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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Holga – Roll #2

This roll was shot on a holga on Ilford HP5 Black and White Negative 400 iso Film (120 Roll Film). This was my second roll on this camera. I shot the rolls back to back so I didn’t get to learn from the mistakes of my first roll. Overall, the results have a great feel, though the focus was not too great on many of the shots. The double exposure shot came out pretty interesting though I didn’t mean to make one.

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Traverse City, MI – Leica M5 – Ektar 100

This is my second roll of Ektar 100. This was a great roll of film for shooting summer time in Michigan. Some of the lake scenes are my favorite from this roll. The pastel like colors really play well with the warm summer days.

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Cape Hatteras – Leica M5 – Ektar 100

After a friend showed my his shots on Ektar 100 film I ran out and bough two rolls. This was the first roll that I shot on the film. It was on my trip to Cape Hatters and shot on a Leica M5. I really like the look & feel of this film it had great color but not over saturated.

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Spring Roll – Leica M5 – Tri-X 400

I was a bit disappointed with this roll of Tri-X 400. There were only a hand full of images that I liked and most were poorly exposed.

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Portraits – Konica TC – Tri-X 400

I got to shoot this roll on a Konica Autoreflex TC with Tri-X 400 iso film. All of the shots were on a 50mm 1.7 lens and I focused on shooting portraits. I was pretty happy with the feel of the images and how the camera was to use. It has a great shutter release sound too. The Konica is much easier to focus than the Leica which was very welcomed.

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Sailing with Team Kokomo

I was invited to sail with Team Kokomo. They raced on Wednesday in the Traverse City Bay. It’s been a while since I’ve been on a boat. So, it was great to be on the water again.

The crew was preparing for the Chicago race coming up in a few weeks. Everyone on the boat was very nice. We arrived around 5:30 to see the crew start to prepare the boat to leave dock. We headed out into the bay as the sails for the event were chosen and raised.

The course was announced over the radio. The boats jockeyed to start the race and then with a sound of the horn the race was off. With the light wind the sailing became technical. They closely watched the water and clouds to find the strongest winds. There were a few reaches we had some solid wind.

The team raced well and finished in 2nd place. We missed 1st by some 30 seconds. I had a great time and thanks for having me onboard.

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Photos from the 3rd Dave Tuck Skate Jam

The 3rd Dave Tuck Skate Jam was one for the books. There was a great turn out even with the HOT and humid weather. The level of skating was very impressive. I haven’t seen airs like that in a very long time.

The addition of the best big air trick and best trick over the stairs was a highlight for me. It was great to see everyone out there having a blast and riding hard.

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