Triumph Tiger 1050 SE

Wer diesen Blog und meine Fotografie verfolgt hat, wird nur allzu vertraut sein mit der Yamaha FZ6 Fazer. Diese Maschine erscheint überproportional oft in den Artikeln und auf den Fotos, die ich poste. Das liegt ganz einfach daran, dass es mein Motorrad ist und daher...

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Eine Fazer im Zementwerk

Eigentlich sollte es nur ein Location Scouting werden. An einem kalten Sonntagmittag schwang ich mich auf meine Fazer, um ein paar Stellen im östlichen Hannover auf ihre Tauglichkeit als Fotolocation hin zu prüfen. Dabei kam ich an einem alten Zementwerk vorbei,...

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Ducati Panigale 1299S, Teil 1/2

Eines der edelsten Bikes am Markt wird von Ducati gebaut - die Panigale 1299S. Ein brachialer Zweizylinder mit mehr PS, als man essen kann. Eine wunderschöne Maschine, bei welcher die Italiener mal wieder gezeigt haben, dass ihnen in Sachen Design keiner etwas...

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Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

Dieses Jahr war hinsichtlich der Artikel auf dem Blog sehr Ducati-lastig. Seid euch einer Sache aber versichert: Ich kriege dafür kein Geld von Ducati (wobei ich da für alles offen bin, liest jemand von Ducati vielleicht mit ?). Spaß beiseite. Der Zufall wollte es,...

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Review: Yamaha FZ6 Fazer

Wer diesen Blog eine Weile verfolgt hat, wird bemerkt haben, dass eine Maschine überproportional häufig fotografiert wurde: Die schwarze Yamaha FZ6 Fazer. Und das hat einen einfachen Grund. Es ist meine Maschine, von daher muss ich mich mit niemandem abstimmen, wenn...

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

Gute Locations zu finden ist nicht einfach. Sie müssen interessant sein und zum Bike passen, dürfen aber auch nicht zu sehr ablenken. Oftmals sind Objekte im Hintergrund wie Bäume, Mülleimer, Schilder, rumstehendes Zeug... daher war ich hellauf begeistert, als Dennis...

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Aus wenig etwas machen

Man hat nicht immer die volle Kontrolle über die Bedingungen, unter denen ein Foto entsteht. Man sieht irgendwo eine tolle Maschine, kann sie fotografieren, aber die Umgebung ist, platt gesprochen, Mist. Zu viele störende Elemente im Bild, die vom eigentlichen Star -...

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Frohes Ostern 2017

Liebe Leser, liebe Motorradverrückten, ich wünsche euch Frohe Ostern und dass ihr allzeit sicher nach Hause kommt, ungeachtet des genutzten Fahrzeuges oder seiner Anzahl Räder. Entspannt schön über die Feiertage und dann geht es frisch weiter in eine tolle Motorrad-...

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KTM LC4

Motorradshootings müssen nicht immer das volle Programm durchlaufen mit einem tiefblauen Himmel, tausend Blitzen und einer bombastischen Location. Manchmal klappen auch die ganz einfachen Dinge. Ich wurde gebeten, ein paar Bilder einer KTM LC4 zu machen, einer 650er...

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Großglockner Hochalpenstraße

Letzten Juni habe ich eine einwöchige Motorradtour gemacht. Sie dauerte eine Woche und führte mich zunächst von Hannover über den Harz (Kyffhäuser) über München in die Alpen, nach Südtirol, an den Bodensee, die Schweiz, den Schwarzwald, das Rheinland und wieder zurück...

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BMW S1000R

Anderes Shooting, anderes Bike. Dieses mal hatte ich eine BMW S1000R sowie dessen Besitzer Thomas vor der Linse. Die S1000R ist das gleiche Modell, welches ich schon einmal beim bike-to-bike shooting fotografiert habe. Die Session mit Thomas war ein sehr vielseitiger...

