Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cycles Peugeot

Cycles Peugeot
I had to set up the studio today for a shoot with a dark backdrop. While shooting the test shots I got the idea to shoot a photo in an early 80s advertisement style. Its also my best attempt to look like part of a fictional 1980s French National team. Adobe has recently added some presets to Camera Raw and I used their "matte" one as a starting point for this - it gives it kind of that magazine look. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Akronym Brewing

Akronym Brewing
Erin and I finally got around to checking out Akronym Brewing which recently opened across High Street from the Akron Art Art Museum. They did a really nice job with the space - it was a completely empty shell before. The beers we tried were all really solid. It was threatening rain when we were there but I look forward to enjoying a few more beers on their great patio. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Virginia Bluebells 2018

I guess in all my years of photographing the bluebells I've finally run out of good puns for the title containing "blue" or "bell" - or the final bell has tolled on my puns. Sorry. I can't help myself I guess.
Anyways - I finally got myself out of bed to catch some early light and photograph my favorite spring wildflowers. I usually like to get down to Furnace Run a little earlier in the season to catch a more dense group of flowers and also to shoot some when they are still pink. It has just been a busy spring for me. The silver lining is that the trilliums were turning pink which I think is pretty cool.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

France Part V: Back to Paris

When we arrived back in Paris it was training pretty good and we quickly made our way to our AirBnB in the Le Marais neighborhood. Once the neighborhood of nobles, it fell into disrepair after the revolution but is now considered one of the hipper areas of the city with its galleries and trendy restaurants. The rain eased up and we went out for dinner and drinks at a really good craft beer bar. We were back in the room fairly early as we planned to get up in the morning and try to beat the crowds to a few of the sites.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Holy Toledo!

I had a few portraits to take in Toledo today so Erin and I decided to make a bit of a get-a-way out of it. We left on Saturday evening and after checking in to the hotel went out for diner and a few drinks. We were already tired and it was raining so we didn't make it very late. We had spotty weather on Sunday but the evening turned out nice and on Monday it was all thunderstorms so we didn't stick around long. We did everything by foot or bike so we were only in the downtown area. I do remember hearing downtown was a no-go zone back when I had friends who went to the University in the late 90's. Compared to that it seems like it is on a bit of an upswing but there were still a lot of empty buildings - although I do hate to judge a city on a rainy Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

France Part IV: Nimes & Provence

Pont du Gard
When Erin and I were leaving Roubaix our AirBnB host asked us where we were heading next and we told her "Provence". "Oh yes, heading to the Sun," she replied. They say that is so windy in Provence that any clouds at all are rare. Driving down the freeway just outside of Provence we saw the sign for the Pont du Gard aqueduct bridge - we made the snap decision to get off and see it just before sunset - and it was the last we saw of the sun for the next few days. Eating lunch in Nimes the next day with one of Erin's friends(who was living there while teaching English) he said, "Well, you'll be the only one with rainy Provence photos!" Glass half full for sure....

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

ACR Turns Two!

On Monday night Akron Coffee Roasters celebrated their Second birthday. They had special drinks, snacks and a second anniversary box with two special coffees. I've been shooting photos for my friends at ACR for a while so even though I had another obligation that evening I wanted to stop by and at least congratulate Albert and the crew.
Here's to many more years of success!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Jane's Walks Day 2

On Saturday morning i took off on my bike at stopped at Countryside Conservancy's Farmers Market at Howe Meadow. From there i rode to Deep Lock Quarry for the first Jane's Walk of the day. It focused on the history of this one time quarry and the Towpath Trail along the Canal.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Jane's Walk Weekend Day One

Jane's Walks take place on the first weekend in May and are free neighborhood walking tours that aim to connect neighbors and have people think about where they live. "Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a writer, urbanist and activist who championed the voices of everyday people in neighborhood planning and city-building." For a number of years now I've attended and photographed as many of them in Akron as I had time to.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

France Part III: Reims & Lyon

Erin and I left Lille in a rental car since there was a train strike. We had hit the road without eating much and knew we wouldn't make it all the way to our destination in Lyon. Erin's research lead us to the city of Reims and it made for a great stop. We had a fantastic lunch, visited the incredible Gothic cathedral, some Ancient Roman sites, and wandered by a few other beautiful buildings and streets before getting back on the road. Driving on French freeways isn't the best experience - the truck speed limit is far too low and no one drives at a consistent speed - good luck trying to use cruise control(the car did end up coming in handy later in Provence though). We arrived in Lyon in the evening and met our AirBnb host - we were sleeping above her art studio/gallery space in Vieux Lyon(the old town) and it wasn't long before we were smitten and thinking we should have planned more time for this city.