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Old 09-02-2013, 11:32 AM   #2776
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Thank you guys!

Haven't checked in lately since we thought our thread is dead for good

Many of those positive comments made our day!

We'be been 8-to-5 working people for all too long now with little time to spare and we're highly ashamed that the book is still lagging way behind the schedule we expected to have it ready (supposed to be ready by now FFS )

Now that the summer's about the end it's also shame to say we've ridden so little during this season, we haven't had even a holiday in the summer. Our used abused and worn but still running strong GS been sitting in garage way more than she likes. Those weekends when we make a quick dash around our local contryside injects those irresistible 'freedom' vibrations into our bodies, making us realize how much hard work, dedication and hard earning it takes to properly travel again. This has been our only excuse for our 8-to-5 work motives, those tired evenings and dead weekends. Hopefully it won't go down all in vain...

In fact writing the book has been our only connection to the real adventure travelling for us - in our minds, it often feels like we're again reliving it. A fuel for our soul...

Now, about the book progress: estonian text is ready and just today we got a draft back from our editor. Probably going through a couple of minor changes and it's finalized.

Once we have it ready it needs to be translated into English - we can't afford translation service so Kariina plans to do this. It was no coincidence why we wrote it in the language we're fluent in - Estonian. We could have written it in English straight away, but it wouldn't be as expressive as we'd like to.

As you can guess we have way too many pictures so the next step is selecting those to compliment the book. I'd love to include a lot of analog work since analog photography is where my heart is. Digital photography has always been somehow like cheating for me.

The good news is our scanner runs more work hours than we do and I've scanned 2/3 of our RTW film material with almost full summer of working on it (in case anyone doesn't know - drum scanning is a dying art of high-end scanning that needs a lot of handwork and time, plus the highly mechanical scanner itself needs a lot of maintenance). I'm still not sure why I go through all the fuzz, but there's something special about scanning your work through photomultiplier tubes instead of the common CCD.

Film getting drumscanned - drum rotates around 1200 rpm.

As some of you probably know I'm fanatical about analog and I'd like to have things as close to analog as possible. Digital faking, simulations or emulations just doesn't cut for me.

Raúl (drumscanned film frame).

Since we're self publishing (or at least thinking of doing that) there're technical issues on how to make a hardcopy book with pics that doesn't cost an arm or leg. I.e. the ripoff prices like with the photobooks. Ideally we'd love to have it all in a high quality photobook that would be the best to combine our pictures with text, but I don't think many people would be willing to pay premium for such a high quality print. So for now it looks like we're on the way to making some compromises in our tough economy, ...or maybe not. We're still arguing on the final format.

Self-publishing turns out to be a major PITA with so many unknowns and hell lot of work, but hopefully we can pull it through. Will keep you posted.

Margus & Kariina
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:05 PM   #2777
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Your English is better than most. No need to make excuses.

Have you considered writing several books to cover different areas of the world? It seems that you just have too many fine pictures to get into one book.

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Old 09-02-2013, 04:43 PM   #2778
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No matter which way you go I am glad you put it here and happy to be a part!
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:12 AM   #2779
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maybe there are some ADV inmates with publishing experience that can help you out?
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:45 AM   #2780
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Originally Posted by tsiklonaut View Post
Yep, just a short holiday dash with the family. Involved some decent scootering so just posting some pics. Don't worry, I'll quit it soon since 2 weeks doesn't produce much photos.

Cheers, Ejigayehu Shibabaw is a stunning diva indeed. She's married to Bill Laswell - another one of my favourites - a great bassist, innovative electronic musician & producer. He records & produces most of Gigi's instrumental music so it's a good symbiosis. Also through Laswell Gigi has been cooperating with high profile artists such as Herbie Hancock etc that has made her quite famous in different World music settings:

Hopefully someday we'll pop into Rome - all roads lead to it

Thanks! Yeah, those old silly debates in the HU - thankfully it's now a distant past

Don't ever say that - if there's something I've learned in my blip of existance is that EVERYTHING in life is relative. Even a crappy snap is still a snap that brings smile into your face 10-20 years later looking at it. While many of my shots often remind me how much work I've done to get them, carrying the gear, framing, light measurement instead I should have looked it with my own eyes all this time wasted on photographing it - this moment always beats even the very best camera in the world.

I've always wanted to go to NZ, too! In fact we wated during our RTW but the cost on shipping first to NZ then to OZ put us off the big map and only to OZ. The stunning pics I've seen from the NZ, it looks like it's an OZ concentrated and amplifyed

if you come to nz look me up. plenty of room here on waiheke island.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:43 PM   #2781
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Hi Margus

Although i dont comment, I ve been following this epic trip since beginning.

I am also a film photographer, and i am very impressed by your IR pics, as well as interested in your use of drumscanning (my flatbed scanner is far from ideal)

But what impressed me most is that you carried a Pentax67 through the jungle. I have one and I know how much it weights!

Keep the good work coming!
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:32 PM   #2782
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Best. Ever!
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Old 12-25-2013, 01:22 AM   #2783
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Originally Posted by Simonhantler View Post
if you come to nz look me up.
Hi Simon,

Will deffo let you know, NZ has been our long dream, in fact it was originally planned into our RTW route, but had to be cut out because of cost reasons. So it's a "missing link" for us and would love to do a separate trip there someday!

