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Messages - Tom van Brits

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Big Oil I'll subscribe and read this thread/RR once back in SA since I csn unfortunately not see your pics here on Gough Island. Think the host you are using is blocked for us.

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Happy Birthday Mrs. Zog  :thumleft:
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Kawasaki KLR 600/650 / Re: Show us your KLR
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:40:24 pm »
Those Airfilters are cheap and easy to get to. I had 2 on rotation, washed in 'Clean Green' and dried while I fit the other one.
I washed my bike every Friday night or Saturday morning and then swobbed the filters around.
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Photography / Re: Learning photography
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:16:05 pm »
Stunning picture Cap, sharp detailed picture and that with such a small sensor on the drone camera.
Well-done  :thumleft:
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Kawasaki KLR 600/650 / Re: Anyone out there ??
« on: May 12, 2018, 01:36:06 pm »
I don't know if the forum 'KLR Clan' still runs, but there were always a lot of info especially on the tech days.

However, if you need a good KLR mechanic pm Groenie
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Nice RR and have to agree that you pack the bike really neat!  :thumleft:
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Triumph Tigers and Twins / Re: Calling all 1200 explorer owners....
« on: May 07, 2018, 01:57:30 pm »
Stunnig bike, looks brand new! Enjoy  :thumleft:
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About South Africa... / Re: Birds of South Africa
« on: May 06, 2018, 09:43:38 pm »
Still nice pics Frank. Bird ID in first pic 6310?
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Ai sorry to read about the toe Mrs A! Good on you for that 'klap' on Zog man, although he is my buddy he deserved it  :3some:  :imaposer:
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:52:03 pm »
Seems almost all these birds love Squid!

Last picture of a Tristan Albatross flying by.
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: May 05, 2018, 12:16:30 pm »
That Franklin Gull is really pretty, looks like it dipped its head and wing tips into an inkwell.


Yes Ri they are stunning little birds, and I was so lucky to be there at the right time and place to capture the picture. Also rather happy that I did get a good exposure, because it was now confirmed to be the first sighting on Gough. A poor quality picture would have left some doubt in the identification of the bird.

The weather is rather miserable, I am 'touch wood' surprised that we still have internet!
Happy Weekend!
Jy vang daai oomblik net reg om 'n besonderse foto te maak!
Ek is bly jou tyd is amper om, maar gaan jou foto's mis.
Jy het heel nuwe węreld vir my oop gemaak wat ek van geweet het, maar nooit insig van gehad het nie.
Baie dankie!

Dankie Oubones!

Very special to get replies on the thread!  :thumleft:

Herewith two old favorites; sometimes you only get one change, and to get a picture of the Great Shearwaters like this is pure luck.
A lot of patience as well which I can tell some of my team mates do not share - I see them going down to crane point to try and capture nice flying bird pics but after 15 to 30 minutes return unsatisfied. It is almost like fishing, waiting for the fish to take the bait and then the skill to land it. I do share all my information freely, like all the camera setting I prefer and my technique. I can recall back in the day how secretive some of the photographers were on the island, like a chef with his/her secret recipe. Not saying my pictures is the best here because I actually got a good idea it is not, I am just sharing my results but looking at some of the camera gear in the team like for instance the one guy: Nikon D810 and a couple of pro lenses. The value of the one lens he is sometimes using is around R35K new! I have seen some pictures taken by one of the ladies with an Olympus 'micro four thirds camera' with a pro lens and was stunned by the image quality. I have come to realize that the myth of photographers getting a lot of money for a good nature/bird or whatever shot is just that, a myth.... To survive as a photographer you need to have a market and constantly produce, or an art gallery and do exhibitions  and so on. Most do freelance (or permanent) media photography and or events. The bargain I got from receiving all this photographic gear (and buying/adding more equipment) is the learning curve, very educational and ongoing and the bargain is that I do get to capture this amazing Islands - or at least parts thereof in a beautiful collection.
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Ride Reports / Re: Oasis for the Soul... and the Social
« on: April 28, 2018, 03:43:29 pm »
Great RR from you once again Ri, you should ride and write more often!  :deal: :3some:

A couple of your pictures are actually very nice like for example the very last one - good composition and exposure. Since you have a good internet connection read up on how to set up your camera's play back to include the histogram. Also learn to read the histogram correctly and then your photos will literally improve instantly. There should be many youtube tutorials about histogram. My spects are out of date and I do not shoot pictures with my glases since the camera's view finder has got a little optical adjustment wheel to compensate for bad eyesight. The problem is reviewing the picture on the lcd screen which I then need my glasses for....so I do not review the actual picture but only the histogram and on the histogram I can clearly see weather the picture will work or not. Once you understand it (very simple) you will be much more pleased with the general outcome.

