I have a treat for you today. One of the most beautiful bikes I have ever seen is my buddy’s custom 1979 BMW R100RS. He bought the bike in the UK last year with the intention of making some minor tweaks and repairs. He ended up completely taking it down to the frame and building it back up from scratch. We talked about photographing it for a long time and last week I finally got the opportunity.
We both had many ideas, most circling around capturing the bike in motion. The route we picked was not one of the “busy” Naples’ freeways, but rather quiet and traffic free. After dialing in my settings and getting some initial trial shots to fine tune we began. Aaron was riding his bike, his wife was driving the car, and I was going from right to left to back, leaning out each of the windows and shooting away. Since I wanted the awesome, skewed view that only my Nikon 14-24mm wide-angle lens can provide, Aaron knew he would need to get close to me. With some basic hand signals I was able to guide him where I needed him and the camera took it from there. All in all, the entire shoot went ultra smooth and I got exactly what I wanted. I am still going through the photos, but I wanted to share my first few favorites with you today.
The first shot will give you a full view of the bike, taken at the beach just north of Lago Patria. The next few shots I took while leaning out of the car windows. It was pretty difficult to get a good balance between clarity, shutter speed, background blur, and exposure, but I am happy with the results. The last shot is a little blurry, but I don’t think it really detracts from the scene. Anyways, enjoy!
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