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.
These are the trails that shoot off the harrisburg greenbelt. Some very challenging riding in an urban location. Some really great stuff.
A few photos from a scouting ride I did in Michaux for a route that I'm taking my son's Boy Scout troop on. Coming up this weekend. Hope the kids are prepared and have fun!
I had the opportunity to jump on a team for this years race. We were a 4 person team... 2 rookies who've ridden for years but little racing and 2 experts who seem to live on their bikes. It was a pleasure to get to know Amy and Vaugh. They were great people willing to share, help and just have a good time! Follow their adventures on facebook!
As usual, I brought the camera along and snapped a few shots while recovering and preparing for my lap and I've put up a few galleries.
And as I was digging around I found some additional images to share.
Can't wait for the next #IIOGRELAY!
I had the opportunity to meet up with last years Harrisburg edition of the nationwide Thanksgiving holiday bicycle race called Cranksgiving and I wasn't about to miss this years event. Cranksgiving is an event where you get a manifest with instructions and shopping list of food needed at the Central PA Food Bank and a list of stores you have to visit. You are given the "ready, set go..." and you are off to collect the goods. At the end, you had in your sheet, receipts and food items for the food bank. Along the way, you joke and harass your fellow "competitors", entertain odd looks from a bunch of people in bicycle gear racing through stores and trying to bribe the cashiers to not accept "Bill's Payment".
We had a slightly larger group this year and the bulk of the pack stuck together and made it more fun in stores with a single cashier and a line of a half-dozen cyclists trying to buy a can or two of canned yams.
Weather for this event in recent years has been seasonally pleasant. It's always a hit or miss for this time of year, but the sun seems to shine down on us. This year added a stop at Pedal Pusher bicycle shop to collect a sticker.
If you want to shave a few minutes off your time and you can't come up with a suitable shortcut, you can always purchase a turkey along the way to knock 10 minutes off your time. Savvy competitors are smart to make this the last store and make it the stop that within the last mile of the end. Carrying a 25lb turkey a short distance proves to be a challenge. My cowrker Dave and I showed up at the food bank first this year each struggling back with our single turkey a piece. The unicycling Power Ranger was the only person to make it back a head of us, but as he only had a single wheel, we allowed him an amended route.
The next person in was our friend "Bang" from a local "adventure runner club" with just a short while behind us... but thoroughly showed us up by producing 3 turkeys from her multiple backpacks. Way to go! The next "team" that flowed into the finish was AA, Deathwish and Curtis.... They had stashed a wagon at the last grocery store and proceeded to load it up with about 9 turkeys that they dived up to give their one guy a finishing time of 30min and the overall victory. Well played gentlemen!
The day was very rewarding. We got to help out a good cause and donate some food for families in need and have an absolute blast doing it. To quote Cathy Pardionton, one of the event helpers, "About 20 people rode 15 miles, visited six stores, collected 882 pounds of food(442pounds turkey) for the central PA food bank....and that is Cranksgiving!"
Hope you can decide to join us next year! The more the merrier.
The Cranksgiving bicycle race was incredible. Competitive, fun, joking around and for a good cause: all the ingredients to make you feel good about the day. We had a blast and can't wait to do more of these event!
Enjoy the GoPro footage!
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.
As riding season is JUST around the corner, I have been reviewing some cycle photos I'd taken last fall. It was reading a blog this evening about a blogger who went to the Ephrata "first Sunday" ride today. Brrr. Seems people are really hardcore. Great to see that!
These are my shots I captured last all on a "guys say out"... Me, my boys, and my Dad (and friends). That was a fun day. More to come this year I'm sure.
It seems a little odd to be talking about New Years Resolutions in March but this one is starting to take root. Yeah, I committed to losing weight and getting healthier... Like everybody else. And I'm actually making progress with those. The other resolution I planned on was spending as much of 2012 on two wheels as I can. Over this winter, my mechanic (Dad) hooked me up. He installed a set of saddlebags on my 1978 Gold Wing and I'm not ready for some touring rides. (below)
To keep with the resolution, I've ridden to work a few times already. Hard to believe... Riding to work in February. Pretty cool.
A little ride from a RCST ride this past fall. Yes... I know there is a smudge on the screen. I need to get a new housing since I have a big scuff on it right where the center of the lens would be. (unless someone knows of a good way to fix it....)
