Late Winter Surf in the Thumb

Jon and I took a trip for a dawn patrol session on Lake Huron.  We stopped a few places along the way.  The waves were not as large as we expected, but it sure was as chilly as forecasted.  It looked pretty flat and unappealing from the car.  So, it took quite a bit of effort to muster the strength to change into a wetsuit and brave the cold side-shore winds.  We wound up finding a nice little point to catch a few waves.

There were a few decent rides but the wave angle wasn’t ideal for the locations we checked.  There seemed to be a lot of closeout waves mixed in with the gems.  I had quite a few fun waves before we had to pack it up.  We made the track up the beach into the wind, through the rocky shore back to the car.  We changed, warmed up and headed home.

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Island Lake MTB Session

We had a great Spring ride at Island Lake. We did around 9 miles through picturesque views of forests, lakes, and rivers. It’s definitely worth checking out. It also looks like a terrific place to paddle. Here are a couple quick pics before the ride.

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Winter Northern MI Surf

I headed out to check the surf today. It wound up being an unseasonably warm winter day. The wind was on the waves too much by the time I made it out to the lake. I took pictures of a few braves soles before heading out.

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Deena, David & Family

We had a great time shooting with Deena, David and their kids. It was a beautiful warm fall day and the photos show it.

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Jeff & Sarah’s Wedding

We had a great time in Colorado for Jeff and Sarah’s wedding.

I challenged myself to shoot only film that day. All the photos were shot on a Hasselblad 503CX with 80mm lens. I shot 4 Rolls 3x Tri-x 400 and 1x Ilford DELTA 3200 pushed 2 stops. The 3200 was a big experiment that didn’t go too well. The shots were too dark and super grainy. But, I was happy with the Tri-X shots and the success rate from each roll.

A huge congrats to Jeff and Sarah!

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Fall Kite Mission to Canada

We headed out early to Canada. It was cold and rainy on our drive. As we were driving onto the beach, the clouds broke to let in some gorgeous morning light against the stormy day.

The wind was cranking and I wound up riding my 7m Envy on short line really really powered. The waves never quite got to the usual size we were expecting, but I still had a blast. I took out the foil for a few tacks and took some good beatings.

We then packed up and headed back to the states and drove a little north to surf. As we arrived it looked FLAT. But we found a small wave in a little cove and wound up surfing for over two hours.

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Early Fall Kiteboarding in Muskegon

Tom and I headed to Muskegon. It was a great warm fall day. the wind was cranking and there were some fun waves. The old time crew was all there. The session started out powered on wakeboards then to surfboards then to foils and finally wound up paddling into some really fun clean waves on the surfboards. We were toast by the end of the day.

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Late Summer Michigan Surf

We scored this weekend. I was lucky to get the time to hit the lake this weekend. I had one of my best surfing session on the lakes as well as a few other sessions to keep a smile on my face for a while.

The highlight was a surf up in Frankfort, MI. We arrived when the lake was glass there were no waves to speak of. We were pretty bummed, but the wind kicked up. We wound up kited for a few minutes until we looked south and saw what we thought was a small rain storm approaching. At that time the waves slowly started to build and you could tell that they were starting to push in. We landed our kites to prepare for the rain and the rain just didn’t stop coming, but neither did the waves.

We hustled to the grab a board and rode a few waves near shore. We kept having to paddle back out further and further until the waves were breaking at the elbow of the pier and were chest to head high. Even though it was pouring rain the waves were clean, long and amazing. There were only a handful of us out maybe 5-8 surfers/paddleboarders. It was a great session!

I was having way too much fun while riding to go out shooting. I did take out the go pro for one wave at the tail end of the session after the waves started to die down significantly.

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Summer Trip to Breckenridge

A group of us headed out West to Breckenridge CO for my cousin’s bachelor party. We rented a great home just outside downtown.

After flying in, we hit the grocery store to stock up the house with food and drinks. The next day we headed an hour and a half to Buena Vista, CO to raft the Arkansas River. We did the Numbers section of the river, which was a total blast. The video below gives a look at the trip.

The next day we did a great hike named McCullough Gulch. We climbed about 1,000ft over the 4 hour hike. There were some spectacular views of the mountains, waterfall and lakes. The views were just surreal.

It was a great trip and always love being in the mountains.

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Holga – Roll #1

I was given a Holga as a gift last year. It took me a while to finish this roll. There are a couple nice shots out of the twelve I shot. I used an Ilford 400 B&W for this roll. I had a bunch of light leaks and double exposures. I learned to keep the lens cap on and come up with a better system to remember if I cranked to the next exposure or not after taking a photograph.

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