Me on the wet V
Very rainy day today. It didn't stop me from riding into work though.
In the spirit of the other Bike shots AND SP Friday, here's an SP of me on (well near) the bike.
It is still wet from the ride home (it had been sitting for about an hour in the garage when I shot this).
Red Barn Background
I enlisted my daughter who wasn't involved in an activity this evening for some photo work. We were at my son's soccer practice and the sun had just set. There is a red barn that is used for a youth retreat beside the soccer fields that is a great place for a portrait. While were were taking photos a lady came around and checked us out. Turns out she runs the youth program there. We got a personal tour of the whole thing. It's right around the corner from our house and we've never been in. We must be too busy...
This might be it for the bike theme, both from a logistical and practical standpoint. We are done with School Open Houses for now. We are left with just the frantic running around for various children activities. I am also running out of parts on the bike to shoot.
I'm hoping to get a shot that I should have taken two mornings ago. I won't go into it and jinx myself.
Is what I feel right now.
However, I did manage to locate and purchase a can of the Dupont Teflon Multi Lube Spray at a Lowes in Epping, NH. Mapquest said it would take me 26 minutes to get to that Lowe's from work. I was able to go there, find & purchase the spray, fill up with gas, and return with a couple of minutes to spare on my lunch hour. This bike can move. . .
It's just water. While topping off the coolant, I ran some water over the top of the coolant tank by mistake. I was using a really cool funnel with a long stem and a twist on/off for the flow. The coolant reservoir is inside the fairing and it was a bit dark. I didn't miss with the coolant (which I did first). Of the two (water/coolant) I'd prefer I spill the water.
I am sticking with the same split toning as the other two 'cycle shots. These will flow nicely together in a V-Strom gallery at some point.
Combining my two favorites for today (Photography and Motorcycles).
After another long day of cleaning the garage (well worth it though), I am kicking back and reading about some maintenance tips and decide that taking a picture of my chain would make for an interesting theme. I started with a simple "lay the flash on the ground" and "hand hold the 17-55 with IS on" attempt. When I was Post Processing, I realized I needed the flash to come in from the top to better expose the chain. After I'd pulled out the flash stand, the Macro Lens, and the monopod, I'd realized that this was much more than a quick shot.
I'm glad I put the extra effort into this. In keeping with the shot from the 16th, I copied the split-toning treatment to add a slight blue in the shadows. Lightroom makes this part easy.
One thing I wasn't expecting was how cruddy the chain and sprocket is. I've been reading about a lube from Dupont that is supposed to leave less residue and keep the chain much cleaner. I think I will be cleaning up the chain and giving this Dupont Teflon Chain Lube
stuff a try.
My day (well most of it) was spent attacking our garage (and traveling to The Home Depot for supplies). I got our kayaks off the floor (hanging on the walls now). I also got a lot of our crap off the floor and off of some old rickety wooden shelves (Well, one shelf - wasted space). It looks like I have one more trip to The Home Depot to install another set of shelves (4 - 6' shelves).
It is amazing to look in our garage and almost see where we could move around in it. I might even be able to park a car in there too (well, one motorcycle has to go first though).
Second High School football game of the season (second home game too). This game went much better. The Marshwood Hawks (us) beat the Sanford Redskins 25 to 20 tonight.
I am there to see my daughter in the Marching band and am getting into the football games.
The Marching Band heads North tomorrow for their first competition.
Last week was rainy so I didn't bring any camera gear. We've had some great fall weather this week, nary a raindrop in sight. It was, however, very cold. Cold is a relative term in New England. Cold is defined as anything that is 10 degrees cooler than the previous few days. Right now mid 40's is cold. In two or three months, we could only dream of a mid 40's heat wave. . .
I am pretty impressed with ISO 1600 shot from the stands (with a monopod).
A shot of the knee of my new riding pants (Odyssey Ranger 2). I just got back from the closest dealer of this riding clothing, a nice 60+ mile ride out in the warm[ish] sun and 45 back at dusk/evening, a tad bit cooler. . .
The motorcycle thing is certainly taking precedence over the photography thing so I am blending the two...
Here's a common sight in our household (and I am sure for years to come).
Moving subjects are NOT easy to shoot with a lensbabies lens.
A shot of my front discs on my V-Strom.
A bit of a Strobist shot as I had the flash lower camera left.
I'm doing a MaD too (Motorcycle a Day) at least until it snows ;-)
This is a pretty fun bike. Much lighter than my Beemer, very peppy.
(And, yes, I did add a little color in the shadows)
My 40D asked my Epson Scanner for a favor. Here's an SP of the 40D, taken with an Epson Stylus Photo RX580.