IMBA credited these trails with the "Epic" status for 2011. Read more about this great riding area here.
Stopped by the RCST club today to help them replace the bridges washed away by Hurricane Irene. Luckily, there was quite a team that was on hand to help with this task. It really makes you appreciate all the hard work that people put into these great trails so that we can ride them!
Thanks everyone that does what they do!
I love all sorts of cycling photography. It’s such a simple, elegant machine. One guy that inspires me is Cycleangelo (great moniker!... what else would you call a cycling artist?) He has a great site and a couple really cool series of images he’s worked on over the years. I’ve always loved his “bike portrait” series. http://cycleangelo.cc/tagged/pron . (anyone know how he gets some of these bikes to seemingly stand on their own? Photoshop? Magic?)
This series inspired me to capture a similar portrait of my new ride (profile, drive side, captured in the location where it’s ridden.) I realize it’s far from a fixie (3x10) but hopefully Cycleangelo would approve ;-)
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 ;-)
Today was the day I'd been hoping for for a few weeks now. Bicycle Commuting Season officially opened today. The weather was nice. Actually it was downright warm this evening. The ride to work was a little interesting, I broke a spoke on a fast descent. The wheel wasn't TOO bad out of true to ride it. It did slow my pace to make sure it was stable though. A quick stop at the bike shop on the way home for a spoke and trued wheel fixed it all up though. (see missing spoke pictured above)
This also makes me feel smile that it's going to be outdoor photo session time. The trees still have the winter bare limbs and the grass isn't quite as green as my saturation slider makes it look... but we are getting there.
It was also a good day to do some scouting with the LX-5 today on the ride for an editorial shoot I want to do showcasing Harrisburg. I think I'm going to be focusing on Riverfront park for my project because it falls in line with my fitness interests of late. It's an attractive location (just not yet... still wintery looking.)
I'm also testing my Eye-Fi card in my LX-5 and I'm waiting for the announced "direct mode" feature they announced at CES. This would have let me port these images from my LX-5 direct to my iPhone while on the trail without needing a WiFi hotspot and then I could have social shared them right away.
For the photo above, I had a little fun with the processing. I took the LX-5 RAW file into Lightroom and did some basic exposure adjustments and a "little" creative settings. Nothing major. Then I ported those JPGs back into my iPhone and used the app Diptic for the layout (cool little app for multi-panel images). That image was then imported into Instagram for some final finesse and sharing to my flickr feed, facebook wall and twitter. It's a fun little experiment to see what all you can do with iPhone apps when you are using a little better source material then my iPhone 3G camera.
Let me know what you think. Drop me a comment.
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.
Quick pre-ride photo before today's mtn bike ride.
When talking to people about inspiration and creativity in the many interviews we've heard on the LightSource Podcast from www.studiolighting.net, one thing continues to pop up: "Shoot what you love."
Recently, I've started bicycle commuting to work. I know... "why don't you wait till the hottest part of the year to start that, dummy!" It was only misserable the first ride, now that I have a few weeks under the belt it's much easier AND more fun. As usual, my internet surfing has shifted to cycling and bike commuting. I also browsed a little bit on Flickr in the bicycling group and stumbled on some great sites: Cycloangelo's tumblr micro-blog documenting fixies in NYC, Bike commuting, peopleforbikes.org to name a few.
One that really captured my attention and instantly was added to my Google Reader feed was www.gnatlikes.com. Gnat works for Salsa Bicycles by day and is a serious photography hobbyist. His blog blends his interest in cycling and photography really well and it's gotten me meditating on that original thought a little more. So, armed with my point & shoot camera I took a few shots on my commute the other evening.
I learned a few things:
- Shooting while riding is hard
- Gnat takes really great pics from the saddle
- Compact P&S camera... not a DSLR
- Pick your place you are shooting... don't do it in traffic!
I hope to drag a camera along on the group ride Thursday evening and we'll see what I snap then... as well as the Sunday mountain bike ride in York (any locals wanna join me?)
One of the reasons I ride to work... Glad I'm not there!
Chasing down some fellow commuter who doesn't even know he's in a race.
Ok.. well, it wasn't a full on boot camp assignment shot. I did it before I technically knew about the assignment. So, I'll be reshooting another idea I have in mind, but I thought I'd share these pics in the meantime and it can be a comparison after "trying" to do something a little more creative.