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Notes from PhotoPLUS

Nov 13, 2012 View Comments by

Just before Tropical Supermegastorm Sandy crashed into New Jersey, the annual PhotoPLUS expo was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. All the big players—Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc.—come to this event to show off their latest and greatest wares to photographers and photo enthusiasts. It’s a big event, as big as the […]

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Maps Gone Wild

Sep 27, 2012 View Comments by

So the iPhone 5 was recently released and the fan boys and fan girls have been camping out again, waiting for their chance at acquiring the latest and greatest from Cupertino. By most reports, the new iPhone is another leap forward—bigger screen yet smaller overall, faster CPU and faster network, yet even better battery life, […]

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Contour ROAM Video Samples

Aug 14, 2012 View Comments by

I recently took the Contour ROAM to the beautiful American desert Southwest and Rocky Mountains. I like the easy mounting and the simple controls. Starting a video is as easy as sliding the record switch. In good light and with solid support the picture quality is quite nice. Here are some samples from the Lake […]

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At the 2012 Polaris/Victory Dealer Show

Aug 01, 2012 View Comments by

I’m here at the Palazzo in Las Vegas attending the Polaris Dealer Show before heading up to Sturgis with Victory. I spent some time at the Victory booth talking about what’s coming up in 2013: Logo Victory has refreshed and simplified their logo. Gone are the artistic flourishes that gave the old logo a vintage […]

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The Perfect Motorcycle Touring Camera?

Jul 31, 2012 View Comments by

Sony has recently released upon the world the Cyber-shot RX100, and all other cameras are cowering in the corner muttering, “We are not worthy. We are not worthy.” Ok, that’s a bit much, but David Pogue from the New York Times went so far as to call it “The best pocket camera ever made.” And if […]

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Sometimes Photos Aren’t Enough

Jul 25, 2012 View Comments by

Sometimes you stumble upon something special on the road, like when I was recently in Quebec and bumped into a music festival in the small town of Tadoussac. A handful of musicians were gathered on the boardwalk by the bay entertaining festival goers as the sun set. I snapped a number of photos with my […]

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Ride On

Jul 20, 2012 View Comments by

It’s a wet Saturday morning in Maggie Valley. It’s July but it feels like early May. The clouds are low, shrouding the surrounding hills and dumping thick, fat raindrops on the grass, gravel, road, and helmets and hats and umbrellas of all assembled. As the drops land, they make a percussive sound that seems to […]

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Tale of the Tank

Jul 03, 2012 View Comments by

I’m topping off the tank just south of Watertown, NY. It’s 280 miles to my house. All week long the dash of the 2012 BMW R 1200 RT has been reporting 42.1 mpg. I ask myself, “Self, it’s awfully hot out. You break out in a sweat whenever you stop. Can you make it home […]

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How Long Does it Take to Break Down a Campsite?

Jun 26, 2012 View Comments by

On last fall’s trip to the Pennsylvania Wilds, I timed how long it took to break down my campsite. After several days of doing it, I got pretty fast – it took one minute and eleven seconds! Watch: Ok, I lied. It took much longer than that. My DSLR (Pentax K-5) has a time-lapse mode, […]

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This is How I Roll

Jun 19, 2012 View Comments by

I’m getting ready to leave for my next assignment – a trip up to the Canadian province of Quebec with a 2012 BMW R 1200 RT. What cameras and lenses to bring is always part of the puzzle. The BMW’s got a pair of decent-sized panniers, but I don’t consider that an invitation to pack […]

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No Farkle, No Cry

May 30, 2012 View Comments by

Are you waiting for the stars to align and searching for just the right farkle for a big adventure? Well, you’re probably the exact opposite of Jamie Robinson, who flew into New York City, bought a $200 motorcycle, and then set a course for California… The webpage of his epic adventure is as barebones and […]

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Two Wheels Good – Motorcycle Support of Bicycle Races

May 25, 2012 View Comments by

Motorcycles play an important role in bicycle racing, carrying spare wheels, taking photographers into the heart of the action, and providing real time race information and traffic control. There are usually cars on the course as well, but motorcycles are particularly suited to staying close to the cyclists and weaving their way to where they […]

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Building a Digital MotoLibrary

May 15, 2012 View Comments by

When I first started writing motorcycle stories 10 years ago, one of the first things I did was seek out examples of the genre so I could inspect and dissect how the best of the best told their tales. I sought the opinions of fellow riders for recommended books and then trawled local bookstores and […]

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In the Digital Rider Lab: POV Cameras

May 08, 2012 View Comments by

We are currently testing out a pair of POV cameras – the Contour ROAM and DriftHD. Both are small, able to mount on a helmet or on the bike, are waterproof, and shoot HD 1080p video. We’ll be putting them through their paces this summer, taking them on stories and other adventures. In the meantime, we’d like […]

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Field Tested – Apple iPad 2

Apr 16, 2012 View Comments by

I recently took my Apple iPad 2 on its first roadtrip into the Pennsylvania Wilds, replacing the HP netbook that I had used for emails, web surfing, trip notes, GPS map holder, and picture holder. How’d it do? Email Getter: B The built in email app is very nice and works with most common email […]

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