Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    I can relate.:lol3
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  2. popscycle

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    Being Thrown Out Serendipity: The good thing about getting tossed out of that crap hotel by some mousy manager was that I ended up out in the street that night. Figuring that was an opportunity to take some pictures we managed to get some shot before getting too tired. This is one of those night shots - the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre.

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    I just finished restoring this photo, for the last time (using AI).
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  3. popscycle

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    A Winter Scene: I didn't have to ride far to get this pic. It was taken this morning at a stream that is just several houses down my road.

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  4. popscycle

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    MBTA Redux: One one my favorite train photos, run though an AI editor to improve color, contrast and focus of the train and sky.

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  5. popscycle

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    Oh, Deer. There's More:

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    Tonight we had up to 7 but it was too dark to get a good picture.
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  6. popscycle

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    A Field Of Memories: It was just a simple view. Taken in the fields below a castle overlooking a river. It was from here where we learned that reality can extend way beyond the limits of our perception and understanding. It was a temporary home base away from home and one where we had a lifetime of experiences crammed in to a short time. It was a tranquil place in a crazy world where things were not what they seemed.

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    If this seems somewhat enigmatic, that's because it was. What isn't was my desire at the time to ride a motorcycle through these fields and vineyards down to the river below. Motorcycles were not part of the agenda but they should have been.
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    So, there resides the origins of your profound signature. Brilliant!
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  8. MadRider777

    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    It's looking like they didn't deside who must pass first :-)
    I think, (never) will be a perfect scenario :ilmostro
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  9. popscycle

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    Restored - Two Views Of A Famous Gate: Located at coordinates 52.516292, 13.377945, The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin has been at the epicenter of conflict since Napoleon's triumphal procession through it following his victory in the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt. Being the conqueror he was, Napoleon took the quadriga (4 horse chariot) statuary atop the gate back to Paris. Next up was Hitler, who used the gate for purposes of political imagery. Following Germany's defeat, it was the Russian's turn at the gatge, which survived the bombing. Presidents, Kennedy and Reagan used the gate as speech backdrops. Several decades later, I had the opportunity to see gate from the Allied, British sector of Berlin. This is what it looked like then.

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    On the same day, I got to see the gate from communist Russian side of the gate. Technically, the area was called East Berlin but had been the Russian sector of the city. East Germany was the puppet of and controlled by Russia.

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    Communist/Russian controlled East Berlin was not a happy place. That part of the city was drab, dull, relatively lifeless and devoid of energy or enterprise. We called it "the dead zone." Below is a video history of the gate for those who might be interested.

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  10. popscycle

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    A Warm Day At The Pond: Rounding the bend on February, I am beginning to think about scenes like below. It is a welcome sight for snow-weary eyes.

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  11. popscycle

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    More Pictures Of Spring & Summer: The town common.

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    Take your folding chair, some libation, a good book and stop here to relax and read in the shade.
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    Addenda & Errata: Below is a train-related photo I don't think I'd posted yet. The picture was one in a series taken some time back as I was riding home from the Berkshires and found this shunted off into the weeds. Anyway, I converted and ran it through AI to improve the quality.

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    The photo was taken at coordinates 42.578543, -72.492046. It is fun to run across things like that. The junk is no longer sitting on the track there.
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    Stupid Woodpeckers Are Feeding The Deer Again: Woodpeckers spill a lot of bird seed onto the ground when they keep pecking at the feed in the openings. All of this spilled seed, in turn, attracts the deer, which come out of the woods in back to feed.

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    At least deer don't tear up the feeders like bears sometime do and they give me some good wildlife pictures. They generally come in even number groups; 2, 4, 6 or 8 with odd ones sent packing.
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    Refurbishing The Inn: I spent some time yesterday refurbishing the winter photo I had taken of the Wayside Inn made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Located at coordinates 42.357011, -71.469150, the structure dates back to 1716.

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    I converted the original from RAW once again and ran the jpg output through some AI filters. Although the result is now quite true to life (when it was taken), the overall effect is almost like a postcard, probably due to the sharpness of the image. I plan to turn the image into an art work.
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  15. JRowland

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    It sure is worthy!
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    Art work already John. Nice.
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  17. The Opa

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    what Dave said
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  18. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Thank you both for the kind words and encouragement!
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    Refurbishing Picture Of Old Steam Engines Needing Refurbishing: I worked on this picture yesterday of two old steam engines in great need of restoration by re-converting from RAW and running through AI.

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    Taken some years back, sat view shows they've been moved. The two engines were located at coordinates 41.407099, -75.669193.
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    The Redhead Is Back: Happy days are here again. Max brought the bike back around noon today.

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    Can't wait to try out those new-to-me Anakee Adv tires.