Just a quick post to let folks know I won’t be posting for a few days. The site may disappear for a bit as well as we move to new hosting. I will be back soon with a new site and new features. Stay tuned.
I have been interested in Tumblr for some time. I’ve played around with it as a visual and creative diary. Much like blogs and other forms of social networking, it sort of has it’s own culture and group of folks that follow it. I find myself using Tumblr more and more to research specific tags. It seems a bit more of a creative culture than the other social forms of sharing & communicating. I have posted a few hundred various images over on Tumblr over several months. I don’t post that often, but I find it interesting that some of my personal favorite photos as well as photos & posts that get comments here don’t get likes, reblogs or comments over on tumblr. Don’t really know what to make of that yet other than different strokes for different folks.
The above image is my most popular image on Tumblr. I took it at the Golden Saddle bike shop in LA. Not sure it has much relevance here on my blog, but it is bike related and I do like the image. Just thought I’d share it here today.
I finally got back in the saddle after taking some time. It seems I have an internal ride barometer that keeps me centered and grounded. I needed some time away from the bike to come back to it motivated. My ride wasn’t spectacular in length or difficulty nor did it feel very good physically. In fact, I felt like I was moving about as fast as an old tank. The cold, damp, wet air didn’t help either. But…I got what I needed. Time to think. Time to process a few things going on in my head. Time to take a few pics. I came home refreshed and motivated for both cycling and photography. I am back in the saddle with a new perspective. It feels good.
Here Andrew and Ben head deeper into the canyon. This was still the glorious part of the canyon where we could still ride. I like this shot quite a bit with the canyon wall, the curvy road, blue sky and the rock. Even though I know what comes after this, it still makes me want to go back and ride there.
Hope your Friday and weekend go great.
Not long ago I posted this, Why I do it. It was a post declaring why I do what I do. Why do I spend hours of time and my own money to develop, maintain and keep my blog going? Well…That little post got me going. Why I do it is going to be a recurring theme. It won’t be any defined frequency of posting. The Why I do it posts will come randomly as I am reminded of just why I do what I do.
So…Why do I do it? Why do I keep blogging? One of the big reasons is the people.
What I find so interesting and fascinating about blogs is that they are often focused on very specific hobbies and passions. I am passionate about my hobbies of photography and cycling. As it turns out, so are other people all over the world. Blogs break down all the big barriers of distance and nationality. In fact, some of my most meaningful returns for my effort to keep my blog going come in surprise comments and emails from lands far away. Japan. New Zealand. UK. I could go on and on here. Blogs have no boundaries.
Not long ago when my interest in photography was growing, I ran across this website. It’s called the Ricoh GR Diary, or Cristian Sorega Photography. I have followed this blog for years because I was interested in Ricoh small cameras. Christian is currently residing in London. He is not only a talented photographer, but is also a very good technical writer and camera reviewer. I followed his blog and read every word of his reviews (more than once!).
The other day, he started posting pictures of Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. I was so excited I contacted him through his blog and asked if he wanted to get together for a photo walk, a bite to eat and a beer. Now, keep in mind that I have never before reached out to him other than maybe a single comment on his blog. I shared my blog info with him and low and behold, he responded and we set up a time to meet up. Unfortunately our time of meeting got delayed due to horrific traffic and we lost all light to photograph, but we still got out for a photo or two and then grabbed a bite to eat and talked cameras and all things photography. It was a great night and some day when I am in London, or wherever Cristian is, he will kindly return the favor.
We had planned to spend some time in and around the river valley. We started at Minnehaha Falls and took a short walk through that area. Here are just a few pics from our short walk. These first three pics are of old canons looking out over the valley near the MN Veterens Hospital and Minnehaha Falls. With manufacturing being part of my day job, I just love the details of these old canons.
