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By Way of Motorcycle
By Way of Motorcycle

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Challenge: Perspective VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: CA-128 towards Lake Berryessa
Date: Feb 5, 2010
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Action, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Feb 5, 2010

This was taken on CA-128 near Lake Berryessa in California. The camera was supported on the gas tank of my motorcycle via a homemade camera mount.

I would have like to capture more motion blur as the trees and roadway passed by, but there was a lot of vibration on the bike. This was the slowest shutter speed I could get without too much camera shake.

I borrowed the title of this picture from Billy Musick's By Way of Motorcycle vlogs. See www.bywayofmotorcycle.com for details on his journeys around the US.

Place: 27 out of 163
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03/10/2010 10:10:01 PM
I made it out of plastic. The base screws on top of the gas tank cap (where the existing screws are). A ball head is screwed on top of the mount to support the camera. Check out a picture here.

The camera sits pretty high off the tank. It had to be that high to see over the handle bars. I sometimes hit the top of the camera with my chin while riding.
03/10/2010 07:45:33 PM
I tooka similar picture quite awhile back and wonder what you created your "mount" with?
The battery in the bike died so I had to push start it... thus the One in the morning indication was really one in the afternoon!

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02/21/2010 06:38:45 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.
Hello Garret, Iím Alan.

Although not a original idea, I canít remember it being done on a motorcycle, somewhat daring if you ask me : ). Score wise, any time you get into the 6ís you have done well, very well. Things to maybe look for if you attempt again. It looks to me like your camera exposed for the shade, hence the over exposed foreground, it also looks like you pushed the contrast forcing the highlights even more. I agree more blur would help, but itís easy to see your limiting factors. You do have a motorcycle, and a makeshift pod, who knows someday might find you on a recently paved road providing more options. All in all a good score, for a very good photo, and I will keep my eye out for future attempts..

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02/17/2010 01:00:01 AM
I do agree on the motion blur thing, this shot is just begging for some. Maybe if you'd kept the slower shutter and kept clicking you would've gotten at least one no-shake-but-plenty-of-motion shot. Anyway, good DOF and color... though a bit overexposed in some areas.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/16/2010 11:50:45 PM
Title is well conceived.
This is like watching mounted video cameras; the viewer must turn their head to match the horizon for the brain to make sense of what it sees. That's why we ride with our eyes parallel to the ground. I'm not sure your image would have as much impact if aligned the way we ride, especially among non-riders, but I just can't look at this comfortably. It looks more about the bike and less about why we ride.
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02/16/2010 11:07:09 PM
The lean adds so much more to this shot. Well taken.
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02/16/2010 12:40:27 PM
Love this perspective and as a biker myself can appreciate the feeling that goes with it. Looking at the speedometer I see you were going pretty slow though but I guess that was because you had to take the photo with one hand and control the bike with your other hand at the same time. 7
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02/16/2010 04:53:50 AM
Needs some more motion blur, but I like the shot!
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02/15/2010 09:15:57 AM
great perspective
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02/14/2010 06:54:01 PM
Nice perspective. Great feel of motion and feel of the lean into the curve.
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02/13/2010 07:57:51 PM
woot looks like Ghost Rider shot this! 7
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02/13/2010 03:56:16 PM
nice, almost....almost.....i just think it would have alot more punch if the trees had more motion blur to them
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02/13/2010 01:59:14 PM
I like this. Makes me feel like I'm acutally riding.
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02/12/2010 01:52:32 PM
Well done. Excellent blur. and your perspective is spot on, I love how you used a shot going through a curve.
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02/12/2010 11:19:10 AM
Nice curves, and POV
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02/11/2010 06:21:31 PM
Great shot. Glad to see you weren't going too fast.
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02/10/2010 11:59:50 AM
This is a nice idea for perspective with the basic editing rules. I could see this being photoshopped with an out of focus background and overlayed with only the bike in focus! Nice concept!
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02/10/2010 01:26:58 AM
cool, i thought of taking a shot like this too... don't think mine would have turned out this well. very nice!
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