Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Walk In The Park

The sun was out and the temperature edged past 40 degrees so I had to get out an investigate some spots in Frick Park that I had been neglecting.  Today's tools were going to be my Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 and my Light Craft Workshop Fader ND adjustable ND filter, but the bayonet hood wouldn't unscrew so I went without the ND filter.  Also along for the walk was my trusty Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, the cheapest lens I own...and one of the most fun.

Gallery of shots from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Frick-Park-0329

A few photographs from my Frick Park outing -

skin peeling
skin peeling, 85mm f/1.4

the precipice
the precipice, 85mm f/1.4

the entrance
the entrance, 85mm f/1.4

jagged
jagged, 50mm f/2.8

barbed wire
barbed wire, 50mm f/1.8



Monday, March 21, 2011

Roaring Run, Apollo, Pennsylvania: Lots of miles, lots of crashes, one lifeflight ride

Roaring Run in Apollo, PA was definitely the place to be yesterday.  A group of 15 of us showed up at 11 a.m. ready to ride.  I was pretty sure Christopher Beech, from Thick Bikes, and his group were coming out at some point so I figured we'd probably run into them on trail; which we did.  Surprisingly Karen Brooks was there with her pups and a few other fellow riders.  Off they went and Justin, Matt and Josh from Dirt Rag showed up 10 minutes later.  I guess there were at least 30 people mountain biking at Roaring Run from the Pittsburgh area.  Good stuff.  Oh and we ran into a couple more dogs in the parking lot.  Dogs getting ready for some sled training on the gravel path.

Turned out to be a great day, except an on-trail accident that sent Don Olson flying back to Presby in the LifeFlight helicopter.  Surgery last night, rod in his right femur, he's good to go.  Hope he'll be back before the entire season is over.  Heal up Don!  I am thankful, and I'm sure Don is, for all the emergency workers; fire, emt, paramedics, and assorted do-gooders that helped us get Don stabilized and out of the woods.

Gallery of photographs from our excursion in Roaring Run - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/apollo-0320

Some pictures from the day -

pawtrekker.com sled and some iditarod dogs ready for a workout
pawtrekker.com sled and some iditarod dogs ready for a workout

Justin Steiners new Jeff Jones bike
Justin Steiner's new Jeff Jones bike

Mike Jezek hitting the logs at apollo
Mike Jezek hitting the logs at apollo

big rocks up here
big rocks up here

Don Olson had a little accident at apollo, pa 
Don Olson had a little accident at Apollo,PA

Cheers Don, thanks for the Victory Yakima Glory Ale
Cheers Don, thanks for the Victory Yakima Glory Ale

Monday, March 14, 2011

Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike, Breezewood PA

Mike and I went out and road the abandoned Pennsylvania turnpike trail near Breezewood yesterday, known also as the Pike 2 Bike trail.  The entire ride ended up being a little over 17 miles out and back and featured some really pretty scenery off to the sides of the road and some very cool tunnels to explore.  The road surface was pretty good and only a few small sections were covered in gravel.  There were a few singletrack trails off to the sides, and some lightly used ATV trails, might be fun to explore off-road as well.

Good times, I'd recommend taking a look if you're in the area.

Gallery from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Abandoned-PA-Turnpike-0313

Some photographs from the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike -

This must have been made for clown cars
This must have been made for clown cars

the death gear
the death gear

turbines above the tunnel
turbines above the tunnel
 
The surface of the abandoned pennsylvania turnpike was in pretty good shape
The surface of the abandoned Pennsylvania turnpike was in pretty good shape

Mike posing inside an abandoned pennsylvania turnpike tunnel
Mike posing inside an abandoned Pennsylvania turnpike tunnel

some blair witch crap started going on
some blair witch crap started going on

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2011 NAHBS North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Austin, Texas

For the past week I was fortunate enough to be in Austin, Texas with the Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times crew for 2011 NAHBS.  I spent a lot of time during the show signing up people for subscriptions, selling schwag, and talking to the thousands of people that poured through the Austin Convention Center to check out all the cool bikes.  But, every once in a while I got to go venture onto the floor and see some incredible works of art.  When we weren't at the show, we were either eating, drinking, exploring, or shooting layouts for Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times.  I was able to spend some time hanging out with the guys at Alchemy Bicycles in Austin, and at the Yellow Bike Project right outside the city.  Very cool.  

It was a great trip, with some good friends...and I met a lot of new, interesting people along the way.

Gallery of photographs from 2011 NAHBS in Austin, Texas - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/2011-NAHBS-Austin-Texas-0221

A few pictures from my week in Austin -

NASCAR bitches
NASCAR bitches
we found a cool rock outcrop off the trail in Austin
we found a cool rock outcrop off the trail in Austin

Royce McCoy Ghost Bike in Austin, Texas
Royce McCoy Ghost Bike in Austin, Texas

Uncle Billys Brew & Cue Hop Zombie IPA
Uncle Billy's Brew & Cue Hop Zombie IPA

Handmade Alchemy bicycle getting a bath in Austin
Handmade Alchemy bicycle getting a bath in Austin

Night ride to the capital building of Texas
Night ride to the capital building of Texas

Tread Austin by Bethany Bauman at the Yellow Bike Project in Austin Texas
Tread Austin by Bethany Bauman at the Yellow Bike Project in Austin, Texas

Peacock Groove at the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Austin, Texas
Peacock Groove at the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Austin, Texas