I’ve been busy the past few days, and there are a few updates worth mentioning. You’ve probably read the Studio News issued this morning. If not, the link to that is in the last post. Take a look, and if you are not a subscriber, go ahead and subscribe. It’s free.
The web site has a new look. I think it’s important to freshen the look from time to time and the best way to do that is to change the header image. The banner image is a crop from my most recent business card. If you don’t have one, ask for it the next time we see each other. I usually freshen the business cards every year, too.
The photo side of the card says it all—Words & Images, and Sound … and a little travel too.
Speaking of travel, I’ve been getting the motorcycle ready with a spring tune up.
It’s all back together, and I just finished giving it a shake-down ride. It purrs like a sewing machine, and runs like an antelope. I’m ready for the riding season, although it really never ends for me. It just slows down in the winter.
The Hero is a unique little video camera, formally known as the GoPro Hero HD. It shoots 1080p, and has become a favorite camera for adventurers. Just take a look at some of the videos on the GoPro web site.
I am continuing to experiment with video and still photography, and if I get a chance to combine that with motorcycling, well, it just makes it better.
So the weather looked great, and I decided to go for a ride and see some of the sights along the way. Primarily, my mission in this short ride was to combine video with still photography. Here is the final version for my experiment.
Every now and then, I run across something that just has to be shared, and this video is one of them. A friend, Steve Williams, who publishes Scooter in the Sticks, found this video. It is a three-minute film, purported to be a true story. It is also a commercial, but you don’t really know that until the end of the film. Produced in Taiwan, it has (poor) English subtitles, but frankly, you don’t even need to read. The story is pretty self explanatory.
I have watched this numerous times, and every time I get a little misty-eyed. Here it is:
Although it rained over night on New Year’s Eve, the weather forecast for the first day of 2011 was promising for the afternoon. And, the forecast was accurate enough to roll the motorcycle out and take a ride on the first day of the year.
The weather turned rather pleasant, like the calm before the storm. Last weekend, travelers were stranded at airports and on the highway. In a few days, winter will return. Today, it’s a balmy 50 degrees, the sun is shining and most of the snow is gone here in the Cincinnati area. Time for one more ride in 2010.
My son, Stuart, and his girlfriend, Naomi, are visiting for the holidays. So, I asked, “Does anybody want to go for a ride?” Naomi said, “Sure.” After a discussion about proper gear, etc., we suited up and warmed up the bike, and set off for about 45 minutes riding the back roads along the Little Miami River and return.
Actually, with the winter gear on, we were both on the warm side, but it was a mighty fine ride on the last day of 2010. I wanted to do 15,000 miles this year on the motorcycle. I knew I was going to fall a little short when I backed off of one tour. So after today’s ride, I have managed 13,637 miles in 2010.
Will tomorrow be the first ride of 2011? Will I do 20,000 miles next year? Stay tuned.