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Flat Trackin’

In the name of trying to better myself and grow as a photographer, I have found myself in some odd places this summer. From standing in the mosquito infested woods shooting grass roots mountain bike racing on a Thursday night; to the stands of a rodeo at the Isabella County Fair; to most recently, trackside at a flat track motocross race at the Polka Dots Motorcycle Club on the outskirts of Midland, Michigan. All of the events posed a variety of challenges to me as a growing photographer, and they were all entertaining to shoot and to spectate. 

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Saved With Black & White?

Over the past two weeks, I made the 20-minute drive south to Alma, Michigan to shoots some photos at the Thursday Night Alma Mountain Bike Time Trial. For most of the first race I had some success, finding a spot in the woods with enough light to capture the action without getting too high in the ISO department. A week later I was not so lucky. I tried a different location and found myself fighting with the light (and the mosquitos) and shooting at a super high ISO. It felt like a huge waste of my time.

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At The Races

As my love of photography (some might say picture taking) continues, this summer I have tried to get out and shoot some races. In some cases I did it to earn a few dollars, in other cases such as my recent trip down to Alma to shoot the low-key Thursday night MTB time trials, I did it for the practice and a want to help promote the series in which my LBS is one of the prime supporters. 

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2017 Sweat Shaker Photos

I drove up to the trails at Mid Michigan Community College on Saturday and spent a few hours taking photos of the 2017 Sweat Shaker XC Mountain Bike Race. I’m still in the process of editing the 300+ images but have uploaded about half of them to the Junk Miles Media Smugmug site for purchasing (if you desire). The rest will be added in the next 48 hours.

In the coming days, I’m sure I will be posting up some of my favorite images from the race. Looking forward to getting to more races this summer, and more importantly getting back up to MMCC to actually ride my bike!

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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.

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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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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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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.

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