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Personal growth is hard when you leave no room (time) for it.

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Rode up to Index to get photos for selling my Ninja 1000SX. It was super cold and I almost gave up when I got to Monroe, but after some hot coffee and putting on my warm winter gloves, it was more or less fine. (Album (10 photos), 6 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle #mywork


. @clover and I stopped in Snohomish while running errands to get food, explore some shops, and get ethanol-free gas from the Snohomish Co-op. (8 photos attached here, 17 photos in the album)

While editing this, I discovered that the yellowish-white light filtering through the shades in the window adjacent to my monitor was messing with my color perception, even though I blocked out the lower half of the window as best I could. I ordered some blackout curtains to take care of it once and for all, but they won't be here for a while. :( In the meantime, I can only edit photos at night, after my eyes have been tired out from the day, so I won't be able to make much progress for now. #photography #photog #photo #photos

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Went on a little spin over Snoqualmie Pass, through Yakima Canyon, and back over Chinook Pass on the way to SoSo Cycles in "Tacoma" (really Fife). Riding my #Triumph Bonneville with the aftermarket scrambler bars really hammered home how awkward the bars were, so I wanted to talk to someone familiar with cafe racers and so on. Mark at the shop gave me some great suggestions and sent me on my way. (Album) #motorcycle #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork

I was worried that Chinook Pass might be closed, and the lack of traffic heading east as I headed west didn't help. Thankfully, it ended up being open and not too busy.

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

You have a few more weeks, usually, before Chinook closes. I suspect it might've been a little chilly, though. 😃


Some photos from when @clover and I went to the Washington State (Puyallup) Fair. #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork (Album)
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Some of my best raw edits yet, but I'm still not super happy about the colors. :(
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Played around with a colorimeter app and found that my left monitor (the one I do photos on) was a bit yellow, so I turned up the blue on it a tiny bit. #photography #photog
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Debating whether to give up on raw #photo editing. It just takes so much time and is always disheartening. :( #photography #photog
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Maybe I should limit my raw #photo editing to photos where the camera's built-in JPEG results aren't good enough, like when something is heavily backlit. #photography #photog
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

That seems like a reasonable compromise. I find I don't *do* anything with so many of my photos because my post-processing workflow is so cumbersome.
in reply to Jesse

I never realized how commonplace this was. I've been in the same rut for months!
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Oh yah! If someone actually forces me to get a photo to them, I'll usually do a few bang-for-the-buck changes like choose a better camera profile (Canon's Camera Faithful Landscape is so much better than I realized) and futz the exposure, crop and get it to them. I find if I try to micromanage the image too much it looks worse and worse to me.
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raw is difficult, unless you are trying to practice/modify a workflow the cost is high.

The best photos are the ones you view.

DSLRs and phones are so good now it really raised the bar for basic photo capture.


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For some reason, I have a much easier time doing the white balance aspect of raw #photo editing when I enter a trance state, stop thinking with my "logic brain", and defocus my eyes. I can see the inflection points the white balance better this way. 0_0 #photography #photog
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While the results are the some of my best yet, I really do understand why artists end up hating their work. x.x #photography #photog #photo


I made a discovery while doing #photo editing today: the red from having the color temperature adjustment's set too high registers with my eyes more than the yellow does. If I lower the color temperature until the weird red tint goes away, the result is better than trying to focus on the yellows. #darktable #photography #photog


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Testing out the white balance calibration feature of my #camera. Some of the images still seem kind of cold, though. #photography #photog #photos #photo (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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Seems to me "ok" - white balance is something one photog's mind has memorize and in post dev correct the wb of the camera.

Besides mostly all cameras set the wb correctly. But sometimes not. So we correct it to what we think it was.
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Yeah. Cameras are pretty good at automatic white balance, but there are still times when the camera fails to lock onto a good reference and produces strange results. Using a reference card should take care of that.


