Es war seit langem mein Traum, mal ein Motorrad in einer abgewrackten, leeren Industriehalle zu fotografieren. Das Problem dabei: Davon gibt es nicht allzu viele, und wenn doch kommt man mit einem Motorrad nicht hinein. Ich kenne eine sehr fotogene Location, die allerdings nicht mit einem Motorrad zugänglich ist. Da mir ein solches Shooting aber zu sehr unter den Nägeln juckte, habe ich mir mit einem Trick beholfen. In einem Motorradladen habe ich mir zwei Spielzeugmodelle geholt, eine BMW S1000RR und eine Kawasaki ZX10R Ninja. Diese passen wunderbar in den Fotorucksack, und so bewaffnet stiefelte ich zu der Location. Fotografiert habe ich zur Abwechslung nicht mit meiner Spiegelreflexausrüstung, sondern mit dem Samsung Galaxy S7, das ich mir kürzlich erst zugelegt hatte. Es kann auch RAW Dateien aufnehmen, und die Fähigkeiten der Kamera haben mich interessiert. Wenn man Modelle fotografiert, ist eine Kamera mit kleinem Sensor sogar von Vorteil. Durch den kleinen Sensor erreicht man eine bessere Schärfentiefe, wodurch das Gehirn dann nicht sofort „Achtung, Nahaufnahme!“ signalisiert. Ich habe das gleiche Thema schon einmal vor einigen Jahren beim Shooting mit einem Modellauto behandelt, könnt ihr hier lesen). Es gelten die gleichen Regeln wie beim Fotografieren von echten Motorrädern: Auf Augenhöhe gehen […]
Photographing bikes in action can work in two ways. Either the camera is static (at the side of the road) or the camera is moving (on a drone, car or another bike). I’ve conducted plenty of static bike shoots (aka bike portrait). I have shot bikes in action while standing at the side of the track. I have made a bike to bike shoot with a remotely controlled camera. That proved to be a totally blind thing as you can’t see what the camera sees. So it was time to dive deeper and conduct an action shooting with me as the pillion rider. I assembled four riders for the shoot: a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 (been there, done that), an Aprilia Caponord 1200 (see it here and here), a BMW S1000R (the naked variant of the S1000RR superbike) and a Kawasaki VN 1700 Grand Tourer. Ergonomics The shoot involved me riding as the pillion rider, shooting backwards. That meant I had to shift my weight to my left buttock on teh pillion rider seat, twist my torso to the left and shoot images in that position for a long time. Riding on the back of the BMW S1000R was a bad […]
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 setup: Two large softboxes suspended from the roof beams of out carport, a black cloth serves as backdrop. Post processing these types of images is a pain in the @$$, since the black backdrop has to be painted black in PhotoShop. Up to 30 minutes per image, see a timelapse screencast of the process here. Markus, the owner, has a special gimmick installed on the engine block.
Heute gibt es ein Making-of Video zum Fotoshooting mit der Kawasaki W800 Scrambler. Carsten (der Besitzer) und ich hatten uns am Restaurant Silvervogel getroffen, um einen passenden Hintergrund für eine Maschine zu haben. Das Shooting dauerte bis in die Dunkelheit, daher habe ich am Ende des Videos nur noch ein paar Fotos eingefügt. Wenn man mich nicht bremst, würde ich die ganze Nacht durchfotografieren.
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 jacket and fitting helmet/goggles, we wanted to have an airplane in the background and conduct a retro-style photoshoot. We found a gorgeous location at the Restaurant Silbervogel („silver bird“) in Hanover. As the name suggests the restaurant is housed in an old airplane, a Vickers Viscount 814. It happened to be that Carsten is a regular guest at the restaurant and knows the owner. He contacted him and asked for permission to shoot on the premises. Which we immediately got. On a Monday evening we met. The restaurant is closed that day, so the parking lot was empty. I applied my usual setup – two flashes left and right, triggered via Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. When we started shooting, the sun was setting in the west (left in the image). So we had a wonderful golden sky, which transitioned into blue to the right. At the beginning of the shoot we had enough residual daylight to […]
Part 3 of the motorcycle studio shoot series features a real beast of a bike. I give you Wotan, the black Kawasaki ZX10R Ninja. Its 188 HP engine catapults the bike to a max speed of over 300 kph. The model is from 2008 and was heavily modified by its owner. To name a few, it sports an IXEL exhaust pot, aluminium chain system, gear shift assistant, LED turn indicators and some carbon parts. I love the menacing look with the mad eyes of the bike. Wotans owner Michael is totally in love with this machine – and you can guess why. When we shot Wotan the day had already progressed into afternoon and the sun was burning. It was too bright to photograph the bike from outside the carport as I had done with Helge’s Honda CB1 400. So we switched positions and moved the backdrop to the other side of the flashes (=to the carport entry). The bike stood in the shade and we could continue shooting. A drawback of this setup were certain spatial restrictions. The carport is simply not long enough to provide a stage for the bike, backdrop AND leave enough space between the photographer […]
Introduction. I have a driver’s license for motorbikes as long as I own a driver’s license for cars. But since the day of my driving test I did not ride a bike since I never owned one. When I was younger I did not have the money, during my studies I had other things to focus on and over time the wish for a motorbike went dormant. But it was always there, slumbering in the back of my mind. Fast forward many years. It was time. The desire awoke and powerfully forced its way out. On a Friday I decided to buy a motorbike, and a few days later I was fully clothed and geared and called myself the owner of a second hand Yamaha FZ6 Fazer. And with this „newly found“ hobby, what would lie closer than combining it with my other hobby – photography ? That’s why this and the next post is about motorbike photography. I will feature four different bikes, one being my own and three others from friends and colleagues. In this post I will present a Yamaha FZ6 Fazer and a Kawasaki Z750 Streetfighter (and one image of a bike I made in 2011, […]