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Photography

2020 Update: Blog Revival?

Hello 2020! It’s been years since I actively did anything with this site, and I’ve failed to reboot it a number of times. But I think this time may different and I’d like to use this space to share my hobbies, side business, and travel. I know that this post is being delivered to subscribers that haven’t seen an update from me in ages, but if you’d like to follow along I’d appreciate the feedback.

One of my renewed pursuits is photography. I stumbled onto a camera that has me curious about it’s super zoom capabilities, the Nikon P1000, and specifically it’s “moon mode” for caputuring stunning pictures of moon. LensRentals.com has the P1000 avaiable for $67 for a week. Add in insurance and shipping, and it’s right about $100.

In preparion of renting this camera, I dusted off our 6 year old Sony HX400V because it boasts a 50x zoom and should serve as decent benchmark to compare. Here’s the shot I got of the moon on an incredibly clear night:

For the most part this is right out of the camera with some adjustments in Photoshop to clean it up. Not bad for a 15 minute effort.

Here’s the shot I got tonight from the rented P1000 on a flimsy tripod with about 5 minutes of prepartion.

It’s not as sharp but the potnetial is there as I wasn’t even zoomed in all the way. Sunday and Monday are super moon display opportunities and it’s looking chilly here, so we should have some good opportunities to get the moon again even clearer.

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Automotive

2006 BMW Z4M Roadster Walk Around and Exhaust Clip

I shot this with a Canon 80D by hand a few nights after bringing her home. More to come!

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Automotive German Cars For Sale

Introducing my 2006 BMW Z4 M Roadster!

I’ve been very out of touch with this website for years but I’m hoping to change that in 2017 with the introduction of my new to me 2006 BMW Z4 M Roadster!

This is the first picture I took of the car, while I was still on the test drive actually. We drove a few cars that day and within 5 minutes of seat time in this car and I knew we were buying it that day.

Some details about the car:

  • 41k original miles
  • 2 owner car
  • Set up for track days with H&R springs, Strong strut brace, solid transmission mounts, and camber plates.

With those modifications, the car has a little extra presence with it’s stance and backs it up with very quick direction changes at any speed. I’m sure it’ll eat up tires pretty quickly but then again I only put about 7k miles on my cars a year so not too worrisome.

My first order of business was to take care of the BMW Inspection II service which was due. This includes all fluids, filters, spark plugs, and the S54 engine valve adjustment. This service was expertly carried out by J&J Werkstadt in Albany, Oregon. This shop is owned by my lifelong friend Paul Breen, who has always been the best tech I’ve ever known, and also BMW certified when this car was new. The service took all day but I was pleased when Paul gave her a clean bill of health and provided a baseline for me to work from. While records were included with the car, with just 41k miles there hasn’t been much work to report on either and it was nice to eliminate concerns of a car that has obviously been sitting for extended period.

In terms of condition, the car is excellent mechanically but does have some exterior blemishes. A handful of tiny door dings, a few scratches, and some curbing on all the wheels show what life must have been like with the first owner in Santa Barbara. But the 2nd owner kept this car garaged as his weekend fun toy and track day warrior. I’ll be signing up with the local BMW club again to make sure I can get it on the track as well!

This feels like the right place to put an apology for not maintaining this website for the past 4 years (gulp!) but I’m eager to get back in the saddle so to speak. I’ve already got some more updates and look forward to sharing what I’ve been up to in the meantime and how I’d like to move ahead. Thanks for reading and chime in below with your comments.

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Corvallis Motorcycles

First Day of Summer, I Ride to Mary’s Peak

Our weather in Oregon has been a bit on the cool and slightly wet side this spring. But today temperatures jumped to nearly 80 degrees and it was too good to pass up. I did ride the bicycle a bit to try and get back on that horse, but the ride on the Ducati was sadly only the third ride of the year.

Paul and I are planning to hit Laguna Seca for MotoGP and do a proper vacation on motorcycles. But I’m a bit out of practice to say the least. He may be taking his BMW R75/5, but he’s damn proficient on it in the corners and I really do have to work to keep up with him. I need to attend one of Roger’s MotorcyclExcitement schools in the near future! (I maintain his current website and hope to make a new site for him soon!)

The good news is that Paul did such a stellar job dialing in this bike for Sears Point last year that she’s ready to hit the road again with nearly no adjustments.

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Automotive Oregon

Attending EESCC Event 3 AutoCross

As of right now, it’s my birthday next week and I think my first wish will be to attend the autocross this weekend with EESCC. If you search my site, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of this Eugene based organization as they run a professional event with a lot of friendly community feel. See below for some video of me in the S2000 when I first got the car. I haven’t been in a few years and I’m really looking forward to it. Plus I’ll be joining my buddy Gary from OSU who brings out his Cadillac Seville. I’ve included a video of his as well below.

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Here is a video of my buddy Gabe when we were actively running S2000blog.com:

And here is a run I did myself after just a couple weeks of owning the S2000:

And here’s Gary in his latest run this year: