For everyone who has ever asked, “Didn’t you just go [hiking|skiing|biking|rafting|kayaking|insert outdoors sport of choice here]?” Well here is my response. And you may (in fact I encourage you to) quote me on this.
This past February Kelly and I absconded to the Islands of Hawaii in search of some unseasonable adventures. Some hiking, biking, kayaking, diving and camping in the warmth of the mid-winter North Pacific, we thought, would add some refreshing variety to the our difficult winter.
A new sport graces the pages of 1water1coffee1beer: mountain biking! Kelly talked me into this madness over the spring and it’s getting to be nearly as much of an addiction as skiing – and that’s saying something. A few weekends ago, Kelly was in a race, and I decided to get creative with some cameras and gadgets. After consulting Dad I set up my Canon point-and-shoot to a low ISO and a f-stop of 1/60 or 1/40; if you can manage to track the target during the exposure, you can get a relatively clear subject and a blurred background, giving the feel of rapid motion. It’s going to take some practice, but some early action shots are below.