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Old 10-14-2012, 11:51 AM   #76
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DD,

Your imagery is at the "Mind Blowing" stages...

I've been so truly humbled.

This is one of those golden nuggets I comb for on advrider.

And I love that it's in the back yard... so to speak.

More magical journeys, please.

And thank you once again.

Wow man, thanks for the feedback....now I'm a bit humbled. Really, I know plenty of riders around here go to these same mind blowing places that I do, I just got tired of coming home with snapshots that made people say "oh that looks nice" (ho hum) and I'd be thinking inside "No, you don't get it, it was awesome!" I'm just SO glad that people are looking at my photos and getting it now.

This thread is becoming a lot of fun for me and sometimes I sit back with a beer and read it just to take me back to where I was in my mind, and as long as few of you are enjoying the journey to, I'll continue to post.

Yesterday I rode a bit over 400 miles, did a two mile hike and still had time to enjoy a few moments, and today I'm recovering from it I'm feeling a little lazy and thought I'd go through my photos later this week, but after reading your post I feel inspired to start right now. I should have some up in a couple of days.

In the meantime, a little story from after the last adventure that was cool for me.


This photo just showed up in my Email this last week.

A couple of weeks ago in the Alabama Hills I saw a photographer doing the same as I was and apparently he scouted the same spot for a sunrise photo that I did. There I was in darkness a half hour before sun up with my gear all set up and this guy rolls in literally 5 minutes before the first rays of light hit the mountain, a quick nod to each other and he quickly gets ready for the show. Not a word was spoken for about 15 minutes as the light transformed the landscape in front of us. Finally as things settle down two strangers acknowledge each other and we begin to talk of the awesome display we just witnessed, a shared experience. Another moment on the road.

What I didn't know is he took a couple of shots of me enjoying one of my passions and looking at it I can remember the thoughts in my head and the feeling of the place at the time. A special photo for certain, and thanks to a stranger, now friend, in the desert for taking the time to look me up.


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Old 10-15-2012, 02:39 PM   #77
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It's Total Recall...

Your images are what my mind recalls... of the places I've seen in your photographs. But you actually manage precision timing in setting up your photos. Honestly, I rarely am fortunate enough to visually capture many moments during the dawn or dusk "magic" hours as you so patiently do.

As I've said on other threads and have had the stark realization... It takes an extreme amount of patience beyond what great photographers require... to be a photographer by way of motorcycle. The additional patience to stop the fun of riding, to begin the fun of setting up for the photo... simply has me perplexed. The more I photograph my motorcycle travels, the more I have a greater appreciation for you that do it all so well planned, so patiently, so precise and so creatively.

And I personally love the balance of scenic photography on it's own... and also as a backdrop for a beautiful adventure bike, which conjured up the thoughts of the journey to and from. Additionally, I enjoy the short narratives that can be added giving the right subtext of the trips... like a simple reveal of the location, interesting or strange situations and drama involved.

You've certainly got the perfect balance going on.

And perhaps I'm one of the more fortunate ones in that I've experienced many of your locations first hand, so I can really appreciate how much more special you manage to capture these in photos. Just like I wish I could do, and as I swear they reflect in my mind from when I was there, only better... As I recall.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:53 PM   #78
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Great shots Dave,

keep up the nice thread/Blog!!!!
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:05 PM   #79
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Feel free to add anything relevant. This is just for fun....but then that's why I do most everything.
Hi Desert Dave,
Like Bob says, not sure how I missed this ... great photos. So there you go: five stars ...

A couple of relevant pics, in the spirit of Where Did You Ride Today?, to demonstrate how good your pics are:


Tioga Pass, January 8, 2012 ...


Yours truly, AFM#113, at Sears Point, July 1, 2012 ... My wife, Cary, is an ADV Rider, too (puddles), AFM#968 ... looks like we were both racing the weekend you were there ... wouldn't it be fun if you got some pics of us!


