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Not be outdone by Oscillator's solo ride down to SLO, I needed to get away this weekend and decided to do the same myself. My beemer has done nothing but shuttle me to and from work since I got it in December, and it was begging to be taken for a run.

So I loaded up the bike, put on my best riding gear, and hit the road.

For the ride down, I did Hwy 25 from Hollister to King City, which I had done with Oscillator and Rich (with Patrick and Julie in the truck behind us) on the way back from RoM. After King City, I cut across 101 and hit Jolon Road / G14 all the way to Paso Robles. This particular segment doesn't seem to be a very well-known motorcycle road, but it features wide roads, good asphalt, sweeping turns, no traffic, and a 55mph speed limit through reasonably scenic country. What's not to like?

I had all day to get there and only 250 miles or so to travel, so I stopped often and took pictures, including a few panoramas.

The panoramas are clickable, and open really, really big versions.


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Part II
I stayed overnight in SLO (at the same Travelodge where I stayed for RoM) and then rode home the next day. I didn't take as many pictures on this leg, as I was anxious to get home. Isn't that the way it always goes?

I took Hwy 1 from SLO up the coast to Monterey. I probably take Hwy 1 for granted, living close enough to it to ride it often, but I shouldn't. There are really no roads in all of America quite like it, with one breathtaking view after another for hundreds and hundreds of miles. If you haven't ridden it, definitely do so. You won't regret it.

As with the last leg, we'll start our photos with some clickable panoramas.


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I know you're not supposed to covet...but damn! Gorgeous scenery, great photos, and a bike I would *love* to have. (My wife loves the Vespa, but just won't buy into the idea of a motorcycle )

Thanks for the post.
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Such beautiful pictures!


Thanks for posting them
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Wowwee. The thought of riding Hwy 1 makes my heart pound! Gorgeous scenery and beautiful weather, what a great adventure! Wonderful pictures too, thanks for sharing!
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*sigh* lovely
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looks like a cool beemer ride
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Okay, dish on the panoramics: TEACH ME!

(this post submitted by someone with way more camera equipment than talent)
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Masala wrote:
Okay, dish on the panoramics: TEACH ME!

(this post submitted by someone with way more camera equipment than talent)
I'm a panorama neophyte myself. I've known people who've done it for years, with all the specialty equipment: tripod, special head with detents for each position, and so on.

During this ride, during a stop for photos, I was lamenting that most photographs just completely fail to capture the breathtaking majesty of really big landscapes. At best, you can just capture a piece of them. I realized that this was why my friends do panoramas, to really capture the essence of really big scenes. I also recalled that the latest software technology can stitch together hand-held photos taken at inexact intervals, as long as there's some overlap between pictures.

So I turned my camera sideways (to capture the most vertical in each frame) and started taking overlapping pictures from right to left. I figured I would hunt down the software to stitch them together when I got home.

When I started researching software, though, I discovered I already owned the package I needed: PhotoShop CS4. I think it was actually introduced in CS2. All you have to do is select File->Automate->Photomerge, select the folder full of photos, and it does all the rest. Afterwards, I just had to crop and reduce the size, as each panorama was pushing 400 to 800 megabytes on disk.

There are definitely other (cheaper) software packages that do the same thing. Apparently most Canon cameras come with free software that will do this, and there are some paid applications as well. Just google "Panorama stitch software" and you'll get a bunch of good hits.

Here's a good overview of titles: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/panoramic-software.htm
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My canon came with the software to stitch the photos together (as did my HP and other canon and kodak...) and it has a mode on the camera to help with lining up the overlaps by showing you the edge of the last shot while you are taking the current one.

CS4 seems to have done a nicer job of it though.
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oopsclunkthud wrote:
My canon came with the software to stitch the photos together (as did my HP and other canon and kodak...) and it has a mode on the camera to help with lining up the overlaps by showing you the edge of the last shot while you are taking the current one.

CS4 seems to have done a nicer job of it though.
Yep. I was impressed that I didn't have to do any manual alignment whatsoever. Of course, the uncropped versions of my photos (one of the ones above I left completely uncropped) show the vertical variability from photo to photo, which ultimately results in a smaller image if you want neat edges.
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Thanks Jess, reminds me of my ride last summer to SF solo.
Nice shots.
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Beautiful photos. I'm so jealous of those clear, sunny skies
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Lovely. Highway 25 is one of my favorite rides. I loved your flower pictures!
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Looks like you'll have a tough decision to make at the next mods vs. rockers ride.
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A couple new Sony P&S cameras now have a built in panorama mode that does the stitching inside the camera. I fiddled with it a bit and it's pretty sweet for what it is.

Great pictures by the way Jess!
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