Natural Cooperation


When you are a photographer picture taker who captures 90% of your images while out riding your bike, it can be hard to get wildlife to cooperate. Often between the sound of the bike rolling over gravel roads, unzipping and opening the camera bag, and fussing with the camera, any birds or wildlife are long gone.

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Dry corn under dark autumn clouds. (Nikon D7100).

Last week I found myself out my bike in wet, rainy, and foggy conditions more than once. That was fun, and made for some interesting photos, but it also took toll on my drivetrain, and my mojo. The next few rides were void of mud and rain, with some intermittent clouds and sun, and despite some increased wind, I have to admit I was pretty stoked to be dry.

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In a Fog


I had the chance to get some miles in on Thursday and ride in some of the thickest fog I’ve ever seen here in central Michigan. Rain the night before made for muddy conditions, so I used my fat bike to plow through the slop, thus saving my higher end drivetrains from the gritty dirt and gravel. I also utilized a the Porcelain Rocket DSLR Slinger bag to house my Fuji X-T1, and a rear blinky to make sure I didn’t get smashed down by any tractors.

The following is a collection of photos that I captured that day using the X-T1 with the 55-200 mm lens. Thanks for looking.

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A Harvest Ride


Prior to moving to Michigan I found joy in riding my bike on the gravel forest roads and two-track trails in the mountains near my home in western Pennsylvania, and thought little joy could be had from rides that left me with total elevation gains of less than 1,000 feet, and offered nothing but flat, panoramic views of corn, wheat, beans, corn, beans, and corn. Did I mention there were corn and beans?

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The First Week


I got in a full week of riding and shooting with the Fuji X-T1 that has replaced (thank you SquareTrade!) the X-T10. There’s not too much different, so it was pretty easy to start shooting with, and overall I’m really happy with it. I even shot some of my son’s soccer match on Sunday with it, knowing full well that the X-T1’s autofocus would not be on par with my Nikon D7100. Having said that, I did get some good shots, and the Fuji lenses yield much better results than the lower end Nikon telephoto lenses I have.

Here’s a look at some of what I shot over the week. Thanks for looking.

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Late Summer

Sunny Dirt Road

From what I hear, today is the last day of summer. Boo!

Due to some back and hip issues, Summer 2016 didn’t deliver the riding I had planned on, but I’m hopeful that through the fall and winter I will continue to improve, longer rides will become the norm again, weight loss will happen, and by next spring things will be back to normal in my cycling world.

While lengthy rides escaped me this summer, I still rode. Some rides were better than others; some rides were longer than others, but one constant was that I had a camera with me. Something that has brought new meaning to my riding and my accumulation of junk miles.

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Best Made Plans

Back in June my Fuji X-T10 crapped out on me. I mentioned that drama before but for those new to the site, will repeat that the short of it all is that Fuji said the X-T10 had water damage, I said it had never been wet, they said they wouldn’t warranty it, I said fine, send it back SquareTrade said they will replace it. Then they accidentally sent me a replacement X-T10 back.

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Junk Steps


As you may or may not know from reading some of my posts here, or from my crap personal blog, I’ve been dealing with some back issues over the past five months that has made mountain biking less than fun. I could bore you at length about the issue, but I won’t, I’ll just say that last week I was craving time in the woods, and figured that a hike at our local county park might be a better option, and easier on my back, than riding my mountain bike, so off I went.

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And Back To Soccer


Earlier this week I went to a Mt. Pleasant High School soccer match with the goal of getting some photos to post on the MP Soccer Club website that I created last year and continue to maintain for them. My son Brennan played six seasons (3 years) with the club, and while he no longer plays for them–having moved on to play on a premier team with another club–I continue to lend a creative hand since I want to see the game grow here in our town, and I feel a debt of gratitude to the club for getting him hooked on “the beautiful game.”

Many of the boys that play for the high school in the fall also play for the club in the spring (with the high school girls playing club soccer in the fall), so the club tries to support the high school teams and vice versa.  I also went with the goal of working on my “picture taking.”

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