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Projekt: Lehrbuch zur Motorradfotografie

Ich freue mich, ein Herzensprojekt ankündigen zu dürfen! Einige von meinen Lesern (besonders die Hannoveraner Biker) wissen es schon aus persönlichen Gesprächen, jetzt kann ich es aber "ganz offiziell" verkünden: Ich schreibe ein Buch über Motorradfotografie! Heute...

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Shooting im Morgennebel

Früh aufzustehen gehört nicht zu meinen Lieblingsbeschäftigungen, aber für die Fotografie mache ich fast alles. Ich bin an diesem Tag extra früh zur Arbeit gefahren, damit ich auf dem Weg dorthin den Sonnenaufgang an einem Feld. Hier sind ein paar der Ergebnisse von...

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Yamaha YZF-R1 (Teil 2/2)

Dies ist Teil 2 des Yamaha YZF-R1 shootings (Teil 1 gibt es hier). Dieser zweite Teil ist unterteilt in drei Sektionen: - Setup mit einem Licht - Bike auf der Straße und - Motorrad gegen die Skyline. Setup mit einem Licht In der Motorradfotografie ist es notwendig,...

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Yamaha YZF-R1 (Teil 1/2)

Darf ich vorstellen? Dies sind die Yamaha YZF-R1 und ihr Fahrer, Wolfgang. Ich habe Wolfgang über seine Tochter Svenja kennengelernt, die auch fotografiert und in der gleichen Fotografengruppe bei Facebook ist wie ich. Als sie mitbekommen hat, dass ich mich auf...

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Etwas ändert sich / something changes…

Etwas ändert sich auf lumenatic.com. Da ich in und um Hannover fotografiere und mein Publikum ausschließlich deutschsprachig ist, wird ab sofort sämtlicher Inhalt auf deutsch erscheinen. Mir ist bewusst, dass ich damit einige Leser verlieren könnte (ich hoffe, mein...

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Fotografieren bei Vollmond

Ich habe in der Vergangenheit schon öfters den Kaliberg in Giesen mit dem Motorrad besucht und fotografiert (z.B. hier mit der Moto Morini Granpasso, hier nochmal mit der Morini oder hier mit meiner Yamaha FZ6 Fazer). Man möge also meinen, das Motiv sei erschöpft. Ne,...

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Frohes Neues Jahr 2017

Ich wünsche euch ein Frohes Neues Jahr und allzeit gute und sichere Fahrt! Die Planungen für die Motorrad- / Fotosaison 2017 sind in vollem Gange. Ich habe eine gut gefüllte Liste mit Interessenten und mache mir Gedanken zu Locations und konkreten Bildideen. Es wird...

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Studio Session: Kawasaki Z750

Still posting images from a five-bike long studio session I did months ago. This is a Kawasaki Z750. One of my first bike to shoot was a Z750 (see here), so I am happy I had another one in the studio. The images were taken by employing my trusted homemade studio...

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Image theft and how I dealt with it

The story starts with a moment of boredom. Out of curiosity I used Google reverse image search to see where my images might or might not appear on the web. I randomly selected a few of my motorcycle images and started searching. The first tries brought nothing...

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Touring Scotland: Outer Hebrides

This is part 3 of the "Touring Scotland" series Part 1: http://lumenatic.com/2016/11/24/touring-scotland/ Part 2: http://lumenatic.com/2016/12/01/touring-scotland-isle-skye/ This is part 3 of the "Touring Scotland" series, the grand finale. We toured the Outer...

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Touring Scotland: The Isle of Skye

This is part 2 of the "Touring Scotland" series Part 1: http://lumenatic.com/2016/11/24/touring-scotland/ Part 3: http://lumenatic.com/2016/12/08/touring-scotland-outer-hebrides/ After leaving Glenfinnan we packed our bikes again and left for Mallaig to catch the...