. @clover and I had a nice little outing at the beach, despite the water from the saturated sand soaking through our towels while we sat. (Album, 8 photos) #photography #photos #photo #photog #mywork

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Finally convinced @clover to ride with me after not having done so in what feels like years. I did a reprisal of a recent ride, albeit with a couple of added detours and without a stop in Coupeville or at Deception Pass. The weather was touch-and-go in places, but I feel like we had a good time. (And I'm sure the heated jacket helped her!) (Whidbey Island (2024-04-01), Album (51 photos), 9 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle #mywork

(I've been riding nearly every weekend in March, but I've been spending time refining my photo editing skills.)

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Looks like you had a great time. I have too started going out my dear, we are still learning. Riding with passenger feels different.
Take care, have fun!

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My original plan for this ride was to have @clover along for it, but she wasn't feeling well and wanted to rest at home instead. I didn't feel like doing anything big since I hadn't made a backup plan, so I did a basic ride around south Puget Sound instead. (Kitsap Loop (2023-03-25), Album (12 photos), 6 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle #mywork

(I've been riding nearly every weekend in March, but I've been spending time refining my photo editing skills.)

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The allure of Eastern Washington became too much, so I headed over there via Snoqualmie Pass (the least likely route for snow). Rather than sticking to the Interstate, I also checked out the old highway (US 10) east of Cle Elum, which was exactly the kind of riding I look for. Only when I hit Moses Lake did I turn back, after exploring the mid-century downtown. (Moses Lake (2023-03-18), Album (85 photos), 15 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle #mywork

My #Triumph was plenty powerful enough to handle the nearly 100 MPH traffic speeds on I-90 in Eastern Washington, but the wind buffeting made me miss my Ninja.

(I've been riding nearly every weekend in March, but I've been spending time refining my photo editing skills.)

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. @clover and I visited Granite Falls today. I had low expectations of the falls based on discussions with friends, but we both thought the falls were pretty darn cool! Sadly, she had cold-like symptoms for much of the day, which devolved into COVID-like symptoms after we got home. (More photos to come later.) #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork
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This one turned out pretty well. Can't wait to apply what I've learned to the rest!


Did my usual daily loop for the first time since last weekend, but I was definitely not over my cold yet. It wasn't the best time. :( (1, 2, 3, 4) #cycling #bicycle #seabikes #photography #photog #photos #photo #mywork
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Today's ride was much more enjoyable now that I don't feel like I'm not getting any air.
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Yep, I saw that while I was out, too.

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With the memories of snow and cold in the mountains, I decided to ride up Whidbey Island instead. This also gave me the opportunity to check out the part of Deception Pass State Park that I'd missed during the wedding, as well as Kayak Point Regional Park. (Whidbey Island (2023-03-11), Album (74 photos), 17 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle

(I've been riding nearly every weekend in March, but I've been spending time refining my photo editing skills. These are some of the earliest photos from my practice.)

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. @clover and I went to West Seattle this morning for breakfast at the Luna Park Cafe and doughnuts from Dough Joy to bring home. (Album (9 photos, 4 photos attached)) #photography #photog #photos #photo #diner
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I've eaten at Luna several times, a while back, and quite liked it.

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My second attempt to visit Mineral went significantly better, though it was super quiet since it's mostly geared towards folks enjoying the adjacent lake. (Mineral II (2023-02-11), Album (35 photos), 12 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle

And on the way back, I was passed by a huge pack of sportbike riders who had zero chill.


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I wanted to finally check out the town of Mineral in Lewis County, and the roads seemed fine everywhere, but they ended up getting snowier the further up in elevation I went. By the time I hit the last road to get to the town, it was covered in slush and I went down maybe 100 feet after turning onto said road. (Blog Post, Album (7 photos), 7 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle

A local helped me get the bike up on the slick surface and I headed straight home after. Mineral will have to wait until the weather warms up a bit.

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you know this but ..... that type of tyre/tread is not great for those conditions is it :-(

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Had a fun time visiting North Bend with @clover last weekend (Album (29 photos, 11 photos attached)) #photography #photog #photos #photo





We also visited a "lifestyle center" between home and there earlier that day.

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I tried riding right after the big #Seattle #snow event at the beginning of December, but I didn't have suitable tires for what I ran into! (Original) #wasnow #cycling #bicycle #seabikes #photography #photog #photo

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I'd been on the lookout for a #Honda CRF450RL for a few weeks, and when I saw this used one that came with all kinds of mods and accessories for not much more than a new one despite only having 600 miles, I put a deposit on it. The next week, I rode my Bonneville down to Olympia to see it in person before outright buying it.

