It’s hot air balloon time again in Northeast Ohio and it seems like every weekend brings opportunities to photograph these beautiful vehicles. A few weeks ago I attended the evening balloon glow at the Blossom Time Balloon Festival in Chagrin Falls. The event allowed me and a small group of photographer friends to circulate up close and personal during the inflation and the glow itself. These images were some of my favorites showing close-up details and some of the vibrant colors of the balloons.
Back in early 2013 I published 2 blog postings about the old abandoned Cleveland Trust Company. It was a incredibly beautiful bank building which had become deserted for newer more modern facilities under newer and more modern names. It’s future was uncertain at that time but this week it reopened as a new downtown Cleveland Heinen’s supermarket. The first major supermarket in downtown Cleveland in many years and much needed by the masses of new urban residents who have made Cleveland an exciting and vibrant city once again. As far as I can tell from photos and TV reports most of the original flavor (excuse the pun) has been preserved so I thought I would re-post those original photos that I shot in 2012.
It’s nice to see something old made new again!
Inside of a vault door. They don’t make them like this anymore.
Vault door detail.
Rotunda skylight by Tiffany.
Round vault door.
A lone key.
Not like all the others.
Evidence of the past.
I can’t wait to make a trip downtown to see this new supermarket!
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Tagged bank, brass, Cleveland, comination, door, Heinen's, lock, phoenix, safe, steel, supermarket, trust, urban, vault
Old English Racers
About a week and a half ago my shooting friend Debra Rozin and I took a little trip to the Simpler Times Vintage Bicycle Gallery on Cleveland’s west side. Externally the old storefront and larger warehouse behind would not draw your attention, but inside was a treasure trove of hundreds of old bicycles and bike parts in various conditions. Some were relatively new and others were over 100 years old. For me, I was instantly transported back to my childhood, seeing old 3 speed bikes that we referred to as “English Racers” with their Sturmey Archer gear shift levers and smaller heavy balloon tired bikes that looked just like my first bike. My secondhand “English Racer” was made in America, but some of these were actually made in Great Britain.
The Cleveland made Road Master
A couple of the most pristine old bikes were Road Masters, made in Cleveland by the Cleveland Welding Company. These were big balloon tired bikes with hand brakes unlike most balloon tired bikes I’d ever seen.
I’ll definitely make a trip back some day soon. I saw some accessories there that I’d like to add to my own bike. Owner Jef Janis, his uncle and another assistant could not have been more welcoming and interesting to talk to. Jef is a great photographer and artist in his own right and really appreciated our interest and efforts to capture unique photos of his treasures. If you are in to bikes and bicycling pay a visit to Simpler Times, you won’t be sorry!
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Tagged 10 speed, 3 speed, AMF, antique, bicycle, bike, brakes, english, Nostalgia, racer, Raleigh, Road Master, rust, Schwinn, spokes, steel, Sturmey Archer, tires
A Worldwide View
Friends have asked me occasionally why I started a blog. Two reasons really: 1. While I was actively trying to market my photography work, I wanted to get my work out there for people to see. 2. I never liked to write but wanted to become more comfortable with it, so a blog would force me to do some writing. The writing did get more comfortable, yet I still find it somewhat difficult. As far as getting my work out there, I never dreamed that it would get the worldwide exposure that it has gotten. Below is a listing of all of the countries and numbers of views from each that my blog has received during the past few years. Not even close to some more popular bloggers, but mind boggling to me none the less.
The world has grown smaller and I thank all of you for looking at my photos and reading my words. If you know of anyone else who would enjoy my work, please let them know about the blog. It can be viewed on Facebook and LinkedIn and/or you can follow it by clicking on the follow button on the blog page.
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Tagged Blog, Follow, International, marketing, statistics, stats, view, views, wordpress, write, writing
Digital Art #1
I’ve taken a creative turn over the past few years and while doing so have asked myself the question, am I still a photographer? Well the answer I’ve come up with is YES, I am still a photographer. My output however, which starts out as a photograph, could perhaps be best described though as “digital art”. It still takes my eye as a photographer to see the subject, compose it, expose it, and capture it. Then the creative side kicks into full gear and with digital tools I enhance the photo into something beyond a photograph. I am happy with this transition. I can still capture an interesting “straight” image and at times that’s what I want or need, but at other times now I want to show more creativity.
These 2 images were captured on a rainy October morning with my photo friends Debra Rozin and Barbara Pennington, on Barb’s back deck. Debra and Barb were concentrating on the flowers and I was playing with the concept of combining soft flowers with hard steel gears. We all eventually worked the gears and some interesting glassware into our images as well.
Digital Art #2
I’d like to hear your feedback on this topic. Are they photos or are they something else?
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Tagged art, Digital, Flowers, gears, hard, machinery, Orange, pink, plug-ins, purple, rust, soft, software, steel
It’s been a busy year of ups and downs and I apologize to my subscribers for my long lapse in posting! I’ve done plenty of shooting since my last post but have not had much time for writing and posting. My ongoing transformation to more of a fine art focus has continued this year and along with several great friends, who I might introduce on this blog in the near future, I’ve been shooting many rural barns and and many rusty cars! As I hope you will agree, there’s much beauty in these otherwise common and maybe ugly sounding subjects.
I’ve taken many rides with my friends out into Ashtabula, Lake, Medina, Wayne, Geauga and Holmes counties looking for interesting looking barns. We even took an extended trip to Northwest Georgia! Today, I’ll post a few of my favorite photos from those trips.
I travelled to Canton, OH on Sunday with fellow photographer Debra Rozin, to visit and shoot at the Canton Classic Car Museum. We went based on a tip that it was worth visiting and after looking at their website I have to admit that I was a bit dubious. The website photos looked like it was small and very tight in terms of closely spaced and roped off autos, being hard to shoot. What a surprise though! It was tightly spaced, but the collection of automobiles, automobile related items and just plain nostalgic items of all sorts was just amazing!
The photo above of a clown sitting in a vintage auto caught my eye. It was very colorful but I converted it to black and white and removed some detail with a post processing plug-in called Topaz Simplify. This treatment seemed to emphasize the clown’s expression, which to me seemed to represent the woes of driving in traffic.
Front End Service
The second photo, of a vintage Lincoln, was made more interesting by shooting it from an angle that included the mock-up of an old service station behind it. I think it looks like a very authentic old scene.
The Time Clock
The last photo of the face of an old time clock, was just a portion of a clock that workers punched in and out on at the Timken Bearing Co. in years past. It was quite worn, showed lots of wear and tear and the cracked paint texture was added in post processing to add to it’s interest and aged look.
This museum had so much to see that it warrants more trips to Canton. We spent several hours there and in fact when we had gone thru it once, we turned around and went back thru it in the opposite direction just to see what new things we would notice from a different perspective. That paid off with additional photos! Well worth the trip!
Double Vision at the Museum of Art
A couple of recent visits to local museums led to some further play with creative effects added to my photos. The first photo, shot at Cleveland’s famous Museum of Art captured two visitors, one dozing, one walking, on the balcony surrounding the new atrium. Shot with a Lensbaby, the sweet spot was split left and right by flipping and producing a mirror image.
Bendix Trophy Replica
This second photo was shot through a plexiglass case at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Auto Aviation Museum. It’s a replica of the Bendix Trophy, awarded to the winner of past transcontinental air races. Also shot with a Lensbaby, a strong texture was added to somewhat obscure a very busy background.
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Tagged air, art, bendix trophy, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Lensbaby, OH, ohio, Photo, photography, race, Travel, western reserve historical society, wrhs