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.
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!
Sometimes you plan for change. Sometimes it sneaks up on you. Right now in my life I have a little of both. Fall is around the corner and the setting sun is going down earlier each night. I’ve been waiting for this change of seasons as fall is my favorite season. My kids are back in school and that means change for our daily routine. I’ve been planning for both of those in my head. For me, the change I wasn’t ready for is my current loss of words for writing. Right now I am struggling for meaningful words. I’ve got loads of images I want to share, so I just might have some posts in the coming days that don’t have many words. It’s the introverted side of me. I need some time to myself. So much so that I stayed up way too late last night messing around and processing thoughts and images.
I can say that my loss of words typically goes hand in hand with an outburst of creativity, motion and action . In fact, I might know what is really going on. My wife and I have been talking about some things on the horizon and starting our own little business for her to manage. We’ll see. I’m excited.
I chose the images above because it represents both the introverted side of me and setting our sights on the horizon. It has both certainty and uncertainty. Change is upon us. Let’s see where this road goes?!
So…About a year ago I was in Alaska on a fatbike beach tour as part of Reveal the Path bicycle film. This past week down in Dekalb, IL I saw the movie again. The Alaska segment of the film made me smile and really got me thinking and remembering my time up in Alaska. Someone asked me after the film what my favorite part of it Alaska was? I said “All of it!” There was not one single part that wasn’t truly incredible.
Last night I looked back over my images and was simply blown away by the beauty and vastness of Alaska. I grabbed just a few pics to share with you. These were all taken at either sunrise or sunset.
Sunrise – Redoubt volcano
Sunset over Iliamna volcano
Sunrise – on the shore – Kenai, Peninsula
These images really make me want to go back to Alaska. I feel like the time there was well spent, but it was too scheduled. I’d like to take a bit more time to really continue on and explore. It has me thinking and dreaming for the future. I doubt I’ll be back for a few years, but I can dream. Alaska. Dream big.
Well, we are back. Where we’re we? We were in Northern MN enjoying our family as well as the immense beauty of MN’s Arrowhead Region. More than once I found myself chasing the light as the sun dipped to the horizon. I am super pleased with the imagery captured on this trip. I think it is some of my best yet that tells the story of enjoying life and savoring those special moments. I am looking forward to sharing but it will be a bit as my hard drive is full and I need to solve that first so I can off load my 1000+ pics.
Here is my first shot shared from up north. Lovely light on the small island near our camp site. I will be back with some July film shots followed by my up north stuff. So much to share.
Just one picture and no words today other than to say I really enjoyed the sunset last night. I knew the sky was going to light up so I grabbed my camera and headed to the back yard. Incredible evening watching the sun fall to the horizon and the sky light up.
Shuji riding the shelf ice @ at sunset - Park Point - Duluth, MN
I was looking back through images related to my friends in Japan. I’ll see them again in about a week. I was preparing some images that I am printing as gifts for them. I ran across this photo of my friend Shuji and it made me get lost, dream and imagine. So…I played with it a bit just to have fun and try a new photo treatment that I’ve been working on. I know many folks are probably tired of all the grain I am using, but I am sure into the grainy textures lately. I think it is because I am shooting film again. Even though the original file from the image above is perfectly sharp and clear, I like the feel of the image and it gives me a warm nostalgic feeling.
Anyway, just having fun posting this one today. Hope your weekend is going great.
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.
Over the past few months we’ve had a few friends dealing with significant things in their lives. Life changing things. This coupled with changes going on inside of me have really made me think about what is important to me. I’ve written several times that this year will be the finishing up of some commitments that I hope will free up some time for me to commit more time to the things that matter. One of those friends recently wrote on facebook “What I think about, I will become, like it or not.” This struck me and made me realize I’ve been filling my mind with stuff that really is not all that important. I have much bigger and better things to be spending time thinking about. One of those things is my family and another is my awesome wife.
As such, I looked back over our recent trip to California. We did all the super tourist things such as Legoland, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo. But you know what, my favorite memory of the whole trip was walking on the beach with my family. Below I am sharing my favorite images from the trip. I may do something with these 4 images. I’m not certain what yet, but I want to print them just for me and hang them somewhere I can always see them.
Coronado Beach @ sunset - San Diego, California
My greatest gift
I know this post is sorta heavy. It is just what is on my mind today. I’m looking forward to my weekend with my family. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do after being gone for a bit. I suspect I’ll get out for a ride too.
Now…I gotta get to work. Have a great day and an even better weekend.
So last week we woke the kids up earlier than normal and surprised them with a Spring Break trip to sunny San Diego. (Thank you frequent flyer miles!) It was a much needed family trip and we had an absolute blast. We were total tourists and loved every minute of it.
When you are into photography like I am, going on a trip to a new place is particularly challenging. First, what gear do I bring and second, how do I get unique photographs that thousands of others haven’t already taken? Well, you know what, I threw those worries out the window and went with fairly minimal gear; a digital point & shoot, my Bessa rangefinder with 21mm lens and an old Olympus 35RC rangefinder with a fixed 42mm lens. All of these cameras are small and light with the Bessa being the only serious camera in my bag. I also decided I didn’t care about taking unique pictures. This was a family trip and the point of this trip was to document our trip so that years from now we could look back and see what we did together as a family. 15 years from now, no one looking at these old images will really care what kind of artsy fartsy images I took. I shot our trip with joy and because I carried less gear, I traveled lighter and had more fun.
So…I downloaded the images last night and scanned through them. Looks like I got some great post card type material. I think I got some good stuff that is, or will be, meaningful to our family. I also plan to drop off my film today for processing. Can’t wait to see that too.
Anyway, I gotta roll. Lot’s to do and catch up on today. I’ll be back with more soon.