PhotoJunkiesAB
PhotoJunkiesAB

Back Alley Bicycle



Saw this while walking around Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico and it just caught my eye like a glint in the night. Everything just seems to fit so well!...
Read more

Saw this while walking around Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico and it just caught my eye like a glint in the night. Everything just seems to fit so well!
Read less

Views

2800

Likes

Awards

Contest Finalist in Bicycle Lovers Photo Contest
Superb Composition
Kmccarville jacquibilodeaunye willard afonsochabyrosa Parallel Ambient360 traceymcdonald +41
Peer Award
Johnsalterego skippy4280 emilyblack petergleeson 2himanshu dglarson toddjudd +22
Top Choice
wcinro TerryTimes Nayeefa PatricaK sherrylneale mitpjenkeating pitterpatter +12
Absolute Masterpiece
larryollivier aleksander_wlodarczyk keventaylor nickgeorgevdwesthuizen Steve_Thomas AnnaVP pietnel +7
Outstanding Creativity
ChrisHPhotos sallyG11 duskadragosavac jodilab Take2Foto MBPhotography1st JackieLa +6
Magnificent Capture
OttoSearan Rustybucket8472 Trevor-Bancroft
Great Find
GregorZnidarsic Saugirdas UnkleFrank
All Star
cjshim onyanita
VIP Favorite
Dacemac
Superior Skill
cherylwells-hovis
Genius
felipecorrea

Submitted to Photo Contests

Top ClassTM

Bicycle Lovers Photo ContestTop 10 class
Bicycle Lovers Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Creative Travels Photo ContestTop 10 class
Creative Travels Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Creative Travels Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Celebrating Freedom Photo ContestTop 30 class
Celebrating Freedom Photo ContestTop 30 class week 3
Celebrating Freedom Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Celebrating Freedom Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Walls Photo ContestTop 20 class
Walls Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Walls Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
HDR Objects Photo Contest Explore SeriesTop 20 class week 1
Bikes and Motorcycles Photo ContestTop 10 class
Bikes and Motorcycles Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Bikes and Motorcycles Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Resource Travel Inspiration Photo Contest vol2Top 20 class
Resource Travel Inspiration Photo Contest vol2Top 10 class week 1
Wheels Photo ContestTop 30 class
Be My Tour Guide Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Mix It Up Photo ContestTop 20 class
Merging Lines Photo ContestTop 20 class
Merging Lines Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Merging Lines Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
In Transit Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Resource Travel Inspiration Photo Contest vol1Top 30 class week 1
In Transit Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Shades Of Blue Photo ContestTop 20 class
Shades Of Blue Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Photographer Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 11Top 10 class
Photographer Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 11Top 10 class week 1
Shades Of Blue Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Adventure Bound Photo ContestTop 30 class
Urban Exploration Photo ContestTop 30 class
Monthly Pro Vol 12 Photo ContestTop 30 class
Monthly Pro Vol 12 Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Adventure Bound Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Photographer Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 10Top 30 class
Photographer Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 10Top 30 class week 1
Best Shot Photo ContestTop 10 class
Best Shot Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Inanimate Objects Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
One Is Good Photo ContestTop 10 class
Inanimate Objects Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
One Is Good Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
One Is Good Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Creative Traveler Photo ContestTop 30 class
Creative Traveler Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
I Love This Color Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Primary Colors Photo ContestTop 30 class
I Love This Color Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Primary Colors Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Wanderer Photo ContestTop 20 class
Primary Colors Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
An Empty Space Photo ContestTop 20 class
An Empty Space Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Live Simply Photo ContestTop 10 class
Live Simply Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Live Simply Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Filters and Effects Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
EDU 2014 Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
EDU 2014 Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Express Yourself Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Dodho Volume 3 Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
HDRSoft Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2

Categories


5 Comments | Report
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More August 01, 2014
Simple less is more:) wonderful shot love it :)
PhotoJunkiesAB
 
PhotoJunkiesAB August 03, 2014
Thanks so much Inspire4More! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Etna PRO+
 
Etna November 14, 2014
Nice shot
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold February 23, 2015
Love it!
Lorise
 
Lorise July 18, 2015
Fantastic, love the perspective!

Same photographer See all

Discover more photos See all

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in a back alley in Quintana Roo, Mexico while vacationing there with some friends and it was the first time I had ever left my country. I remember it so clearly, as if it were all there waiting for my eyes to stumble across it. It was on our way to the beach and when I saw it, I couldn't help but to stop and take some shots. This is to this day, one of my favourite photos to ever grace my camera.
Time
Well we were at the beach from around 1pm until 4pm or so, this would have been just before that. The time was lost somewhere between the amazing mojitos, decedent food, and breath taking memories...
Lighting
This is completely natural lighting. Sometimes the universe gives us exactly what we need and sometimes we are lucky enough to capture it!
Equipment
Back Alley Bicycle was shot on a Canon 7D, with a Tokina 11-16 mm wide angle lens. No tripod or flash or filters were used. All that I had with me was my camera and a boyish sense of wonder and adventure.
Inspiration
I took this photo because to me everything just seemed to fit. The colors, composition, lighting, and emotion was all there. It reminded me of one of those photos you see hanging in an art gallery somewhere. All that I had to do was set my settings and press the shutter. It was like a gift wrapped and waiting for me, I just had to open it.
Editing
This is actually an HDR shot (yes, without a tripod) and merged there exposures into one. Asides from some minor raw adjustments, merging the three exposures was the main part of it. Not much else was done to it.
In my camera bag
I have a certain appreciation for wide angles, so the first thing you'll find in my bag is a Canon 16-35mm f2.8 and right after that is a Tokina 11-16 mm f2.8. I shoo almost everything with that lens. A lot of people will have their jaws drop if they ever hear I shoot portraits with this lens, but to me, photography is all about breaking the rules and pushing creative limits. After all, why do what everyone else is doing? It's such a waste of precious time... I do also carry a Canon nifty 50mm f1.2 because you have a lot of versatility with that lens. Sometimes I'll throw a 70-200 mm f2.8 for sports or weddings and what not, but mostly stick with wide angles. I also always have 2 or 3 canon 580 exii and a monopod so I can create Rembrandt lighting and other technical lighting anywhere I go. I definitely try to stay as light as possible given the shoot.
Feedback
The best thing you can do to get a photo like Back Alley Bicycle is to get out there and explore the world! Doesn't matter if it's in your hometown, or another country, you won't find anything if you don't get out there and look for it. I can say that it will be tenfold harder to capture an amazing picture in another country if you can't capture one at home. You need to train your eye to look for something in particular, and without practice, you're probably going to be blind. Shoot anything and everything, and whatever you do, always try to progress. Never get too comfortable with shooting anything because that's when we start getting lazy. Never lose the wonderment. Never extinguish the passion. And always, always keep looking.

See more amazing photos, Follow PhotoJunkiesAB