Bike Races

Bike Races

Huntington, West Virginia

I’ve posted bike race photos from Huntington in years past, I returned this year to try it again.  The lighting in the city during the evening races will test you a bit but I came away with a few shots.

 

People Powered Huntington

People Powered Huntington

Darryl works at one of the local bike shops, met him when I needed a few things.  Very helpful and energetic and so I started following his bike rides through the online apps Strava and Instagram.  Then figured out an unexpected link: he’s actually a cousin from my Grandfather’s family and I knew his grandparents.  It’s a very small world at time.

 

 

 

 

Yellow Chevy

Yellow Chevy

I find huge wheels difficult to love but after seeing so many of these old Impalas sagging with tired suspension, this one was refreshingly different.  I liked it quite a lot, the camera angle was chosen in order to hide that the other side is under repair and the car is tilted to its left, I think actually the front wheel had been removed to get access to brakes or springs.

 

 

Sunset on Mike’s Dead Battery

Sunset on Mike\'s Dead Battery

I know, it looks like another faked enhanced sunset but this one is straight out of the camera.  Shooting it underexposed and having the Fuji set on a film-preset gives it a bit of a bounce, but it was a pretty sunset anyway.  I was up having dinner in Huntington and when finished, we discovered Mike\’s car had a dead battery.  Some good Samaritans helped out by having both jumper cables and knowledge on how to use them (a rare thing nowadays).  While waiting for the car to get into position I noticed we were being entertained with this nice sunset.

 

Skull at the OVCC meeting

Skull at the OVCC meeting

During the last camera club meeting, I found this odd item on a side table.  I think the room hosts some sort of dental school during the day.  Missed an entire week here, I think old guys should not push it too hard on the bicycle, the consequences are painful!

 

at Jim’s for the fish sandwich

at Jim\'s for the fish sandwich

It had been a very long time, but we finally were able to go to Jim’s again.  A small but vital accomplishment!  We were greeted by Jimmie and sat at the counter while enjoying the fish sandwich and crinkle fries.  Don’t take for granted the small stuff of life.

And it is May 1st, a special memorial day in my life.

 

Joe at the OVCC camera club

Joe at the OVCC camera club

Ohio Valley Camera Club
Huntington, West Virginia

We had a nice meeting at the camera club Friday night.  Really nice images in the show, as well as having some glassware to shoot for the program.  Stephen Shore is one of my favorite photographers and I’ve owned his book Uncommon Places for many years.  I was happy to see an article about him in yesterday’s Feature Shoot.  You can see it here.  I admire anyone who is interested in photographing the ordinary things in life, I think we see far too many waterfalls.

 

 

Dad and Bill Peck at the bike shop

Dad and Bill Peck at the bike shop

Huntington Cycle and Sports
Huntington, West Virginia

The company named Surly sells bicycles that feels like the purchase is your entry ticket to a gigantic club.  To own a Surly is to be like a Shriner, you have friends everywhere that you haven’t gotten around to meeting quite yet.  These bikes are somewhat old school, they are made of steel, not made to go fast, but made to go far and for a long time and with stability.  My father wanted to give us a gift that would be something we wanted, just not a useful item.  The Surly fit the bill, and it was very nice that they ran a sale with some of them half price.  This one is a fat tire bike, made for traction and stability.  After feeling like I narrowly escaped death or paralysis with my wreck last fall, I thought this might come in very handy when I wanted to go out biking by myself at the local parks or bike around town on urban photo explorations.  The ride puts a gigantically wide smile on your face, believe me.

Bill is the father of the bike shop owner, they are really a nice bunch of people.  It’s the place to go, especially if you want a quality bike to putter about town in a way that would be safe and sensible.

 

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

On the way for coffee with a friend, I noticed this poster in the window of a local shop and thought the reflections and background would make a nice photo for Halloween.

 

at River and Rails Bakery

at River and Rails Bakery

River and Rails Bakery
Huntington, WV

While in line at the bakery-coffee shop, I noticed this haunting image on the wall behind me.  In a world of art that has little meaning, I thought this print was intriguing.  It evokes emotion, rather you really like it or not.  Sad, hopeless…