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Old 03-08-2014, 06:13 AM   #316
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GREAT STUFF DAVE !!!!!!

Keep em coming.

Good of you to share our backyard so brilliantly
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:51 AM   #317
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I really enjoy your photos, Thank You.
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:22 AM   #318
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Amazing animal pics. Great thread. Very inspirational. Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:02 PM   #319
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Bobcat! I was at The Junction today and started talking to a woman with a camera. Her name is Denise Wight and she started showing me some pictures and one of them was a bobcat. Her main stay is birds denisewightbirds.com .
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:45 AM   #320
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Wonderful!

I swear, when I see you posting I know I'm in for a good ride. That's because you have a special gift in seeing and photographing. Please show us more this spring. I'm wondering how the drought will change the park. I'd love to visit sometime.

O, by the way, your photo's are so clear and sharp are using anything special like a tripod or what?
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:57 AM   #321
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Thanks again for all the responses guys, it's like having you along for the ride! Well, sort of


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Bobcat! I was at The Junction today and started talking to a woman with a camera. Her name is Denise Wight and she started showing me some pictures and one of them was a bobcat. Her main stay is birds denisewightbirds.com .
How do ya like the new food out there? Pretty big step up I think

Well now you have proof I'm not just photoshopping these animals My very unscientific analysis is the Bobcats are on the rise in population, as I've been seeing far more lately, I just rarely get a long enough chance to get a good shot, or it's so far away it barely shows in the photo. I'd imagine the birders out there see quite a few.

One thing you have to watch for with the bird people SOME of them think it's o.k. to stop wherever they are and get out of their car if they see something rare. More than once I've come around a blind corner in the one lane sections to have a parked car right ion the middle of the road.

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Wonderful!

I swear, when I see you posting I know I'm in for a good ride. That's because you have a special gift in seeing and photographing. Please show us more this spring. I'm wondering how the drought will change the park. I'd love to visit sometime.

O, by the way, your photo's are so clear and sharp are using anything special like a tripod or what?
I do use a tripod for anything low light or long exposure on water (and of course the night photos) but most of my shots are handheld. With image stabilization I don't think it's required as much. Some purists will disagree, but often they are looking at details with a microscope at much larger sizes than I find necessary.

I don't think I'm using anything special, but here's a quick insight I've noticed. With digital photography going past a hobby and almost a everyday part of life with smartphones, Facebook and such we are getting used to looking at photos everywhere that were taken on the run , without much thought (usually with one hand) that are often out of focus and blurred. I think when someone these days takes a moment to practice basic photography skills the photos look even better by comparison, so in a way it helps me look good

Nothing wrong with less than perfect photos as I've enjoyed some great ride reports taken that way. You've also noticed there are some real talented photographers here at ADvrider to. If I'm going to be honest I think the reason some of you enjoy my photos is the common bond of interests (motorcycling/nature) more than photography skill itself. Go to any photography forum and you'll see shots like mine are really dime-a-dozen, that's not good or bad, it just is. But I'm constantly working on it
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:47 PM   #322
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I don't think I'm using anything special, but here's a quick insight I've noticed. With digital photography going past a hobby and almost a everyday part of life with smartphones, Facebook and such we are getting used to looking at photos everywhere that were taken on the run , without much thought (usually with one hand) that are often out of focus and blurred. I think when someone these days takes a moment to practice basic photography skills the photos look even better by comparison, so in a way it helps me look good
I strongly disagree! That last bunch of photos was pretty special. Keep it up!
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:25 PM   #323
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If I didn't have my arm twisted in to working this weekend I'd meet you for a burger Enjoy the ride man, what great roads for a new bike!
It would have been great to say hello and to thank you for all the highly appreciated entertainment and inspiration.



I picked this up in San Francisco and danced it down to L.A. on mostly country roads.



Skyline/Summit all the way to Watsonville was a great initiation on the new bike.



I traveled the Central Valley wine region all the way and was treated to spectacular scenery the entire trip.



Routes like Indian Canyon and Foxen road are amazing on two wheels.

