A lot of photographers run away from the rain and the dark clouds. I am not one of them. The drama in the clouds the extra saturation in the landscape and the clean air always make for fantastic photos…..
Sure you might get wet but we are not made of sugar and you will survive.
The dark clouds formed and the rain started to come down so I jumped on the bike to chase the light like you only can on a BMW RR 1000s super sports bike and I must say I love the results. <3
So next time when the rain starts so falling go hunting for great photo ops… you will be surprised where you will find them.
I must say as an event photographer that gets to also travel where ever the events are, I attend all sorts of parties but yesterday was a first for me. While it was a party it wasn’t for anyone but for the 1st birthday of FRoC (Female Riders of Canberra).
These are a bunch of motorcycle riders that just wanted to have a club for the ladies and it was their first birthday yesterday so why not get a portrait photographer to come along and get photos of the ladies with their bikes as a way to celebrate?
So that is what I did. 🙂
This shoot was different, though. I knew the ladies wanted to get shots with their bikes and I know they would want the best lighting possible and I knew that my largest softbox was only 90cm x 90cm that is great for single or couple shots it isn’t really big enough for things like people and bikes unless I gang a few of them together.
Having done that a heap I wanted to avoid it as it brings in its only problems and as I also want to start to photograph the larger object or using a single light source I bit the bullet and bought a new 190cm Elinchrom Litemotiv and to say it is huge is an understatement.
It is fair to say after using it for this shoot and the amount of light and quality that this pushes out in full midday sun, this is now a valuable part of my portrait and event arsenal.
As you can see from the image above there is very little shadow and it is almost impossible to see any bright patches on the grass from the massive 190cm Octa. Very nice I must say.
Some more playing with this new softbox is on the card in the coming weeks to see where I can push it, which I will add should be a lot of fun. 🙂
A mate of mine put some extra bling on his bike and spend forever washing it I had to photograph it, so I asked him to bring his bike to my place as we could get a couple of quick snaps out the front of my place.
When he showed up there was a party going on just a few houses down the street and a heap of young blokes were out the front having a bit of fun. Seeing us on the road triggered the peanut gallery.
As an event photographer and one that takes my studio out on location and generally in very populated areas I am used to the peanut gallery so I didn’t pay any attention to it, that was until the ultimate photobomb of 2015. hahahahahaha
I don’t think I really need to have to explain it…. All I can say is that we all had a huge laugh and the gent in question apologized on his run back. 🙂
As you guys may I ride motorbikes and with that I come across lots of bikes most of which don’t really take my fancy from a photographic point of view, yesterday in my travels I came across the coolest little bike I have seen in a long time!
It was not only the style of bike but the colour and feel. The brown leather matched the other components of the bike and I just love the knobby wheels tires. 🙂
It just made me want to take it out on a photo shoot as I have a ton of ideas and concepts that this bike would fit into, not to mention I would love to do the bike and the owner justice by getting some fantastic shots.
What are some of the things that you come across in your day the grab your eye?
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