Europe - 9 Countries in 10 Days (From England to the Alps and Back)

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Krime, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    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. :D

    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. :thumb
  2. Thijs_B

    Thijs_B Keeps on dreaming

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    Great trip and RR!

    The alps are high on my to-do list, and this RR only strengthens my resolve to go there! And although I'm not a very big fan of HDR, you created a unique look in your photographs which works extremely well :thumbup

    I also have a contour camera (the GPS), and I know that besides eating batteries they can fill up memory cards rather fast. How many gigs of raw video did you create on this trip, seeing all that footage :eek1

    Keep it up!
  3. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos not listening

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    Ten out of ten. A really enjoyable road trip. Thanks for going to the trouble. Have to make a huge effort myself now and get back to those alpine passes. your photos and videos really captured them. Bravo.
    And it was the Arcade Fire that was bugging me. I knew I knew the voice...
  4. henryporter

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    Wonderful Krime. Thanks for all the information. All I can presently give back is the advice to buy a pair of Playtex Gloves (the dishwashing kind). I was on a trip around Lake Superior and weather was cool and rainy, of course gloves were wet, we had to get off the road in Wawa due to being so miserable. At the general store, I was looking for anything, and spent $3 Cdn for the Playtex, it turned into a perfect $3 fix for a $200 problem. I put on my dry spare gloves, my bright blue Playtexes (XL I believe) over them and weather no longer mattered. I still use those same Playtex gloves (they hold up) and are an essential part of my rain gear set up.

    Thanks for the photography and details. Impressed you stuck with a single lens. As I looked at your photos over the course of your trip I was thinking the manipulations bring you close to what you experienced. I did a lot of photography, even taught it at the college level, you can manipulate exposures in the darkroom to get the proper image for what you actually experienced, even in color I would shoot Kodacrome and print in Cibacrome. I did not know about HDR before now. I almost always bracket with the thought of going to Photoshop to combine images, I suspect Photomatrix will simplify that a bit. I'm hoping my digitals appearance's will improve, I have been terribly frustrated with the either/or lighting with a digital.

    Finally your encounter with Ron ("oldbloke.." I'm getting pretty close to his age) convinced me NOT to change bikes. I'm riding a modern Bonneville (still its old school carb'd), I'll stick with that classic for touring and will not go with an FJR or ST which I'd been thinking about. That Bonne had character new and has even more now. The cost of the rental seems quite reasonable to me. Yeah, that gas cost thing...

    I'm sorry this trip is over for you, all of us really. Thanks for sharing. If you see a black and red Bonneville out there give a wave.
  5. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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    thanks bud!

    Not sure if its been asked n answered but what camera were you using for the HDR shots?

    cheers

    Shane
  6. JJay51

    JJay51 Adventurer

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    Excellent report, thanks for sharing, makes me more excited for my up and coming trip in July, showed the wife and she's got me changing route to take in Wolfach :D
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    if you're in the area check out Gasthof Linde
    great food & Klaus is into bikes! he'll draw you a map of some of the best roads if you want.

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    :thumb
  8. JJay51

    JJay51 Adventurer

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    Thanks but our route is pretty much sorted for the main part, we used http://www.louis.de/index.php?topic=tourentipp_deutschland

    And plan on doing Tour 5 :) with an extension down to Switzerland :D
  9. travelintoNY

    travelintoNY Globe Trekker

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    Absolutely fabulous trip and pics!! Thanks for sharing :) :clap :clap
  10. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Thanks for sharing this report of your and I have enjoyed each riding day you reported. If you can remember? How many miles did you do in the whole trip? Thanks!
  11. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Great report and images! :thumb
  12. vaio

    vaio Alexander

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    Great travelogue, a great trip. Keep it up!
  13. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    I used my 16gb card up by day 6 or so, bought another 8gb in Germany, and maxed that out on the last day, so I bought another 8gb in England. In total I'd say around 28gb in raw footage. Unfortunately there was much wasted footage as I'd forget to turn off the recording while stopping to take pictures. It definitely took some time to edit through all the videos!

    Thanks for the kind words and the plastic glove tip, very handy and will be sure to use down the road! One of those things you feel stupid for not thinking of while on the trip.

    In terms of your bike, absolutely... if Ron can do it on a 100+ year old bike, that Bonneville should be a breeze. ;)

    Thanks for the kind words, enjoy the ride!

    Hey Shane, I used a Nikon D90 with a standard 18-55mm kit lens for all of the HDR shots.

    Glad to hear! Wolfach was a nice stop. A really small beautiful town.

    My pleasure - we did just over 2,000 miles in total.
  14. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    It's been awhile I know! Just wrapped up learning an animation program and put together a short 1 min clip on the trip for those interested. It's been added to the original post on page 1. The countdown to our next adventure through the Alps starting on Sept 5th begins... stay tuned!
  15. DC Chad

    DC Chad Been here awhile

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    That is brilliant :clap. Looking forward to your next one:1drink
  16. Anand7

    Anand7 Enfusiast

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    This is really inspiring...and educating! I love the "being there" quality to your ride reports (I arrived here from the 2013 one).
  17. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    Thank you! Nice to see you've enjoyed them both, even in the reverse order. :D
  18. mr_magicfingers

    mr_magicfingers Adventurer

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    Fantastic ride report, thanks very much.