Ride Log | Mar 20, 2016 | FJR1300AE | Burnt Mountain, GA

March 20, 2016
Start Odo: 5308
End Odo: 5397
Miles Covered: 89 (Inching ever so slowly towards the triple digit ride day!)
Destination: Burnt Mountain, GA
Weather Outlook: High: 54°F, 12°C | Low: 39°F, 4°C | Light clouds and Windy
Ride: Yamaha FJR1300 AE

Unless the ride days are planned and set in stone, I tend to let the weekend mornings slide. I should really Plan the Ride and Ride the Plan, to avoid reducing the riding time available and thus making sure I can put in some longer triple digit rides. The weather forecast called for a cool windy ride. The FJR1300AE was fuelled up and ready to take flight. The plan was to head over to the Burnt Mountain lookout point. One of the stops when I rode with the WeekendRiderz Group on Sept 28, 2015. There would be one stop along the way. At Stancils Store. One of my favorite locations to take pictures of the bike.

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Short Videos using the Splice iOS App

Mobile apps make it so easy to create. Whatever your passion or interests may be. Shooting videos has became so easy. iPhones, well OK – Smartphones – (can’t have the non-iOS folks feel left out, can we?), cameras with video capabilities and the ever popular GoPro. Videos in the droves. However, until recently, editing the videos, enhancing them to tell somewhat of a story meant huge software  programs in the computer. With the advent of the smartphones and tablets and the associated apps, the complete life cycle of a video – raw to finished, published (read as YouTubed) product can be completed entirely on a mobile device. And with that the Splice App.

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Season:2016 | Engage: Prep mode and GoPro Setup

This week here in Metro-Atlanta had been like Spring – almost Summer. Clear blue skies. Warm 78s through the day. This, after a number of weeks of irritating, persistent rain – or ‘precipitation’ as the weathermen would like to call it – seemed like the call proclaiming that the 2016 season is now open for Cage-free riding and for some GoPro videos to boot!

I was looking forward to riding with a group I came to name as the WeekendRiderz on Saturday. But having to visit some friends on a late Friday night, turned in to a late Saturday morning and a subsequent (sadly, sorry Chaps!) scrubbing of me being able to ride with the group. This had me with some free time on my hands during the early afternoon.

I decided to run the FJR around the local neighborhood testing out the various GoPro camera locations and vantage points around the bike, using the suction mount and the Ram clamps. I had an hour or so available for this. I focused on using the Saddlebags or  Panniers. Along the rear the surface on the Panniers afforded decent flat areas for the suction mount, The GoPro3 had the Limefuel battery all hooked up and ready to fly.

Using the GoPro App on the iPhone, I used ‘control’ mode to view the shot angle on the GoPro3 and make any necessary adjustments. This was done while the app is connected to the GoPro, hooked up in turn to the iPhone via the GoPro camera wifi. Once the videos were captured, I used the Apple Lighting to SD Card Adapter to connect the microSD card to iPhone to import the four videos into iPhone. I could have used the GoPro Studio app on the my laptop, but I still find that clunky and a little tedious to use and decided to go the RoadWarrior way and create the video using the iPhone. This time using Splice iOS app, a nice easy to use and quite intuitive app for video editing and production. Far better than the GoPro Studio. Any wonder that GoPro decided to use a substantial amount of the cash reserve to acquire Splice.

Tip: Uploading videos from iPhone to YouTube: Once the video was ready, I used the YouTube iOS app to upload the video to my channel. However, after uploading completed the process hung on ‘finishing the video’ for a couple of hours. Looking up Google Forums, it seems to be an endemic problem with the uploading feature of the iOS app. The alternative was to ‘share’ the video from the Photos app to YouTube. This worked fine and the upload was completed within minutes.

Here’s the video showing the four different locations I tried.

Do you have any suggestions of camera positions I should try on my next ‘camera location’ trial session?

Boots by Royal Enfield, India
Bike by Yamaha
Video by RakeshRao of #PoshGoondas
Camera by GoPro
GoPro battery by LimeFuel
Mounts by Ram Mounts

 

The Valley Green

 

Mountain range surrounding Leh, Ladakh; As seen from the Shanti Stupa, Leh

The day after we arrived in Leh, we had the morning to ourselves. #PoshGoondas were free to amble around town; try and get some Indian money out of the ATMs (that’s another story for another day); or do a bit of sightseeing which Jatin, I and Kalpesh decided to do. Nimish was off Snow Leopard spotting.

After visiting the Leh Palace, we went up to the Shanti Stupa. A nice, serene, spiritual location. Although walking barefoot on the sun baked tiled floor was a task. Perched at an elevation, we could look down on various sections that made up Leh, ensconced in the Valley. With it being a dry day, the skies were pristine blue, the clouds snow white and the land saturated in arid browns or lush green. The view of the fertile greens snaking along the valley, appeared to look like a tree lined river finding its course as allowed by the Mountains, as if standing guard. And this scape overseen by the snow capped mountains in the yonder. Such stark terrains, coexisting. Perhaps in co-dependence. Another of Ma Nature’s tapestries.

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”
/Theodore Roethke