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GH1&2 hit the road

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by John M Flores, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    I'm currently in Minnesota en route to my first motorcycle story with Panasonic cameras. Destination - the byways and backroads of Kansas in search of barbecue.

    Previously, I've shot with a Nikon D70, Pentax K20d, Pentax K-x, as well a Ricoh GX-100 and Canon G10. For this trip I've got the 2 GHs as well as the 14-140, 100-300, and 20 1.7. In the M43 world this is a big kit, but I've carried more on my back, literally, with APS-c. With APS-c, I usually tried to manage weight with 1 body plus 1 P&S or 2 bodies plus pancake primes. I'll have a Harley on this trip, so the bag can rest on the pillon seat.

    I'm looking forward to playing with the 100-300, and getting the most out of the 14-140. The 20 is for low light, of course. The theme for this trip is barbecue, so expect a lot of foodie shots!

    I'll try to post from the road. If not, I'll share my thoughts when I return.

    Wish me luck - Kansas City here I come!

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  2. Y-V-E-S

    Y-V-E-S Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 20, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    Yves Gajardo
    Have an awesome adventure! I wanna see BBQ!!
     
  3. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
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  4. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    Oh! I thought you travelled on a motorcycle, as a motorcyclist,
    it ends up your a biker, on a bike :biggrin:

    Don't show your :43: in Sturgis : it may appear as a wimps' camera.

    Don't post it on Twitter either : you're not a congressman. Are you ?
     
  5. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    LOL, on this trip I am a biker. My motto is "two wheels good". Doesn't matter - it's better than a cage.

    At photo rallies (if they existed), would drunken bearded men yell at women photographers, "show us you TIFFs!"???
     
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  6. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
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    My day in a single photo by john m flores, on Flickr

    Kansas is big and broad and more picturesque than I had imagined. And not entirely flat. The land undulates softly, like giant ocean waves. It's hard to capture in a photo. At times I wish that I had a wide angle (my widest is the 14 end of the 14-140), but even then the subtle features of the landscape would be pushed back in the frame. It does not help that it's 94 degrees and I'm in full gear, so every foray off the bike results in copious perspiration. I've got a couple of days and hundreds of miles to figure it out.

    The cameras are performing fine, with the 14-140 seeing the most duty. I even tried mounting it to the bike but the sight of the lens hood vibrating made me wary. Went you mount a camera to a bike, every ounce - particularly those far away from the tripod socket - counts. That's why in the past I've had a diminutive Ricoh GX100 with me. The ideal M43 setup might be the GF3 with the Oly wide zoom. Or maybe the Panny 14, although that may not be wide enough. Or maybe another Ricoh...

    Off to Great Bend today. And more barbecue, of course.

    The GH2 did give me a "lens is not on correctly" message once. Turned if off then on and that went away.
     
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  7. SMaturin

    SMaturin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 30, 2011
    New York's Backyard
    If they did, would you reciprocate by showing your JPEG?
     
  8. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    813
    Jan 9, 2011
    Canada
    Does this bring up the square peg round hole situation?
     
  9. SMaturin

    SMaturin Mu-43 Veteran

    243
    Apr 30, 2011
    New York's Backyard
    Yehaw! Party in the RAW!
     
  10. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    I don't know if I'm more jealous of the trip itself, or the search for Barbecue....
     
  11. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
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    100 degrees in the shade by john m flores, on Flickr

    So tried buying an Olympus 9-18 in Wichita today, thinking that it would weigh a lot less than the Panny 14-140 as well as being wider. Alas, the two camera stores I called were closed and none of the three Best Buys had one. My wallet is happier, but I think it would have helped.

    The 14-140 did fine, but the lens and the camera are heavy and really taxed the Vanguard ballhead. I'll try a couple more shots and angles tomorrow.

    Oh, and here was lunch:

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    Lunch - Hog Wild Pit Barbecue, Hutchinson KS by john m flores, on Flickr
     
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  12. Y-V-E-S

    Y-V-E-S Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 20, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    Yves Gajardo
    Yum BBQ RIBS!!!!!
     
  13. Where's the salad?
     
  14. brunerww

    brunerww  

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    Mar 5, 2011
    You've posted some great photographs John, but this is the first one that has made my mouth water. Man, does that barbecue look good!
     
  15. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    I hate to LOOK @ BBQ !!!
    But, go on, make us suffer !
    6 weeks to go until my holidays :frown:

    Have a safe trip,
    Rafael
     
  16. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
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    Wide Open by john m flores, on Flickr

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    Wind Power by john m flores, on Flickr

    All of these photos are quickly edited in Gimp on the HP netbook. I've got all the photos backed up on the netbook and haven't erased the cards, so I've got redundancy. When I get home, I download them all into Lightroom and then go through the arduous sifting process.
     
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  17. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    A REAL biker would just need a slab of meat and a hot tailpipe. Sounds fun.
     
  18. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    mmmmhhhhh ... BBQ ...
     
  19. It must be an American thing...
     
  20. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
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