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KillerBlackbird
28th of January 2010 (Thu), 18:20
Last Summer I was asked if I was interested in doing a shoot for a local custom bike shop for a magazine feature. Of course I said yes and couldnt pass up an offer like that. Time passed by and finally the shop owner/builder got his bikes back from a museum exhibit they were in and in late November it was finally go time. I just got the word today they will be used in the magazine and the photos were okay to display on my Flickr.

Overall I think they came out good, they may have looked a little better with the use of a few flashes, but I like the dirty dark feel the photos had without them. Afterall, choppers are supposed to be dark, evil, and bad-ass right? Rolling shots were out of the question as it was late in the year and the bikes were drained and ready for storage.

Both bikes were built by the shop owner, the red and black bike has air ride in the rear so it just about can lay frame. They are truly works of art with tons of little details.

Link to the rest of the shots on my Flickr (37 total): http://www.flickr.com/photos/killerblackbird/sets/72157623179165913/
Look for the full feature in an upcoming HotBike Magazine issue!

A few randoms from the set:

1.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4311992431_1c31a23e23_o.jpg

2.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2770/4311991177_2a9b56e4a8_o.jpg

3.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4312707416_33d9d0640d_o.jpg

4.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4311972979_84c5daefb0_o.jpg

5.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4312005373_1c059f0774_o.jpg

6.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4312739340_47e73203b8_o.jpg

Mosephus
28th of January 2010 (Thu), 20:04
Nice pictures and nice bikes, I really enjoy pictures taken where vehicles are made/worked on.

vr6pwns_me
28th of January 2010 (Thu), 20:18
some sweeeet bikes!

frameworks
28th of January 2010 (Thu), 21:53
Nice bikes... great shots

PhotosGuy
28th of January 2010 (Thu), 22:26
Good looking bikes. Too bad you couldn't get them outside. I like the dirty dark feel the photos had without them. Afterall, choppers are supposed to be dark, evil, and bad-ass right? I might have tried to darken the shop for more of that gritty feeling, which would also have put more attention on the brighter bikes.
I don't think f/2 works with the last one.

dizzye36m3
29th of January 2010 (Fri), 09:49
Nice shots. I really enjoyed them. I'm not sure if #3 works though.

Z FOTOTECHNIKA
29th of January 2010 (Fri), 11:18
WOW those bikes are crazy awesome! Very crisp photos.

thepepperman
29th of January 2010 (Fri), 13:01
Hope you don't mind if I offer some constructive criticism. Overall I quite like them and the lighting is great.

1. Like this as is
2 &6. Since these are still full bike shots I'd prefer if the whole bike was in focus front-to rear.
3. I think I would prefer this with either a tighter crop on the bike at the right, or to be able to see both bikes on the left as well. The current crop feels a bit awkward to me.

Like I said, I like things overall and I see what you were going for.

KillerBlackbird
29th of January 2010 (Fri), 15:22
Nice pictures and nice bikes, I really enjoy pictures taken where vehicles are made/worked on.

Exactly what I said, its where the bike was born so its very fitting.

Good looking bikes. Too bad you couldn't get them outside. I might have tried to darken the shop for more of that gritty feeling, which would also have put more attention on the brighter bikes.
I don't think f/2 works with the last one.

I hear you on the last one, I should of shot it at f/2 for the background then taken another shot with a narrower aperture to get the bike in focus then put them together.

Hope you don't mind if I offer some constructive criticism. Overall I quite like them and the lighting is great.

1. Like this as is
2 &6. Since these are still full bike shots I'd prefer if the whole bike was in focus front-to rear.
3. I think I would prefer this with either a tighter crop on the bike at the right, or to be able to see both bikes on the left as well. The current crop feels a bit awkward to me.

Like I said, I like things overall and I see what you were going for.

Thanks, I dont mind the criticism at all, I like to hear what others think. #1 has to be one of my favorites from the start too. I do have a tighter shot of #3, I wanted to take both just to have a few options.

PhotosGuy
29th of January 2010 (Fri), 21:00
I hear you on the last one, I should of shot it at f/2 for the background then taken another shot with a narrower aperture to get the bike in focus then put them together. There you go! And maybe turn off the lights behind it for the f/2 exposure.

muay_thai_dan
30th of January 2010 (Sat), 00:14
dam that last bike is crazy! the rear sprocket is also the break rotor?!?!

sooo sickkk