Monday, December 15, 2014

Night Kayaking

When my phones rings and I see that it's Mike calling, I know before I even answer that I need to cancel all my plans and get ready for an adventure. Which is exactly what happened the other night. So on went the layers and out I went to pick up Kaylah and Brandon. We met up with Mike and a few other kayakers at the Sheraton in Cuyahoga Falls. Since only one of the falls is lit the first step was to light the second and larger of the two falls.

Brandon and Mike untangle extension cords before borrowing a little bit of electricity.

Getting the light set up.

The fist set of falls.

My Kaylah.

Mike approaching the falls.

Carrying the Kayaks back upstream after going over the second falls.

The second falls.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Get Low

Abandoned buildings, bridges, rooftops; are all great places to explore and photograph, but in my opinion the most difficult to both access and shoot are the spaces beneath the city. Everyone knows that there are tunnels below the streets, but most people will never see these tunnels with their own eyes. 

This particular system of tunnels is largely fed by a creek that once ran through the city uncovered. As the city grew sections of the creek were covered a little bit at a time, until eventually almost the entire creek was underground. Feeding into this underground river are smaller tunnels that gather rain water from the streets and parking lots above. Since different sections of the tunnel were built at different times the construction changes from brick to stone to concrete. The city infrastructure is fascinating. 

Jason and Brandon taking photos.

Photos taken with a Canon Mark III and Canon 60D, using a Canon 20mm f/2.8 and Rokinon 8mm Fisheye lens.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Heights

It seems like my itch to explore and climb is always strongest as soon as the weather turns to bitter cold icy horribleness. Thankfully here in Ohio we can go from temperatures in the twenties one day, to temps in the sixties the next. So despite the forecasted rain, we decided to take advantage of our sixty degree day and do some climbing.

The weather couldn't have been better when we first started, but no sooner did I get my camera out than it started pouring. We were under a bridge but it didn't help with the rain that was coming in sideways. I, along with my camera, were soaked immediately. Of course I kept shooting though.

Of course I had to get a shot of one of my new pairs of Palladium Boots.

Jason on the catwalk.

The next spot we went was one of my absolute favorites. I never get tired of the view up here.

At first we were worried that the fog might obscure the view too much, but as it turned out the fog really added to the photos.

Brandon setting up a shot.

A couple days later the weather had gone back to freezing cold but we were determined to get back out. So Jason and Brandon and I took a stab at something new and it paid off.

Photos taken with a Canon Mark III and Canon 60D, using a Canon 20mm f/2.8 and Rokinon 8mm Fisheye lens.