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I love Trey Ratcliff's work! Wish I could travel as much as he does...
 
Adventuring Deeper into Patagonia

After a four-hour plane ride deeper into the Andes, we started to get further into the wilds of Patagonia. Perhaps I should explain that I was on this trip with a very good Russian friend named Dima, who is also a photographer. He brought four other Russians with him. Despite our friendship, he had given me a non-English-speaking roommate named Yuri that never ceased to amaze. Within five minutes of dropping him off in my room, Yuri was in his underwear and I noticed his approximate size to be that of a smallish beluga whale. This ended up propagating many other problems For example, on the flight to El Calafate, our small plane had a bit of a hard landing because I was not sure the pilot was fully informed of Yuri's weight.

After setting up camp in El Calafate, we went out to the edge of Lago Argentino tonight to shoot the sunset to shoot the Perito Moreno glacier. Every few minutes, you could hear giant shards of ice cleave off and drop into the lake below.

See all of the dark bits of ice floating in the water? Those are actually the clear bottoms that were once underwater, but recently flipped over. In the midst of all this, and from out of nowhere, Yuri produced a giant bottle of cognac, which seemed to keep the Russians happy in the freezing cold. When I posted this photo on the blog and across the various social networks, many of my Facebook and Twitter friends requested a photo of Yuri. That night, while he slumbered, I endeavored to take a panorama of him. I considered the glacier as practice, since it was also big, white, and cracked.

This was shot with the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 lens. The second of the five exposures (the -1 EV shot) was at f/8.0 with a shutter speed of 0.033 secs and a 250 ISO. As for the coal length, I think I had it cranked all the way to 14mm to take this shot. I'm always flummoxed as to whether or not I should take a panorama of these places, which essentially means I'd have to map out an invisible grid and then take a photo in each cell for later stitching using post-processing software. For this photo, I did use a Nikon D3X, which already has a 24 megapixel sensor, making the final product a fairly detailed 6000 pixels across or so. There is some invisible point when enough is enough, and I never quite know what it is. One limiting factor is time-of-processing. Panos take a long time to both shoot and post-process, so that comes into the decision making tree fairly early on.
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I just bought my first bike is almost 25 years!!! My previous TREK 9300 had served me well, but it was time to upgrade. I did a lot of research and settled on either the Wahoo or Marlin 29er. Even though it's on the other side of town from me, I visited Trek Bicycles of Mt. Pleasant several times to test ride and make the final decision. Alaina was extremely patient and helpful, confirming the differences between the models, fitting me to the right size bike, and letting me ride both of them many times. I settled on the Marlin, but they didn't have it in my size. "No problem", she said. They ordered that model in the right size for me, and had it built and ready to pick up in less than a week. Sarah was extremely helpful checking me out, and helped me pick out a few accessories that they gave me at 10% off as a THANK YOU for purchasing the bike. Kevin took all my old components (clipless pedals, trip computer, etc.) from my old bike and installed them on the new one for free! There's a great empty parking lot behind the store for test riding. Kevin made sure I took the new bike for several spins out back to make sure it was set up exactly the way I wanted. Ben, the owner, even came out and thanked me for the business. That night I went for a 20-mile ride and FELT LIKE A KID AGAIN!!! The new bike is lightyears better than my old one...so smooth and efficient...with better ergonomics from the new frame geometry. I know I made the right decision with this bike, and with Trek Bicycles of Mt. Pleasant!!! I'll be taking their free class on learning how to maintain your bike. And I'm certainly a customer for life!!!
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While visiting Chicago for a few days, I decided to try out Bobby's Lakefront Bike Tour. I was cutting it close getting there and finding parking, so I called ahead. Karen answered the phone and was SUPER helpful, telling me not to worry or rush, alleviating my stress, and even telling me where to park in a nearby garage where they would stamp my ticket and basically get me half off! Arriving at the shop, Karen greeted me with a big smile, helped get me checked in, helped me find a helmet that fit, and introduced me to the rest of the group. Everyone on the tour was super nice, outgoing personalities, confident bike riders, and a lot of fun to be around. So it was a perfect match and we all had a great time!!! Karen was full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the city. We made several interesting stops. Being a photographer, I always slipped away from the group to take a few photos when we were at each location, and Karen didn't mind a bit. I enjoyed the tour so much that I came back later and rented a bike for 2 more hours. Chicago is the PERFECT biking city...especially if you're a photo geek like I am. Enjoy...
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I just bought my first bike is almost 25 years!!! My previous TREK 9300 had served me well, but it was time to upgrade. I did a lot of research and settled on either the Wahoo or Marlin 29er. Even though it's on the other side of town from me, I visited Trek Bicycles of Mt. Pleasant several times to test ride and make the final decision. Alaina was extremely patient and helpful, confirming the differences between the models, fitting me to the right size bike, and letting me ride both of them many times. I settled on the Marlin, but they didn't have it in my size. "No problem", she said. They ordered that model in the right size for me, and had it built and ready to pick up in less than a week. Sarah was extremely helpful checking me out, and helped me pick out a few accessories that they gave me at 10% off as a THANK YOU for purchasing the bike. Kevin took all my old components (clipless pedals, trip computer, etc.) from my old bike and installed them on the new one for free! There's a great empty parking lot behind the store for test riding. Kevin made sure I took the new bike for several spins out back to make sure it was set up exactly the way I wanted. Ben, the owner, even came out and thanked me for the business. That night I went for a 20-mile ride and FELT LIKE A KID AGAIN!!! The new bike is lightyears better than my old one...so smooth and efficient...with better ergonomics from the new frame geometry. I know I made the right decision with this bike, and with Trek Bicycles of Mt. Pleasant!!! I'll be taking their free class on learning how to maintain your bike. And I'm certainly a customer for life!!!
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