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What a nice morning to be out.(28 posts)

What a nice morning to be out.MB1
Jun 20, 2002 7:06 AM
Normally Miss M will get up before I do and go for a bit of a run before heading to work. Today we got up together hopped on the Single Speeds and headed down to the river. It had rained yesterday; as a result the weather report said low clouds and fog with little or no wind.

As we went by the Washington Monument was covered in clouds but impressive anyway.
Jun 20, 2002 7:09 AM
Through a short break in the low clouds we saw the sun rise above the river while we were riding past the Iwo Jima Monument. Now off to Water Street (the start of the Capital Crescent Trail).
Super Pic!AllisonHayes
Jun 20, 2002 7:09 AM
nice composition & effect. what kind of camera do you have?
Canon Power Shot S300 "Digital Elph".MB1
Jun 20, 2002 7:29 AM
The lens isn't all that good if you start to zoom. Not bad for $400 though.

I'll probably upgrade to a Nikon soon.
Which Nikon?AllisonHayes
Jun 20, 2002 7:43 AM
I was looking at the Nikon Coolpix 2500. It is really compact and lightweight. I also like the fact that the lens rotates back into the camera so that you can easily carry it without damaging the lense. It seems perfect for cycling.

Also, how much disk would you recommend getting?


Coolpix 5000.MB1
Jun 20, 2002 8:08 AM
The 2500 is about the same as what I am using now. I use a 64MB flash card which is way more than I need for taking pictures while riding and just enough for a day of normal shooting.

I wouldn't consider anything less than a 32MB card.

I figure to keep my Canon (which is a really good camera) for traveling and riding and just use the Nikon for photo trips. I shoot a lot.
Coolpix 775X.dasho
Jun 20, 2002 8:43 AM
I bought a Nikon Coolpix 775, and although it is $400, it is very compact and has the 3x optical zoom which is necessary in my opinion. I have taken it on several rides and it easily fits into my cycling shirt back pocket.
all nice camera's but.......Spirito
Jun 20, 2002 10:39 AM
its mostly about getting to know your camera and its functions as well as understanding a little about photography as well.

camera's mentioned are all nice but i wouldn't want to get in a rainstorm or crash. great results can be had with cheaper items with a little practice and trying some different settings.

im sure MB1's pic would be just as good or close with a cheaper camera if its just for web work as it requires little resolution compared to actual printing. its apparent that he knows whats settings to use and understands about compostion and light.

camera's are just tools like bikes are - a great rider will be fast on almost anything. a great photographer will capture the moment with a disposable...well almost.

Very good points all.MB1
Jun 20, 2002 11:08 AM
From my point of view a $400 camera is a cheap camera but I have had equally good results with disposables.

I'm getting to be really fond of digital cameras.
Key Bridge.MB1
Jun 20, 2002 7:15 AM
We were getting quite a workout as we crossed under the Key Bridge. We cross it a lot coming home, you don't really have a real idea of how large it is untill you go underneath it.

Without gears the only way to go faster was to stroke harder and faster. Miss M had a head start on me and I was working hard to catch up.

It was amazing how quickly the fog banks blew in and out. You could see mist riding from the still waters of the Potomac and there was a bank of clouds about 50 feet overhead. It was neat to see Miss M passing in and out of the fog and being back lit by the rising sun.

You could occasionally hear a fish jumping on the river or a jet passing overhead. Other than that and once in a while the sound of traffic on the George Washington Parkway on the Virginia shore it was calm and quiet. Looking over you hardly saw anyone out on the bike trail this early in the morning-just a few runners and the odd early commuter.
Key Bridge.Miklos
Jun 20, 2002 7:19 AM
Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

Those early morning rides as the sun is just coming up are my favorites.

Nice pics.djg
Jun 20, 2002 7:32 AM
I love my morning commute along the river (VA side, crossing into DC at 395).
Odd Early Commutervitusdude
Jun 20, 2002 8:04 AM
Hey that's me. Don't go by Key Bridge though. Cross over the 14th Street Bridge.
Great pictures...reminds me of how much I like DC [nm]jagiger
Jun 20, 2002 7:15 AM
Man, I gotta get me one of dem digital cameras. nmSintesi
Jun 20, 2002 7:16 AM
Crew too.MB1
Jun 20, 2002 7:18 AM
The 8's were out on the river and they were flying. It is amazing how much wake they generate as they go racing by-looks like fun we will have to try it sometime. We turned around by Three Sisters. I had caught and passed Miss M before we turned around so I went a little further before I headed back.

I'm thinking "Where is she, is that her up there? Nope, someone else she must be really moving along now." Hard to see with the sun in my face and us passing in and out of the drifting fog. I concentrate on being smooth and taking even quick strokes, really putting my legs and back into it.
Jun 20, 2002 7:21 AM
The bottom line, 12 miles on the bike and 6 miles on the river. I'm always amazed how similar the rowing effort is to cycling. Next we want to try pairs-will it be as much fun as tandeming?

This is Thompson Boat house where we row. Mile 0 on the C&O canal and the start of the Capital Crescent trail.
You should try rowing.... :-)PeterRider
Jun 20, 2002 9:36 AM
I did rowing 2 years while in college, it is nice too. To me, similarities with cycling are that it's repetitive, and you discover nice places. Feeling of being on the water is quite different though, and if you're on a double or a skiff (single), you have to be careful with equilibrium.

When you race in a 8, it's incredible to see how fast it can go, it's really fast !

I wondered if anyone would get the point of this post.MB1
Jun 20, 2002 9:57 AM
We were rowing (sculling actually). We rode our bikes to the boathouse and rowed for about 6 miles.

Funny now that I think about it when you say them RODE and ROWED are the same word.
You should try rowing.... :-)JamieB
Jun 20, 2002 12:03 PM
I rowed in college too. It is very fun....but I do enjoy cycling better. I sat stroke in a 4 seater. How about you?

Cycling is fun b/c it's an individual effort. I do miss the intensity of rowing sometimes. It's hard to mimic a 7 minute rowing race to cycling. I've never done a TT (though I REALLY want to). It seems that that effort may be close to rowing.
You should try rowing.... :-)I Love Shimano
Jun 20, 2002 4:09 PM
I rowed stroke too back in college. I got into cycling because I wanted to be active in sports even though I had to stop rowing (I still row occassionally). I, too, rowed stroke, and it was completely different from rowing bow. I got this 'leader' mentality and was a bit more bossy when I rowed stroke. Hehe
this is a nice picture! nmcolker
Jun 20, 2002 10:43 AM
re: What a nice morning to be out.Iseemo
Jun 20, 2002 8:53 AM
Reminds me that I need to go up for a visit. Thanks for the pics.
And your not a professional photographer why?Kristin
Jun 20, 2002 8:56 AM
Geewiz, I can't imagine what you could do with a 35MM SLR and some highend film. You have an amazing eye for composition and exposure. Please tell me you studied photography for just a little while? If you didn't then you've missed your calling.

Then again, most pro's fall into the starving artist category. Really only the top 5% get paid well.

Well, thanks for sharing anyway.
e-mail me.MB1
Jun 20, 2002 9:03 AM
I'll send you a project I am working on. Could use some feedback.
I miss DC! (nm)tmguy
Jun 20, 2002 10:34 AM
Awesome pics!empacher6seat
Jun 20, 2002 12:27 PM
Especially of the rowers! =)
I know one I thing I love during my early morning rows is watching the sun break over the hills as cyclists whizz down their winding roads...

Ahhhh summer! =)
When I grow up I want to be Miss M! (nm)theBreeze
Jun 20, 2002 12:47 PM