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Finally

As I mentioned in the previous post, the Michigan weather has been anything but kind this winter. Freezing rain, slush, ice and the dreaded “wintry mix” seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Quality snow for fat bike fun or snow shoe romps in the woods elude me, and more often than not I’ve found myself indoors staring at my camera gear instead of outside logging miles and megapixels. Thankfully that streak ended recently and I finally got out for a short, damp road ride. Despite the road surface’s handicap, I was happy to be outside on my bike sweating off some calories with my camera.

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Ice Road Photography

So far the winter has not been kind. Snow has been scarce, freezing rain, ice, and sleet have been plentiful, and my riding has been limited to just two rides in 2017 thus far. My first ride on New Year’s Day on wonderfully groomed fat bike trails, and my second was a twenty-two mile loop on dirt roads near my home that were slick, frozen sheets of solid ice. The ride was dare not attempted with regular tires, and even after swapping over to the expensive, but worth every penny, 45NRTH Dillinger 4 studded tires I still often found myself with a kung-fu death grip on the bars; rolling along muttering prayers to the Ride Gods in hopes of keeping my collarbone–and my camera–intact.

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The New Year

I recently got out for the bike shop’s annual New Year’s Day group ride. This year we hit the new groomed fat bike trails at Snow Snake Ski & Golf in Harrison, Michigan to celebrate the new year. Had a great day rolling fatties on the Snake’s trails and I took the Fuji X-T1 along with me to snap a few photos here and there. Nothing spectacular, but some shots nonetheless.

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Rural Textures

Texture is of course the way an object feels to the touch. A texture can also be an image, element, or design used in Photoshop, or other imaging program, to add a dimension or look to a photo or illustration. I use the term “texture” here in reference to the various materials, surfaces, patina, abstract geometry and designs seen on many of structures that I ride past here in rural Michigan.

I’ve always been intrigued with the shear amount of grungy textures just one building can offer, and over the past couple years have found myself attempting to capture that as best I can.

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Frost Cross ’16 Part 1

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Frost Cross ’16 Part 1, The Black and Whites

Last weekend was the second edition of the late season Frost Cross cyclocross race in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Being that I live within walking distance of the venue in Mt. Pleasant it was sort of a no-brainer to take a couple hours to walk over and shoot some (amateur) photos at the race.

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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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