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Old 11-08-11, 09:01 PM
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Pictures From My First Tour

I just added an album of pictures from my first tour, a 550 mile ride across Wisconsin. Go to www.randylarsonphotography.com and click on the Wisconsin Bike Trip album. We had a very enjoyable time and are planning a ride or two for next year. Thanks for the helpful advice as we prepared for the trip-hope you enjoy the pictures. Randy
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Absolutely stunning photography.

Other than this tour are you able to use your bike for transportation in your photography?

I want to tour Wisconsin.
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Old 11-09-11, 05:41 AM
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Thank you for the kind words. Wisconsin is a great place to ride-beautiful landscapes, great people and many low traffic county and township roads. I don't use the bike much when shooting, because I carry 40+ pounds of large format gear when I am seriously working, but I definitely use the bike to scout locations and make digital notes and to explore new landscapes. I am planning a ride across Iowa on gravel with an emphasis on photographing interesting small and unincorporated towns next May, and plan to carry a simplified kit of my professional equipment and do a serious project. Excited about the possibilities and the ability to use a bike to explore landscapes and connect with people.
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Congrats on your first tour!
You photos, both of the tour and all the rest, are just wonderful.
I haven’t done a tour for 2 years now, but looking at your photos of the cafes, diners (what can I say - I love to eat!) and scenery make me resolve to start planning for a tour I been thinking of for next year.
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Old 11-09-11, 08:23 AM
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Thank you, missjean. One of the advantages of touring is the ability to eat pretty much everything you want! Eating locally and traveling by bike was a great way to connect to people. I think that you are more approachable on a bike, also I think that traveling slowly lends itself to interaction with people. Everyone has a story, bike travel allows one to listen. I am excited to try to use my photography more seriously to explore these themes.
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Old 11-09-11, 09:27 AM
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Great photos, thanks for sharing!
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Excellent. Within the least year (I believe) Adventure Cyclist had at least one article about how nice it is to tour in WI. During my x-country trip we spent only one night in WI--in Osceola on the St. Croix, although I did ride over to La Crosse the night we stayed in La Crecent, MN.

Do you have your route mapped somewhere?

The Iowa project sounds like a great idea. If it works well, another place that might be worth exploring is North Dakota. Lots of gravel roads and small towns there, although the oil boom is changing parts of the state.
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Fantastic photos of a great tour!! Two photos that jumped out at me was Dylan's Dairy and Fountain City Ford. Thanks for bringing Dylan's story to us, these types of experiences is why we tour by bicycle. Wonderful, excellent, fantastic!!! Looking forward to your next tour report, BRAVO!
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I am happy to share my route; right now I just have it marked out on 'old school' maps. I used the Wisconsin bike maps to help with the route, along with my knowledge of the state. We went south to north, starting at the Illinois border and ending at Cornucopia on Lake Superior. We visited some of my favorite areas of the state. Our route worked out to be nearly perfect, and there is very little I would change if I were to do it again. I think that North Dakota sounds great, as well as Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula.
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Old 11-09-11, 11:10 AM
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Very nice. What camera and lenses did you bring on the trip? Also, you mentioned large format, are you talking sheet film sizes or digital?
Just curious, I've played around with photography and want to get back into it, always interesting to know what people are using.

