Central Asia - Pure Photos (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Thanks ... glad you like them ... but I still have a lot to improve. A professional photographer friend recently viewed the pics and said I should try for more exaggerated depth of field, even with scenery shots, to get more of a 3D feel. I also need to be more creative with composition, but thats hard when you are shooting from the bike ... you always get that "head high" viewpoint. The only way around that is to get off the bike and spend a lot more time.

    I am almost always on P (program) or A (aperture) setting, and in daylight typically shoot anywhere from -0.3 to -1.3 on the exposure.

    I love amazing scenery and shoot to bring out the most interesting aspects of it, but I have much to learn to maximise "wow factor".

    The question is when does a man find time to devote to improving photography?



  2. timk519

    timk519 Long timer

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    For "P" or "A" mode shots, a lot of those pics are incredible. Did you use a polarizer at all?

    Whenever you have the camera out. :D

    Go back over the really good pics and see what settings the camera chose when it took the shot. Take the observations you make from that and play with the "M" mode some time and see what comes out. "M" mode is great particularly when it's darker out and you take control from the camera.
  3. tserts

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    Probably the next time the locals change your tire... :rofl

    I can't believe you had no tire levers with you... :huh
  4. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Yes I typically used a circular polariser when it was sunny and a 2 stop graduated ND filter when it was cloudy

    I typically do my manual playing about in "A" (aperture priority) mode. To do it full manual mode is much more time consuming when the two things I am worried about most are the aperture and the exposure, and they are easy to control and adjust in A mode. I guess I would get quicker at using full manual given enough time and practice, but I find on the road, you are never free from compromising judgements. You still have to decide if you want to focus more on getting to destination X today, or taking more time with the shots.

    When its darker I will often take the exposure down -2.0 or sometimes even more to get the right atmosphere. The limitations of the camera are definately down there in lower light and high ISO situations. I am already dreaming of a D700 :evil :wink:

    I will go back and have a look at some of my favorite shots (I have about 15 or so that I really like) and look at the settings used ... a bit of reflection and analysis, like you say, is a smart thing to do.

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  5. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    like I said, until that point, I had never had a flat in my life ... so packing tyre levers wasnt a priority - fuses were more a priority at that point. If your bike has never dropped a valve in its life, you arent going to carry them as spares. I thought about bringing them and at the last minute scrubbed them ... cut the weight out I thought ... you'll probably never use them!

    After this cherry popping experience, I had some good levers shipped out from the chaps at Adventure-Spec.
  6. Psycho Monkey

    Psycho Monkey Been here awhile

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    You already know we love your photos and story so I won't bore you with that again... How about the book and DVD. Stopped by your website and it says that they will be available in a couple months. Did you write that a couple of months ago and they are available now? Or is that current? Come on... I want to give you some money!
  7. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road Supporter

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    Absolutely gorgeous! Nice to see some green again. Those mountains you shared with us earlier are stunning to look at, but too barren for my taste. Better to be in the land of growing things....

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  8. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I was marooned in Ridder for the weekend and met on the street a couple of young folks ... who after a brief chat invited me to stay with them.

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  9. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Sasha and Zhenya were my hosts. I noticed the population in Ridder looked young and fit, and it turns out it is the base city for the Kazakh Olympic team.

    Sasha (Alexander Trifonov) the guy who looked more like an Aussie sufer than a Kazakh biathlete was in January selected for the Vancouver Olympics.

    So I hope to see him do well in the Biathlon!

    Here is a shocking mugshot of Sasha, (on the link) and a better pic of him and his girlfriend Zhenya

    http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-biathlon/athletes/alexandr-trifonov_ath1000567AV.html

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  10. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I thought they had that "I've been polarized" look. :D

    Oh - I thought "A" was automatic. Glad to read you're doing Aperture priority. :wink:

    I hear you - which is why practicing scoping the shots out and getting them nailed down faster lets you do both (get the shot _and_ to destination X) at the same time.

    You're already doing "M" by proxy with these exposure adjustments - if your camera's like my 50D, it's got an exposure meter somewhere in the viewfinder, so if your camera can do the "A" and "T" adjustments on two separate external controls like I have with my 50D, then you're most of the way there of being "Fast enough" w/manual mode.

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    I think your two Nordic competitor friends from Ridder are doing all they can at their respective events. I do not think , with the awesome level of competition, that they will 'metal" but they are giving it all from what little we get to see of them in their respective races.

    Thanks to you ,your pics and story, at least those of us who are into both bikes and nordic skiing at least know where they call home, THANKS!!

    gale
  13. Colebatch

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    Hoping April - May - June-ish :lurk
  14. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Crossed into Russia ... I had a date with Tony, to meet up here and then we would head across to Tuva ... but first I had to get to the village of Petropavlovskoye, where we would meet.

    Lush Russian farmland awaited me;

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    There are two parts to the Russian Altai ... there is the Altai Territory, which is predominantly Russian and farmland, and then there is the Altai Republic, which is predominantly "Altai" and mountains.

    This was all still Altai Krai (Territory)

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    The "Altai" are a people similar to the Tuvans and the Kazakhs - somewhere in between ... a turkic speaking culture with a nomadic culture.

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    Now we were in the Altai Republic. Along the main highway here there are a lot of Russians, but get away from the main road and nearly everyone is Altai.

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    I met up with Tony, and almost straight away, he takes a tumble and gets himself all muddy.

    Same thing happened with Terry in Siberia ... I must be bad luck as a riding companion!.

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  20. scootlew

    scootlew Been here awhile

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    Amazing photos! Keep them coming!