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Aixe Djelal
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Year-round bike commuter in Portland, Oregon. Perpetually curious about humans, technology, transportation, the arts and the future.

I've been taking helmet camera stills of my Portland rides since May 2013. All #helmetography taken using a Contour Roam2 helmet camera set to intervelometer mode. The camera automatically snaps a photo every three seconds. I can only change the interval or switch to video by plugging the camera into my computer, but that has never been a hindrance. I usually wear the helmet camera pointing backwards. The camera looks like a cylindrical light, so most people don't realize that I've got a camera on my head.

I tried a GoPro Hero 4 because it offers 12-megapixel stills (compared to the Roam2's 5-megapixels), you can shoot photos manually as well as automatically, and you can change settings in the camera itself, on the fly. I wound up returning the GoPro because the quality of the photos was washed out and overexposed, even after I adjusted settings to accommodate sunlight. When sunlight hits the lens directly, the photos appear hazy and faded. I liked the ease of use of the GoPro, but the photo quality just wasn't good enough compared to the Contour Roam2. 

All my non-helmet photography is taken with either a Sony a5000 digital SLR or an iPhone.
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Helmetography blog at www.bicyclehead.com
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  • Reed College
    BA, Dance and Literature

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Long and lean on a single speed. #helmetography
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"What's that over there ?!!!"...CRASH !!! 
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Cycling to work this morning, I was stuck in downtown traffic behind an SUV containing a very large dog, barking frantically at me through the rear window. I noticed it was wagging its tail, so I waved. It turned around, grabbed a stuffed bear and pressed it against the window, staring at me. I gave the dog a thumbs up and laughed all the way to work. #ridereport  
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Although today I'm annoyed because of the torrential rain on my commute. Drivers are ten times worse !!! 
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View from the bike lane: rush hour slow down with post office truck outside the Embers dance club. #helmetography
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May we have a side bar Mam? 😀
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Waiting for the green light on an orange bike. My Ortleib pannier snuck into the photo. #helmetography
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In a parallel universe -  he was on a green bike waiting for the orange  !!!  
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I think fluro orange is better than fluro yellow... during the day, but fluro yellow is better at night.
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Pushing off with great effort. #helmetography
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+Richard Masoner disc brakes for bikes were first sold in the 1930s, so surely after 115 years of commuting you've got something better to do with your days? Hub dynamos seem to be a more recent invention, not being much available until after WWII AFAIK.
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Pedaling through the summer haze in blue. #helmetography
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Forest fires suck!
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100 degrees Fahrenheit in the bike lane on a recent evening's commute. #helmetography
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In Portland? Wow. Bad climate news.
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Cycling home this evening I was nearly T-boned at comically low speeds by a drug addled chick riding a bicycle out from behind a dumpster, balancing a board game box on her handlebars. "Lady, you should signal when you pass me!" she screeched. "Learn how to ride a bicycle, methy!" I replied, both delighted and horrified to finally have a snappy comeback in the moment. She tried to give chase, but as sinewy and hyper and screaming as she was, I am built solidly like a tiny bull and climb hills way fast(er than your average methamphetamine user). Sadly it all happened too fast for my helmet camera to capture the hilarity. Happy Friday, fellow bicycle commuters!
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What great pictures that would have made
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Riding along and singing a song. I could hear them coming a half block away. #helmetography
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Maybe she was singing about dad's helmet?
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Elegantly dressed for work, writing a vintage Raleigh. #helmetography
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Whooooah... I have heard about that
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