I can't tell you how cool my weekend ride in Utah was (but hopefully my photos can!)

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  1. bwhip

    bwhip Every ride a gift

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    Thanks very much, all! Really glad to hear you like the photos, that always makes me happy. :D

    I took a bunch of pictures on a trip through much of the area (and more) in April of 2013, and posted a story and photos on my blog (before I knew about this great forum). You might enjoy those too! Epic Southern Utah Tour 2013
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  2. psmcd

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    And nice payoff. Thanks for the photos and inspiration. Bet you wouldn't take a thousand dollars for one of those days.
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  3. dirtdiver

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    Wow, great pictures. Did you use HDR processing? I want to use HDR myself but I can't get the shake out of the the pictures even with a tripod.

    DD
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  4. Jenn

    Jenn praise seitan!

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    Absolutely stunning photos! I want to go THERE!

    I usually go to Oregon in the first week of July, but I'm going in September for a weeklong bicycle tour... so... what's Utah like in July? Too hot? Ok? Got a map?
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  5. bwhip

    bwhip Every ride a gift

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    Thanks very much! Definitely a ride to remember. I can't wait to get back there. The ultimate combination of amazing scenery and fun riding terrain.

    I keep the DSLR in the tank bag along with an extra lens. It's not that much of a pain in the butt to access it, but enough so that it had better be a good shot if I'm going to stop, unplug from heater cable (when using it), take off gloves, pull off the helmet, open up the bag, dig out the camera, etc. For that reason I keep the S100 in my jacket pocket, or use the iPhone with an HDR app (usually ProHDR) for shots suited for an HDR process, when it's a quickie shot that I'm not 100% certain about. Sometimes I use the S100 or iPhone when I've parked in a vulnerable location and I have to work quickly before a semi hits me or the police come and write me up. :D

    With the DSLR, I usually shoot in RAW format to retain as much data in the image as possible. Usually in aperture priority mode or manual. As you can see in the photos, sometimes I was trying to get maximum depth of field with the bike and background clearly in focus, and other times capturing either the bike or terrain in focus, with the other blurred for a particular effect. Usually I'm shooting in evaluative metering mode, but sometimes spot metering if backlit or some other weird condition.

    Most of the post work is done with Lightroom. Occasionally I'll use PS6, or Nik plugins like Viveza. In LR I'll generally confirm the white balance (using something black or gray like tail bag to set the WB), do some minor cropping, and then adjust sliders a bit to get the right amount of "pop" in the image. I try not to tweak the colors too much. For dramatic skies like these I'll sometimes use a gradient filter for the skies, maybe darkening exposure a bit, adding a bit of saturation and clarity. Some images look nice with a vignette to draw the eye more to the main subject, others not as much.

    I didn't have to do too much to these images. That terrain, and the skies that weekend were so spectacular, it made my job as a photographer pretty easy!
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  6. bwhip

    bwhip Every ride a gift

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    :D When I bought this bike back in early 2011, one of the main reasons was so that it could take me places where I could take cool photos. It's been even more fun over the 14,000+ miles than I ever dreamed!

    There were some minimal HDR effects added in post processing on a few of them, but the only ones that used actual HDR were a few I took with an HDR app in the iPhone (ProHDR - which is awesome!).

    Probably quite hot there that time of year, but doable. Just pack lots of water because there can be a long distance between gas stations. I highly recommend the Butler maps for finding the best motorcycle roads. It's been a great resource for me. http://www.butlermaps.com/Motorcycle-Road-Maps/
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  7. fuggy

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    Great photos, love the sky blue colors and clouds mixed in.:clap
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  8. ncmedic

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    Agreed !! This is by far my favorite, sounds like an awesome ride! Thanks for sharing.
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  9. ADVRidnFool

    ADVRidnFool n00b

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    That's an awesome shot! All your pics are great! What camera/lens combo were you using? Keep riding and keep the shiny side up!
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  10. bwhip

    bwhip Every ride a gift

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    Thanks very much. A few of the shots were with my iPhone 5S or pocket Canon S100, but most were with the Canon 5D Mark III with 16-35mm f/2.8, or 85mm f/1.8.
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  11. Sawatch

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    Great ride report. These are the kind of posts that make me wish I owned a nice touring bike.
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  12. pkbinder

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    Great report and photos, but does that damn Italian super-model need to be in every shot?
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  13. Travism

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    Thanks for taking the time for such a detailed reply!
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  14. Mastery

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    Enjoyed the photos, thanks for sharing.
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  15. grizzzly

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    cool RR
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  16. KHVol

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    Terrific pics and ride report, many thanks.
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  17. LiamH91

    LiamH91 Been here awhile

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    Awesome photos! Can't wait to get over to Utah myself :D
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  18. strom thingie

    strom thingie Lost and Proud!

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    Great pics. Utah is now on the list!
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  19. bhb

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    Great shots. Many photos of my own in almost same locations. :clap
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  20. Bugtuth

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    Utah is on my list!
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