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    Better photos

    So in this months ON there was a submission about taking better photos of our bikes. The author advocated getting at eye level with the bike. So on my way home from work I thought I would get the old iPhone out and put the technique to the test.

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    "Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves." Bruce Lee
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    And after watching a large herd of pigs cross the road, I crested the hill near tabernacle stage field and stopped to try to capture the sunset. Small flash on iPhone just enough to illuminate reflectors up close and not much else.

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    "Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves." Bruce Lee
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    Sunset pics are nice. I am still surprised by the quality of photos these phone's cameras can take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    The lower viewpoint is generally a good option, as is just getting up close. But don't let Ursula see this one, or she'll be asking "Does this photo make my butt look fat?"
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    Ursula is very sensitive about her weight. I'll have to be sure not to show her this picture.
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    Look here http://motojournalism.blogspot.ca/ or here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=575625

    he has a couple books available that specifically deal with photo journalism and motorcycles

    Here are a couple of his ride reports if you want o look at his work
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=387425
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=511498

    Here is a site that deals with mobile phone photography
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/mobilephonephotography/

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    I saw that suggestion regarding lower camera shots. I don't necessarily agree. When I saw the comparison, I liked the the eye level better. I can see the bike better. But It's good to mix it up. IMHO
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    Very nice shots. makes the bike look "sexy"!
    You should always get down to your subject's level, whether it be your motorcycle, your child, or your pet.

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    Being at eye level generally makes the shot more intimate. But I think the reason the shot showing the rear of the bike works is that the background is much less distracting than the previous shots.
    Dan

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    Dan,
    I couldn't agree more about the background. As it turns out, finding a decent background for a macadam limited bike; more challenging than it looks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    As it turns out, finding a decent background for a macadam limited bike; more challenging than it looks.
    word...

    ride what you've got; enjoy the ride!

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    rdalland, that's a great shot!
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    +1
    "Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves." Bruce Lee
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfspencer View Post
    rdalland, that's a great shot!
    Thanks!

    It's a great location!

    ride what you've got; enjoy the ride!

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    Surely, that's not in New York is it?
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