I have been slacking when it comes to posting on my blog, but i had a fun trip this weekend up north to pick up a touring bike for Sara. We ended up swinging by Duluth for a couple hours, mostly for food and to say, “Hi” to Lake Superior.
Fall in Minnesota
Here are some other photos I should have posted a long while back. Fall was absolutely gorgeous, albeit short this year.
Sara started a new job, so I used the route to swing by downtown and Gold Medal Park quite a few times. Got some sweet shots. These were mostly cropped for instagram, hence the squares.
Fat Bike = Too Big
Found a sweeeet deal on a fatbike. Turns out the bike is way too big (XL), but it looks sweet and is a blast to ride. Here are some very promo-esque shots I took on my Birthday.
Saw a big fish. Stood in a big fish. Rode Bromptons around. It was rad. If you are ever in Marquette, check out Velodrome Coffee. It was really good.
Rad Skateboarding Photos
Between Open Streets and the x-games in town, there were plenty of skateboard shots to be made. One day, someone will be taking photos of my gnar gnar skills. I can ollie about an inch, so…soon.
Went down to Arizona for my birthday and made a drive up to Colorado with my mom and Sara to see my little brother. There are some really beautiful areas of northern Arizona and Colorado, and I was able to test out a new lens I picked up.
I used to have a 10-20mm lens on my crop Pentax DSLR from Sigma that I really liked, and mostly kept at the wide focal length. I decided I should pick up one for my new Sony A7RII, and went with the Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Aspherical III Lens. They sent me the E Mount, and I decided to just keep it, since that auto magnification when focusing feature is nice. Missing out on close focus, but I probably won’t need it.
Minneapolis (probably all of Minnesota) has been been experiencing very different sunsets as a result of the wildfires in Canada. It is incredible that wildfires as far away as Canada can affect the sunsets here. People have still been getting out and exercising, but to a lesser extent.
Sara and I walked down to Lake of the Isles to see this incredible orange ball fading into the smoke. The sun didn’t set on the horizon, but instead faded behind the smoke way before the horizon.
Sara and I made it back to Minneapolis. Thankfully there are some good stops along the way. First we swung by Madison, WI for Cheeba Hut. This is a must to anyone making the drive from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, etc. They have the best sandwiches, and grabbing a goo-ball is a must.
Next up was Lacrosse. The Root Note in Lacrosse, WI is a really great coffee shop. It has a very distinct feel and delicious crepes.
Sadly we missed the crepes this time, so make sure to plan accordingly when making the trip. I had a nice iced chai (my usual) and sequestered some of the cold brew Sara ordered.
These stops really make the drive a lot more tolerable. Driving straight through is a lot of hours, but breaking it up into minor destinations is really helpful. Plus, good food.
The camera held up really well, but I still have a lot of learning to do. The shot above was taken in JPEG, not RAW. Whoops. Still usable, and highlights/shadows were still compressed nicely leaving room for editing.
Found a great deal on a used Sony A7RII and decided it was finally time. The camera is phenomenal, and much better than I expected in handling my Voigtlander lenses. The color shift on my Nex-7 was insane, especially on overcast days or in the snow. This doesn’t seem to have the issue, or or at least not to the extent of the Nex-7.
Taking it out for a spin this week, so hopefully I will have some more photos to post. This was just around the apartment while I was getting everything set up. There are a lot of options for custom shooting modes and navigation/buttons, so there will be a break in process until I find what workflow is best for me.
I also finally got the fenders on my Raleigh Competition (pictured below from my old Nex-7). It was a process. The frame wasn’t even meant for 700x25c tires, and the fenders weren’t meant for the 1.5″ wide tires so I stretched out the fenders a bit. Cut some bolts down as well because the clearance couldn’t take it.
VO Constructeur Front Rack
Acorn Bag/Tool Roll
XS Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Insert inside Acorn Bag
VO 650B Wheels Build Locally (Bike didn’t have clearance for 700×25 tires, so stepped it down)
Nearly forgot to post this. Has anyone else had an encounter with the motorist driving Illinois plates R12 2420? They were in Minneapolis the other day and as I was heading onto the street they took a right turn and laid on their horn. I asked him if he was just trying to let me know he was there and there was a hilarious exchange.
Me: Were you just letting me know you were there?
Him: NO, YOU WERE BIKING IN THE ROAD LIKE AN ASSHOLE.
Me: …and you were driving in the middle of the road, like an asshole.
Some other words were said and then he left with this line, “I am not MN nice”.
Turns out he wasn’t even Minnesotan. I got a picture of his plates that really seemed to concern him.