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Aprilia Caponord 1200, Part 2/2

Part 2 of the Aprilia Caponord shooting (part 1 here). After shooting on the open road, we moved to a nearby agricultural dock and positioned the bike in front of a huge metal roller door. The background is ideal. It is free of distractions, yet provides some...

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Kyffhäuser Pass

At the beginning of June I made another trip to the Kyffhäuser pass in Thuringa. It's a motorbike mekka with 36 curves, winding up a steep hill. I visited it the year before and was eager to drive up the hill again. At the foot of the hill a restaurant and Bratwurst...

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Honda XRV 650 Africa Twin

The Honda XRV 650 Africa Twin is a classic. Its appearance in 1988 marked the dawning of an era of powerful offroad bikes. The Africa Twin is built for heavy terrain, the 657cc engine delivers 50 hp and 55 Nm of torque. The 650cc version of the Africa Twin was only...

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Playing with Light

Readers of my blog will remember the giant potash mine dump I used as a gorgeous backdrop in previous posts (location scouting and quick shooting). I returned to that location to take some more images. I've got that perfect image in my mind with a deep blue sky during...

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Aprilia Caponord 1200, Part 1/2

This week I feature another bike from beautiful Italy - The Aprilia Caponord 1200. Its V2 engine delivers 125 HP and 115 Nm of torque. Being red like a Ducati Multistrada it can be easily told apart from a distance by the missing beak at the front. I have to say I...

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Here comes the tooth fairy

The tooth fairy is a magical creature that comes at night to exchange the lost baby teeth of children with money or presents. The tooth fairy is a nice and gentle creature. But not this tooth fairy. This bike is a heavily modified Suzuki GSX-R 750, and the job was so...

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Offroad, Part 2: Sunset on the Heath

After I went to the heath on sunrise I was happy with the results. Yet it was another shoot with "only" a bike and not the rider. I decided to visit the same heath on sunset and include myself as a model in the shots. I was alone, so my job was riding the bike,...

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VT 1100 Honda Shadow C3

The VT 1100 Honda Shadow C3 (what a bulky model name by the way) is a luxurious chopper radiating the spirit of freedom. Its 1100 cc engine delivers only 57 HP, but choppers aren't built for racing, are they? The rider, Björn, suggested a location about half an hour...

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Six years of lumenatic.com

This little notification just popped up. It has been six years since I started this blog, time flies ! What started as a photo gear and photo technique blog has evolved into a motorbike-centric photography site. It was not planned to go like this, but that's how...

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Kawasaki W800 Retro Scrambler

A good location is the key ingredient for a successful photo shoot. When Carsten approached me with his custom built Kawasaki W800 Retro Scrambler we both agreed, that a special bike requires a special location. Since Carsten rides his bike with a pilot-style bomber...

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Against the sun

You know what I said about noon. Harsh sunlight, not good for photography, go into the shade if you must take images in such conditinos. And don't photograph against the sun, your subject will just be a dark silhouette against a blown-out sky. I chose to break with...

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Finding your genre

This article is about some important insight I gained about this blog and my photographic development. But before I come to that I have to go back in time. My first post on this blog was back in 2010 and it was titled "Into the unknown...". In that post I announced...

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Lumenatic goes multilingual

Upon request I added a translation plugin to enable all non-english-speaking readers access to the content of this blog. It is a Google-powered widget and will translate the blogpost into any language you desire. Keep in mind this is an automatic tranlation, so...

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ADAC Curve Training

Safety is one of the huge topics when it come to motorcycles. A lot has been done on the technology side to make riding safer. There's ABS, traction control, curve light to name a few improvements. Protective gear has become extremely elaborate and even the first...

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Off the main road

While being on a bike ride with my friend Dominik we drove through a patch of forest. I spotted a rough but accessible path branching from the main (paved) road. So we took a break and I grabbed the opportunity to take some offroad(-ish) images of the Moto Morini...

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Greenscreen photography

Recently I got a product photography assignment. A company for medical equipment (tools for endoscopic surgery) wanted me to shoot their products for the new print catalogue. The challenge in this job: All products should be shown on a white background (as white is...

