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Some Recent Faves

It’s been a busy summer thus far, but thing thins are starting to settle down and I’m getting into a rhythm of riding, shooting, and hopefully more posting here. Remember, if you dig what you see on this site, you can always follow me on Instagram @thesoiledchamois.

For now here is a batch of some of my favorite shots from the past few weeks, some of which (like the green wheat above), were taken with my new Nikon D500. Most of the others were taken with my go to on bike camera, the Fuji X-T1. 

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Some New Wheelz

My 13 year old son Brennan recently discovered the joys of skateboarding during his Spring Break. First he tore up the house up looking of his old skateboard; you know, the one he never used and I threw out just before we moved houses last April (Shhhhh!). So he picked up an inexpensive new board a few days ago, then quickly ordered new wheels, that could handle the streets of Michigan a little better (his words, not mine, I know nothing about skateboarding, the closest I come to skateboarding is wearing Vans).

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Finally

As I mentioned in the previous post, the Michigan weather has been anything but kind this winter. Freezing rain, slush, ice and the dreaded “wintry mix” seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Quality snow for fat bike fun or snow shoe romps in the woods elude me, and more often than not I’ve found myself indoors staring at my camera gear instead of outside logging miles and megapixels. Thankfully that streak ended recently and I finally got out for a short, damp road ride. Despite the road surface’s handicap, I was happy to be outside on my bike sweating off some calories with my camera.

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The Return to Dirt (Roads)

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With the Thanksgiving holiday behind me, I turned my attention to getting back on the bike on Sunday to ride some dirt roads south of Junk Miles HQ. The temps were cool, it was overcast, misty and foggy, and the roads were in crap condition from some recent rain and snow. In other words it was awesome.

For the ride I took my Fuji X-T1 and the 55-200 lens. The 55-200’s focal range is a bit limited for close ups and landscapes but comes in handy for just about everything else. In a perfect world I would use the 18-135mm but that’s not in the budget right now, which is a shame because many places have it on sale right now.

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Natural Cooperation

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When you are a photographer picture taker who captures 90% of your images while out riding your bike, it can be hard to get wildlife to cooperate. Often between the sound of the bike rolling over gravel roads, unzipping and opening the camera bag, and fussing with the camera, any birds or wildlife are long gone.

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Dryer

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Dry corn under dark autumn clouds. (Nikon D7100).

Last week I found myself out my bike in wet, rainy, and foggy conditions more than once. That was fun, and made for some interesting photos, but it also took toll on my drivetrain, and my mojo. The next few rides were void of mud and rain, with some intermittent clouds and sun, and despite some increased wind, I have to admit I was pretty stoked to be dry.

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In a Fog

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I had the chance to get some miles in on Thursday and ride in some of the thickest fog I’ve ever seen here in central Michigan. Rain the night before made for muddy conditions, so I used my fat bike to plow through the slop, thus saving my higher end drivetrains from the gritty dirt and gravel. I also utilized a the Porcelain Rocket DSLR Slinger bag to house my Fuji X-T1, and a rear blinky to make sure I didn’t get smashed down by any tractors.

The following is a collection of photos that I captured that day using the X-T1 with the 55-200 mm lens. Thanks for looking.

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The First Week

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I got in a full week of riding and shooting with the Fuji X-T1 that has replaced (thank you SquareTrade!) the X-T10. There’s not too much different, so it was pretty easy to start shooting with, and overall I’m really happy with it. I even shot some of my son’s soccer match on Sunday with it, knowing full well that the X-T1’s autofocus would not be on par with my Nikon D7100. Having said that, I did get some good shots, and the Fuji lenses yield much better results than the lower end Nikon telephoto lenses I have.

Here’s a look at some of what I shot over the week. Thanks for looking.

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Late Summer

Sunny Dirt Road

From what I hear, today is the last day of summer. Boo!

Due to some back and hip issues, Summer 2016 didn’t deliver the riding I had planned on, but I’m hopeful that through the fall and winter I will continue to improve, longer rides will become the norm again, weight loss will happen, and by next spring things will be back to normal in my cycling world.

While lengthy rides escaped me this summer, I still rode. Some rides were better than others; some rides were longer than others, but one constant was that I had a camera with me. Something that has brought new meaning to my riding and my accumulation of junk miles.

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