Chris Dant Grandview, Ohio
I see Chris infrequently but itâs always a pleasure. He is a great example of an adult that still rides because he genuinely enjoys it. Scootering is at a strange point where anyone over twenty is a pioneer of age. If you compare it to the spans of skateboarders time, many are professional until around forty. Commitment and taking care of your body seems to be it, and I am sure my generation of peers will do fine.
Josh and I are constantly pushing around for a few hours at night when we are both free. We usually go to the same areas, but it always amazes me what a new day or some other factor can bring. In areas we have been riding for years that have remain unchanged, a different perspective makes something rideable. The discovery is equally satisfying as landing a trick on what we find.
My coverage of Tiltâs trip to Canada over the summer is now live on my website.
Darren Ulerick Columbus, Ohio
The effort to revamp downtown Columbus has resulted in never ending construction. It has presented numerous obstacles over the years. These barriers have been littered all over the city. I thought they were too soft for a scooter to slide and then Darren starting getting on it with ease. The street was a dead end next to a parking garage that was going to be demolished. We arranged the barriers in any formation and rode without the worry of cars. I always make notes of what is under construction and drive by constantly to see if any new spots are being built.
My coverage of the 2016 Chicago Street Jam is now live on my website.
Finally getting around to retouching my coverage of the 2016 Chicago Street Jam. This will be the first of short form series to come on my website.
I have been shooting some studio and location photographs for Roll Bicycles new bike line.
Jacob Hook Gahanna, Ohio.
Josh Smukal Dayton, Ohio.
Itâs been a fun summer of morning rides through the country.
Max Lemonds performing in Westerville, Ohio.
My workflow for digital raw files has always been Bridge> Camera Raw> Photoshop, and for negative scans Bridge> Photoshop. I recently discovered that you can program the knobs of most DJ devices equipped with a type of hardware called MIDI. This works with Lightroom, so I decided to give it a shot. The experience feels like driving a race car while editing. I program the dials for the basic stuff like shadows, mid tones, and highlights. I programmed the colors of the dials to make it easy to remember. For example I programmed the two knobs that control green and magenta levels in the chromatic aberration correction dialog to shine green and magenta. With a large batch of rolls to sort and retouch, this is going to cut the time a lot. I can go through the whole sorting and developing process without using a mouse or keyboard, and for these film scans the only thing I will be doing in Photoshop is retouching dust.
Scanning many rolls and watching scooter vidz on a rainy day. Many updates to come.
I edited the 2016 Chicago Street Jam video.
Light seal replacement and rangefinder brightening tape mod to an Olympus XA today. Maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to crack the camera open and brighten the viewfinder the correct way.
I built a dolly for work. Thanks to the good homies on YouTube.
I havenât been shooting digital at all so I decided to fully equip my 35mm kit. After years of shooting 35mm, medium format, and large format, I went back to the smallest negative. I enjoy the process of using a 35mm camera and the aesthetic it creates. All this gear is Leica M mount, but itâs amazing what you can get for a fraction of the price that isnât Leica branded.
Some technical specs and comments:
Body: Voigtlander Bessa R2M
I wanted a body that could be fully operational in all conditions even if the battery was dead. The M in R2M stands for mechanical meaning the shutter will fire at any speed if the battery is dead. The only function the battery serves is for a light meter, which is very convenient when there isnât time to use a handheld meter.
Lenses: Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm F2.5, Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.1, Minolta Rokkor 90mm F4.
I use adapter rings for the ND filters so I only have to carry a set of one filter size. The 50mm filter size is huge because of the thick barrel accommodating the 1.1 aperture. When the 35mm and 90mm have the filters screwed on with the adapter rings it looks strange because the barrels of those lenses are narrow in comparison.
Flash: Fuji EF-X20
I got this flash years ago when I was shooting with a Fuji X100 and kept it ever since. It has TTL control that works with Fuji systems but also has full manual power control which is what I use it on. It always surprises me how much power it can put out for how compact it is. I use it at full power on sunny days and it fills in shadows nicely. My X-sync speed is 1/125 so I have to carry ND filters if I want to use the flash in bright sunlight. I carry a ND 4, 8, and 16. I throw on the ND16 if I want to shoot at a low aperture in bright sunlight. I average around 1/125 F2.8-4 with the ND16.
Meter: Sekonic L-308 Flashmate
I mainly use this meter when I am shooting with radio flashes. (Setup not included in this picture). I also use it for longer exposures, anything one second and longer.
Chicago street jam edit is coming to a theater near you.
I live right next to the bike path. On some weekdays after work the crew pushes from my place into the college campus to ride at night. The feeling of pushing from spot to spot instead of sitting in a car with hour increments in between keeps the blood flowing. Riding spots in a car starts to feel like being transported from movie set to movie set, one of the major flaws of the west coast. Scooters were first created as a mode of transportation and combining that with tricks is the perfect equation.
As seen in the Almanac #39, I put my scooter under the couch and we were able to drag it to this bump in the sidewalk. The road next to it was heavy with traffic, and I couldnât stop thinking what the people driving by were thinking. Not only was there a couch on the sidewalk, a person on a scooter was soaring over it.