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28 July 2016

Around here you don't need a drone to take aerials. The hills are alive with the sound of ... oh, wait. The hills suffice, suffice to say.

Twin Peaks. The last stretch.

But you do have to be able to get up the hills to take advantage of their unique perspective. This sometimes involves wheels. Sometimes hiking boots.

When we wheel up on the bike, this is the last hill we have to conquer before we're at the top. It has a rude little incline about midway that just about takes our breath away.

We used to put our head down and keep pushing until we would see a certain splat of white paint on the asphalt. Then they repaved the thing.

They put a nice crosswalk in, too, as you can see. We do use it on the way down when we're hiking. Sometimes you need all the help you can get to cross that road.

We shot this before one such descent.

We used an Olympus E-PL1 with the 14-42mm kit lens zoomed to 30mm at f5.0 with Aperture Priority on a dull day and 1/1250 second with ISO 200.

The Raw capture was converted to a DNG with Adobe's free DNG Converter. That file was processed with Piccure+ (which really brought out the details) and then slightly manipulated the Clarity, Highlights and Shadows in Adobe Camera Raw.

Then, of course, we ruined the whole thing by resizing it to 500 pixels long and running the Smart Sharpener tool on it before sharing it with you.

But then it is titled Downhill, after all.

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