A Skyline Beneath the Milky Way

Of course we’re talking about the Nissan Skyline. This R33 was snapped and edited by Andrew Thompson using a Nikon D800 on a camera rig to get the sharp detail at ISO 100, even with a SIX SECOND EXPOSURE.

Be sure to check out Andrew’s photostream on Flickr to see this R33 Skyline in higher resolution and to check out more of his work.

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Illustrating in Gimp

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve sat down to draw. Pencil and paper? It’s 2011, who uses that medium any more? I would if I had any but decided to fire up Gimp instead.

The forecasts of sever thunderstorms the past few days have kept me off the motorcycle and it’s been all I could think about so logically that was to be my subject matter. I started around oh, 8PM and a few hours later this is what I had.

Clearly it’s not finished but I was pretty stoked at how it’s coming along. I will post up the final version when it’s complete.

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Getting head on the track

Sure, people drop a knee and scrape pucks all day long on their motorcycle. Not everyone drops helmet. Video after the break. Read more ›

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Studio style without the studio

Yesterday evening John had mentioned he wanted to have a photo similar to a style he saw in a music video. We looked at several photos so I could have a better idea of what he wanted and we made it happen. Across the street from my apartment is a pretty good size parking garage. The lower level has an elevator room with bright lights against dirty white walls. Without a studio of my own I had to make due.

I tried every lens in my bag and shot from various lengths until we decided the money combination. Personally I liked the ultra wide 11mm for the IN YOUR FACE style shot. We settled for 16mm. No less, I like the result, and I hope John does too.

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First HDR attempt.

After owning my E92 for several months I finally gave it a wash. I happened to have my camera on me on the way home so I decided to stop and make the most of this nice day. The photo above was produced by combining two photos. One photo was exposed for the car, the other for the sky. To keep the image sharp when merging the two I should have used a tripod but I didn’t think about it at the time.

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Video! Take 2

I didn’t make it up to Diablo on opening weekend due in part to attempt #1 of the jump in the video below. I ate dirt pretty hard, landing on my head and shoulder. I then decided I’d rather go to Diablo when I’m not in pain.

Take two from Josh Taylor on Vimeo.

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Video! What is Mountain Biking?

What is Mountainbiking about? from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

We all have our reasons to get out and ride. What’s yours?

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