Silverton Colorado Motorcycle Ride

Motorcycle Ride Silverton

In August, my BMW 800 GS Adventure and I got to know each other quite well. After 4 days of off-road riding through some rather grueling terrain in Silverton and Telluride Colorado, my body and my bike were banged up pretty good. But oh man, was it fun! About 40 of us met up in the southwestern rocky mountains as part of the Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders (RMAR). We set up camp in Silverton, from which we staged our rides. Since the group consisted of beginners who had never ridden…
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Taping Windows During a Hurricane

Some homeowners apply masking or duct tape to their windows in preparation for a hurricane. The fact is, tape will do nothing to help preserve your windows or protect your home. There are far better things to spend your time on when preparing for a hurricane. Unlike older windows made of plate glass, modern safety windows are much safer with respect to shattering into sharp pieces. They are also much stronger. Most windows are coated in clear acrylic or plastic that holds the pieces together should the window get struck…
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Night Photography Using Moonlight

night photography under the moon

I came across a bunch of really nice night photographs the other day that a few people had taken using the light of the moon. At first I was skeptical that the pictures I was looking at were real, in that they seemed like they were heavily modified. The foreground was exposed as if it were daylight, yet I could still see stars in a blue sky at night. My first inclination was the sky was photoshopped, and the rest of the photo was a normal daytime exposure. I just…
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How To Take Pictures of Fireworks

how to take pictures of fireworks

Much like lightning, taking pictures of fireworks is actually not that hard. Since fireworks are on display at night, you can leave the shutter open for as long as you like. The explosion and light show acts as a giant flash bulb, exposing the shot. All one has to do is set the camera for a longer than normal exposure time, point it at the firework show, and within a couple seconds they should have a pretty nice photograph. Of course, there is a little more to it. For example,…
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Motorcycle Smartphone Mount – RAM Mount X-Grip

smartphone mount RAM Mount X-Grip

I needed a smartphone mount for my motorcycle for a couple reasons. Carrying a cell phone in my pocket while riding was quite inconvenient. Especially since I use it as an MP3 player so I can listen to music. Changing playlists and adjusting the volume without first pulling over was pretty much impossible, or if I did try, it was not safe to say the least. And since I also use my smartphone as a GPS device (like most other people), I needed to mount it somewhere so I could…
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Canon EOS 6D Review: What an Upgrade!

Canon 6d digital camera

Last Christmas (after I made sure all the kids and wife got their toys), I bought myself a new Canon EOS 6D to replace my aging Canon Rebel xTI. It was really start to show signs of old age. It was suffering from dead pixels and at only 8 megapixels, it’s image size had been surpassed by most smartphones. I wanted to make the jump to full-frame photography for a couple reasons. The first being, the photo-sensors are bigger (more on that later), and second, all my lenses are EF…
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Photographing Stars and the Milky Way

Windmill at the Milky Way

Photographing the stars or the Milky Way at night isn’t all that difficult. However, unlike most other areas of photography, whether it be landscapes or portraits, the equipment makes all the difference in the world, and it can get pricey. The reason being, there isn’t a whole light to work with, so you need to bring in as much of it as possible. You accomplish this in two ways. The first being the camera body. A digital camera’s sensor is comprised of millions of tiny photo-sensors, which gather light and…
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