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Shots From The Road

We’ve been lucking out with the weather here in Michigan lately so I’ve been trying to get as much time in on the bike as I can in an attempt to shed excess blubber. The dirt roads are riddled with rim busting pot holes, standing water, and deep rutted mud; so I’ve made do with paved roads. Not my first choice, but better than nothing.

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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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2017 Fat Bike Nationals

This past Saturday I drove down to Grand Rapids to watch and photograph the Men’s and Women’s Pro Fat Bike Nationals. Lucky for me the Pro races didn’t start until 11 AM so I had plenty of time to sleep in, eat breakfast, watch soccer, and drink numerous cups of coffee before making the hour and a half drive. Unlucky for the race, Grand Rapids was unusually void of snow. While the absence of snow on a January day in Grand Rapids was indeed odd, it sure made for some fast racing!

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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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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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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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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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