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June 7, 2008

AIDS LifeCycle 7 at Ventura

Yesterday, Darrel and I drove to Ventura to visit the AIDS LifeCycle camp at San Buenaventura State Beach. This is after 6 days of riding from San Francisco. Today they are riding into Los Angeles (Westwood) to finish the ride. There are 2500 riders this year, plus hundreds of volunteers, meaning it's bigger than ever. It was surprising how many familiar faces we saw and friends we ran into. My main goals were to locate Andy from Palm Springs and to attend the traditional candlelight vigil on the beach. The circle of people holding candles has gotten bigger and bigger every year, so that now they have set limits on how far the circle can go on the beach, and the participants form a double circle, with the inner circle sitting on the sand, so you see two rows of candles going around. The photos:

The complete set of photos is here.

Ventura Tent City
Tent City panorama taken when most of the riders were still out on the road.

Strangely Dead Tree (0062)
A strangely dead tree in the middle of camp.
It was totally, 100% dead, but still clung to its cones.

Ventura Tent City (0063)
Tent City later in the day, more completely filled.

Hot Coals Only (0061)

Shower Trucks (0028)
The new shower trucks which are reported to have more privacy (bad news) and more hot water (good news).

Gear (0024)
The gear trucks
, same as always, but there's more of them.

Andy (0066)
Andy from Palm Springs
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Welcoming Cyclists (0032)
Welcoming the cyclists to Ventura.

Triple (0049)
A triple.
The only triple on the ride, I'm pretty sure.

Tandem Recumbent Trike (0050)
Recumbent tandem trike.

Bike Friday and Dahon (0048)
A Bike Friday on the left, Dahon on the right.

Seatless Big-Pedaled Boardrunner Bike (0036)
Not on the ride, but belonging to a visitor
, this is a Boardrunner Bike. No seat, big fat pedals for standing up on.

Lorri Jean - LAGLC Director (0058)
On the left is Lorri Jean
, the director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, one of the two beneficiaries of the ride.

Bee on Padded Shorts (0064)
Somebody's ass smells like flowers!

Darrel (0073)
Darrel at the candlelight vigil on the beach
. I wasn't going to say anything about my newest camera, since I don't want to look like a cheap camera whore to my readers, but... Panasonic has a reputation for making good cameras with very long zoom plus very good image stabilization. I've kept my eye on them for a couple of years, just waiting for them to drop into the "trash camera" price range where I like to shop. $200 is the boundary. Below that is the trash camera price range. Right now Costco has a coupon giving a substantial rebate on the Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ4 bringing its final price down to $199! 8.1 megapixels, 10x optical zoom, effectively 28mm to 280 mm. It doesn't quite match Canon for color quality, but I was looking for a good telephoto at a low price. The Costco coupon expires tomorrow, I think.

These photos at the candlelight vigil are all handheld. The color's not great, but the images are pretty stable! I put the camera into "Night Scene" mode for these to test the automatic settings. Check out the exif data for the photo of Darrel, if you like. You'll see the camera set the ISO to 800 and used a shutter speed of one-eighth of a second.

Candlelight Vigil (0078)

Candlelight Vigil (0077)

Ventura Sunset (0069)
For this one I put the camera into "Sunset" mode, of course.

Filed under AIDS Rides,Cycling,Photography | permalink | June 7, 2008 at 12:03 PM

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