California - The Adventure Republic

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Eremikophobic

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    Great pix and stories. The silt and sand/pumice out near June Lake kicked my ass a few years ago. It's why Barbie wears a June Lake junction sticker. We will be back :deal
  2. liorsmotoride

    liorsmotoride Lior's moto ride

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    Very Nice
  3. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    BigTodd was the master fisherman. (master-baiter?) :lol3

    Seriously, he limited out twice...I got skunked. I'm so embarassed. :deal
  4. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    we missed you duy.

    hey, you did good in the sand as far as i remember, what you talking about....:D
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    strange wearing an orange jacket while riding your klr
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  5. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Joel,

    Unfortunately it is not the camera, it is Picasa. :evil
    I fix most of the pictures before I load them to SmugMug. Color temperature, auto adjust, etc.
  6. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    ersin, thanks for the tip, and wish i have the time to learn it. i went to photoshop school for 3 months, still have to apply what i learned.

    well for now, i will stick to my current method, shoot 500 pics and hope to get 50 good ones.....:cry

    have more pics to post, tune in.
  7. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    I've been using PS for... ever... but Picasa is much much much easier. PS is for professional editing.
    I think a good camera is the key, especially for fast and accurate focusing.
  8. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    brief history of this place
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    ersin contemplating in getting a rear sprocket...::D
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    i know when the weather is perfect, i get good pics from my cheap camera
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    we are shameless and always like to see our pics
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    stuck, do not stick your head where it doesn't belong
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    good to see people care
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    it's a long walk to the edge of town
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    giving our feet a rest; those riding boots are only good for hundred yards
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    very little changes from the day folks left town
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    it gets extremely cold out here
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    they stood and not forgotten
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    one more glance and we hit the road
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    not one of ours, but they surely into adventure riding
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  9. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    Same here, most of my photos are just OK out of the camera. But once I touch em up in Lightroom 2, they really pop. I also get to correct the tilt and crop. Usually I can just spend less then 30 seconds per photo, worst case. But soon I will be switching to Aperture since I am going to Mac...my friend did the switch and says that program will do 90% of what Lightroom will do, for cheaper, and definitely meet the needs of us amateurs.
  10. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    thanks isaac for the info.

    i may be able to get a lightroom from my source in silicone valley for a lot less.....:evil

    thinking of getting this next. high speed, ultra-bright f2.0 lens.
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    http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1621
  11. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    All I can say is.....CANON CANON CANON.
    If you want the best image quality you have to buy the camera the produces the best image quality. You can read profession report after report, it's ALWAYS Canon.
  12. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    All I can say is..... ORANGE ORANGE ORANGE.
    Anyone that comes up with an orange tough camera gets my business. :rofl
    So far it is Olympus.
  13. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    The Panasonic TS series comes orange. And it takes better pix than Olympus. Read the reports. :deal

    Canon has always had the best lenses. Sony Ziess is up there too, Panasonic and Nikon. Hasselblad if you spend pro $$. The rest are just me-too cams, like Kodak, Samsung, Olympus, Pentax. The latter probaby the best of that bunch.

    I'm generalizing. They're all pretty good, best bet is to match the features to your individual needs. For a rugged, the TS is really hard to beat. None will produce images like a dslr or even a compact zoom. But those tend to be too bulky for hauling on a bike unless photography is your primary focus. No punn intended. :D
  14. PERRO-FROM-HELL

    PERRO-FROM-HELL Life is good

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    great reports, I have to plan this ride for next year! hey Todd you are a trooper!! As always! Is anyone riding next weekend of sept 14?
  15. jnyrav

    jnyrav Been here awhile

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    great pics Joel and Ersin!
  16. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Great pics and report. Thanks for sharing. Canon G12 is my go to for the last 2 years. Gotta have some sort of viewfinder for the bright sunny days or I don't want it.
  17. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    I forgot to bring the tether for my camera so I was not able to take pics on the fly. However, Ersin let me borrow his camera tether Saturday afternoon so I was able to get a few.

    Day 1

    We arrived around 11:30 PM Friday night. Setup the tents, had a beer and crashed out for the night. Woke up and our wonderful hosts Joel and Lori were preparing the morning's viddles.

