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Souls

It is often said  “Eyes are the windows into the soul.” Over the years I have taken to thinking of my eyes looking through the window to the soul. Not sure if that is good or bad, especially since much of what I see on the other side is unknown blackness. But hey, it works for me and my ongoing weltschmerz. I suppose a therapist could help, but I think taking more photos and reading too much into them works just as well, and will be cheaper in the long run.

I’ve taken quite a few of these photos over the years, some here you may have seen before, some are new. Enjoy making up your own metaphors for lost, saved, and damaged souls as you view.

Now I’m off to the library to seek out some Nietzsche.

Thanks for looking.

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Printed Junk Miles

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.

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Fat Nats in Black & White

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.

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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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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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