Archive for April, 2010

Dos Hondas en me Sustantivo

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

HDR Honda x2

Originally uploaded by cgancos

I spent the other day polishing and putting various parts on the depressingly naked motorcycle. I managed to get it to the point where it would actually roll. The gas tank that’s sitting on the bike will not be used. The inside of the tank smells like a mix of the gasoline and oil from a 1908 Ford Model T after sitting for 112 years. Also, the tank is so terribly rusted that I’m surprised it holds that rancid liquid. I played around with the height of the headlight and I think I’ll keep it where it sits (see photo). However, I did just pick up the windscreen from a Buell Cyclone that I hope will fit and look alright. That may play a part in the mounting height of the headlight.

It’s almost time to put in the motor!

1978 Honda CB550

Backyard HDR

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

hdrPanorama 1_ dark_ light_tonemapped

Originally uploaded by cgancos

I decided that I’d try my hand at an HDR panorama. It actually didn’t turn out too bad. My lens hood did get in the way but I don’t think it affected the photo all that much. The photo is not a full resolution shot as I used the trial version of Panorama Maker 5 (photo stitch utility).

Blue Angels in Charleston

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

This past weekend I made my way to Charleston, SC to spend some time with a few friends. While there, the Blue Angels were doing an air show over the Charleston Harbor. As I recall, this was one of the photos I snapped by just pointing the camera at the sky without even looking through the viewfinder. It actually turned out to be one of my favorites.

Here are a few other photos I took during the weekend.

The Future Is Now (Augmented Driving)

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Being a technology nut, I find joy in stuff like this. This is an application for the iPhone where the phone is meant to be mounted on the windshield of a car (much like a GPS device) with a clear view of the road ahead. The application will display the road ahead while overlaying a few additional items. For example, it will highlight the lane that you’re driving in. It will notify you when you begin to change lanes as well as if there is a vehicle (or object) in front of you. I think that some of the notifications would get rather annoying, but it appears that there are a fair amount of options that can be changed. The author claims an average of 10 frames-per-second, which seems reasonable for this type of application. If I had an iPhone and I would snatch this up in a heartbeat. The app can be purchased for a mere $3!

Official app website

UFC Charlotte

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

UFC Charlotte panorama full image

Originally uploaded by cgancos

Here’s a few shots taken with my dinky little point and shoot camera, then merged into one. By “dinky” I mean 12 mega-pixels. This was made with three different shots shortly before the fights started at the Bojangles Colosseum.

’72 Norton

Monday, April 12th, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

Here’s the latest addition to my mechanical collection. 1972 Norton Commando 750 turned chopper. Soft hard-tail. Front springer. Double head lights. King/Queen seat. This thing has it all. It’s even equipped with rust! Few of these British-built bikes made it to the US, making it a collectors item.