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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. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - Republic P47

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    The "jug".
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    Below is pic of the approach to Monroe Bridge that I took (about the same day) back in 2018 that was run through AI this weekend.

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    Another View Of Monroe Bridge: The log says this photo's never been posted but I am not sure. It is on from back in 2016 and has been run through AI.

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    As Bridges Go: As bridges go, I really like this RR bridge up in Rutland, VT.

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    The sky was washing out so I replaced it with something close to sky/clouds that day.
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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - At The Bridge: As previously stated, there are not a lot of places where you can cross the Deerfield River to get to the Hoosac Tunnel. When up in the northern part of the state, the best place to cross is at Monroe (a.k.a Monroe Bridge). The following pics were taken at the bridge.

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    I crossed the bridge and got off for a quick look around.

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    This is Depot Street, as it was the road that led across the bridge to the train depot.

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    Instead of a depot, there's a tube and kayak loading point and platform for those who want to "run" the river.

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    The bridge is at coordinates 42.722265, -72.938903. More to follow as I get pics converted.
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    First Of June Photo: Being currently cloudy today, I dug back through the files for a scenic and sunny June 1 ride photo.

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    Looking to ride later today, though
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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - FW 190

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    The Sky's The Limit: Well, not really but we're now up in the sky with the drone. I went to a local baseball field to learn how to fly it this morning and got things pretty well figured out. Now I just need practice, taking care not to exceed my or the drone's limits. After lunch, I set up in the driveway and flew around the yard and house taking some photos along the way.

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    Although superb for amateur cinematographers taking selfies of themselves and others on the move, I plan to use it as an aerial camera taking photos from above. I did fly it up above the driveway and take the following shot across the road. The higher up I went, the windier it got so I didn't go up far.

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    The drone is pretty adept at landing on its own carrying case. Just fly it to where it's 8 ft. or so above the case, press the land button and watch it come down and land on the case autonomously. Push button takeoff and landing coupled with autonomous obstacle avoidance makes it easier to focus on photography rather than drone flying. I found the controller very easy to use and was reasonably comfortable with it after 2 or 3 flights. More on my experiences to follow; however, I'll not be doing any type of review of the drone. There's already enough of that on YouTube.
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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - Past The Bridge: Once over the Deerfield River at Monroe, it was up depot street to connect with River Road, which runs along north side of the river all the way to the tunnel. First, though was a stop in Monroe to look at what I think was an old school house that's being refurbished at a snails pace.

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    Once that pic was taken, I made a left turn onto River Road to enjoy the ride west.

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    Just down the hill, the road follows a man-made canal, whose purpose is unknown to me. Perhaps it had something to do with the tunnel or now-gone Yankee power plant. Something else to find out.

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    River road runs along and below the canal for a ways.

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    More to follow when I get them converted from RAW.
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    John; since you like old mills perhaps you will like this
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    Train Fix Pics Of Someone Fixing The Train: With reference to the above pic, my last visit to the station saw someone working on the Porter out in the parking lot. I never did see any one but there was stuff coming out of the cab..

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    I do believe someone was working in there. Anyway, it was a good excuse to take another picture of the old steamer.
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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - Into The Hoosac: Once through Monroe, we headed west on River Road into the Hoosac range.

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    These area all pics taken on River Road.

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    The Deerfield River is to the left of the road and only visible in spots

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    We're in the range now.

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    More to follow when I get them converted from RAW.
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    Camera Mostly Figured Out? I think I may have the new pocket camera sorted out. I took a number of road pics today and they don't show signs of the motion blurring like I had before. Example below was shot while I was going about 55 mph on an approach into town.

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    Impressively clear photo for moving at speed. :clap

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    John, what I found was that AUTO mode would blur while P (Program Auto) would not for seemingly the same mode function settings. Don't know the reason why yet but it is what it is. Weird. It seems like the number things I need to figure out increases exponentially each month.
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    One More For The Road: One more pic taken while going about 60 down a less-than-stellar bit of bitumen - a less smooth portion of Shelburne Falls Road.

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    I had to really slow it down around the next curve.
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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - Into Florida: The Hoosac tunnel is in Florida, MA, which is just west of Monroe. The following four pics were taken as we were riding on River Road in Florida.

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    Some nice riding along here.

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    There is a picturesque homestead along river not too far from the tunnel

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    The house below, which has been fixed up over the years I've ridden by, looks to be currently uninhabited.

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    Last set of pics to follow.
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    Train Fix Pics: What could be more enjoyable to a railfan than being tableside to a minty-fresh GP?

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    Some really nice contrasting colors there! :thumb
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    Thank you, @chethro! Sometimes the objects in your picture really stand out against everything else. I guess the NECR engines would be an example. Your kind comment reminded me of the importance of color contrasts in photos and I thank you for that. Many of my pics have too much green in them, which is something I need to correct. Again, thanks!