Motor and carbs in place

May 26th, 2010


Motor and carbs in place

Originally uploaded by cgancos

The ‘78 CB550 is coming along nicely, but, I suppose I won’t know how good my handiwork was until I try and start it. After a little bit of a struggle, the motor is now in the frame. The carburetors have been cleaned and rebuilt and have been attached to the motor, along with the air filter pods. The ignition coils have been put in place. The spark plugs and oil filter have been changed. The 4 into 1 header is almost on. The next step will be trying to figure out the rest of the electrical system. I have a mangled wire harness that appears to have been cut and spliced in multiple places. Since I won’t be using some of the electrical components that come on these bikes from the factory, I may end up making my own wire harness (assuming I can decipher the wiring diagram found in the manual). I’m also on the fence about swapping the traditional “points” ignition for an electronic one…. I suppose we’ll see what happens….

For more pictures of this bike click here.

Wedding Photos

May 25th, 2010


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Originally uploaded by cgancos

I did the photography for a special wedding. Photos can be seen here.

Google AdSense Test

May 21st, 2010

More HDR

May 21st, 2010


Geese and slide

Originally uploaded by cgancos

Chutes, ladders, and Geese

Here’s another picture from the weekend I spent at PBC. This is a picture taken from the “Ark” which can be found in the previous post. The family of geese just happened to be waddling by and I figured it’d be a good opportunity for a few pictures.

The Ark…. of PBC

May 21st, 2010


The Ark

Originally uploaded by cgancos


Myrtle Beach Panorama

May 3rd, 2010


Myrtle Beach Panorama

Originally uploaded by cgancos

This one turned out a lot better than I expected. The shot was taken from the balcony of our 4th floor hotel room. I used the trial version of Arcsoft’s Panorama Maker to stitch two images together. I feel like you get a little more bang for your buck with this particular image. Ocean, beach, pier, swimming pool, clouds and even the beginnings of a wedding. I think this could have greatly benefat (benefited ?) from a touch of HDR, but I have yet to perfect the art of merging panorama and HDR.

There are a few other good shots I snagged at the beach, some of which have already been uploaded to my Flickr page, while others will come later.

Dos Hondas en me Sustantivo

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

April 28th, 2010


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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

April 22nd, 2010


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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.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cgancos/sets/72157623890173270/

The Future Is Now (Augmented Driving)

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