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    • I like to have a retrospective every year too - where I go back and pick the best bike photos I've taken in the previous set of 12. I've been posting them up on the Magazine's FB page like this:

      The Knuckleduster.
      This was shot with a Nikon D800 with Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens. It was set at F2,
      1/5000th, ISO200. It has had some post production in Photoshop.
      The location is Petrie Village north of Brisbane. Partly cloudy.
      Normally I don't like to shoot Harleys off tarmac,
      but there are exceptions - e.g.
      This all worked 'period wise' and the background
      structure and complimentary colors are what I spend quite a lot of time looking
      for.
      Always start with a location and then 'see' the
      bike in it.
      I brought the bike down the paddock as far as we could to get better separation from the busy background.

    • Softail Low Rider S.
      Shot with a Nikon Z6 and Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens.
      It was set at F1.8, 1/500th, ISO400.
      The location is Meeandah - east of Brisbane. Sunny.

      Saturday afternoon I was scouting for locations in the Industrial areas
      between the Brisbane River and the Airport when I rode past this huge
      building that was in the process of being gutted. I rolled slowly in and
      there were a few sparkies having a smoko around their scissor lifts so I
      asked if they minded if I took some pics of the bike – keeping well out
      of their way. One was a Harley guy so it was all go. After briefing him
      on the bike I rode down to the other end of the massive cavern.
      Background interest, complimentary colours and interesting light.
      Find the location and 'see' the bike in it.

      I positioned the bike as far as possible from the wall behind to get
      better separation to enhance the Z Lens' shallow DOF and sharpness.
      Also shot from a reasonably low angle to remove some of the side stand lean. Brings in more of the interesting roof too.

    • Being fresh in memory, this morning's ride I made a honest effort to assume the thoughtful advice above..

      Always start with a location and then 'see' the
      bike in it.

      The result:

      if I hang around here long enough may even get a better camera! Thanks Dave!

    • Electra Gide Standard.

      Shot with a Nikon Z6 with Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens.
      It was set at F2.2, Six seconds, ISO400. It has had some post-production in
      Photoshop.

      The location is Wynnum - east of Brisbane. Clear, just after dusk.

      I like how the rails lead to the bike and the colours work.

      You’ve seen this location a lot. It’s not far from home and the lighting in the gazebo that I park in front of gives an excellent glow for long exposures looking over Raby Bay and my preference for a clean backdrop. There’s usually plenty of planes for light trails too.

      I think one of the keys to night photography while riding a motorcycle is identifying areas of ambient/native light to use. It’s hard to carry too much in the way of photo lights yourself, so the first thing I look for puddles are of light that will make the bike as bright or slightly brighter than its surroundings - then to the backdrop.

    • I have a couple more examples of using naturally occurring lighting.

      This one is parked just under a massive backlit advertising billboard. You can see the flares from it on the exhaust. The advertising is text on a white background = mega softbox.

    • The Street Glide.
      Shot with a Nikon Z6 and Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens.
      It was set at F8, 1/60 Exposure, ISO 640.
      I used a circular polarising filter.
      It has had minor levels and de-hazing post-production in Photoshop. The location is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Partly cloudy, 1pm.
      I rode the 1.5 hours from my place specifically to get this shot. Not that it was like hard work on the latest Street Glide. It’s my favourite shot for the year.

      Looking East to the Glasshouse mountains photographs are better when the sun is past overhead. It's like a Monument Valley rainforest.

      This was shot as 1/60th and the sharpness from the Z6 is really good.
      Being able to dial up quite high ISO numbers and not get any graininess
      is pretty cool too.