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This was the hero shoot of our Royal Enfield shoot. Shot on the Fuji X100s.

This was the hero shoot of our Royal Enfield shoot. Shot on the Fuji X100s.
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pierre_dnepr
 
pierre_dnepr May 17, 2017
Great photo - I love the mood of the grungy barn and (of course) the Royal Enfield
KellieMyka PRO+
 
KellieMyka May 17, 2017
love this
jimmcguirefoto
 
jimmcguirefoto May 18, 2017
This reminds me of the "hose master" work by Aaron Jones in the early 90's. Very well executed. I would be surprised if this shot didn't have some serious planning and a decent budget.
meeksian
 
meeksian May 18, 2017
The lighting is really nice in this photo and helps set the scene. Lovely photo
MahshidSohi
 
MahshidSohi May 21, 2017
great edit
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade May 22, 2017
One superb edit....Well done and congrats...Brian
PSD9253
 
PSD9253 May 22, 2017
great image.....well done
thomaszakowski
 
thomaszakowski June 01, 2017
Excellent image and use of light
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 June 25, 2017
This is awesome.. Congrats! シ
aruschandran
 
aruschandran June 26, 2017
Royal Enfield ... awesome click, bro !!
traceymcdonald
 
traceymcdonald June 27, 2017
The mood and lighting are captivating!
PSD9253
 
PSD9253 June 30, 2017
Great Photo....Fantastic!
adavies PRO
 
adavies July 15, 2017
Awesome image! Love it! Really well done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Empty Seats challenge:)
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/empty-seats-photo-challenge-by-adavies
scottfranks PRO
 
scottfranks August 26, 2017
nice color
Mrsviruet
 
Mrsviruet September 05, 2017
Great photo
adamjmckay PRO+
 
adamjmckay July 20, 2018
Thanks for all the love
TexasCowboy
 
TexasCowboy August 26, 2018
Wow, amazing shot. Everything about this is perfection. I can't find a single flaw in it. Beautiful work.
tonynnessbutler
 
tonynnessbutler September 23, 2018
Beast of a bike and perfect picture to reflect it
Upton
 
Upton September 23, 2018
I love this shop full of mood
bobbytaylor71 PRO
 
bobbytaylor71 September 26, 2018
Wow ... Outstanding light capture, Awesome detail and clarity of focus ... Love this image/scene. Congrats on your awards, well done.
Beardog2003 PRO
 
Beardog2003 October 04, 2018
fantastic shot
rhondarednapoleon
 
rhondarednapoleon October 15, 2018
Terrific scene!
speterson6 PRO+
 
speterson6 February 10, 2019
Extraordinary street scene, Love the light and setting.
michaelleffel PRO
 
michaelleffel March 11, 2019
Bad @$$ photo!

Now I want to pop on some Social Distortion and stare at it!
nickgriffinaustralia
 
nickgriffinaustralia April 02, 2019
This has a fantastic painterly feel to it. Love it.
Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose June 28, 2019
Excellent photograph!
Trudie PRO+
 
Trudie September 03, 2019
Your lighting, grungy look and artistic directive in this look is a magnificent acheivement! Chapeau!! ;)
SrtFtogrfr PRO
 
SrtFtogrfr September 20, 2019
Beautiful photo.
sarelvanstaden PRO
 
Love the setup and the lighting is perfect, well done.
SportsNut50 PRO+
 
SportsNut50 Apr 13
Very nice work!
randishaw
 
randishaw Sep 05
Hot!

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken in models grandmothers garage.
Time
This was mid afternoon just after a thunderstorm.
Lighting
Light 1: The first light we put up was an Alien Bee 800 with Beauty dish. I am fairly certain it was diffused. It was on a light stand that brought the light up and into the rafters in front and above the bike. Initially we found there was too much spill happening on the ground, so we used a 5in1 reflector disk I had in my car as a flag to cut the light that was hitting the floor. This was all fine and good and we knew we had it where we needed it. The problem now was that the background and model were hiding in darkness and due to the higher shutter speed used, the ambient was not lighting him the way it was looking to our eye. Light 2: The second light came in the form of the Lumopro 160 speedlight. I believe it was set to about 1/8 power and zoomed in about half way. The light was Naked outside the window. I had Grant holding the light at first as we tried to get it in just the right spot that the edge of the light would hit the background as well as his face. Once we had that, we put it on a stand and the lighting was finished. Smoke: Coming from film, I love haze. I can be a bit cliche, but I believed used correctly it adds something wonderful to an image, I also knew with the light blasting through the window outside we were going to get a great llightbeam coming through the window. It was helped a great deal by how many air leaks there were in the garage. Happy little accident. The smoke coming out of his mouth was real, he was actually just smoking the cigar. Albeit a little harder than normal.
Equipment
Fuji X100s, Alien Bee 800, Lumopro LP160 and Paul C Buff Trigger and receivers.
Inspiration
This photo was created out of equal parts opportunity and boredom. My friend Grant and I had been talking about making some dramatic images for the last year, but we were finding that life was always getting in the way. His brother Adam (model) suggested we do a shoot with him and his lovely Royal Enfield Motorcycle. We jumped on the opportunity. We had the subject(s) and now we needed a location. Grant suggested we use his grandmothers old garage, I loved the idea and off we went.
Editing
All of the post processing was done in Lightroom. The obvious colour and contrast adjustments as well as some localized dodging and burning to bring out certain details in the motorcycle etc.
In my camera bag
At the time I was shooting all Fuji, but have since switched back to Nikon and am currently using a Nikon D750 with a variety of lenses old and new. I still have the X100s though.
Feedback
Just shoot and don't let the fear of failure stop you from trying in the first place. In this case, we used 2 cheap(ish) strobes and a really good point and shoot camera. The biggest roadblocks are often the ones you create for yourself, get out and shoot and you may be surprised with what you can accomplish.

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