bicycle

2018 Harrisburg Bicycle Club: Searsucker and Lace Bike Ride

Well, normally I see the photos of this event after I can't make it. This year I was fortunate enough to get a few hour heads up that it was going on. So I loaded up the car and the camera and spent another afternoon on the bicycle touring the murals of harrisburg with the harrisburg bicycle club.

Mudhook Pint Night Ride

Mudhook Brewing and Gung-Ho bicycles hosts a pint night ride in York. It's a fun social/conversational pace. It's not long... a 13ish mile ride that starts after work and meanders side streets down into York for a beer and food stop at Mudhook Brewing. They pick up the first pint and chill and enjoy company and good food and beer.

With full bellies, we head back out to the parking garage and ride to the top for sunset. After the photo opps, we spiral back down and up through the city to the north extension of the rail trail and then back through neighborhoods with blinkie tail lights and headlights blazing the way home.

During good weather, rides are every other week on Wednesday. Contact Gung-Ho or visit the Gung-Ho Community on facebook for details of upcoming rides.

Uploaded by Ed Hidden on 2016-06-01.

GoPro: Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails [Family Bike Ride]

While we prepare for our family's Boy Scout troop ride coming up, we have been riding much more. So, we headed out on a little tour of the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails starting in Colebrook and riding through Gretna and back. As usually, we ran the GoPro cameras again. These are a few snaps from the photo mode segment. I'll put together a video from the various rides in a little.

Transient
Transient
Transient

GoPro 3 Black Edition Exposure Concerns

Maybe I need to spend more time in the menu system of my GoPro 3. I haven't used it a lot lately and it's been a bit of a "point and pray" camera. I've gotten some images I really like from it... But not without some post processing. While I'm ok with that, I'd love to get the overall images "out of camera" a little better.

I realize that the shooting conditions I'm in are a bit tough to get a good shot when you have a camera on manual and time to analyze and "figure out the shot" so I guess a camera attached to the bar grabbing a shot every 2 or 5 seconds (forget where I set it) isn't really doing all that bad of a job. Most shots are a bit under exposed while under tree cover.

Anybody else experience this with the GoPro 3 while getting started with it?

(Small inset photos are RAW and the larger zoom is post processed.)

**** Update ****

I found a few articles and tested this out a little bit with my GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. Timelapse capture settings of .5 sec and 1 sec will calculate exposure on the first frame and then lock exposure. Capture settings of 2 sec and longer will auto expose each frame. I could be wrong, but I haven't seen this documented anywhere then forums.

Transient

GoPro: Photo Mode.

Playing more and more with the GoPro, this time in photo mode. It's a little limiting... but still fun. Lighting is the big issue I'm finding right now. In heavily wooded shots, you'll see below that it leaves the shutter open a long time. It can be cool, but you'll get a lot of 'throw away' shots if the terrain is rough... which it is for mountain biking.

I am contemplating a 3D housing and not link the two cameras together, just set one on photo and the other on video. That would be interesting. Anyone try that one?

Anyway, on to the images. That's probably why you are here anyway.

"I'll miss ya, Old Blue"


I was out riding the mountain bikes with friends and I tossed the LX-5 in the CamelBak figuring I might capture some cool shots at Rattling Creek Single Trackers amazing trail network up in Weiser State Forest in South Central PA. The ride did not turn out so well. I started off with a nasty "ting" sound and finally diagnosed a busted frame. Sadly, it was terminal. I'll miss that old bike.

I did manage to capture a few shots in one of the tougher boulder fields though. I hope that GnatLikes.com enjoys one of the bikes featured here ;-)

 

 

 

LX-5 With Off Camera Flash

I was playing around with the new portable camera and I'm really loving having something portable with me at all times. Playing is fun. I got the idea to stick my Radio Poppers on the hot shoe and see what it can do and I learned something really interesting that bears more testing. I started cranking down the shutter speed and I learned that the flash was syncing with the exposure. The power was dropping, but I need to try boosting the flash output. But, I'm finding... that because the LX-5 lacks a physical shutter (much like the micro 4/3rds cameras like the GF-1) that you don't get the half exposed image. Looking forward to playing more with this effect in more situations, but if anyone has experience with this or if I'm completely off base, drop me a comment.

In the meantime, here's a playing around pic.