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July 25, 2012

Postcards from Nowhere: NXNW

I'm trying to get caught up with the photos I've shot this year. I've shot roughly 30,000 pics so far, so I'm shooting about average. But I've been on the road so much that I've not really made time to clean them up or organize them or do anything meaningful with them, really.

So, in any event, I decided to throw together some of my shots from the bike ride. In this journey, I drove a 2004 Honda XR650L from Morrison, Colorado to San Francisco, California. Now, normally, this would be a thousand mile down-hill run. A cake walk. But I decided to go through RMNP, Tetons, Yellowstone, Craters of the Moon Idaho, Crater Lake, Oregon, etc. So, I took a fairly circuitous route that roughly doubled the length of the trip.

I started the journey on the evening of Friday June 1st. And I rolled into San Francisco on Monday night, June 11th. But I split the trip into two parts. On Tuesday June 5th, I parked the bike in short-term parking at IFRA and flew from Idaho Falls to San Francisco, returning the night of Friday June 8th to resume the journey.

The images were all captured on a Canon EOS 50D frame and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM image-stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens, or on a Canon EOS 50D frame with a Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens. A couple of shots were captured with an iPhone 4S.

This slideshow features a song by the Guillemots called Sea Out.

I chose this song because it was on some silly-soap-opera-daytime-housewife-drama called Gossip Girl that the girls were watching in MS. I liked the song a lot. The piano and the singer's voice are fairly good. So I've been listening to it a lot since I got back into the city and...well you get the point.

The images are compiled into an 18 Meg (5:41) Adobe Flash slideshow (NXNW.swf) that you should be able to open and view with any browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.). To view the slideshow, just click on the photo above. If you want to view the slideshow as a Windows executable, you can play this version (NXNW.exe), and it allows you to play, pause, skip forward, backwards, etc.

Image post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended. The slideshow was created using Imagematics Stillmotion Pro.

Click here to view the other slideshows.

Lyrics in the extended entry.

Sea Out

Oh, Marbella's on the run
In her eastern overcoat
Used to wear a light bulb dressing gown
Turn it on, then tear it down
Before we went to sleep

So Marbella upped and left
A tuba in a treble clef
Couldn't walk, she wouldn't cry
Dreaming was their only time
And dreams are half asleep

When they go sing out, sea out, sea out, sing out, sing out now
Sea out now, sing out now
Sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out now
Sea out now, sing out now

So a washed up carnival has just reduced me to my bones
I never did the washing up
I loved the stains on every cup
They were the only hint I had

Now Marbella's gone astray
Somewhere in this black'ning Milky Way
I used to colour in the holes
Now I leave them blank
Now it's only spaces I have cause to thank

Sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out now
Sing out now, sea out now
Sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out now
Sing out now, sing out

Well, Marbella is my guest
I treat her just like all the rest
Whisper fairytales of Neverland
Throw the pennies in her hand
Stroke her hair and tell her I've been cheating

Sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out now
Sing out now, sing out now
Sea out, sea out, sea out, sea out, sea out now
Sing out now, sing out now

Posted by Rob Kiser on July 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM


Wow! What scenery. I loved every one. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: sl on July 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

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