Lights on for the Class of 2020

High School Stadiums all over Ohio were lit up for the Class of 2020 after the announcement from Governor DeWine that school was not going to go back in session for the remainder of the school year. The lights were turned on at 20:20 (8:20 PM) for 20 minutes and 20 seconds on April 20th. Of course, Twinsburg High School participated in the display for the Seniors. The Ohio Department of Education made an announcement on their Twitter Feed in this Tweet about the event.

In addition to lighting up the Stadium the School District coordinated a parade of Seniors around town led by the Twinsburg Police Department. They arrived at the Twinsburg High School Stadium shortly after the lights were turned on.

I went to the stadium to capture the lights document the event. Below you will find photos from the stadium and a video of the Seniors arriving with the Police Escort.


Winch Install

Today I went ahead and installed the Warn Winch I have had sitting in my dining room since Christmas. The Jeep was in storage for the winter and I finally got around to installing it. I bought the Warn VR EVO 10-S. I installed this on my 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

The front bumper I have on the Jeep is the JCR Off-Road Crusader Mid-Width with the Front Bumper Skid.

The install went pretty easy. I was able to reach up under the bumper to install the hardware to attach the winch to the bumper. I had thought I might need to remove the Bumper Skid but I did not as I had enough room to get my hand up and under the bumper. So that part of the install went very easy.

After I get the winch attached to the bumper I wired it up to the battery, I had to route the positive and negative cables under the grille because the cables are fairly short, I wish I had another 6 inches on the cables. Nevertheless I was able to get it wired up.

Last year when Factor55 was running a sale I picked up a FlatLink and a FlatLink Rope Guard. I like this product because the FlatLink will store flat against the Fairlead. Plus the Rope Guard will prevent damage to the rope.

I got a Fairlead when I purchased the bumper from JCR Off-Road. So, I went ahead and used it instead of the one included with the winch.

Tomorrow I will our boys to go out with me and tension the synthetic rope. We just need to find a parking lot with a closely tree. After that I will go through my recovery gear and make sure i have everything I need.

Photos are below. Enjoy!

Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Boston Run Trail

What do you do when you are supposed to “Social Distance” during this crazy COVID-19 Situation. Well, Andrew and I headed over the the Cuyahoga Valley National ParkBoston Run Trail to get out int he fresh air and occupy some time. But, the hike was great.

My photos from today are shown below.


Fireworks Friday

I took this in from the Main Street the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort. This was taken during the Happily Ever After

For the photo geeks, the settings for the photo are: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1.9s, f/13, 24mm, ISO 100.


Fun with Luminar

I was going through some older photos. What else can you do when you are stuck at home? Came across a dull looking photo of Eye of the Whale Arch at the Arches National Park. To get to this area you need to have a 4×4 and drive in on the Tower Arch Jeep Safari Trail. We visited this while attending the Easter Jeep Safari in 2019.

The first photo below is a photo that I edited with Luminar 4 for Skylum using the sky replacement tool. I thought it would look cool at night, so I went with a nighttime sky replacement. The software was smart enough to change the foreground image and make it darker.

Is this cheating? Well, yes. But, why not use what you have avalible to you? Yes, I would have loved to be able to take this shot in person and not go through the software but I was not able to. What are your thoughts?


Photo edited with Luminar 4 with the sky replacement tool
Original photo

EJS Memories

The last two years I have attended the Easter Jeep Safari (hosted by the Red Rock 4 Wheelers) in Moab, Utah with friends. We were not planning on going this year. EJS would have been this week (Easter Week). Unfortunately with all the craziness going on around the world for this virus it had to be cancelled. I will get back there sometime.

For someone from the northeast/midwest the landscape in Utah seems foreign and almost from another planet. It is so beautiful every where you look. Not a bad view to be had.

Some of my favorite photos are below. Plus you can also check out these galleries on my photography website for 2018 & 2019 plus there are a few videos on my YouTube Channel.


Arches National Park
JCR Offroad Vehicles
Moab Rim
Moab Rim
Moab Rim