I'll check out your link from home, blocked at work, and the phone browser doesn't do it justice.
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This project/trip was shot with a Panasonic GF1 and 14-45mm lens and the viewfinder. I really enjoy this as a lightweight travel camera, and am impressed with the prints(to about 8"x10") I get as well. I'm giving some thought to a NEX 7 as a possibility. My landscape work is done with an Ebony 4x5 film camera and a Shen Hao 6x17cm panoramic view camera(film). I make my living selling my art, both to private buyers and commercial/professional businesses. The health care market has been very good for me-I have prints up to 20' long installed as decor. Shooting large format film creates a nice niche because I can effectively go to larger sizes than digital, with the exception of photographers shooting $40k digital backs. Thank you for taking a look-I am happy to answer any questions about my photography.
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Oh, to have your eye! Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-13-11, 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by rjl33 View Post
This project/trip was shot with a Panasonic GF1 and 14-45mm lens and the viewfinder. I really enjoy this as a lightweight travel camera, and am impressed with the prints(to about 8"x10") I get as well. I'm giving some thought to a NEX 7 as a possibility. My landscape work is done with an Ebony 4x5 film camera and a Shen Hao 6x17cm panoramic view camera(film). I make my living selling my art, both to private buyers and commercial/professional businesses. The health care market has been very good for me-I have prints up to 20' long installed as decor. Shooting large format film creates a nice niche because I can effectively go to larger sizes than digital, with the exception of photographers shooting $40k digital backs. Thank you for taking a look-I am happy to answer any questions about my photography.
Beautiful photos, I was wondering if you have any suggestions for a relatively compact digital camera with the ability to capture wide angle shots. I am heading back to Europe in 2012 and my standard olympus compact cannot capture large buildings and architecture on narrow streets etc as I can never get back far enough to get it all in frame. Budget is approx $500 - $700 AUD. Sorry to get off subject But those pics are great and it seems like you really know your stuff. Hope you enjoy the next tour.
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Old 11-13-11, 07:18 AM
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I would have two good possibilities that may meet your criteria-Panasonic LX5 and the new Canon S100. Both are 24mm wide (equivalent) and have good, fast lenses, the ability to shoot RAW for best image quality. The Panasonic LX5 is more than a year old(closer to 2 years?); the Canon S100 is just being released so probably the best choice. The previous Canon S95 is very highly rated, but only goes to 28mm on the wide end, so you lose something there. This is where I would start looking-there are other possibilities, but I think that the LX5 and the S100 are really good cameras-I would not hesitate to take either one as a compact travel camera. Hope this helps-please feel free to ask if you have additional questions-these forums have been very helpful to me and I am happy to try to return some of that advice.
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I would have two good possibilities that may meet your criteria-Panasonic LX5 and the new Canon S100. Both are 24mm wide (equivalent) and have good, fast lenses, the ability to shoot RAW for best image quality. The Panasonic LX5 is more than a year old(closer to 2 years?); the Canon S100 is just being released so probably the best choice. The previous Canon S95 is very highly rated, but only goes to 28mm on the wide end, so you lose something there. This is where I would start looking-there are other possibilities, but I think that the LX5 and the S100 are really good cameras-I would not hesitate to take either one as a compact travel camera. Hope this helps-please feel free to ask if you have additional questions-these forums have been very helpful to me and I am happy to try to return some of that advice.
Thanks, I have checked these out and am leaning towards the LX5 - as it is a year or so old I can get my hands on one for about $370 shipped which is nice as I am due a small bonus from work. I have also read about a separate lens adaptor which allows for an even wider angle again - but I am not sure if I will need to go to that expense. Hopefully I will have the camera for my trip to adelaide in January to follow the tour down under - and will let you know how it goes, it will be a good chance to work it all out before europe in August. Thanks heaps for the advice and hope you post some more cycling shots from your future tours.
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cool stuff!
are the pictures straight of the camera? most of them look heavily color corrected with some kind of HDR effect, a little overdone perhaps :-)

for example:
https://www.randylarsonphotography.co...e_Trip.html#10
https://www.randylarsonphotography.co...e_Trip.html#25
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Very good observation. Most of my work is with film, and I strive for a very realistic look. This project, shot with a GF1, was processed a bit more using Topaz. I liked the look for this, but can certainly appreciate the opinion that it may be slightly overdone, especially because I generally dislike any HDR, etc.(see my main galleries). I guess because this was for fun, I let my creativity go a little bit. Thanks for taking a look, and for the honest opinion.
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very neat!
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My favorite short tour rides at home where along the Wisconsin Minnesota border. Wisconsin always treated me particularly well and your photos remind me of why I should swing back that way against someday. I think you'll have a field day in Iowa - Though you really don't need to get off the pavement to find the tiny iconic towns. I wandered through many dry, dusty little settlements where the only place to get water was at the grain co-op office.
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I know that I will enjoy Iowa-growing up on a farm and living in farm country gives me a deep appreciate for the people and landscapes of the Midwest. I am always treated well in the Midwest, one of the reasons I like to travel close to home. Any advice on areas to tour in Minnesota? I would like to possibly do a North woods loop, possibly Ely to Lake Itasca SP and back, seeing some of the best of northern Minnesota. I love the North Shore and have spent a lot of time there, but the thought of spending much time on HWY 61 is not very enjoyable.
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To Rob(robow)
I am very willing to share my route with anyone that is interested. I can make copies of the map segments with the route and notes, or look into a mapping/gps website. I do not have enough posts to return private mail-please feel free to use the email on my website.
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