Thanks for the compliment. Very cool to hear you met Ron a couple months before I did! Somehow feels like a small world at times doesn't it? My camera equipment was pretty standard in terms of a DSLR - a Nikon D90 with its cheap kit 18-55mm lens. I shot in single RAW exposures, then for most of the HDR pics I created 2 additional exposures (1 stop over exposed and one stop under exposed) in post processing. No tripods used on the trip... wouldn't have the time to set it up. I've just purchased a full frame Nikon D600 and 24-70mm F2.8 lens. I'll be testing it out next week when I rent a bike for a day in California. I'll post the outcome of that ride afterwards.