Jen and I have a beautifully restored 1966 BMW R60 /2 motorcycle. I wanted to bring it in to the photo studio at which I am a new member. The SOPHA has a lot to offer the novice and experienced photographer. The membership program includes a certain amount of included studio time. I used some of my time to shoot the /2 (in BMW circles, the model is referred to as “slash two”). Jud and Brian came along to assist me getting the bike unloaded and into the studio building. Let’s just say there were minor adjustments that needed to be made with the pickup truck, ramps, and loading dock.
Once inside, we had to consider how to position the subject and the lighting. Black, shiny, and curved objects do not make life easy for the novice photographer. Here are a couple of shots from the evening.
BMW R60 /2 from the front
And a couple more of Jud and Brian.
Jud practicing his racing position
Brian working the shot
It certainly was a learning experience. I don’t think I got any really great shots from the evening. These shots shown here are not perfect by any means. I have several more that I have yet to evaluate. We did enjoy the shoot. I learned a lot…and that I have a lot more to learn about photography. There is so much to it: lighting, composition, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc., etc., etc. But I am enjoying it very much. Press on!
A quick thanks to MAX BMW Motorcycles for the great restoration.
I have an interest in motor vehicles. I like cars, trucks, motorcycles…even boats, I suppose. And I like photography. There are endless subjects and opportunities to combine these things. I started reading photography and car forums online to see what are the proper techniques and to get some pointers on how to take good photos. Let me tell you right now, it’s really hard to get the image that you want. Those magazine photographs were not done by mistake. It’s a little daunting to think about all of the components of really good photography. And there is a lot of material freely available online how to do it.
Here is a really nice shot I found online in a Canon forum:
Example of nice composition and lighting. Photo credit within photograph.
It is really tough to shoot a black vehicle. The BMW above uses the light from the sky to nicely show the curves of the car. The wheels are shown at a very nice perspective in the photograph.
So, here was my first attempt at shooting my black Toyota Tacoma. I found an abandoned garage that still belongs to the State of New Hampshire. I spotted the location while driving past it one day. It is clearly no longer in use. I may use it for a location to shoot my 1966 BMW R60 /2, but we’ll see.
Reflections in the body...not good!
Too small - where's the truck?
The classic 3/4 view of a vehicle. But those reflections in the door!
Well, it’s a start. I had taken about 60 shots that day. I discarded all but 8. I learned that reading is very useful, but it really comes together with practical experience. One has to get out there and apply the things learned in order to improve.
I went to London, England on a work trip in March, 2011. I brought along a compact digital camera to take some shots of this fabulous city.
Everyone smokes in London, I guess. Is the Catherine Wheel, an ancient torture device, an interesting reference?
The Shard is the tall building going up in the distance. This was shot at More London, Tooley Street. Its near the Tower Bridge.
Theres a new statue in London of a horses head. It is meant to symbolize Britains love of horses. This is at Marble Arch.
Some things do come in half measures.
Saint Pauls Cathedral
Jerry Dawson in his favorite setting
Miss B having some dessert
Their place, their rules...
J and N
It was a long week at the office. I was glad to have had a little bit of time to visit with friends who live there.