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Old 11-05-2012, 05:03 PM   #826
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So there's a reason why they call Savannah Savannah:



It's the kind of landscape you'd expect to see elephants, lions and wildebeests roaming in.

But once you get to the city itself, things change. There are a lot of identifying characteristics--essential, defining characteristics--that cities have. But I can only think of one city other than Savannah in which a tree plays an integral role: LA. Palm trees are to Los Angeles as Oak Trees are to Savannah. It wouldn't be that far of a stretch to consider the trees in both cities as representative of the personalities of the population. In LA each palm tree stands alone....individual, powerful, but in the end, not unique at all. In Savannah, the oaks intermingle with each other. It's as if there's a network of branches forming a connective canopy. You can see that network--a true social network where even strangers are treated like good friends--whenever people are around. And there's also a laziness to the trees that seem to evoke feelings of relaxation and contentment.











(Me playing with tilt-shifting:)
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:16 PM   #827
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Ah, Sno-Seal; popular with the hiking crowd.

Simply the best, Use it all the time on my work, riding, hiking boots. Just plain works!

HINT: After you rub it on all over the boot hold the boot over the kitchen stove flame for a few seconds
and it melts and soaks right in. No don't try to charbroil the boot just heat it up, and gas works best.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:58 PM   #828
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Tilt-shifting?
what kind of camera and how do you do it?
Great pics!
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:18 PM   #829
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That first photo is striking. Very nice.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:19 AM   #830
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Tilt-shifting?
what kind of camera and how do you do it?
Great pics!
I can't do true tilt-shifting with my camera....and my experiment above was more of just a blurring of the background than real tilt-shifting (where the lens isn't parallel to the 'film'). It can be done with great effect in photoshop, but certain compositions lend themselves to tilt-shifting better than others (shot from a distance overhead, with lots of objects).

THIS is true tilt-shifting:



When applied to a van Gogh the effects can be truly mezmerizing:

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Old 11-06-2012, 12:49 PM   #831
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AHero, Are you going to head on down to Key West? The road down A1A is something that I think you would really appreciate. Plus the drive down the Keys is something that is unique and you really cant go back west without seeing the southern most point of the US. Plus To see what Charles Flagler accomplished when he built the road down to key west is amazing.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:31 AM   #832
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AHero, Are you going to head on down to Key West? The road down A1A is something that I think you would really appreciate. Plus the drive down the Keys is something that is unique and you really cant go back west without seeing the southern most point of the US. Plus To see what Charles Flagler accomplished when he built the road down to key west is amazing.
...but do some research to find out which days the traffic is lightest. It can be a frustrating, while scenic highway.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:36 AM   #833
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^^ He is right. Sorry forgot about some of the constrcution on there. Avoid rush hour times.

At least get from Miami to Key West Section of A1A in. It is amazing section of road even if it basically straight.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:03 AM   #834
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No Key West for me, guys. Though the tropical scenery sounds tremendous, I'm heading to Macon, GA tomorrow, then onto Birmingham to Barber Fri night/Sat. morning, then down to Mobile, where I'm meeting up to ride with my dad to New Orleans. Traveling at night on Thurs. and Friday--not much chance for me to enjoy much along the way. Definitely looking forward to Debris Beef and Sazeracs at K-Pauls, though!
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:38 AM   #835
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When you get into the Macon area and start towards B'ham, I need to take you on some of the back roads through there. i grew up there and know a bunch of ways to get there. And they are not really out of the way, just nice back roads that Duc was made for.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:50 AM   #836
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Have you heard any word from the Doctor in New York. I was wondering how your Long Island (digs) boat had faired as well has his properties.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:51 AM   #837
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When you get into the Macon area and start towards B'ham, I need to take you on some of the back roads through there. i grew up there and know a bunch of ways to get there. And they are not really out of the way, just nice back roads that Duc was made for.
AL 25 (Dunnavant Road) comes to mind, just east of Barber Motorsports Park.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:19 AM   #838
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When you get into the Macon area and start towards B'ham, I need to take you on some of the back roads through there. i grew up there and know a bunch of ways to get there. And they are not really out of the way, just nice back roads that Duc was made for.
Hoping I'll be doing some of the miles during daylight. Right now it's looking like Savannah to Macon and Macon to Birmingham rides will begin around dusk.

The Doc is ok. The boat mostly made it through ok--if you remember those pics he said the water level was at the top of those wooden poles. (!). He just got power back and hot water back on this morning. Very rough times indeed. He and I had a lot of interesting discussions over text about survival-type situations. Amazing how quickly our lives can be completely and totally disrupted with no power.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:07 PM   #839
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Great to hear that about the Doc. I know that they are having a very tough time of it. You are quite correct we forget about how fragile our living environment is until parts of it get cut off. I'm glad that you got to experience Long Island prior to the mess. I'm sure that locals are all worried about just getting past the tough times.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:47 PM   #840
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Simply awesome. Living vicariously through you.

So far have you found a place you might want to go back to and settle?
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