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Old 12-08-2009, 05:50 AM   #91
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just WoW !!!!

thnaks for amazing pictures of the rugged country and those roads.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:53 AM   #92
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Thanks that you share this great pictures with us! :)

Is this a BMW G650 XChallenge you use?

yes it is .... for more detail on the bike, see here;
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:01 AM   #93
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Way down in the bottom of this foto, you will see a motorcycle zooming along behind the trees!


One of many stops to fix flat tyres. Tony had a ridiculous amount ... 7 all up, between Yakutsk and Magadan.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:08 AM   #94
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Some of the character is going from the road, as the Russian authorities work to improve it. It will probably never be asphalt, but they are doing a lot of grading, road widening and replacing the beautiful old wooden log bridges built by the Gulags, with new concrete bridges.


Ust Omchug, our final stop for food and fuel before Magadan:
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:34 PM   #95
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yes it is .... for more detail on the bike, see here;
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Thx for this info and the Link. I take a fast look about it and at the weekend I will read the whole text. Seems very very interessting!

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Old 12-08-2009, 04:51 PM   #96
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Excellent report. I really enjoy reading reports from Russia. You can only read so many Alaska and Baja reports!
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:20 PM   #97
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Final few hundred km of dirt

For most of the time, Tony was riding behind me:


And it showed upon his face !
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:22 PM   #98
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I doubt I will ever get to ride the Road of Bones so thank you for taking us with.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:41 PM   #99
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I doubt I will ever get to ride the Road of Bones so thank you for taking us with.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:35 PM   #100
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This is very unique...

I have greatly enjoyed this report and especially the pictures.

How did the people respond to you overall on this ride?

Keep it coming...

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Old 12-09-2009, 01:29 AM   #101
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First of all, I am no photography guru, so I feel uncomfortable giving photography comments! These are just my views and how I like to shoot.

No HDR at all ... but there are a couple of things I tend to do when shooting that help make the pics more vivid and to avoid a burnt (white) sky.

(1) I almost always underexpose outdoor photos ... typically from between -0.3 and -1.3 stops. Darker fotos are more atmospheric and it makes the colours more vivid. Try it with a photo ... modify a standard foto by making it 20% darker and take a look which has the more appealing colours. If you have too much light, it overpowers the colours and things look too white. An example I missed in editing is on the third page of this post (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=529114&page=3). The top foto was taken by me and deliberately shot underexposed on the DSLR. The second shot is of me on the bike riding through part of exactly the same scene, taken by my colleague Tony, with a good quality compact camera (a Canon G9). He has just used the auto settings, and in my opinion the scene is too bright. It needs to be darkened in editing, or needed to be underexposed when shooting. Compare the colours between the first and second fotos on that page ... the darker picture has the better colours. The brighter 2nd picture is too "white" and bright and the colours look faded.

(2) I will usually use filters when shooting outdoors to avoid getting a boring white sky. If its sunny, I will often use a circular polariser, if it is cloudy I will often use a graduated ND filter to bring some character into the clouds. I guess it's not having an overexposed sky that makes you think that there might be HDR involved, but in my case there are way too many fotos to even consider doing that. I try and do as much as possible when shooting and do as little as possible when editing.

Most of my editing is cropping, and playing with the exposure (as per point 1).
Thanks for that Colebatch. Though you name yourself no guru, your pics are guru'ish for sure.
I myself tend to underexpose my photos too. You are right, there is this atmosphere when a bit dark. And yes, it was the cludy sky which gives kind of HDR feeling.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:01 AM   #102
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Amazing report!

The pics of the abandoned town are ... haunting. Even when that place was inhabited I can't imagine much life there- the architecture is so bland.



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Old 12-09-2009, 09:06 AM   #103
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I have greatly enjoyed this report and especially the pictures.

How did the people respond to you overall on this ride?
The Russians were fantastic. We were extremely hospitably received everywhere we went, often too much so. People constantly wanted us to stop and tell our story, have a few vodkas etc etc. We had a lot of flat tyres and when anyone passed us they would stop and get out to help, even when we insisted we were ok.

I have always found Russians very hospitable, but extremely so in the more extreme parts of their country.
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The Final Flat Tyre

just 200km from Magadan ... breaking the bead with some deft footwork.

I said at the start there was no ride report and it was just pics and commentary about the pics, but the next hour was quite exciting stuff. So I go against my earlier word and include some ride report wordy stuff ... just for a change!

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After this flat, it was a bit of a race to Magadan ... for two reasons. One, the sun was setting (Magadan is a lot further south than places like Ust Nera and therefore DID get darkness in summer) and we didn't want to do too much riding in the dark if we could help it. We still had 100km to cover till we got to the main road at Palatka.

Secondly, Tony had been riding behind me for most of this Road of Bones leg of the trip. I told him to ride in front for a change, but he understood that if I caught him and overtook him, his lead was over and he would be swallowing dust again. I gave him a minutes start and then began the chase.

I hadnt caught him as I usually did within the first 10 minutes or so, so I stepped up the pace. I wasnt even seeing his clouds of dust. Before long I was at full speed, hampered slightly by still having to wear sunglasses. My visor was filthy and I had refused to take my helmet off to clean it while Tony was changing his 7th flat tyre - lest my scalp also get savaged by mosquitoes.

I began seeing dust clouds, a sign that Tony had ridden here within the last minute or so and powered on to reel him in. 110 - 125 km/h slowing down to 80 - 90 for the corners but still I was only getting clouds. I hadnt seen Tony ride like this all trip. The dust cloud grew thicker as I finally sensed I was catching the source, but when I did catch the source it was a 4wd van and not Tony. At the speed I had closed in on the van, I saw its shape emerge from the dust cloud with no more than a seconds notice. "Fu@k!" I swore to myself as I swerved dangerously past the van only to see Tony's lighter dust cloud going on ahead. Tony was racing but I still hadn't even actually seen him. Finally at a curve in a mountain I looked across the valley and saw the Dakar at the head of a trail of dust about 400 - 500 yards ahead.

For the next half an hour to the main road at Palatka, I chased hard but could just not reel him in.

We had just ridden at insane speeds to finish the last 100 km of the Road of Bones. I spoke with Tony on finally catching him while he waited for me on at Palatka and he said he just was in a groove, and was reading every curve like a book. It was his finest riding of the trip. I was dumbstruck. I had been unable to catch him over 100 km.

Perhaps I forgot to mention he was car rallying man for over 20 years.

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Old 12-09-2009, 09:32 AM   #105
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Asphalt Road into Magadan

Just 80km from Magadan the Tinkinskaya Trassa rejoins the more major road at the town of Palatka. From here to Magadan is asphalt. We hadn't ridden on an asphalt road for about 8000 km. Tony didn't know what to do. He actually slowed down from uncertainty! He had been doing 125km/h on straighter sections of the dirt road, now he was doing 90km/h on the asphalt. I told him to pull his finger out, stop fu@king about and get a move on.

The sun set as we rode into Magadan. It was Sunday evening.

We had left Yakutsk on Thursday afternoon. Incredibly, Tony, a 67 year old pensioner from West London, had just ridden the whole Kolyma Highway / Road of Bones in just 3.5 days, and that included the wasted 7-8 hours spent fixing his 7 flat tyres.!!

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