That low on fuel hand signal on a motor vehicle is a problem though :eek7: .
Like you have said, on a bike you indicate the tank and if there is a speed trap ahead you tab the top of your head (helmet) with the hand. That has saved me from speed fines back in the day.
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:26:06 pm »
That is very cool, thank you to Santjie also!

You've dreamt and planned to go to the Glen for a long time, and then did it twice in 1 tour, something no one else has done in quite some time. That is something you'll take with you when you leave.

Maybe Santjie and Zach will one day appreciate the opportunity you gave them by dragging them along ;-). That night on the way back from your Glen hike with Santjie must be etched in your minds forever - outstanding courage and endurance :o.

True Ri, I am not a 'mucho man' and must say on the 25th of Nov when Santjie went with me to the Glen on the coastal route she truly out performed me in endurance. She was at the time way more fit and I know she could have made it out that night and I wanted her to continue when my wheels finally came off near the top end of the ridge. To make matters worse it was dark and started raining. However, she was not prepared to leave me alone and although we only had emergency sheltering (Mountain buvy bags) she stayed with me the night and I recall first light was at 4am when we just continued hiking out in the rain.

With Zach it was rather a different story, although he is half my age and also very tall (Santjie is also a lot taller than me which help a lot here on the island hikes) he was a bit out of his comfort zone hiking for so many hours and with a heavy backpack. He also did not like the heights and slippery slopes and it did not help when I lost my footing at some stage and took what much have been rather a spectacular tumble  :imaposer: He is however a very pleasant hiking partner and I do not have any complaints. That night when we returned in the dark with our headlamps from Goneydale back to base we both were like horses that have smelled the stable....we were just on a roll and it is great memories.

So yes you are right Ri - it was legend and well always have that memory. Sure thing the dream for me was also to plot that routes on GPS and now I can leave that behind. There was always a lot of talk and staring at maps, team members trying to figure the way 'in' and now there are 3. The one I will recommend always if anyone asks me is the coastal route as long as it is not in November/December when the fur seals are breeding and protecting their harems!

Can't believe this day is gone, time flies!
Cheers  :thumleft:
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Mrs Zog I find this interesting as well, maybe because I am a medic and maybe because I sometimes like in the Winter suffers from a dry skin and also have some allergy issues. Luckily in my case simple aquas cream with a few drops of tea trea oil does the trick. Glad you got sorted and strongs with the work!  :thumleft:
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Photography / Re: Learning photography
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:44:09 pm »
Took a quick drone shot over our town this evening.
Cool pic, like it👍

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Yamaha XT & XTZ / Re: *** WD XT660R thread ***
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:25:25 pm »
Nobody with a bit of incite on what could be the problem? :peepwall:

Is you spark plug ok? I once experienced similar problems after fitting a brand new spark plug, changed back to the old one and started up every time no issue. Second to that valve clearance which you have already confirmed to be ok...the fuel pump sounds normal (way you describe)
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BMW 1200 LC / Re: What have you done to your R 1200 GS/A LC today?
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:18:13 pm »
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BMWPW this is a stunning picture of your bike. To me the blue Rally is just the most beautiful 1200.
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About South Africa... / Re: Birds of South Africa
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:58:49 pm »
Wow, great picks Frank  :thumleft:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: RIP - Lourens Hoffmann
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:17:20 pm »
RIP

Strongs to all
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Ride Reports / Re: Living the Dream Solo Around the World Trip
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:04:34 pm »
One week to go then it is off to Europe and the reporting will start again

Can't wait to continue reading Schalk! Enjoy all the way  :thumleft:
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