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Just thought I would post some pics of my ride today. This is usually the start of mountain biking season around here, but as you can see, there is tons of snow on the ground. But that's okay; I'm loving the road riding these days! This is Hwy 40 close to Banff, Alberta. Unfortunately the sun wasn't out today, so the shots can't show how pretty the area is.

Starting point - Eau Claire campground


heading south towards Highwood Pass gates


Obligatory cockpit shot


Highwood pass winter gates; this is the highest road in Canada and is closed to vehicles until June 15th; as you can see, bikes won't be able to ride it either. I'm gonna try again in a couple weeks.


Turn onto Kananaskis Lakes trail and hit Upper Kananaskis Lake.


Turn around and go back on the twisty road back to hwy 40


Looking back at the view


Back to the truck. 60-65km ride. Great way to spend a few hours.


Cheers
 

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Fabulous area... as I started to scroll through the shots I thought to myself: would the pass be open yet? Then I got the answer. How high is the pass? 1800 metres or so?

I have never cycled in the area, although I have always meant to. I have skied there many times, both on the prepared tracks and back country.
 

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oarsman said:
Fabulous area... as I started to scroll through the shots I thought to myself: would the pass be open yet? Then I got the answer. How high is the pass? 1800 metres or so?
My book says 1670m where the gates are, and the actual pass is 2206m. So I could only imagine how much snow is at the top...
 

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I've only been through that area once. Thanks for the reminders of how breathtaking it really is.
 

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Beautiful. Especially the second to last shot with the folded mountains. Awesome!

Might just be my monitor, but your shadows are really dark. You might try adding "fill light" to bring out some of the details in the trees and such. I recently started using Picasa (free download) and they have a very simple tool for this. In fact I'm unlikely to go back to Photoshop Elements now that Picasa makes everything so easy.
 

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Beautiful. Especially the second to last shot with the folded mountains. Awesome!

Might just be my monitor, but your shadows are really dark. You might try adding "fill light" to bring out some of the details in the trees and such. I recently started using Picasa (free download) and they have a very simple tool for this. In fact I'm unlikely to go back to Photoshop Elements now that Picasa makes everything so easy.
yeah, my current technique is "auto-adjust" in paint.net :lol:. I definately need to figure out how to make digital pictures look better; so much so that I think an adult-ed class is needed. cheers for the tip on Picasa
 

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Really your photos are great and no need for a class. Modern digicams are so good at what they do.

What you're seeing is the white snowfields trick the camera into thinking there's too much light, so it underexposes. The whites get a little grey, and the shadows blacken out. Any time you're shooting around snow just try setting the camera brightness to +1 or even +2. The snow will be brighter and your shadows will have some texture and detail.

Plus a little "fill light" or "fill flash" or whatever the software calls it.
 

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Nice. Brrrrr.
 

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tarwheel2 said:
Are you riding a Kona Honky Tonk? Tell us about it. Appears to be a great bargain, but I've yet be able to find a geometry chart or more detailed info.
Yeah, I was starting to wonder if Konas secrecy on their frames in on purpose to build up some allure. It was indeed tough to get information about it, and in the end, I relied on this site and mtbr to get enough info from other users to decide that it would be a good frame for me.

Here are some threads about it that I found worthwhile:

http://www.konaworld.com/owners_area/index.php?showtopic=6947
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=338844&highlight=honky+tonk
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=382629&highlight=honky+tonk
http://teamseagal.blogspot.com/2008/04/honky-tonk-rough-establishment-mostly.html
http://bikeportland.org/2008/03/10/konas-new-honky-tonk-has-local-roots/
 
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