Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Weekend

This past weekend a few of my friends and I went up to ride the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, in Tioga County.  In addition to riding, John Hinderliter and I did some paddling along Pine Creek.  There wasn't enough water to clear all the bony sections, but it was fun nonetheless.  Besides a hard rain early Sunday morning, the weather was perfect....just hot enough to make us run to the creek after a ride.

Enjoy a gallery from the weekend. http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Pennsylvania-Grand-Canyon-June

And some photos -

Sunday, June 20, 2010

GAP Trail weekend

Mike and I rode from Cumberland, Maryland to Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania this weekend.  Partly because riding is cool, partly because the weather was great...but mainly because there was a beer festival in Ohiopyle that we couldn't miss!  The weather was incredible, maybe even a little too sunny along the exposed parts of the trail...like the 25 mile climb out of Cumberland to the Big Savage Tunnel.  Great weekend.

Enjoy a gallery of photos - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/GAP-Trail-Cumberland-0618

And a couple of cool shots

 on the way into Cumberland

waiting on the train

the train

the borden tunnel along the gap trail

salisbury viaduct

lagunitas ipa and dead guy ale

Monday, June 14, 2010

Gravity East Series @ Seven Springs, June 14th - GES #2

I spent yesterday hanging with some downhill buds who were racing and marshaling the Gravity East Series ( GES #2 ) at Seven Springs Resort.  What a fantastic day.  The practice runs were a bit muddy; you know that greasy, nasty crap that sends lesser mortals flying into the rocks and trees...  The traffic cleared that top layer off by race time and the course did pretty well.

Lots of great crashes, nothing too serious as far as I know. 

I can't believe how lucky we are in Pittsburgh.  All these single track trails around, and a decent gravity park less than an hour from my house.  Man, life is good.

Well here's a huge gallery of photographs from the day.  I'll probably be adding a few over the next day or so.

And here are a couple of shots.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

RAW with the S90 is just awesome

I currently have my Canon S90 set up to take both RAW and JPEG at the highest setting.  Sometimes I just don't want to mess around too much with the RAW and the JPEG looks good enough.  As a result this gives me an idea of just how good the RAW files from the S90 are when compared to the compressed JPEGs.

I went out for a walk in between the rain storms we've been having here in Pittsburgh today.  Great chance to stretch the legs and maybe get a good shot or two.  I only really got one good one before it started raining again and forced me inside.  

Well this is the shot

I think it's pretty cool.  But when I looked at the JPEG I was blown away by the loss of color in the flower and detail in the asphalt road beneath it.

Here's a comparison

Obviously the RAW shot is brighter and more colorful.  Yes, I could tone it down a bit, but the JPEG cannot match the vibrancy of the RAW unless I spend a good deal of time on it.  The glistening raindrops could be dodged, but still....  

I love RAW

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Troegs at OTB Beer Club

Last night the members of OTB's Beer Club were treated to some delicious beers from Troegs Brewing Company out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The menu included some old favorites like Troegenator Double Bock, Java Head Stout, HopBack Amber Ale.  In addition, we were treated to two limited edition runs from their Scratch Beer Series....Bock - 30, which was a nice tasty bock of course...and 27 Stout, which was a milky, chocolaty magnificent creation. 

Gallery from the evening - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/BCOTB-Troegs-0607

27 Stout

Justin parked out front

The gang BS'ing

My ride home along 2nd Ave

Monday, June 7, 2010

Frick and Boston

A few days ago I went for a short walk in Frick to heal up the knee, I guess it kind of worked because I can run now again without too much pain....while out I grabbed a few photos, of course.  

Gallery here - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Frick-Park-0601

I dig this one.

This past weekend I went up to Boston to visit my friend Stephanie and get a tour of Bean Town.  Great weather, spent Saturday on the bike and walking around town.

Gallery here - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/boston-0605

Here are a few shots I took