A few days later, my dad and I drove down in his SUV so we could bring it back on the car's rear rack, since the weather was going to be nasty for the foreseeable future. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) #motorcycle #photography #photog #photos #photo

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Had to stop for a couple photos here while on my ride this morning. (Sorry about the NDS.) #cycling #bicycle #seabikes #Seattle #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork (1, 2)

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Ran into an MFG Cyclocross event at Woodland Park while out on a ride on Sunday. Now I'm curious about trying #cyclocross out for myself! #cycling #bicycle #seabikes #Seattle #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

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I’ve done a handful. I’d describe the experience as a time trial with distractions 😝


Came across this bombed-out car in the upper Woodland Park parking lot near the dog park. Felt very #Seattle to me. #photography #photog #photo #mywork (Original)





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Cranked down the saturation in the Flickr photos since posting this.

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Mirrorless suggests a late model camera. Set it to shoot 5-shot exposure brackets as a default. In post, simply discard shots like that above and select 3 (even 2) best of remainder to blend as HDR (an easy process). As a bonus, you will most often find one of the bracket shots that needs no further processing, you will miss very few field shots and you will more rapidly learn what works and why. Rinse and repeat until you become comfortable enough to confidently dial-in optimal settings that don't need this 'scattergun' approach.
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Hey, that's pretty cool! It looks like my camera does support bracketing, so I'll check that out.
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

That is a very well-regarded camera, Neil. Hope my approach leads to you enjoying your time with it, more. As a further refinement, use it in program (P) mode so you only need to dial an exposure setting (which will then shift the whole 'bracket' lighter or darker). The less 'futzing' time, the more 'capture' time etc. There is a UK guy on Flickr called Neil Howard who shoots with the same camera if you want to see what it can do.

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I hadn't originally intended to check out Mount Rainier National Park on this ride, but when the Goat Rocks fire blocked my original route plan, I siezed the opportunity to do so. (see the blog post for details) and we were able to rush back to the ferry terminal and get home not too late. (Blog Post, Album (110 photos), 19 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle #mywork
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Thanks for keeping a random buffer around and pasting it when I didn't intend to, Vim.




Still making progress on exposure. I have a new flow that seems to be working better than the way I was doing it before. (Old photo is the one that's too bright, new photo is darker.) #photography #photog #photo #photos @dieter_wilhelm
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Good to know. Progress is usually slow but rewarding....


@clover and I went on a day trip to go see the recently opened Beverly Bridge on the Palouse to Cascades Trail. She wasn't too impressed with it, but both its classic design and what it symbolized for #cycling in Washington inspired me. (Album (62 photos), 12 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #mywork

While I've gotten a decent handle on white balance, I'm still working on getting a good overall exposure. Photos in my past albums were far too bright, so I'm working on finding a good level.



Thinking I might finally take the plunge and buy a higher quality monitor for # editing, since the ones I have are pretty cheap. Will look into calibrating whatever I get, too. # # @dieter_wilhelm
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Would be a good idea. Have an Eizo monitor (budget friendly) and is a very good brand. But check the market before purchasing...


Went on a trip to Aberdeen with @clover last month. The ride to the city was enjoyable, but when we got to our motel, the rear tire was flat due to a shiny new nail in it. For the duration of our stay, we hoofed it, which really hammered home the poor state of the city. It was pretty cool to see the tiny park dedicated to Kurt Cobain, though.

Thankfully, it was all resolved by midday the followinng day (see the blog post for details) and we were able to rush back to the ferry terminal and get home not too late. (Blog Post, Album (102 photos), 20 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle

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I thought I'd checked out most of the interesting roads in the northern Cascades, but then realized that I hadn't gone to the end of the Mount Baker Highway! The road featured both breathtaking sights and hair-raising hairpins, making it popular with both motorcyclists and bicyclists alike. (Blog Post, Album (129 photos), 17 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle

I realize the color temperature on many of these is way too high, but I was still figuring that out when I was editing these a few weeks back. Please bear with me.

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