SAMBA is a community minded local Mountain Biking Associations that can be found here in Central Pennsylvania. Responsible for maintaining over 65 miles of trails surrounding Harrisburg Pennsylvania.
We got together for a ride and some lifestyle photos for promoting the club. Some of the photos were used on brochures. Some were used on kiosks.
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!
While accepting a photo challenge to submit more istockphoto images and generally to boost my creativity and inspiration, I found some photos that I hadn’t really done much with and decided I should give them a little work and submit them. So these are now in the pipeline and soon to be available for download.
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.
Little video post from some old SAMBA group ride footage. Fun group to ride with. Good people. Good trails. Good times.
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.
This probably won't be the final edit for this clip. I rushed to post it for a friend of mine. Mountain Biking in Rocky Ridge in York PA.
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 ;-)
I was playing around with some of the new iPad apps I've recently installed. This was done with 100 cameras in 1. Trey Ratcliff did a great job with this app (from stuckincustoms.com, you know, the HDR expert.)
I like the curves of the new lid, they make some really interesting lines for photography. Maybe I won't look like such a dork in my cycling self-portrait photography now. lol. Very least, I'll be safer.
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.