The Return to Dirt (Roads)

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With the Thanksgiving holiday behind me, I turned my attention to getting back on the bike on Sunday to ride some dirt roads south of Junk Miles HQ. The temps were cool, it was overcast, misty and foggy, and the roads were in crap condition from some recent rain and snow. In other words it was awesome.

For the ride I took my Fuji X-T1 and the 55-200 lens. The 55-200’s focal range is a bit limited for close ups and landscapes but comes in handy for just about everything else. In a perfect world I would use the 18-135mm but that’s not in the budget right now, which is a shame because many places have it on sale right now.

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Holiday Down Time

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Wednesday morning my family and I took off to the Fatherland (western Pennsylvania) for the Thanksgiving holiday. Most of the next four days would be filled with visiting family, eating, driving, and eating. My Black Friday goal was to sleep off my turkey coma, continue our family visiting, and if I was lucky get a window of opportunity to drive up to the mountains for a hike.

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The Few

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I shoot some photos almost every day, whether I’m riding or not. That doesn’t mean that everyday I get a shot I love, it just means that I shoot something. The past month seems to have been all over the place as far as my riding, shooting, and doing stuff outdoors. Still I found a few pics in my stash that I wanted to post.

Thanks for looking.

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Stress Rolling

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These are crazy times in America. In my life I never thought I’d see our country mirroring the movie Idiocracy so much, or be quite so divided.  There is a lot of stress and fear in the air, and it is almost impossible to hide from it. The very people who helped create the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election side-show, are now continuing with up to the minute ridiculousness of woeful cabinet selections, and protests alike. Social media outlets continue to be a caldron of hate from both sides of divided America making it nearly impossible to view them without coming away a little more depressed with the state of our nation. It’s never been a better time to get out for a ride, get lost in the woods amongst the critters and the trees, or just hang out on your porch with the birds.

The following are some shots taken on ride and hikes over the past week or so with either the Nikon D7100 or Fuji X-T1. Thanks for looking. And take my advice–turn off the TV, step away from Facebook and Twitter, and get outside. Then have a beer.

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Time in The Woods

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I’ve been dealing with a cold and some flu-like symptoms the past week or so, so my time on the bike has been extremely limited. As this week has progressed, I have started to feel a bit better, but I’m not in any hurry to ride in 35˚ morning temps while still recovering. Instead I’ve forced myself outside to hike around the woods and at least get some fresh air.

These are a few of the shots I got while hiking around Deerfield Park just outside of town on Thursday morning. I used the Fuji X-T1 that day, and nearly all the shots were taken with the 18-55mm lens.

As you’ll see, when I’m in the woods I am most often drawn to small details, rather than full on landscape shots. While this is surely not everybody’s style, to me it captures some of what I notice when I’m hiking.

Thanks for looking.

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Nearly A Year

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It’s been nearly a year since I started Junk Miles, or Junk Miles Media as it’s officially known due to someone already having a legit business site called Junk Miles. It’s really hard for me to realize that it’s been a year already, but I guess time does indeed fly.

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Natural Cooperation

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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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Dryer

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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

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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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