Archive for December, 2011
I’m just back from a three day ride up around the Snowy Mountains. I made it as far as Bright in Victoria but had to cut the ride short due to a bad fuel pump on my bike. So I headed to Dartmouth for the evening which is a beautiful spot to unwind and rest.
A friend came down from Canberra to help me out with the bike and we managed to get in a lot of sight seeing which was great fun. The highlight was a short drive at night to look at the stars where we also pulled over to watch a couple of large deer graze at the side of the road.
I also stopped at a couple of lookouts to see how well stitching software works to create panoramic photos. Here’s one of Tallangatta and one of Mount Beauty. I think you can tell why I love this part of the world.
I thought Jack was crazy for getting up at 5am to head for the Dartmouth Dam to catch the sunrise. Watch his timelapse and you’ll see just how wrong I was.
The Motorcycle Riders’ Association ACT organises an annual Toy Run here in Canberra to support local charities. This year about 1,000 riders and friends showed up. I really enjoyed documenting the event and being a part of this great effort to support local charities and collect toys for Christmas.
I met a new rider not long ago and he joined me recently on a ride out to Wee Jasper. He had such a good time that he returned the next day for a great solo adventure. He once asked for some tips about editing videos and I’m not sure why given how great his first riding video turned out.
The weatherman got it wrong, the sun was shining and the bike was waiting in the garage full of petrol ready to go. So I sent a text message to a new rider that I met while filming the Tron bike last month and off we headed for another fantastic adventure.
The road between Yass and Wee Jasper is now totally sealed so we decided to take that route on our quest for Wee Jasper pub pizzas. What a great ride. No traffic, great roads and beautiful scenery. A great warm up for the riding season and upcoming trips to the Snowy Mountains.
There’s nothing like the smell of motorcycles in the morning! If you haven’t been on a mass ride you are missing out on a lot of fun. If you haven’t been to a Toy Run you are missing out on huge amounts of fun!
Yesterday I headed on over to Old Parliament House for the annual Motorcycle Riders Association ACT Toy Run along with about a 1,000 other riders. What an incredible day. There are going to be some really happy kids these holidays thanks to the generosity of riders throughout the ACT. Santa is going to be very happy to get so much help. From what I hear there was also a donation of around $6,000 made to local charities.
There’s yet another Sticky Man epic video in the editing room about the event so watch out for that in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a time lapse video of the meet point for your amusement.
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Takamii is no ordinary rider. He’s becoming famous among riders in-the-know for creating his own line of quality kevlar pants, gloves and RHOK carbon fiber helmets.
So I jumped at the chance to to do some clips of his newest creative idea. Have a look for yourself and I think you’ll agree that this is really exciting stuff. I can’t wait to kit out my bike as well.
This year most of my riding mates didn’t make the Snowy Ride for one reason or another. I decided this might be a good opportunity to do some photography about the ride. That worked out perfectly as I had a great time at the ride and really enjoyed the opportunity to finally play around with some ideas I had about how to express what a great event the Snowy Ride is.
So I ended up with over 200 video clips which took some time to view let alone to edit. As I sat down to put my story together it just began to weave together naturally, which is always a good sign. Grab a cuppa, turn up the speakers and enjoy!