Looking back at Bodie on the way to Aurora Canyon ...


Puddles and the Alabama Hills, August 26, 2012 ...

Thanks for the wonderful thread! I'm sure we'll bump into one another in Nor Cal one of these days ...

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Old 10-15-2012, 07:19 PM   #80
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Really, really nice!!!
Great photo work.. I love seeing our area through the lens of someone else.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:18 PM   #81
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North of Lee Vining is the turnoff for Lundy Lake. I'm now in day ride territory and thought this would make a good spot to come back to, but it's so close and I'm right here so why not look. The colors were changing but I decided another week or so of cool weather will make for some incredible photo oppurtunities and I'd come back. I predict an update in this thread in short order ........

So here I am two weeks later on my return trip to Lundy Lake. A nice day ride where I could devote the time needed to explore the area. Lunch packed and out the door a bit after 6 AM I'm excited as to what the day might bring. The two Sierra passes I plan on crossing were both shut down due to the first snow of the year, Tioga re-opened and I had faith that at some point in the day Sonora Pass would do the same. Doesn't matter as this ride isn't about the passes, but an eastern Sierra lake.

As elevation increases the temperature drops and it feels refreshing to use my heated gear for the first time in months. I love the crisp air, it makes me feel alive.

If you enjoy photography, trying to get across Tioga road without stopping for a photo is torture, but I was trying to make time. I ignored the changing colors in the morning sky, made it past Olmstead Point with just a quick glance at Half Dome and pushed passed the first view of Teneya Lake even though the shadows were dramatic and took my breath away once again. However, riding along the edge of the lake I couldn't resist the mist on the water, frost on the beach and reflections on the lake before the sun comes over the towering granite.






It was chilly, mid 30s, but that just made me feel a part of the scene. I could see the first rays of light peeking over the ridge and was glad I waited. The instant the rays hit the water the mist took on more of a prescence than smoke at a David Copperfield show. I always have time for this






Looking at where I just came from, for those of you not familiar with the area, that is the highway cutting through the granite next to the water. Much different than summer when this would be crowded.





O.K. now I'm going to make time. Really. At least until Ellery Lake with it's fresh dusting of snow. I hope I never get used to scenes like this.





A quick ride out into the desert and then back into Lundy Canyon for a look at the lake. I spied some old two track next to the lake for a better vantage point.





From there I went further up the canyon on a dirt road that would lead to the Hoover Wilderness where I was looking for a hiking trail.





The best surprise of the day was a neat series of ponds along the road that I had to stop and enjoy.




Wonder why they call these the Beaver ponds??






I really love this next photo, and not for the obvious reasons guys...

The rugged beauty of nature, with a silhouette of a softer type of beauty.





The road dead ends into a trailhead (hiking) and I set off in search of a well known waterfall. Lots of photographers up there doing the same, and honestly I wasn't impressed when I found it. Two miles of hiking and a bit dissapointed, it was time to get back to doing what I love best, riding away from the crowd.

Aspen lined roads made me slow down to enjoy where I was at.





lots of short roads to camping spots, but my favorite was an overgrown dead end that led to a footbridge that existed for the sole purpose of reaching a valve that would divert some water from this creek. This would be my lunch spot, for some reason a ride doesn't seem complete unless I find a hidden gem that I can claim as my own, and this was it for today.





Back on the highway headed North I take the turn off to Virginia Lakes. This is my idea of a powerline road. How can you NOT ride over the next hill to see what is there??





What is your favorite flavor? We've got them all in this grove.




Looking East I love the contrast of color to high desert.





Cresting Conway Summit is the classic view of fall colors with fresh snow on the mountains as a reminder of a looming winter.





