Digital Nomad; processing and backing up images on the road.

Given that I aim to fund my travels as best I can by working from the road, I carry a relatively vast collection of electronic devices. It’s by far the heaviest part of my setup and somewhat at odds with the rest of my ultralight gear – but a necessary burden when I’m away for so long. Here’s an overview of what I use, the programs I like, details on my travel work flow, and some advice on backing up images. Apple’s Macbook Air’s packs a real punch for its weight. Battery life…

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Bikepacking Parque Los Nevados, Colombia.

Manizales – Villa Maria – Potosí – Laguna del Otún – Potosí – Cabañas de Brisas – Termalez de Ruiz – Manizales There’s just time to squeeze in one more bikepack before I head back to New Mexico… Lying a few hundred kilometres west of Bogota, and jutting high above the surrounding coffee plantations of Colombia’s Zona Cafetera, I plan my trip to Los Nevados between a visit to Medellin’s Sunday Ciclovia, and the capital’s car-free Earth Day. This four day adventure in the Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes is shared with fellow backcountry enthusiast Nick Gault (be sure to check out…

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El Huevito’s night out in New Mexico.

I admit to a near perpetual yearning for the next big trip; travel hopes and aspirations are forever poking and prodding into the more foreign nooks and crannies of my mind. But if truth be told, I’m often more than happy subsisting on shot-in-the-arm overnighters, especially if they’re en famille and better still, in New Mexico. A night under stars, or around a campfire with friends, or coddled in sleeping bags beneath tarp, can do true wonders for the soul. This mid week dirt road excursion – just a stone’s lob from Santa…

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Review: Ground Effect Body Bag

The Body Bag in Guatemala, after a trip to Cuba in 2010. On this occasion, I rode out to Havana at sunrise. Sourced some protective cardboard from a janitor. Then popped it in the back of a minibus to avoid the traffic chaos of Guatemala City. No one looks forward to the Russian Roulette of transporting a bike by plane. But when the deed has to be done, several methods exist to help best negotiate the ordeal, be it using cardboard bike boxes found in the local bike store, specialist vault-like…

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El Huevito’s Bristolian Overnighter (amongst wild garlic and fairies)

For this little nugget of a ride, we dipped into Bristol’s pretty greenbelt fringes, making our way to the petite and idyllic Bourton Coombe. On a carpet of wild garlic – and possibly amongst a family of fairies – we enjoyed a summer’s night under tarp, before rolling back to the city along the traffic-free Festival Way (Sustrans route 33), lingering at playgrounds as we went. If you would like to keep up with where I am between tardy blog entries, I keep my While Out Riding Facebook page more regularly…

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The Best Canon RF Lenses for Travel and Outdoor Photographers

In preparing to update my photography quiver for the new line of Canon’s mirrorless lenses, I went through a period of researching and testing the new lens line. My questions about each lens and how they compare to each other were not sufficiently answered online, and so I thought I should publish my summarizations of each lens, including their strengths and weaknesses. I will plan to keep this document current as new lenses are released. The New Canon RF Lenses: which are the best for you? By all accounts, the…

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Mongolia… coming soon! | While Out Riding

To those who may be interested, this blog will be jumpstarted back to life when I return from Mongolia. That’s just 10 days from now. In the meantime, I’ve been sharing snippets of the journey via my Instagram feed. You can check up on progress here (whether or not you have an Instagram account). Each photo has an extended caption; effectively, mini-insights into what it’s like to travel and cycle across this remarkable country. I’ve also been regularly updating my Tumblr page with collections of images. Being picture heavy, it takes some time to load…

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A Death in Harlem

After losing her grandmother to COVID-19, marketing executive Tamika Hall then had to take over for vanishing hospice services in Harlem and help lead her father to the best death she could. It seems to me that the story of this pandemic is as much as anything, a story of the failure of technology. Not just the big healthcare failings or smaller infrastructure glitches like the busy signals I’ve been getting while trying to make calls from my New York apartment, but social technology, the innovations that we built to…

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Hamburg Sketch Journal (Sketches from Hamburg, Germany)

Copic marker, ink and watercolor sketches from Hamburg, Germany. As soon as we arrive at our hotel in Hamburg to celebrate my Uncle’s eightieth birthday, I know I have to get out to a laundromat. My wife, my son and I have just taken our clothes to their filthy limit on the previous leg of our trip. It’s scorching hot in Hamburg — over 100 degrees fahrenheit — but I am determined to find a laundromat so we have fresh clothes before our long-lost relatives descend on Germany’s second largest…

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Multi-Frame: Q&A with Sarah Palmer

Photographer Sarah Palmer on her process, blending images at Trump rallies, and accessing Celine Dion without a press pass. Canadian photographer Sarah Palmer’s unique double-exposure photography blends the emotion and theatrics of politics, sports, and even music into complex and nuanced imagery. It’s a niche she’s developed over years, and has employed for clients such as Buzzfeed News, The Walrus, and The Washington Post. But that wasn’t always the case. Palmer, who talked to R&K from her home in Toronto, still remembers her first portfolio review, in which a top…

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