Originally Posted by ANT1 View Post
Although i dont comment, I ve been following this epic trip since beginning.

I am also a film photographer, and i am very impressed by your IR pics, as well as interested in your use of drumscanning (my flatbed scanner is far from ideal)

But what impressed me most is that you carried a Pentax67 through the jungle. I have one and I know how much it weights!

Keep the good work coming!
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Best. Ever!
Thanks guys & Happy holidays!

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Old 12-25-2013, 02:46 AM   #2784
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Good to see you posting, merry xmas and happy travelling
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:53 AM   #2785
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So a few updates from us us well. Time's been quite a hectic time recently, with me & Kariina having too much work. Often we ask from ourselves if we should have gone only to part time work and dedicate more of our time to writing the book. But now that it's been more than 2 years since we finished our maiden voyage and that the book is about to be ready, actually there's a sense in us that the excessive load of information has settled much better in us.

We both agree that it took us at least a year to settle back into normal life, to get the stress levels more or less stabilized, and another year to be able to finally start picking up the real bits and bobs, the concentrated tastes of information stored in our heads and most of all - to be able to navigate around our thoughts more clearly. If we'd written the book fresh minded shortly after finishing the trip it'd probably have been predominantly a rather chaotic dash of unfocused and raw thoughts without any real direction. Often a direction, or a pursuit, a process in itself working towards the goal is more important than the ultimate destination itself. Destination is final wherheas the travel in itself is not. There're so many levels and layers merged into complex melody we know as "travelling". Of course, ultimately a simplistic view starts to dominate over small details - yet we've tried to reproduce some of those small fruits, snippets, nuances that you'd normally miss. This is what we've tried to write about in the book as well.

Kariina's working on translation and I'm about to select the final images, so the print stage should be near.

This summer Kariina finally decided the get a moto licence, she learned everything quickly and got her own bike, a DRZ. Originally I thought of a proper air-cooled Honda XR400 for her since it's a much more complete overlanding package for my oldschool thinking, but there wasn't much available and it would have cost a bit too much with e-start mod. DRZ proved to be a decent choice for her as well and get her first experiences hitting the dirt and hopefully helping her to less painfully settle in the rhythm for our next expedition. Yes, we're still dreaming! Not sure if it'll become a reality, I guess time will tell...

Meawhile riding around Estonia with a film camera:

Gone swimming.

Within space - Baltic Sea.

Dash around centuries old Estonian (cart)roads that are largely abandoned.

An addition to the family - an older DRZ 400 for Kariina.

In the end Kariina seems to be happy with the DRZ.

On typical Estonian tertiary roads.

Twin Alien Towers.

Lake Võrtsjärv.

Northern Estonia, Toolse castle (German: Tolsburg) was a crusader castle belonging to the Teutonic Order. It was completed in 1471. At one point, it was the northernmost outpost of the Holy Roman Empire.

Floating on the way to Hiiumaa island.


Old believers' church in Estonia.

Finnish Gulf.

Abandoned USSR architecture.

Estonian winter landscape.

Merry X-Mas & Happy Holidays to everybody!!!

Margus & Kariina
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:29 AM   #2786
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Fantastic photos as usual. I forgot how rich film is. Merry Christmas from Canada.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:52 AM   #2787
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Merry Christmas to you and Kariina, and congrats to her on getting her own moto-permit!

It was your RTW trip, which I first learned of on RFF, that prompted me to follow a dream of my youth. Now in retirement, I am finally getting a motorcycle.

Please let your most appreciative followers know when your book is published. Include also those on, too!

BTW, I know a little something about photography, your images are exceptional, your method and technique, likewise. That you schlepped the big Pentax and three lenses RTW is a feat unto itself. I will have your book as soon as it is available.

Cheers and a happy new year,

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Old 12-25-2013, 09:58 AM   #2788
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You guys always amaze me (us) with every post. Such an inspiration always!
Congrats again to Kariina for starting to ride and I think the DRZ will suit her just fine.
You're so right about the time needed after such a trip to really express the real emotion you've been through. Looking forward for the book and will be an honor to have a signed copy.
Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:49 PM   #2789
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so the print stage should be near

It's a good news to know that your book is almost ready.
Thank you.

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Old 12-25-2013, 06:37 PM   #2790
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As far as I'm concerned, this thread shall never die. It's one of the most inspiring, well done and documented threads I've had the pleasure to follow.

The book coming along slowly, isn't quite surprising. Your dedication to fine art photography is surely translating into the written word. That being said, when I go back to your first post, and compare it to your most recent ones, your use of English has become nearly indistinguishable from any American/UK rider posting here. (I'm from Austria, living in the US, understanding your discrepancy with it.)

If you're considering the self-publishing route, I would check out the Amazon options, and whether you can go straight to kindle. Also, Graham Field (Flid) who wrote "In search of greener grass" may be someone to talk to. I'm not sure if he self published, but he also did his first run of 90 days on a shoestring budget.

Either way, thanks for keeping this thread going, and continuing the post images and stories, even when you're not on a RTW.

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to the both of you!

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