The debate in my head of what exactly Junk Miles and junkmilesmedia.com is, and could be, continues to rage on. However I’ve come to realize over the past year or more that I enjoy sharing the photos I take, and needed another outlet for it. This website allows me to do that, but I will always be a sucker for holding a printed piece in my hands. So I’ve published a softbound photo book.
In the past I was never a huge fan of black and white photography. However I know what I like when I see it. In my own photography (picture taking) I’ve grown to accept that some shots are just better in black and white. Often the absence of color adds to the drama and feel of a photo. Because of that I continue to work on finding my own style when it comes to black and white.
I was really happy with some of the photos I took at Nats, yet I couldn’t stop tinkering with a few, working to find the look I wanted for the shots in black and white. Some of these photos you would have seen in my first post after Nats, but I’ve included them again because I tweaked them to get a consistent look to my black and white processing.
Thanks for looking.
With the end of 2016 in sight, I took some time to go through my files and attempt to pick out my favorite photos from 2016.
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.
Frost Cross ’16 Part 2, In Living Color
Here are a few more of my favorites from last Saturday’s Frost Cross event. See Part I for my favorite black and white images from the day and a little background.
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.
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.
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.
After two gravel road rides early last week, I got out for a few more at the tail end of the week. I alternated between using the Fuji X-T1 and the Nikon D7100. Here’s a look at what I shot. Thanks for looking.
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.