Bike ride in January

The weather has done a 180 in the past few days to the point where it was above 50 and sunny today.  I couldn’t pass it up.  After a quick tune up of the bike, air in the tires and packed a small camera bag, I set off.

I ventured down to the local rail trail a mile from my house and set off at a pretty good pace.  The trail was rather soggy and it took quite the effort to keep a quick pace.  Soon enough I slowed down a bit and got the camera out.

Most of my shooting today was done around this set of railroad tracks.  The landscape was very drab and I was out during the worst time of day to shoot, so my options were limited. The texture of the track was interesting though, so I focused on that.

I was back home only after 10 miles, but it felt really good to just get outside.  The only thing on my mind was pedaling and photographing.  Once I got home, the legs were burning pretty good, but the wife wanted to go for a walk, so off the bike and into running shoes I went.

A great start to the new year

Most people when they think of a way to start the new year do not think of jumping into a river of near freezing water.  This is where my wife has a different opinion than most.  Every year, her and some members of her family jumped into the Yough river in Connellsville on New Years Day.  I asked the only logical question when I first learned of this activity, why?  Needless to say, the first New Years we spent together had me jumping into the river right next to her.  It was quite the rush really and something I’ve done numerous times now.  This year (and last year) had me playing pack mule and carrying not only their towells and changes of clothes, but our daughter was well.

So in the backpack went Brooke and off we went to walk around and watch everyone take the plunge.  A good number of people showed up again this year.

This was the group picture they take every year.  Every year is seems to get bigger and bigger.

One of these years, when Brooke is older or if we have a sitter, I’ll take the plunge once again.  Until then, I have a good excuse to simply play photographer.

Cross County Road Trip part 1

With the weather still deciding if it wants to be cold and snowy or rainy and miserable, I haven’t really gotten outside much to do any photography.  So my family and I were hanging around the house when Brooke decided to go through old photo albums.  She pulled out the book I made of the cross country road trip I took back in 2007 with a buddy.  We took two weeks off of work and packed ourselves along with all the essentials (photography gear, laptops, tent, etc… in that order) in a Hyundai Elantra and drove.

I haven’t looked at any of these pictures in a few years and realized that they were not in my main Lightroom catalog.  So I started the import of thousands of pictures and realized that back then, I had no idea what made a good picture.  The few I’m showing below are the ones that I got lucky with… if only I knew then what I know now.

On the first leg of our trip, we encountered a billboard talking about a 50 foot tall Jolly Green Giant.  That wasn’t getting passed up at 6 o’clock in the morning.  Later in the day we finally made it to our first stop, the Badlands National Park.  This was a spectacular park with beautiful, if a bit dry views.

Coming up (eventually) will be the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstown, Grand Tetons and lastly Rocky Mountain National Park.  I hope you enjoy.

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