This time of year I think of each ride over the passes as a gift as soon they will be inaccessible. This ride was no different.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:35 PM   #82
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As I've said on other threads and have had the stark realization... It takes an extreme amount of patience beyond what great photographers require... to be a photographer by way of motorcycle. The additional patience to stop the fun of riding, to begin the fun of setting up for the photo... simply has me perplexed.
I didn't start riding until I was a teenager, before that I spent years camping, hiking and backpacking and learned to appreciate nature at a slower pace. I feel like I'm getting back to that, and it's rewarding. Yeah, still not everybody has the patience

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Great shots Dave,

keep up the nice thread/Blog!!!!



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A couple of relevant pics, in the spirit of Where Did You Ride Today?

looks like we were both racing the weekend you were there ... wouldn't it be fun if you got some pics of us!

I'm sure we'll bump into one another in Nor Cal one of these days ...
VERY relevant pics! Seems this could have been your ride report
I'll look through some of my AFM photos and see if I can find any of you guys.

I think it's inevitable our paths will cross at some point


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I love seeing our area through the lens of someone else.
Right back at ya! It's funny, as much as I enjoy the reports with places I've never been and many I'll never go to, I think I enjoy different perspectives of familiar territory the most.
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Awesome pics. What camera you using? And I'm guessing there's some post editing as well.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:26 PM   #84
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Awesome pics. What camera you using? And I'm guessing there's some post editing as well.

Most of those photos were taken with a Nikon D5100, a pretty modest camera in the DSLR world, but for my needs has all the right features, and at least one you won't get on higher end cameras. Main selling point for me was the sensor, compare the dynamic range at base ISO with the bigger players and the 5100 stacks up well (often better). My post editing is pretty basic, final cropping and sizing with most of the adjustments being selective exposure. Shooting in RAW allows me to take full advantage of the sensors DR for the sunset photos where I can get proper exposure in the sky and foreground. I carry a basic 4 lens kit on the bike.

That being said a number of the photos in this thread were taken with my Canon G11, quite an amazing point and shoot if you do your part right
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Hey you inspired me to take a quick trip out to Lee Vining, the colors were peaking and the crowds no where to be found! Awesome day. Thanks for that!

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Old 10-26-2012, 12:15 AM   #86
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Very relaxing in a time of need...

I am currently going through an estate dispursement from HELL... due to the recent passing of my father. I've spent numerous long nights in senseless heated discussions with my siblings over the most insignificant of details. Luckily I've been able to escape to the serenity of this thread for some relaxation and mental reboot.

I've been fortunate in having access to a Nikon D5100 and set it up in my topcase for a ride into the Wildomar wilderness. This is an area outside of Temecula in Southern California. I did a ride report mixing photos from the Nikon, a Panasonic point and shoot... and my IPhone during mulitple occasions to complete a ride report.

Honestly, it humbled me to a greater distance between myself and those others who are so truly talented.

My main problem ( or excuse) is that once I get my feet situated on the pegs of my bike... it's so damn hard to stop and set up for photos. I had two lenses and that was nearly overload in itself. The D5100 was great to play around with but I ended up relying so much on the presets and bringing a small tripod ended up being additionally complicated. And I realized first hand that it's not the tool as much as it's the toolsmith.



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Old 10-26-2012, 04:15 AM   #87
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Hey you inspired me to take a quick trip out to Lee Vining, the colors were peaking and the crowds no where to be found! Awesome day. Thanks for that!


Perfect, that's what this is all about! Isn't it great that the ride to Lee Vining is a QUICK trip? Thanks for sharing



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My main problem ( or excuse) is that once I get my feet situated on the pegs of my bike... it's so damn hard to stop and set up for photos. I had two lenses and that was nearly overload in itself. The D5100 was great to play around with but I ended up relying so much on the presets and bringing a small tripod ended up being additionally complicated. And I realized first hand that it's not the tool as much as it's the toolsmith.
I completely understand this problem. For years I would take off for a two week ride and come home with less than a roll of film worth of photos. Stopping was such a pain and took away from my ride experience. I wanted pictures later, but it was so much work. It's different now, I'm slowing down and am actually EXCITED about the whole photo process, and as long as I'm excited about it I'll continue. Who knows maybe I'll get tired of it in a few years and it will just be a phase, like so many aspects of my riding. Two years from now I might be ice racing bikes and the camera will be collecting dust...I don't know My point is, don't force it. I've enjoyed plenty of ride reports with Iphone photos because the author was passionate about what they were doing. Keep on keeping on!
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #88
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More fast photos

After all of these weeks of riding to places were I could enjoy the serenity and peace of my favorite places I was feeling the need for something faster and louder. I spent the last two weekends enjoying some two wheeled competition and thought I'd post a little of the action.

