I hopped in my car and drove to The Ledges at Virginia Kendall. How could I not? Here are some late-day-sun photos from my excursion.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Goodyear Metro Park

Yesterday Fran, Sara, and I all had work to do - but none of us could resist the chance to get out in the sunshine for a bit. We drove to Goodyear Metro Park for a hike and to take in the fading fall foliage. As everyone from Ohio knows - you can't waste these bonus sunny, warm days.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween Charity Ball

On Friday I had the opportunity to photograph the 12th Annual Halloween Charity Ball at the Tangier. $35,000 was raised for two charities, Life Is Good No Matter What and Empowering Scholars Project. The party is a blast - open bar, food, costume contest, a DJ and a band - plenty of dancing.