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San Antonio

Posted by DavidMW Jan 7, 2008

The famous Alamo, right in the middle of the city (see map), gives a fascinating overview of early Texas history:






Also circling downtown San Antonio is the Riverwalk, a long stretch of restaurants along the San Antonio river.  It has been in development since the end of World War 2 and is still expanding.  See the map below for the locations of the four photos below.  (Because the Riverwalk is surrounded by tall buildings, the GPS was slightly off, but still pretty good.  The Motion Picture Browser software however has a nice feature that allows you to adjust the pinpoint to the right spot.  The yellow pins are the ones I moved.)






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More snow in Chicago

Posted by DavidMW Dec 17, 2007

Another Sunday morning with snow in Chicago.  Here are a few photos around the neighborhood...

First some coffee at the famous Intelligentsia, always winning awards including a mention I remember about a year ago in USA Today: Top 10 places to get coffee.  (map included)

Going into the Catholic Church on Belmont...

One great thing about walking around Chicago is looking at the different materials on the buildings.  In this photo, from left to right: aluminum siding, fake stone, and classic old-time brick and metal.  The fake stone is really wild.

Here is a photo of Clark and Roscoe with the train.  Nothing like a clear blue sky with snow on the ground.

As anyone living in Chicago knows, there are many bars that are aligned with an individual college, especially the Big Ten schools.  I always liked this place because they claim allegiance with not just one, but all the Big Ten schools, as well as the Cubs. 

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Lincoln Avenue on an icy morning

If anyone is looking to buy a place, this look like a nice place!

Close by is Dinkel's bakery, a great family bakery in the city.

Nearby is the Paulina Meat Market, where you can buy a nice dinner for most occasions.

Just up the street is Lincoln Square, a street of many stores and restaurants.  Many have a German influence.

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I lent the Sony GPS to my friend Sean Hartnett, who is a photographer and marathon correspondent for Track and Field News and The Kenyan Athlete.  At the NYC Marathon, he was on a lead vehicle photographing the elite men.  The GPS worked!  Watch the slideshow below or click through to see the photos geotagged in Picasa. All photos copyright Sean Hartnett, 2007.


Click here to see Sean's photos on a Picasa Google Map:

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A perfect day for a marathon this year in New York.  I had a great view of the start. 


Below is a movie clip of the start, taken with the Sony GC1 Net-Sharing Cam.  The start cannon was a powerful blast.  Notice the camera shake when the start cannon goes off (even with the camera's stability feature enabled).



Elite men at the start...



FDNY and NYPD challenge at the start...



High five...



26.2 miles to go...



40,000 going on to the bridge...



Cheering on Swedish runners...


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I had a blast on Saturday in New York watching the qualifying race for the 2008 men’s Olympic marathon team.  The course was about five laps in Central Park, so it was a great race for spectators.


I brought my camera and the GPS with me.  It is easy to get turned around in Central Park, so it was great to have the location information attached to the photos.  When I viewed the photos after the race, I could see where I was when they were taken.


I am still learning the camera (Sony DSC-W80) and am trying to find the best settings for taking “action” shots with moving objects (runners).  Does anyone have any suggestions?


Below is a video of Ryan Hall, the winner, at mile 19.


Additional Links: Course map Results Recap Website Video





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I will be using and reviewing the Sony GPS-CS1KA camera at running events in Chicago and around the country, including the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials and the ING New York City Marathon.

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