So this is just a quick post in regards to my new website cruisncanada.com
JustGoShoot has been a great place for me to play with my blogging, but my interests are moving over to my new site. This site will deal with some of the things that this site dealt with including a lot of photography and videography topics. The biggest thing though will be the inclusion of motorcycle gear, reviews, rides and whatever else that is or has anything to do with my motorcycle riding.
So I hope you come join me over there. I look forward to hearing from you all.
So I had the opportunity to join up and participate in the Ottawa Ride for Dad. And what a fantastic day it was. I’m still very new to motorcycle riding but this is and was something that I have wanted to participate in ever since I heard about this event.
(Me at the Ride For Dad starting point – Canadian Aviation Museum)
The Ride for Dad (if you are unaware) is a fund raising event to raise money in support of prostate cancer. It is held in many cities all over the country. This year there was a guess that somewhere between 1500 and 2500 motorcycles would be attending the ride. I must say that as of 6am on June 1st I was unsure as to how many motorcycles would show up as we got hit by a pretty hard rain that came in nice and fast and pretty much soaked me on my way to meet some of my motorcycle club members for a pre ride breakfast.
Luckily for us as we finished breakfast the rain had pretty much stopped and our day of riding was soon to begin.
(Bike parked at the end of the parade – Getting ready for the poker run)
By about 7:30 am we had arrived at the starting point (which was the Ottawa Aviation Museum) and there was a good number of bikes that were there already, but not as much as I had expected. That quickly changed. Within the next 30 minutes the bikes arrived. Individuals, groups, clubs all began to show up and I knew that this was going to be a great day.
(sitting at a gas station (after a needed refuel) just after the first check in point for the Poker Run)
I encourage any and all that have a motorcycle to consider looking in your area to see if there is a Ride for Day, and join in the fun. The parade of motorcycles lasts for about 90 minutes. After that if you feel like it, there is a poker run. For us, that part took about 4-5 hours with all the breaks and stops for gas and lunch. But what a great day, and its all for a fantastic cause.
(Ottawa Carleton Raceway – End of the Line)
(Picture taken with my group of riders)
I was also riding with a GoPro attached to my helmet for the actual parade. Have a watch. Hope to see some of you next year!!
So I had a friend of mine show me some photos that were done with a very small constant light (actually an old iPod classic) and because of the long exposure they were able to light the scene very professionally and creatively. So I wanted to experiment and try some long exposure shots myself. So with my new toy (motorcycle) I gathered my trusty Canon 7D, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens and tripod and headed to the garage where my bike was sitting.
So I needed to find a source of light as I was going to be shooting in complete darkness. So I headed to the store looking for something that I could use to “paint” light over the sections of my bike that I wanted to expose.
I ended up finding the above Energizer keychain LED flashlight. So this light doesn’t put out a lot of light, but it could be very precise as well as very broad depending on how far I held the light from its target. So for $5 I figured it was worth the investment (picked it up from Home Depot).
So now I had a subject (bike) had my gear and finally had a small light. I was ready.
With the lights on in the garage I setup the camera on the tripod and framed the shot accordingly. Set the camera to manual focus (as it wouldn’t be able to auto focus in the dark) and then set my camera for 30 second exposure, f11, ISO 100, and lastly set the timer for 2 seconds. I was ready.
I then turned off the lights, fired the shutter, and painted the bike with my little flashlight.
The following pictures were my 2 favourite shots form the 8 photos that I took. I kinda wish that I had given the bike a little bit of a wash, but all in all I was very pleased with the outcome of the photos.
If there are any questions as to how these photos were taken please let me know. I will continue to play with light exposure as well as long exposure.
So with Christmas and the new year just around the corner, I was thinking about some of the new gear that Im either hoping for or possibly looking at getting within the new year.
There are only a couple of things that im looking at for myself …
1. Canon 5D Mark II
Yeah i know the 5D Mark III is out but I honestly would just like to have a full frame camera, and the 5D Mark II seems to be selling for a fairly reasonable price. I would like to try the 6D as well just to see which one would fit my needs better.
2. 70-200mm F/2.8
I Currently have a Canon 70-200mm F/4.0 but would like a 2.8 lens. Have been looking at both the Canon and the Sigma lenses and because of price the Sigma has definitely sparked my interest.
3. Carbon Fiber Tripod
This one is hopefully to be ordered very soon. Not sure which one I will buy but im definitely on the lookout. Just want a nice light tripod for travel.
With more and more stuff going into my camera bag I would like the actual bag to be safe and I really like the idea of the PacSafe. Hopefully this will be something that I also pick up fairly soon as I will be doing some travel in the coming months. Looks like a great way to secure the camera bag that you already own.
So what’s on your list? Let me know?
So Canon has the new 6D and Nikon has the new D600. So when you just look at the specs it kinda looks like the Nikon should completely dominate this competition. But is that how it goes down? Watch the video below to see how the two cameras compare.
So I broke my Sigma 17-70 lens. So So Sad. And it was completely my fault. Any ways I have replace it with a Tamron 17-50 lens. Check out my video below to see what I think of the new lens.
So I just received a much faster SDXC card and decided to do some more speed tests with the new card. Seems the actual adapter is actually quite fast and in my previous tests it was the card that was the slow part. Check out the video to see the results with the new card.