Garmin VIRB XE & OBD2

Well, I have tried the Garmin Virb XE in combination with a cheap converter cable going from BMW Motorrad 10 pin diagnostic plug to standard OBD2 plug and then plug in an even cheaper LM327 compatible bluetooth OBD2 dongle to see if I could send realtime data from the ECU to the Garmin so it can be used for overlays in video.

Well, guess what, it works. Happy

Right now, it is a big laggy, which is caused by the BT dongle I used: these cheap $9.95 dongles are not very fast. They work as advertised, but they are very slow. However, the priority was seeing if it works on a motorcycle before spending $100 on a plug.

I can get the following realtime data from the bike to the camera:
  • Speed
  • RPM
  • Engine load
  • Coolant temperature
  • Intake temperature
  • Throttle position

Now that I know it works, I will need to see if I can somehow get rid of the conversion cable under the saddle. The plug is rather big and the wires not that long, so it will probably be a little challenge to make everything fit considering the lack of space under the saddle.

Keep you posted on progress!

Garmin VIRB XE Test

A quick not all that interesting test clip from a Garmin VIRB XE, which I will be using on my trips from now on. I will try to shoot more video. Happy

Back from Ireland

We're back form Ireland so now it's time to sort out the photos. I took a lot, so it will take some time. But there's some nice ones in there. Here's one while I work on them.
K1200S on the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland


Well, the upcoming trip to Ireland is getting closer and closer. Getting excited! Gore-Tex jacket is ready. Happy This trip will be the big test for the Fuji X-T1, as it is the first big trip the camera will go on. When I get back, I guess I will know wether or not I made the right choice to move from a D800 dSLR to a smaller APS-C X-TRANS mirrorless ILC… Hopefully the fact I process with Lightroom doesn't come back to bite me in the ass as I really do not want to learn a different processing program.

Anyway, I hope I come back with some shots worth printing. We'll have to wait and see!

Sometimes, all it takes is beer.



Kasselburg Castle, near Gerolstein (Vulkaneifel, Germany)


Fuji Test Shots



Huelight color profiles

Ok, this is a bit of a shout out to Colin Walker from Color Fidelity who makes some amazing color correction profiles for Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. These profiles are calibrated and provide you with the best possible colors from your camera as a proper starting point for your raw development. I used these for my Nikon D800 and I got them again for my Fuji X-T1 and they give equally amazing results.

To see if he has a profile for your camera available, check out one of the links below.


These profiles only cost $15 but speed up your workflow dramatically as you start with the proper baseline. Check it out. I don't think you will be disappointed, but at just $15 there isn't a whole lot you've got to lose anyway.

Not affiliated in any way shape or form, just a happy user.

Fuji Test Shots

Last one. Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam from the 12 floor of the "Toren op Zuid" building.


Fuji Test Shots

Another test shot with the Fuji. Erasmus Bridge and skyline Rotterdam


Fuji Test Shots

Fuji test shot. Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam