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Old 10-12-08, 08:54 PM   #1
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How do you take your ride pictures?

I see lots of great ride pictures posted on BF and I'm just wondering how you conveniently take pictures while on a ride. Do you keep your camera somewhere where you can get to it while riding? I have a cheap Nikon 5mp that I put in the bag under my saddle but I never feel like pulling over and stopping my ride just to snap a picture or two.
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I have a friend along that takes the pics.
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Oregon Scientific Video camera on the handlebars, set on stills, and I just cull the bad ones. Alternatively, I also record video.

I have a mount set up for my wife's video camera as well for her handlebars.
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In my jersey pocket!....I rarely wear a jersey so I cut a waterbottle in half. I stuff a plastic shopping bag into the lower half of the bottle (lost the top section). I use the bag as a cushion and insulation to keep the camera from bouncing around.

Bad thing is takes up one of my bottle cages. Good thing is, there is always a park near to refill.
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I see lots of great ride pictures posted on BF and I'm just wondering how you conveniently take pictures while on a ride. Do you keep your camera somewhere where you can get to it while riding? I have a cheap Nikon 5mp that I put in the bag under my saddle but I never feel like pulling over and stopping my ride just to snap a picture or two.
I always feel, or perhaps felt, like pulling over and snapping a photograph if I have the time. If you look at my avatar, you'll see my camera bag around my neck.

Sometimes I need to plan a segment of the ride around the photo - on the first day of my nine day tour in August I wanted to get a 'motion' shot of my 'escort', both faster riders than me. So at one point they gave me a head start and I found a spot to 'ambush' them. This was taken on the Montour Trail, outside Pittsburgh:



Since I plan rides ahead of time, I'll usually have a good idea of where I want to stop. In the case of my ride on the Great Allegheny Passage, I wanted to get a photo of the horrible switchback climb into Frostburg from the trail, and so....



Depot Street is the lowest part of the town, and it's at the top of the photo.
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WOW... you guys go all out!
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I keep it in the right jersey pocket. While riding, I can reach in, put my hand through the loop, twist it once or twice, pull the camera out and take the shot. With the loop on my wrist, I'm confident I won't drop it.
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I see lots of great ride pictures posted on BF and I'm just wondering how you conveniently take pictures while on a ride. Do you keep your camera somewhere where you can get to it while riding? I have a cheap Nikon 5mp that I put in the bag under my saddle but I never feel like pulling over and stopping my ride just to snap a picture or two.
It really depends on the camera, as I use an SLR (either digital or film), I keep it in a pannier, when I want to take photos, I pull over, take the camera out, and snap a few, then put the camera away again. Planning on adding some kind of bar bag set up, so that I can keep the camera gear a little more accessible in the bar bag, maybe for next year....... I'll either modify the camera bag, or get a bar bag......
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Mostly, I don't take my camera. If I'm planning to take LOTS of pictures ( http://www.bicycle-stuff.com/photo20...ney/index.html ), I carry my camera in my hand while I ride- have only done that two or three times. If I'm only taking a few, I carry the camera in my rack bag and stop for each picture ( Lake Murray, Oklahoma )
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Great suggestions! Thanks. I'm leaning towards the jersey pocket idea to try for now. I guess that means I need to get a jersey now!
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I keep my HTC 8525 PDA phone in my Topeak XL AeroWedge pack. If I want to take a picture, I stop someplace and take one. The only pix I have of my friends or myself on the bike are taken by friends who leapfrogged the route in a car to get some pix, or by professionals stationed along the route.
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I keep a p&s in the outer pocket of my mtb shorts (zippered pockets are fab). My dslr stays in the basket in a camera bag until I need it. I have to sort out a mount I can put on the front of my bike basket because there's no real estate left on my handlebars!
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It really depends on the camera, as I use an SLR (either digital or film), I keep it in a pannier, when I want to take photos, I pull over, take the camera out, and snap a few, then put the camera away again. Planning on adding some kind of bar bag set up, so that I can keep the camera gear a little more accessible in the bar bag, maybe for next year....... I'll either modify the camera bag, or get a bar bag......
Same for me except the dSLR goes in the rack trunk. I too have been looking for a bar bag. There is one kind out there that if fairly good size and mounts with a bracket. I forget which brand right now, though.

I do occasionally take a point and shoot (like when I am commuting to work) but prefer to take the slr.
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Same for me except the dSLR goes in the rack trunk. I too have been looking for a bar bag. There is one kind out there that if fairly good size and mounts with a bracket. I forget which brand right now, though.

I do occasionally take a point and shoot (like when I am commuting to work) but prefer to take the slr.
Yeah, the problem with a DSLR, is that it needs to be protected, wrecking a bike in a crash bad, wrecking a DSLR that costs $1000 to replace in the same crash, that's really bad. I keep an old towel around, the towel goes in the pannier, around the camera. I would need to land square on it, to break it. Some kind of hard or padded case would be nice like a Pelican case, you could just use an old fashioned bicycle basket then, if it comes out, it comes out.
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I usually keep a disposable in my jersey, but I'm gonna buy an inexpensive digital. The safe way is to stop and snap a pic, but like everyone else I've been known to take one from the saddle.
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Same for me except the dSLR goes in the rack trunk. I too have been looking for a bar bag. There is one kind out there that if fairly good size and mounts with a bracket. I forget which brand right now, though.

I do occasionally take a point and shoot (like when I am commuting to work) but prefer to take the slr.
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The bag is very steady and waterproof. Comes off easily when I'm not on the bike.

Most of my 'ride' shots (action shots) are made with the strap wrapped around my hand and the camera held as firmly as I can.







Riding and shooting in the snow is difficult




Most of the time I stop to take them, however.





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Great suggestions! Thanks. I'm leaning towards the jersey pocket idea to try for now. I guess that means I need to get a jersey now!
I velcro a small tight fitting camera bag to the stem or head tube. I keep the top open most of the time. Then I just pull out the camera like a gun holster. It's much faster and easier than in a jersey pocket.

I shoot while riding almost all the time. With practice you can shoot riders behind you, beside you, while riding or anything else. Or over your head to get over something.
If you have a digital camera just blast away and keep only the good ones. I get more good photos this way.

Here it's on the stem, and the top is closed to keep snow out.

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Is that last shot by St Louis? Seems like I recognize that!
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