I love riding and a couple of weeks ago I shot a retro cafe racer styled Triumph. Lesya Mills is the model here. It was a fun shoot and I’m pleased with the results.
I hope to shoot more females on bikes. [rant] We are a growing demographic and I think vendors need to get cranking on making gear designs that are specific to women – that are feminine without just slapping the color pink on it. That are made for women riders and yet don’t assume we are riding on the back – adding 4 1/2 inch heels to the boot rendering it useless and probably unsafe. Seriously. A focus group will give you some great feedback. Heck, tag along on some female rides and get some answers. [/rant]
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I haven’t been able to ride for a couple of weeks now due to some serious back pain. Yep, totally sux. Anyways, the prescriptions have helped a lot. In today’s intense heat though, after a short hike in the woods and liters of perspiration lol, I am suddenly feeling better than I had been in days. I have no idea why or how that happened but it’s a welcome change and I sure hope it stays that way 🙂
I’m looking forward to the next ride – I’ve purchased a tail bag for my bike that I will be using to carry my 5DII. I’ll be outfitting it with pads from an old camera bag and I’ll strengthen the pre made harness so I don’t need to worry whether it can safely hold the camera’s weight or not. I typically ride with a GF1 and that works very well cause it’s very compact and I can whip it out fairly quickly(see image above). I’ll certainly keep using it predominantly on bike trips but there have been times where I would have preferred to pack the 5DII instead. The new setup will hopefully make it an easy choice to just grab it and ride.
This photo may be licensed for Editorial use: Out for a Motorcycle Ride
I recently went to the Sloss Furnaces in Alabama. Not exactly around the corner but it’s not so far away either. After some scheduling issues I ended up going just to scout the place cause there was just not enough time in a day. I hope to be able to shoot there this summer. I made the trip on my bike and took along a friend that is also a photographer and knows that area as well. The SF is full of amazing history and if you like industrial materials… you should visit.
It’s story begins just after the Civil War when in 1871 the city of Birmingham was founded. One of the founding entrepreneurs was Colonel James Withers Sloss. He ended up founding the Sloss Furnace Company in 1880. Read more at the Sloss Furnaces website.
The SF has been featured on National Geographic’s Ghost Hunters (or some similar series). The last thumbnail image above with the ladders leading out into daylight is a view from below where there is said to be the ghost of a little girl. Other visitors that day mentioned there was also a male presence. I don’t know that I do or don’t believe in the stories but I do know I didn’t hang around in the area for very long after that group suddenly moved on and left us there alone. It was pitch black in the pipe area and only 2 visible daylight points. Not exactly comforting:D
It goes without saying that our ride there was fun 😀 My small camera bag sat snug strapped onto the passenger seat of my GSXR.
Motorcycle riding is a lifestyle. Those who do it are usually quite passionate about it. For me it’s time I have alone on my bike… freedom to enjoy… to feel and absorb nature… sharing that with friends. Every ride brings it’s own little adventure and memories to hold on to. I’ve made some amazing friends this past year and some of them even let me shoot them 😉