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  1. 8 hours ago, lazyeye said:

    Is that a Laguna Seca decal I spy?


    It is! I did a trackday there on the 7th - when it had about 500 miles on it. You've never felt terror like turn 1 on that baby - but the brakes are really good.


    2 hours ago, Lorne said:

    Aha, a different angle atop Monitor Pass almost had me fooled.


    But I am curious about the bungee cord on the saddlebag. Are the latches unreliable, or are they for extra gear on the seat?


    Based on my features, you'd think I live at Monitor haha


    They're a safeguard - careful observers will note that I once had a black set of V35s on the 7th. The left latch broke after a tipover, I fixed it (I thought), and the bag eventually fell off and was hit by a Volvo (not joking). Both the latches on my [used] silver set seemed suspect - so on went the bungees. And eventually off went the bike!

    The Road

    On 1/21/2017 at 3:06 PM, Lorne said:

    What a lovely view of Monitor Pass, one of my favourites in the Sierra Nevadas. It's about 20 miles from the jct with Cal-4 and US-395, about the same as Cal-1, the Pacific Coast Hwy, from the coast to Leggett. Of course, Monitor Pass's open sweepers are in total contrast with the nasty tight curves on that stretch of PCH.


    Agreed. I would actually count this section of CA89 as one of my favorite roads on earth. Scenic, never crowded, great (and clean) pavement, and long enough to get tired but not actually crash. I've literally ridden it 20 times in one day.

    Milky Way

    13 hours ago, Cogswell said:

    Everyone should see the Milky Way on a night like that.  Truly humbling to see how small we are in the universe.  Love that photo.  If you might indulge a few other questions  - for the 30 second exposure, do you carry a tripod on the bike and if not, how do steady the camera?  Also, with an f2.8, how do you get depth of field to keep the subject and the stars both in focus?  


    Please keep these coming!   Cheers


    Yeah I carry a tripod - a lightweight (but full size) one with a ball head. Anything longer than about 1/10 sec. requires it, especially on a non-IS lens like this one (Rokinon 14mm).  


    As far as DoF and focus, I set focus on the front fender reflector while I shine a flashlight on it (10x zoomed on live-view to make sure it's perfect). The super wide angle of the 14mm plus the long exposure time help get some additional depth - though if you look closely the stars and sky are pretty muddy. Clarity and sharpening in Lightroom prop them up a bit.


    I have a couple more from this same trip that I'll post when I get around to doing the ride report. Glad everyone's enjoying this one!

    Milky Way

    7 hours ago, dude said:

    That is spectacular !! Not photochopped? Wow 


    No sir. Edited in Lightroom yeah, but a single exposure with my headlamp to light the foreground. No tricks.


    3 hours ago, Belfry said:

    Bike looks familiar--galaxy too, think I've been there.  :biggrin:  Nice shot.  HDR?  Long exposure?


    Thanks. 30 second exposure, yes. 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400. Super, super dark night on Big Sur at new moon. Zero natural foreground light.

    Milky Way

    14 hours ago, Dutchy said:

    That is just stunning.....



    I recall lying on my back in the Thar desert, seeing the milky way.....  

    Wish I had your camera (and skills) then (back in the 90's) With today's printing technology.....


    Thanks Dutchy. Just like with motorbikes it's "what a time to be alive..."

  2. Was seeing faint spots in the sky and thought my screen was dirty but realized you captured the stars. Interesting exposure, with the stars and clouds. Surprised how much light you picked up with the scenery and dosent look grainy. That is one straight road!

    Three quarter moon helped me out! 30 seconds at f/4, ISO 500 kept the noise down. Didn't really know what I was going for when I shot it, but the result is good!



    Not too sure about the rack but those wheels are the bomb with that black paint. Nice job.

    bayarearider gets all the kudos - his work. Agreed on the rack - when the wheels go for re-coat the rack is going black.



    Makes me yearn for the open road. Definitely some amazing shots there, clouds are crazy in this shot. Do you have a 6th gen now?

    Yes sir. bayarearider and I did a straight-across swap.

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