VIA MEDITERRA - The journey around the Med with an HP2

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by kimangao, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Coots

    Coots That's what she said

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    Don't cut out the history, it adds so much character to your story.
    Love the report, thanks for sharing with us.
  2. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Been here awhile

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    Ditto.
    Everything about this report is brilliant!
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  3. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Oh yes, I answer this with pleasure.
    I've been asked this several times and there is a simple issue (before we get to the more complicated one) that may already be the answer. From this trip I've brought home about 25.000 good (in my eyes) pictures. I delete the bad ones on the spot. I don't know how long it would take to process 25.000 pictures in Photoshop but if I would do that I would feel my lifetime melting away :lol3

    Ok, now the bit more complicated one (which is not really complicated):

    Since slides and photolabs are mostly a thing of the past, we with our cameras have become the labs ourselves. I always shoot in RAW. To minimize the work I use a standard setting on my cameras that works for about 90% of my shots. This is "daylight", "landscape", sharpness 70%, contrast +1. All other settings including color saturation remain untouched.

    So far most pics are as they come out of the camera.

    What the RAW format does not respect is a nicely filled histogramm, meaning the darks and the lights usually don't meet the ends of the spectrum. Shifting especially the darks to the end of the x-axis of the histogram increases the quality. This is where the saturation is influenced through the backdoor :wink:

    All this can be done in the DPP software that comes with at least every Canon DSLR (don't know about the IXUS-series).

    For the web pics have to be converted into jpgs and that requires a little sharpening in the end. That's it.

    Did that answer your question?

    Cheers

    Dirk
  4. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Ah, and to not miss a thing:
    This one is "artificially" HDR. So originally there's only one picture but I made 3 out of that one to expand the contrast range. Was a try. Most of the time I don't like HDR's too much.


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    Cheers

    Dirk
  5. GSGIRL

    GSGIRL Neither here nor there

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    That's funny. For most of us, your pics & ride report makes our day!

    Cheers from Down Under this week :)
  6. moto rrad

    moto rrad ADV n00b

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    Truly amazing pictures. You seem to capture the moment very well. Breathtaking vivid colours and scenes! I'm able to get the odd lucky shot with my canon 350d - but they generally don't come out looking anything remotely like yours!

    Following along intently - I have similar aspirations of a round-the-med trip. Thanks for sharing :clap:clap
  7. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Dirk, thanks so much! Yes, you totally answered my question. 25,000 shots? Wow! :eek1 Eagerly awaiting more of this inspiring story. And I like your thoughts regarding what you see - for example, the stark contrast between rich and poor, the architectural (and hence to some degree, cultural) similarities between seemingly disparate countries and societies. These, along with the photos, are the elements of your report that have grabbed my attention. Thanks so much for letting us "ride" along with you!

    P.S. thanks to you I finally looked up "honi soit..." after seeing it for years and years w/o understanding....:D and the thing is that you used it in the perfect context! Fantastic.
  8. ac72

    ac72 Adventurer

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    Amen to that. The starburst filter for today.
  9. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Damned....
    just realised the date of today....

    Have one for us, mate ! (Especially the draught, I reckon)
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    Raoul's just back with something :D
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  10. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    You were asking for it :D

    This is what kktos had on the day I picked up the white HP2.
    kktos: It was brain, wasn't it, mon ami?

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    I think it's a kind of wisdom not to eat everything just because it fits in your mouth :lol3. Brain ... but maybe I would have enriched my ... naa!

    Cheers

    Dirk
  11. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Of course I will :D
    But for now just packing things. Leaving on sunday ... for a little bit of this:


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    But that's gonna be another story.

    A bientôt

    Dirk
  12. Goran69

    Goran69 MNE

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    Awesome journey Dirk....even from Tunisia and motoradekaravane I knew that you have an amazing eye for photography..this time is even better..I cant wait for Montenegro part...I am sorry only that I was not able to take you for a two days around Montenegro...
  13. panFiluta

    panFiluta Adventurer

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    Incredible photos - I've been to similar parts of Europe this year (sadly not the rest...:() and my pics don't even come close to yours.

    Subscribed!
  14. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Hi Goran,
    we'll do that next time. I have a nice idea for a trip next year that will take me to and through Montenegro. Looking forward meeting you then! :freaky

    Cheers

    Dirk
  15. x-box

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    Hi Dirk (is a good name by the way - my brother's name also, and also a ADV biker!)

    Traveling with you is fantastic - I get to see and experience places that I would realistically never see myself. I love the history and the stories - it speaks to me and I wish I was there. Pure and simple fantastic!!!

    Thanks for your effort to write these reports and I wish you safe travels.

    Of course the book (and hopefully DVD) will grace my table soon.

    Best wishes

    Louis
  16. klous-1

    klous-1 Man on a bike

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    Dirk! I remember this one....and still have very fond memories of (still) one of the nicest people I've met on my trip!

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  17. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Hi mate, great to see you here! My memories are also very vivid. From the first moment (is that a local rider?) till the veranda breakfast (what's that sausage?) :lol3
    Where are you now? Still RTW? Still on the little Yam?
    Read you soon.

    Cheers

    Dirk
  18. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    There are reasons for sticky and this is it.
    Super pics and ride!
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  19. Blind Mule

    Blind Mule Adventurer

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    I'm In!!!
  20. Asianrider

    Asianrider Been here awhile

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    Man, I love your pictures - this one not so much. They're much better without HDR, I'm glad you're sparing us. Can't wait to get more of this, keep it coming. :clap

    Laurent