Sunday, December 24, 2017

Few More Days Then Back to the Bike !!!

Ran out of bike motivation after getting this new editing program. What the heck? Have to take some time off the bike now and then. So for now, took a trip to Vegas with family and took the camera along.

Thursday thru Saturday. Freezing cold for us SoCal folk. High winds added to the chill factor and being 45 degrees, I was still able to talk Gina into posing for a few pics without her coat on ha ha!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Too Busy Learning How to Edit

So been off the bike because I got a new editing program called Lightroom 6. I guess it's the latest top dog in pro editing software. So I have been busy taking pics and experimenting with the photos.

The big thing now is taking pics in RAW format (CR2 files). They come out of the camera looking ugly but they are big so it allows for more detailed editing. Lightroom really is pretty cool for editing colors and details.

Who knows, maybe will a little more practice I can start my own little business shooting event pics etc.

A few below have the RAW file included as well for comparison. Click on the images to really see the difference. Pretty cool!

                    Of course I had to take some pics on GMR like any devoted cyclist would ha ha!


RAW file


Raw file

Edited, I really like this one!

Boring RAW file!

Edited. I thought this was cool. A big tree hanging over the edge by the roots alone. I'm surprised it hasn't fallen yet but it made for a cool pic.

Ugly RAW file.

Edited colors and highlights in dark spots.

Dark ugly RAW file

Just a couple in RAW converted to more colorful JPEG files in Lightroom. Not so sure the RAW does any more than JPEG when it comes to close up profile pics. Guess I'll find out with a bit more experience.

                         Top of Archibald. Stupid cars won't stop moving for the picture! :-P

Wow, some new images, pretty cool this Lightroom program.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Me, Then Mike, Then Ron & Dixie

45 miles at 17.4 average speed today. I did the first 12 or so alone because left his shoes at home ha ha! He had to drive back home, get them then meet me on the trail somewhere. Around Kraemer after I hit Weir Cyn alone. I did run into Alex at Yorba Park and had a 20 minute chat thinking Mike might show up there, close.

Then we ran into Ron and Dixie at the coast. Had a little chat then headed back together. I was kind of worried after 2 Thanksgiving celebrations, 2 days, 2 separate dinners. First was a 14 pound turkey, ham, and all the fixings, desserts for just Gina, her Mom and me! Then another complete dinner, actually bigger on Friday, another complete dinner! Probably a good thing I got to do the first section alone, in case I had to throw up or something ha ha!

Mike looked strong but Ron & Dixie really kicked up so I was hoping my turkey wouldn't hold me back today. Thank goodness I was able to hold on, then even took a turn at the front after we settled in. Mike did a pretty good pull on the way back too! He was looking pretty strong but I told him to let me at the front for a while. Figure I could hold a slightly lower steady pace so all could recover. Yeah, so they could punish me again ha ha!

I have to say, WOW, some people are ass hats. I was at the front heading south when we rolled by some lady, yes I know who she is, real ass hat and has been for years. I remember one time years ago she told me that I looked like I was a really good descender because I was heavy but that she bet I was not a very good climber. Luckily a month or so after that I had a chance to ride with her on a forum ride on GMR to the village. Yeah, it was nice kicking the crap out of her on the climb ha ha!

Also on Ride Around the Bear too ha ha! Yeah, good descender lady but I kicked your ass on major climbs too he he he!

Anyway, Mike was on my wheel when we passed her. Politely went around as usual, shout out and my bell. I've been told that I am too polite at times, per The Legend Greg.

We go around, so I thought, I glance back with my peripheral and see a different color jersey. Not Mike! I look back and it't the lady. I guess Mike was going around when she cut him off and shouted, "I'M HERE!".  Mike was somewhat upset so he backed off. Later we stopped at Edna Park for a short break. Forgot to mention we caught this lady from a mile behind.

At the park she asks how far we are riding, 45 or so. She starts talking saying she doesn't want to brag but she has done like 80 double centuries. I was able to be pleasant though I knew she was an ass hat from long ago but Mike had a hard time being polite  ha ha! I listened to her ramble on about herself but didn't remind her how I knew her and our past encounters. Let her think she is something special ha ha!

We let her head out so that she had a good head start. As soon as we got on the trail, Mike said if we catch her again, she might interfere. Heck, Mike took the front like a man on a mission so I knew he wanted to pass her again. Few miles later there she is! He moves over and tells me to pass her ha ha! We were close to the 405 underpass downhill so I slowed the pace and said we ought to pass her on the little steep climb/ramp at the end of the section. Heck, we tried to slow down but at this point, she was not rolling well at all. So we just stepped on it to make sure she couldn't latch back on ha ha!

She upset Mike bumping him off then even more boasting about her accomplishments at the park. I'm a double century rider blah blah blah, I did this and that blah blah blah! In her own words today, "it ain't bragging if it really happened!".

So, yeah, I can see that! You said some stuff you shouldn't have then I kicked your ass. You acted like hot stuff today then we kicked your ass again! Hey, it ain't bragging if it really happened right? Ha ha ha!

So anyway, turns out she's just as much an ass hat today as she was 10 years ago! :-P

Jose R going off road trying to make his way thru the homeless section. :-P

Look at the rocks on Dixie's legs! :-O

I used to think Ron carried Dixie on the tandem but now I'm having to rethink that!

Just kidding Ron! Nice pace out there today!

Then the trash on the trail, Aye! No words to even describe it anymore. They cleaned out Fountain Valley but seems they all moved to Anaheim!


                      Just a few pics I took last night, practice. Upland gazebo and the Claremont train depot,                                                              no flash night photography.