Cristian also brought his Ricoh GXR with Leica M module. It was great to actually see this product as it is not something commonly found in US camera stores. This is a very serious photography tool. I love the design and thoughtful features of the Ricoh cameras. This GXR with Leica module is quite special with a large sensor and a no AA filter. For non camera geeks this means that it has extremely high image quality AND loads of detail due to no AA filter. The images it produces are quite unique and remarkable, especially when paired to M-Mount glass from Leica, Zeiss, Voigtlander, Jupiter and Ricoh. Simply outstanding and it has got me thinking about owning one of these some day as I can share lenses with my old Bessa Rangefinder film camera. That combo would be very, very dangerous.
Anyway, thank you Cristian. It was a fun night. Looking forward to seeing you again somewhere out in this world. People. That is why I do it.
Last night spiraled out of control for me (In a good way!) As a result, I spent the evening processing about 20 images for a non cycling publication to review. But, since I did spend the evening working on photos, I thought I’d share one that I ran across that jarred my memory and got me excited to ride fatbikes in the snow. Don’t get me wrong, I am not ready for snow yet, but looking back at these pictures really got me fired up.
Anyway, up way too late last night working. That’s all I’ve got for you today.
It seams I have fizzled a bit on my film project. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about it nor is it because I no longer enjoy film. Nope. Not at all. I just was planning for my trip to California and knowing I was not going to shoot film on that trip, I sorta let it go. Truth be told, I’m pretty darn excited to get out and shoot film. In fact, I almost shot film the other night but I ran out of light and the film I had just wasn’t going to cut it.
Today I bring you several images that span 2 months and 3 different bike rides. Again, I found myself pushing TriX 400 to 800 to get that extra stop. I also like the contrast. Falling into old habits here, but I am committed to breaking them in the future as I just purchased 5 rolls of color film for the coming months. These images I am sharing today have a different perspective because a friend of mine loaned me a 35mm to shoot. It’s still pretty wide, but to me it sure looks fairly narrow compared to the 21mm Voigtlander I’ve been shooting for much of the year. Hope you enjoy them. I particularly like a few of them.
Ride # 1 – I shoot this corn crib all the time and in all seasons. It has sort of become a regular stop and shoot place for me. It is also the exact furthest point from my home on one of my normal loops. One of these days, I will pull together a gallery of just images of this barn. I don’t know why, but I just love it.
Ride #2 – Ben Witt and I were riding the Milltown Cycles Rawland Fall gravel route prior to our trip to California. Incredible day with some very cool landmarks along the way. The first couple are an old mill that is no longer there. It’s walls remain and that is about it. The second set of images are my favorite barn on the route. I love the valley that it is in as well. So scenic and remote feeling. It’s a great climb and decent to get there as well.
And here are the last 2 shots of this post. In this blog post it is ride #3 but in reality I snapped these prior to the other two above. I only took my camera out once and the bugs were so bad I didn’t want to stop again. I just like these because of the overall feel of the image, the rolling land scape and the fact that it was an incredible night with friends. That last part about friends likely overshadows everything else, at least for me.
But…Even though I didn’t shoot much film over the last few months, I look at these and immediately have a connection to the images that I don’t always see in my digital images. Some might say it is because of the mystery of film and how much time and money you put into processing them that you have to like them. I, however, believe it is something different. It isn’t just one thing, just the overall feel of the image. I simply love it.
One more picture from California. This is at dusk outside of Idylwild, California. We started heading out at dusk. This shot is just below the Speed of Light Deflector. Love the color and depth in the sky. Riding sweet singletrack doesn’t hurt either!
Have a great one. I’ll be back next week with more from California.
Today I share a similar story to take 1 in B&W. While these pictures tell a similar story, I am guessing you may get a different feeling from this set. Partly due to my intentional experimentation with processing as well as these images show a bit more difficulty and suffering than the first set. Anyway, just like the other day, I hope you enjoy them.
Anyway, I’ve got a few more individual images to share, but until my words come out, this is all I’ve got to say about my recent bikepacking trip. Next up….Los Angeles.