With race seasons winding down I caught the last Supermoto USA race at Prarie City (Hangtown). I can't ever get tired of watching guys slide bikes on pavement in a manner that I have to be in the dirt to do! As usual the atmosphere was typical grass roots racing and I made a lot of new friends.

Now I don't want to flood my OWN thread with 100 photos so here's a few of my favs and if you'd like to see more here's a link to the entire gallery at my Smugmug page.

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Note the smoking boot....yeah baby!!

















Last weekend it was Vertical Dirt. Skips at Carnagie was holding the last Hillclimb of the season. Skip was kind enough to allow me on the hill for a different perspective then I've ever experiencd before. This hillclimb is some of the most difficult photography I've ever done, besides challenging light and action you really need to put yourself in harms way to get some of the angles I wanted. Sometimes out of control bikes rocketing towards me, roost hitting my back and the constant falling rocks from above that could take you out, all while trying to move and balance on hill so steep I can barely stand. I saw one hill worker fall and roll at least 100 feet. Challenging and exciting....exactley why I had so much fun and can't wait to try it again!

Full gallery here http://desertdave.smugmug.com/Motorc...6403981_fpmwwZ





















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Enter the Bonneville

Not an Adventure bikes, but a new two wheeled adventure none the less.


I had a project 70s XS650 that I never finished and sold a decade ago. I realize some guys modernize these into cool street trackers, but honestly that was more of a commitment than I was willing to make at the time. It WAS fun for the retro factor since it made the right sound, shook like a paint shaker and looked like sex, but riding it was fun for a trip to yesteryear, not somewhere I wanted to stay for more than a quick novelty run. It was great eye candy in the garge. Like a grab a drink and just look at it awhile.



For so long now my bikes have been about purpose, with style being a distant second. I miss having a bike I could just go out in the garage and stare at for awhile. I've been eying the new Bonnevilles since they came out but it wasn't the right time until recently. A couple of weeks ago I bought one. It has cool for days and I've always wanted one. On paper the numbers were acceptable for an afternoon jaunt, but I didn't take this bike to serious. Just a toy.

Then I took her on some of my favorite local roads and was a bit shocked as to how much fun I was having. I haven't owned a real sportbike in years, but this thing is so small contrasted with my current rides that I couldn't help but feel a sport nature, quick steering but not nervous quick and low COG. Brakes are acceptable, but better than I expected looking at the two piston single disc. Injection has the Fueling spot on, better than a number of "premium" bikes I've owned with F.I.

Suspension sucks, but I can feel around that, easy enough to fix. Working in the garage today to bolt on an exhaust to make it sound right, and Works Performance for the rear. No it'll never be a sportbike but I'm sure it will surprise a few on my local roads and if I can't keep up, big deal, it's just a cruiser right?

And I once again have a bike that I can enjoy just looking at in the garage.



So a little adventure, breaking in an unfamiliar new bike with fresh tires in the rain on a road notorious for sand a gravel and now wet leaves. No ABS, no traction control, just the raw feeling of Man and machine making it happen.











You don't see me trying to take pictures like this of my Tenere or Strom tank



If nothing else this bike just rides so different than my others that it is fun for that reason alone. In a lot of ways it reminds my of my '78 SR500, which is the first bike that made me feel like I could hold my own in a canyon.







And at the end of the day it's still about Enjoying The Moment.






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