Got a bit carried away here... but hope to run into you on the journey sometime.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:16 PM   #324
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I strongly disagree! That last bunch of photos was pretty special. Keep it up!
It's not often I'm glad to have someone disagree with me, but this time I won't argue Thanks Man!

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It would have been great to say hello and to thank you for all the highly appreciated entertainment and inspiration.




Skyline/Summit all the way to Watsonville was a great initiation on the new bike.

Got a bit carried away here... but hope to run into you on the journey sometime.


Glad to see you out enjoying our Nor Cal roads, I'm sure you had a better day riding than I did working Maybe next time.

I take it you went down Eureka Canyon? I really like that road.


And what a cool bike!! How did you know I have a soft spot for Sportsters? Used to terrorize HWY 9 with one I modified back in the day. Had a close look at the newer ones when I bought the Bonneville.

If we're talking cool, sporty bikes I've had my eye on one of these for a little while now. My friend Jimmy (that's him with the Thumbs up) shows up with one of these at The Junction and INSISTED I test ride....I said let me grab my helmet Got to flog it for a half hour or so behind Hamilton. One of these could really get me in trouble





Not much more to share right now, but as long as I'm bumping this thread I'll throw in my most recent "wildlife" sighting

Just thought it was kind of cool

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Old 03-26-2014, 09:11 PM   #325
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That's right by a favorite work spot for me...

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Old 04-01-2014, 04:03 PM   #326
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Hi Dave,

I just stumbled on your blog/post. Really gets my blood flowing and makes me want to get out there on the road ... and I just got back from four days in Death Valley. I love the rides you go on - beautiful country. I live in San Luis Obispo so I'm not too far away. Any chance you have GPS tracks of some of your favorite off-road routes?

I just subscribed to your thread - keep 'em coming.

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Old 04-02-2014, 05:52 PM   #327
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Hi Dave,

I just stumbled on your blog/post. Really gets my blood flowing and makes me want to get out there on the road ... and I just got back from four days in Death Valley. I love the rides you go on - beautiful country. I live in San Luis Obispo so I'm not too far away. Any chance you have GPS tracks of some of your favorite off-road routes?

I just subscribed to your thread - keep 'em coming.

Dave

Glad you're on board

Love Death Valley. Haven't been there in a few years but that was the place that inspired me to mix my dirt and street together

I know all of my photos have a GPS on the bike , but I use it in a really limited way. I never use directions/turn by turn, follow tracks or save tracks. I just use it like a map that I don't have to try and figure out where I am On occasion I'll waypoint something I might want to come back to and have a hard time finding again....like a perfect photo spot

So I can't help you with any saved tracks, but how about a few photos from Sunday instead? My regular local ride, but perfect skies and the green is FINALLY here!!



Was doing some landscape stuff and a target of opportunity rode by . I like the way it turned out. This guy was going the other way so I didn't catch up to him but if any of you Bay Area riders know him point him this way.... I know I would want a photo like that with ME in it




And finally one of the the good 'ol Strom doing it's thing with me along for the ride. Still love that bike.

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Old 04-02-2014, 06:53 PM   #328
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Glad you're on board

Love Death Valley. Haven't been there in a few years but that was the place that inspired me to mix my dirt and street together

I know all of my photos have a GPS on the bike , but I use it in a really limited way. I never use directions/turn by turn, follow tracks or save tracks. I just use it like a map that I don't have to try and figure out where I am On occasion I'll waypoint something I might want to come back to and have a hard time finding again....like a perfect photo spot

So I can't help you with any saved tracks, but how about a few photos from Sunday instead? My regular local ride, but perfect skies and the green is FINALLY here!!


Beautiful photo. Is this Dell Puerto Canyon Road?
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:42 PM   #329
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Beautiful photo. Is this Dell Puerto Canyon Road?
Yup. Its SO gorgeous out there right now.

I always look at those high speed sweepers as a chance to warm the tires before entering the canyon
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:29 AM   #330
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Thank you for these incredible pictures.
I really like the "stop and take time to really see the surroundings" -attitude.

Spoken from all across the pond (the Netherlands) , it really inspires me to work even harder to get to explore that beautiful country of yours, one fine day.
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