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Old 03-30-2010, 02:49 AM   #61
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Are you using a graduated neutral density filter or are you bracketing and merging shots here?



BTW, awesome photos, which you know, and a nice looking trip. Bring a friend or two next time. It will allow you to push your riding skills a little bit and it is much safer. Being broke down in the Arizona desert is no fun at all.
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:55 AM   #62
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for those following along, here is a pdf map i found online of the kofa nwr..



link to kofamap.pdf
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Old 03-30-2010, 05:54 AM   #63
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can someone from Arizona please adopt me....buy me.....sell me (to someone else in AZ)....hire me.....

I love the place!
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:16 AM   #64
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report.

amazing photos. I am envious. Mine never turn out like that. what a great report...thanks.
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:57 AM   #65
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for those following along, here is a pdf map i found online of the kofa nwr..



link to kofamap.pdf
That's a cool map Ricardo. The route I took was south on Kofa Maganese Road all the way down to Engesser Pass, then over to the King of Arizona Mine and the primary graded road out to the highway. I couldn't poke around too much more due to fuel range.

I'll share my gps tracks for this day when I'm finished with the RR.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:08 AM   #66
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Are you using a graduated neutral density filter or are you bracketing and merging shots here?


craftycoder, That particular shot was a single exposure. I don't have a neutral density filter and didn't use the Lightroom ND tool for any of these shots. In this shot the setting sun is lighting the rocks so there really isn't a great dynamic range.

I did use the in-camera HDR function for the colorful sunset shots, some of the shots with the palm trees, and a few of the upcoming Burro Creek shots. The Pentax K7 is the only camera I know of that has in-camera HDR.


Thanks again for all the compliments everyone!

Viola-tor, I can't wait to see you start stepping it up with your new Canon.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:17 AM   #67
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Wow

The depth of color in your pics and the clarity is intense. Great photography. Almost like being there. The desert is great in the spring and after a summer rain.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:24 AM   #68
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Take it your keeping the 950


Love the RR and photo skills.

btw really think'n you should be in charge of AZ tourism
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:26 AM   #69
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Day 3, Leaving Kofa

I'm weary of the deep gravel so I strike out on the highway to the collection of RV parks and trucks stops that is Quartzsite, Arizona. I resupply on water and fuel. It's been about 10-11 years since I've driven along the Colorado River, and I've never seen the bridge in Lake Havasu City....



I pass lots of wildflowers while driving north of Quartzsite. I force myself to overcome my initial thoughts of making time on the highway and stop to shoot.


I have nowhere in particular to be today.








I even spot more wildlife.




This guy is still following along.








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Old 03-30-2010, 09:34 AM   #70
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Great RR

Dave,

Awesome RR and pictures !!.

I have bought 3 digital cameras and NONE of them show the Sky blue like in your shots.

Every picture I take is "hazy" and unclear.

Maybe I need to go get a tz ?
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:48 AM   #71
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A stop in Parker provides something other than camp food.






Colorado River Playground






It's a nice Sunday for a ride.








In Lake Havasu City I cross the world famous bridge...


...and find parking nearby. One of these things is not like the other.
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:52 AM   #72
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I swear every photo is postcard worthy! Very nice!
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:03 AM   #73
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Lake Havasu & The London Bridge



I find a circus nearby and realize it's spring break in one of the largest party destinations in the U.S. Amid the noise of revving boat motors and competing sound systems booming this little girl feeds the ducks.


This guy must be the next Girls Gone Wild wannabe.




Amid the debauchery the London Bridge stands.


The real London Bridge was sold and moved here where it was reassembled brick by brick. It's the first time I've seen it. This bridge has alot of history.






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Old 03-30-2010, 10:33 AM   #74
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Great report! I rode Kofa on my DR350 in 1990 when I was stationed in Yuma. Springtime in the desert is awesome and with all the rain you guys had this winter, it makes for some spectacular photos.

Keep up the good work.

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Old 03-30-2010, 10:47 AM   #75
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I did use the in-camera HDR function for the colorful sunset shots, some of the shots with the palm trees, and a few of the upcoming Burro Creek shots. The Pentax K7 is the only camera I know of that has in-camera HDR.
You may want to try a graduated neutral density filter sometime. They are cheap and you can put it on in the morning and take it off at night. You just need to be careful that the front element of your lens doesn't turn during focusing.

I've never heard of in camera HDR. Do you need to tripod it and actuate the shudder several times or does it all happen in the computer some how? When I bracket I just use a tripod and shoot 6 shots of the scene and photoshop it together later. Like this:





Sorry to hijack the thread to photog craft chat.

I'm out.
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