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Bike to bike photography

How could I shoot a motorbike from another motorbike ? Bike to bike photography has intrigued me for a while, but I could not get my head around how to shoot from a moving bike. One idea was to sit backwards on a bike while another person is driving. Sounds scary. Or...

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Night sky photography

During a stay in a holiday park last February we had a clear night with a full moon. I went out with my Nikon D750 and the Walimex pro 12 mm f2.8 fisheye lens, set both on a tripod and made some exposures. Camera settings varied between 13-30 sec exposure, f 2.8-f8...

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How I shot the easter greetings photos

I hope you all survived easter well and that you had some relaxing days. Today I want to share with you the process of creating the images I used for the easter greetings. The source images looked like this:    In case you are wondering: I decided to include a bike in...

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Happy Easter 2016

Dear Readers, I wish you happy and peaceful easter holidays ! The easter bunny has gathered some serious horsepower to deliver all the easter eggs. It will ride its KTM Supermoto 990 through your garden, dropping off eggs and presents in every corner. That's German...

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The Gimbal Adventure

In 2015 I extensively blogged about motorcycles and posted some GoPro videos. Working with video is a pretty new sensation for me, one has to get used to the fact that the time invested into one video could also produce some dozen images. The “output” in terms of...

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I upgraded my Yamaha FZ6 Fazer

For a motorcyclist winter time means mothballing your bike and doing some mechanical work. Since there was no major maintenance work to do on my bike I decided to upgrade it with some extras and individualize it. I'll leave the photography topic of this blog for a...

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Big Mouth Billy Bass

Something silly today. I had some time between Christmas and New Year to clean up my harddrive and finish some projects I started, but then set aside for various reasons. The video footage was shot over a year ago. Our caretaker at work brought this little gem one day...

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How the christmas motorbike photo was shot

Seasons greetings in 2015 were sent out to my readers in form of a bike decorated with christmas tree ornaments and christmas tree lights: Since 2015 was a motorbike-intensive year the idea was born to combine the year's seasons greetings with this dominating topic....

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Seasons Greetings from lumenatic.com

Dear readers, it has been a busy year with many motorbike photoshoots and videos. In this spirit I am sending you seasons greetings with a nicely decorated bike. I wish you happy and peaceful holidays and a happy new year ! Cheers,...

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TimeBoo – A watch made of Bamboo

Meet TimeBoo, a wristwatch made from Bamboo (the housing). I bought it on a designer market in Hamburg. The watch is astonishingly lightweight and I love the minimalistic design. And the price is astonishingly low. A watch for men costs 53 €, which is not much for a...

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Studio shoot: BMW R 1200 GS

My photographic year has been dominated by motorbike shoots and I intend to keep it that way. Because it's big fun and the results are very satisfying. In my last studio session I photographed my Yamaha and my friend's Moto Morini (the faithful reader of this blog...

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Announcing the relaunch of lumenatic.com

Esteemed reader, today I am proudly announcing the relaunch of lumenatic.com. As you may have noticed, many changes have been made on the blog. In the past weeks I have transferred the content of the lumenatic blog to a self-hosted Wordpress server (I worked on...

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Homemade motorbike studio shoot

I have photographed motorbikes excessively this year (Link1, Link2, Link3). All these shootings took place in the bike’s natural habitat: roads, streets and in one case an open field. These shootings are fairly easy concerning the logistical part -  just take the bike...

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Operating theatres

I'm a member of a Facebook group where photographers from Hanover share images, coordinate events and discuss all the stuff photographers are discussing. Recently two of the members, who happen to work at a big local hospital, organized a behind-the-scenes-tour...

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Blood Moon

There has been an extensive coverage of the recent lunar eclipse (bloodmoon). I also headed out in the middle of the night to photograph that event. The night before I prepared everything in such a way, that I just had to get up in the night, jump into my clothing and...

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