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#632831 - 09/03/10 10:54 PM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday


You may have noticed that infuriating dark blurry spot in the bottom-left corner of landscape shots. That started last year at the Un; I thought I had gotten rid of it, but at this point I suspect it's something that's gotten inside the camera, as the outermost lens appears to be clean. I will have to inspect more closely, maybe take it apart...


Yes, that is sensor dust. Eclipse Sensor Swabs and Sol'n work well on dSLRs. If you can get a swab the right size, and get in to access to your sensor it should do well for you.

I put about 3 drops of solution on the swab, even though the swab comes moist.

You can also remove it in most post-processing software if you want to take the time.
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#632842 - 09/03/10 11:44 PM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Where's the beef? smile

Great introduction to a part of the country I'm unfamiliar with. If we've had a ride tale from there before, it's been some time. Are there enough of those nice roads for an UN?

Thanks!
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#632870 - 09/04/10 01:12 AM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: Twisties]
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Thanks for taking us along; obviously a lot of time and effort on your part in the production of the tale. I now have a true sense of that part of the country that I never had before, at least in the summer. Sure looks like a lot of fun.
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#632877 - 09/04/10 01:27 AM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: TonyS]
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Sure makes me miss home. Thanks for taking me back.
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#633030 - 09/04/10 09:02 PM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Those tall ships that you spotted might have been from the Tall Ship Festival held in Green Bay on August 13-15.
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#633033 - 09/04/10 09:07 PM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: Twisties]
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Originally Posted By: Twisties
Where's the beef? smile

Great introduction to a part of the country I'm unfamiliar with. If we've had a ride tale from there before, it's been some time. Are there enough of those nice roads for an UN?

Thanks!


Wisconsin has some terrific areas to ride, along the Mississippi, the Kettle Moraine, Door County, into Upper Michigan, and the HD Museum in Milwaukee grin
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#633116 - 09/05/10 03:18 AM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: Twisties]
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Originally Posted By: Twisties
Are there enough of those nice roads for an UN?


It's not out of the question. I think the entire area of SW Wisconsin (everything circled in blue on the map below) is pretty much like what I was describing: valleys, bluffs, and tons of scenic, twisty roads with good pavement. Do like I did - stay off the main highways, stick to the lettered county roads - and you're just about guaranteed a good time.

There are also various non-riding distractions:

-entertaining artifice? see House on the Rock.

-natural wonders? See Devil's Lake State Park, or Cave of the Mounds.

-Architecture? See Taliesin.

I'm not in a position to organize an Un there, but if someone else does, I'd definitely attend.


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#633160 - 09/05/10 12:37 PM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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A most excellent and enjoyable ride tale. thumbsup
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#633233 - 09/05/10 07:44 PM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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I grew up in Madison and attended UW there, and I loooooved your photos, especially the capitol at night. Great shot!! Every time I visit I walk on the Capitol Square, then down State St, up Bascom Hill to the top, and end up sitting on the Union Terrace watching the sailboats. Thank you for the wonderful, nostalgic journey through Wisconsin!

Candy


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#633253 - 09/05/10 09:55 PM Re: Dances With Cows [Re: Twisties]
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Originally Posted By: Twisties
Where's the beef? smile

Great introduction to a part of the country I'm unfamiliar with. If we've had a ride tale from there before, it's been some time. Are there enough of those nice roads for an UN?

Thanks!



The number of options for roads in the southwest of Wisconsin and southeast of Minnesota is almost endless, though I never thought of this as an area for really spirited riding. Part of that is the beauty of the area, and part of it is knowing that there are many potential hazards:

-Lots of small farms means lots of drives entering the road (from driveways, hay fields, county/town roads)Lots of farm-related traffic (hay wagons, manure spreaders, haybines)-

-In certain locations, Amish buggies

-Limited site lines due to terrain and vegetation

But even with these things in mind, I feel it would make a very nice location for an Un. There is a reason it is called God’s Country.

And one more thing…

When you are ready to trade your gasoline-powered two wheels for some human powered two-wheel adventure, you are in the heart of some of the country’s best bike trails.

Sparta-Elroy Bike Trail

Minnesota bike trails
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