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.
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.
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.
Today I share with you quite a few images from my recent trip to southern California. Before I share the images, I want to let folks know that I am still processing my thoughts. Part of that process is working through the images and memories. For me personally, the images tell my experiences better than words. In the coming days, I will be sharing more thoughts on this trip in pictures and words both here and on the Salsa blog. For now you’ll need to settle with just images.
I chose to share these 15 B & W because I think they tell a story that hasn’t been told yet. My friends that went on this trip have all shared some images and all of them were in color. I thought I’d give you a bit of a different feel. I also prefer black and white so I think these images resonate with me more than color. I’ll be sharing color images in SC Take 2 coming up later this week.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the images and since I haven’t gotten my words together yet to describe how this trip played out, please leave me a comment if you have a specific question. Also, since I haven’t used the gallery feature here before, click on the first image to view a larger slide show. Enjoy.
These trips and experiences are incredibly challenging. At times they are crushing. But in the end, they are incredibly rich and at times rewarding beyond comprehension.
This is probably my favorite image as well as my favorite group shot from last week. I took it toward the end of second day. We were tired and weathered already. We paid for every mile up to this point. The moment captured above we stopped to not only rest in the shade, but take in the vast, beautiful and incredible landscape we were in. I bet each and every one of us at that point had no idea what was in store for us in the final 25 or so miles of the Anza Borrego desert.
As I look at the picture I imagine all the things that led up to this point as well as what came after. What a great group of folks. Each of us on different paths and in different places, yet thanks to bikes, friends, dreams and the internet, each of our paths led us to that exact moment to share together. For me, that is the reward and the dominating memory of this journey. Thank you gents!
Just a very quick update that I have made it home from my little vacation and journey. Off loading pictures as I write this. I went into this trip with a pretty solid plan for the ride and a vision for my images. Despite that, this trip didn’t turn out as planned in terms of the route or the images I captured. Makes me wonder do they ever turn out as planned? Apparently, there was another plan. All that said, it was incredible and just what my body and soul needed. Here is just one quick pic from the Anza Borrego desert to give you an idea of the journey. Enjoy your day. More to come.
My blogs have been kind of short lately. I’d like to tell you what is going on. Besides being busy with home and work, I’ve got two things that are fairly big on the horizon. I expect both to happen here in October. The first is that I have a multi-day bikepacking tour coming up on southern California. This is a full on vacation for me and not related to work. I haven’t done a trip like that in so long as my trips always revolve around work. Not this time. Four of my friends are coming with me and we are doing a 375 mile route with something like 30,000 feet of climbing called the Stagecoach 400. I’m pretty darned excited about it. A little scared too as this hasn’t been my best year for fitness. It’s given me a goal though and I am trying to ride every chance I get. I’ve been shooting quite a bit on those rides. In fact, I have come out of my creative slump and believe I have gotten some amazing stuff lately. Looking forward to sharing it possibly later this week or the next.
Not only am I prepping my body, I am prepping my gear. The above shot was from my last bikepacking tour in California. On that trip I carried a bit too much stuff. This time, in an effort to go further, I’m going to carry less….Except for camera gear. On my last California tour I carried a small point and shoot camera. I had considered shooting this trip on film, but I just can’t imagine carrying film and dealing with film when I am hot, sweaty and dusty. I also don’t have a bit of extra space for the extra film. On this trip, I plan to carry my full size Nikon DSLR with 2 lenses stuffed in my trusty Osprey Talon 22 backpack. I’ve gotten my gear worked out now and I really hope to capture this trip in a way that is both honest, inspiring and breathtaking. Send me good thoughts that I can do all of that.
In addition, I will have a new website up later this month. It will be quite a change and I am looking forward to sharing it. My friend Erik Mathy is helping me build it….OK he is doing the entire build out, but what time I have right now is being used to think about that and create content for the new site. I’m excited as it marks a big step forward for me and my wife. So….If you are wondering why the short posts, that is what is going on in my world.
All that did, I managed to go back through my last California tour pics in search of inspiration. Here’s one last shot. I can’t wait to see what I get on this upcoming trip.
It’s mid April and I’m once again scanning and processing all my film I shot in March. It was a great month as you may have recognized from some recent posts. I shot quite a bit of film and I also got a new to me old Olympus 35RC rangefinder camera that I am quite smitten with. So beyond the new old camera stoke, why did I shoot more film? Honestly, I am just enjoying it and I love the feeling of anticipation waiting to see the processed film and the 4×6 test prints I have made. It is like Christmas where you have ideas of what is in the wrapped box(es) and you can’t wait to open them up to see if you were right. All in all I shot 4 rolls of film. I’ve shared some of these images already in other focused posts, but I have many new images to share below. Hope you enjoy them.
The shots above were all shot at the USS Midway in San Diego. The B&W are TriX 400 shot with my Bessa R4A and that last shot was shot on Portra 400 with the Olympus 35RC.
Getting the shot @ Sunset Cliffs - San Diego, CA
Sunset @ our Hotel - Sunset Cliffs - San Diego, CA
Sea World - San Diego, CA
Legoland - San Francisco Skyline
All in all a very good month on film. I learned a lot. I am slowing down. I am really thinking about exposure differently as I can’t shoot RAW and fix later. Aside from struggling with keeping the horizon level when trying to focus with a rangfinder, compose and get my exposure right, I am getting the hang of it pretty good. I’m really digging this project and I’m really excited to look back in January 2013 and see how I’ve grown as a photographer. So far, I really believe it is helping me and I’m so very happy to have so many printed images around our home.
It’s Friday and I have a great day planned. I’m taking a vacation day and heading out into the country on my Fargo. Yes, I said my Fargo. It’s been too long since I’ve gone exploring on my favorite bike. It’s about dang time. I am so excited. Hopefully, I’ll get a photo or two to share with you next week.
Point Loma Lighthouse
Today I am sharing probably my most interesting and favorite artsy fartsy photo from our recent trip to San Diego, California. It’s a photo taken inside the old Point Loma Lighthouse. When we entered the old lighthouse, I didn’t see this picture immediately. In fact, I didn’t see it until I was walking down the very tight spiral staircase and looked upwards to see if my family was following me? After taking some snaps that showed peoples hands or heads somewhere in the capture, I waited. People kept coming in and walking up or down the stairs. I finally had a few moments without any people to capture this shot. In fact, of about 10 pictures in this spot, this is the only image that does not show something human. I got what I wanted and headed out. I absolutely love this image. It looks so good big.
With that, I am headed out for a good long ride in the country. I’m also breaking out my new kit for the day. Yep, it’s that kind of special day.
Enjoy your Friday and weekend. We’ve got friends and family coming over for Easter. There is also a slight chance that I’ll get to catch up with my old friend that I did Leadville with so many years ago. He in town with his family for the week.