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    Our first stop was the Bald Mountain Lookout Tower:
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    We stopped in Bridgeport for lunch. Delicious burgers!
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    After lunch we stopped in Bodie for a little exploration. Besides, the ride out there was great!
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    Leaving Bodie and heading toward Mono Lake:
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    We got back to camp and feasted on Lori and Joel's delicious carne asada tacos. Some of the best tasting asada ever! Thanks again Joel. With tacos there's beer and I ended up passing out at the camp fire. I failed to take any evening party pics. :roll:

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    Day 2 coming soon
  18. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Day 3

    Sunday was the big day. WMRS gate was open and we could ride all the way to the station, over 12K feet high.
    We had our breakfast (thanks again Lorie) and head over to Chidago Canyon.
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    Joel and Rich are admiring canyon carvings.
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    Hole in the wall. :eek1
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    We found some hieroglyphs from 4,000 BC :norton
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    Right before we hit payment to Bishop to gas up for Silver Canyon.
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    We get gas at Bishop (but obviously it wasn't enough for Joel, we found it out later in the day :rofl ) and headed up to Silver Canyon
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    Canyon road was rocky as usual.
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    Joel on the run
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    And then at one right turn:
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    It was a steep uphill too,
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    Right after I let Joel ride away, I felt my front tire was acting weird. I stopped and check, it was flat. :cry I tried to put some air in so I can go to the top of the hill to fix it. But after 2 more turns, it was flat again. So I stopped to change it. [​IMG]

    But Rich and Joel were ahead of me and probably made it to the top already. There was no way to let them know what was going on. Sena intercom was useless in those mountains. After 15-20 mins I heard them coming down the road. They though I was down and waiting to be rescued. :)
    This is the view where I got the flat.
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    Finally we made it to the top.
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    Rest of the ride was just fast and easy dirt roads.
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    And here is a rare picture. 3 GSA's in one picture on WMRS road. 2 more right around the corner as well.
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    Todd and Eric is following him
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    And finally WMRS. It was 32 miles from Bishop Shell station.
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    Rest of the day is coming next...
  19. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Day 3: (continues)

    We made it to WMRS at 2:00pm. There were still plenty of cars and SUV's but no bikes.
    12,431 ft. I believe this is the highest you can get on wheels in California.
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    Yep, no cookies or drinks. We didn't enjoy our hike but I enjoyed the portable toilets. :lol:
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    I don't know why but this picture looks like Photoshoped. :? As if Rich wasn't there and I placed his head and body on the background. :lol:
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    We took an hour break and enjoyed our pistachios.
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    Bye bye station until next year.
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    It was a little chilly on our way back. We had to put on wind breakers.
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    This time we didn't have any problems on Silver Canyon. Just a slow pace downhill. Hard on the breaks. I have a video me and Rich chasing Joel very closely on downhill. Almost walking pace. I'll post it later.
    Once we got down to flat, it was play time. Lots of water crossings and jumps. It took us a while to find the right jump but we finally did it.
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    Joel went through a rainbow
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    My battery died at this point and couldn't take any more pictures. I have some nice videos though. I'll post them later.
    Thank you Eric for the ride organization. Hope to do this again.
    And thank you Lorie for the delicious dinner and breakfasts.
  20. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    Likely that the flash was on. Explains why the lighting doesn't match.

    Fantastic ride. Jealous.

    (edit) here's the EXIF info, which proves the flash was on.

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    $ exif /home/tedder/Desktop/IMGP2263-O.jpg
    EXIF tags in '/home/tedder/Desktop/IMGP2263-O.jpg' ('Intel' byte order):
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    Tag |Value
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    Manufacturer |PENTAX
    Model |PENTAX Optio W90
    Date and Time |2012:09:05 00:57:16
    Artist |Picasa
    Exposure Time |1/1500 sec.
    F-Number |f/4.2
    ISO Speed Ratings |200
    Maximum Aperture Val|3.60 EV (f/3.5)
    Metering Mode |Pattern
    Flash |Flash fired, compulsory flash mode
    Focal Length |5.0 mm
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