Cotton Candy for the Eyes

A look at the camera equipment I'm taking with me for capturing those moments along the way.

They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day
I got an iPhone* camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

-Paul Simon

With a kaleidoscope of colors, varied and vast landscapes, unique mid-century motel architecture, iconic roadside neon signs and the richness of the people I am privileged to meet along the way, I expect the visuals on this journey to be stunning.   And while I want to capture the essence of these highway icons from the past, I don’t want to be using vintage equipment.  So for now, here is what I am taking so I won’t miss those ‘magic moments’.

My bike has the BMW Navigator VI GPS and because of that, it pairs with the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 for video.  As I am not one who wants to have a camera mounted on my helmet, I have installed it to the bike using the handlebar mount that Garmin sells.   My plan is to provide short, edited video at regular intervals on the trip and post it to the Facebook page, so you can follow the journey.

And in all deference to Paul Simon and Nikon, I mostly plan on using my iPhone 8 Plus camera to take stills and the occasional video. The iPhone 8 will always be easily accessible. This 12-mega-pixel camera should provide me with enough options to capture almost all that I want and need.  The wide angle has an aperture of f/1.8 and the telephoto has f/2.8.  However, there are shots that will require a more advanced piece of equipment and for that I am using the Sony A6000 24-mega-pixel camera that can also shoot video.

I need to point out I am not a professional photographer.  I seem to get lucky a lot.  However, I will practice taking photos with the iPhone and using the tips I found on

Finally, if you have any suggestion, have particular experience you wish to share or if there is a piece of equipment you feel I need please let me know!

*Sorry Mr. Simon I couldn’t resist the edit

  1. Wayne Sprague says:

    best wishes on your travels. take a picture or capture an image at each state line that you cross. it will be a fun way to check off the progress along the way. consider posting to Instagram if you have not already. -Wayne (from Jay Peak)

    • Drew Beattie The Motelorcyclist says:

      Thanks Wayne! I plan on regular posts on Instagram as well as adding to The Motelorcyclist Facebook page that is growing into a (relative) large community. Hopefully we can get together when I spring by your way.

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