(Late) Photo Friday: Moto Photo

Friday’s Clutch concert and the ensuing chaotic weekend were not conducive to photography, so I’m posting late. Of course, I did post a bonus photo last week, so things balance out, yes?

Tonight I noticed the sun blazing orange in the sky and decided to jump on Lenore and shoot some pics from the saddle. I mounted up and drove west on a wide-open, rural road just north of town, then fired away. I didn’t get too fancy, but in the spam of about five miles I snapped 140 pics. I slurped the pics over to the laptop, then narrowed it down to three I kind of liked.

Shadow at Sunset

Shadow at Sunset

In this first one, I stopped at an intersection for a moment. Those tracks in the ground are from a farmer’s tractor, probably having rolled across the asphalt either shortly after the road was resurfaced or during an extremely hot day.

The next two I shot while in motion, the first off the left side of the bike…

Look Ma, one hand!

Look Ma, one hand!

…and the second off the right side.

Hey, whos on the throttle?

Hey, who's on the throttle?

See those speed lines on the asphalt? That’s why you’re not supposed to look down when riding a bike; your brain can’t process the environment changing that fast. Occasional glances won’t hurt when you’re running in a straight line, but it’s really not a good idea when you’re turning or threatened by a loss of control.

I cranked up the aperture and shot in aperture priority mode so I could achieve a deep depth of field, ideally keeping everything from the bike’s tank down to the ground in focus (aside from the motion blur, of course). I’m very happy with these as a first attempt.

Lessons learned:

1) Sunlight changes fast. In just a few minutes, I went from having plenty of light for the settings I selected down to having some serious underexposure issues. Next time I’ll have to stop and reset my camera settings from time to time.

2) When you can’t look through the lens (I’m not ready to pull a Josh Kurpius and stand on the foot pegs, no matter how cool his pics are), AI servo focus and continuous shooting mode are lifesavers.

3) While amber goggles throw a nice layer of clarity onto the world in twilight conditions, effectively brightening the scenery, it’s important to remember the camera isn’t wearing those same goggles. Want the camera to have that same clarity of vision? Buy a lens filter.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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