Slow Travel 17th February 2020

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
  • 2020:02:17 14:44:39
  • 0.008 s (1/125) (1/125)
  • f/5.0
  • 2000
  • 2020:02:15 20:06:52
  • 30.30m
  • No
  • 160.00 (160/1)

Shot Notes

The start of 2020 has been very relaxing. For the first time since I can remember, I have no deadlines. Last year I set myself so many targets I often had to drive past photographic opportunities like Uluru because there was no time. This year I have been free to thoroughly explore each location and experiment with subjects under a range of lighting conditions.

My electric mountain bike has been invaluable this year. I finally got an inverter so it can be recharged off grid. Each sunny day I pick a direction and cycle about 10km stopping frequently to shoot. Even if it is rough dirt tracks and steep hills the 10 year old bike battery still has enough juice for a 20km round trip anywhere. By the time I get back to the van its 100watt solar panel has collected just enough sunshine to recharge the bike.

On rainy days I planned to process images but at the moment I am having so much fun flying up and down hills there is almost no power left for the laptop. The upside is in 2020 I have travelled more miles using renewables than with fossil fuels. In 2019 I drove so much the van battery could be topped up with the alternator. Now I am travelling slowly I need the power from the sun more than ever. I plan to add a 350watt solar panel to the van so I will no longer have to ration laptop time to a few hrs per month. Hopefully increasing the output of fossil free photos from photons.

I realised the reason I am getting so much enjoyment from this bike is because it is the first time I have ridden a mountain bike on a real mountain. The tough design is great for going downhill on any terrain and because it is electric it is happy going uphill too.

5 Responses to “Slow Travel”

  1. 1
    Benz World Blog » New Year:

    […] My 2020 resolution is to embrace¬†the spirit of slow travel. […]

  2. 2

    Lovely photo but is there still smoke in the air?

  3. 3
    Jason Benz:

    Thanks, The smoke has gone here, Most of east coast has had a good dose of rain causing some areas to flood.

  4. 4

    The bike looks in its element. What is the kit on the handlebars?

  5. 5
    Jason Benz:

    Water bottle, for some reason there are no studs to attach on the frame. Also have light, bell, compass and battery indicator on bars.

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