Monday, July 21, 2014

Kayaking the Cuyahoga River

This is going to be an image heavy post, but not without justification. I've been wanting to kayak the Cuyahoga River but I don't own a kayak and I don't like water. Thankfully I have friends like Mike, who is always up for an adventure whether it's exploring abandoned buildings, or climbing a frozen waterfall, or of course kayaking through the steel mills. Mike had a couple extra kayaks for Brandon and I and so I faced my fears and floated down the Cuyahoga in hopes of getting some great photos of Cleveland's mighty steel industry.

Preparing to launch our boats.

Found a small abandoned building along the river.

So of course Mike had to investigate.

Those strange train cars are kettles full of molten steel.

Brandon shooting photos of me shooting photos.

One of Cleveland's many lift bridges. Views of and from this bridge here.

Taking a quick break because six foot seven Brandon doesn't fit in a kayak very well.

It was difficult to take photos from a rocky little boat that seemed to have a mind of it's own but overall I'm really happy with the photos that I took. It was a lot different from the type of stuff that I normally do and I'm looking forward to getting a kayak of my own and going on more adventures like this.

Photos taken with a Canon Mark III, with a Canon 20mm f/2.8 and Canon 135mm f/2.0 lens.