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Old 10-28-18, 07:12 PM
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Best pic of a bike by you:camera and condition?

This thread may not go so long, but I am often very impressed with the camera work of bikeforum members. I am lame and just use my 4 year old cell phone, but some of the shots others produce are amazing.

is it a thing that vintage cyclists are also photographers? I feel like we need a bike forums calendar for some of these---
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This thread may not go so long, but I am often very impressed with the camera work of bikeforum members. I am lame and just use my 4 year old cell phone, but some of the shots others produce are amazing.

is it a thing that vintage cyclists are also photographers? I feel like we need a bike forums calendar for some of these---
+1, totally agree. I have several cameras and can't seem do very well with any of them, went for a nice ride in the Columbia river gorge last Sunday, broke out a new camera that had been sitting in the box for quite some time.

Took many pics that looked pretty good on it when I took them, reviewed them when I got home and none turned out very well, probably operator error/incompetence. Maybe I'll upload them and see how they look.
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I admit this shot by @browngw inspired the thread: way better shot than I have ever taken of a bike.. ever.
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Old 10-28-18, 08:10 PM
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One of my better ones lately. Color,focus and a fairly cool bike.
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When I first discovered hunting for,repairing,restoring,RIDING,vintage bikes,I soon found this website and really enjoyed the great pictures taken by the folks and their bicycles. In 2014 I got a iPhone 6s( c&v now according to my teenagers) and take a lot of pictures of my bikes. And while out for a ride I’m always looking for a good spot to snap a pic. One of my favorites....
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Old Canon Powershot and waited until the sun went behind a small cloud. I have no skill whatsoever so I just try to pick contrasting backdrops when I bother to make any effort at all.
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I believe this to be the coolest looking bike pic I had taken. I think this was still my old iPhone 4s. My favorite time of year, it shows some of the cool components and the Reynolds 531 decal:


1986 Trek 400 Elance by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr



Because I have no shame in going to the well over and over again- I did the same pic with a few other bikes- I think those have actually turned out "better," but the influence the first pic had on me makes it "better."


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I'm not good at taking photos of anything at all, but I gave it my best try with my shot of my then, freshly completed Bottecchia build. I think the light was still a bit harsh, that time of the morning, but I had to do it quick before a car came up the road.
Still kinda screwed it up with my shadow on the right bottom corner of the shot, but maybe I can eventually photoshop that out.
I take everything with my phone camera, in this case, my then new Samsung S7 Edge. Resolution could be better I think, but I plan on taking new shots of the bike anyway when I get the new wheelset for it.

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a unique perspective always helps.




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My cell phone camera is only for 'emergency' pics when I don't have a real camera with me. It's hard to say what my 'best' pic is but thinking about it a bit this is one of my favs. I'm pretty sure this was taken with a Canon SX700, though it might have been a Panasonic Lumix.



This is another fav....(This was definitely the Lumix, there is a dark spot above the saddle that was dirt on the mirror which is why I eventually replaced it.)

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a unique perspective always helps.




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Is that a Hetchins?
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My bikes like playing in the flowers. These were all taken with my old Samsung Galaxy S5. Not the latest and greatest, but I love the camera features.



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One of my better ones lately. Color,focus and a fairly cool bike.
With a bike like that its hard to take a bad picture
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One very basic idea to remember: With a cell phone it's not easy to achieve depth of field - or that cool blurry background. For the most part, whatever is in the frame will have the same focus. It makes you have to consider your entire composition
With even a simple point and shoot camera - depth of field is sometimes automatic. The picture below was using auto setting. I didn't do a thing.
I am just starting to learn some basic principles as my daughter is wanting to learn more about photography - so don't flame me too hard if I'm wrong

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I'm all phone camera. Modern ones can do fine in the right lighting, although they're worthless in darkness and under some artificial lighting.

Right now I'm really happy with this one from a week ago. I was in a hurry and the framing isn't quite right, and at first I really disliked it, but it's grown on me. Maybe it's just that you can't go that wrong when Whitehorse is in the shot. I'll probably hate this photo again in a week or two once it's loses its charm from being recent.



This one is from last year. It was a day where the overcast sky was perfect for my phone camera, and all of the shots came out well. But this photo was my favorite, I think.

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I like this one. Great way to hide paint scratches.


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I use my iPhone SE as a camera. It does alright though I feel that my old Samsung Galaxy S3 did better. Either way, I’m no photographer though I do love taking photos.

Something about this pic that I’ve always liked. ‘78 Benotto Modelo 3000. Could be the “champagne” frame against the green door. Or perhaps it’s just the flat tires!




I was pleased this bike captured so well at night. Just enough light from the street lamps and parking lot lights. I’ve always been a fan of old brick walls. The 520 here was a fantastic bike. Sold it yesterday. Missing it today!




The 82’ PFN-10 just pops well, and looks pretty against a subtle backdrop.
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I built the Cyclops and the rock wall (can't afford the garage to install the white door on - sorry)...
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Of all the bike pictures, that I have taken, this is my favorite...
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Is that a Hetchins?
Indeed it is! They will be happy to know that their "branding" methods are effective.

Here's another shot.... but just a partial shot of the bike...



as noted by others, this uses a shallow depth of field (i.e. the foreground and background is out of focus) to keep the viewer's attention on the subject.
This effect is increased by using a long focal length lens (such as a telephoto lens) and a wide aperture. Both of these are hard to get in a tiny camera, although I suspect that software can (or will eventually) imitate it.

Our friend @pcb takes great bike photos. I wonder if he'll share some of his techniques and philosophy??

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Well, the first thing is to ditch the cellphone. If I want to take serious shots I normally break out my old Canon 5D and then slap on a wonderful Leica R 60/2.8 Macro that's been adapted to the EOS mount. That lets me get sharp images of the bike with beautiful creamy bokeh.

Then I also like to break the bike up into parts and shot details. Like these:








If shooting out on the road with the cellphone I prefer having something interesting in the background.





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There is no "best" in my horrific stack of pics. I try to take good pics but they don't always work the way I want. Depth of field is a challenge with point and shoot cameras, which I have been using since entering the digital photography age. There are two pics to share with you. Often the best pic is dependent on the subject and the message to convey. I happen to really enjoy riding my 1991 Pinarello. Consequently, there have been many attempts to capture it digitally. The latest is a result of converting from 740x to Campagnolo. So here is the first pic.


P1010551, on Flickr

After the bike accident in 2009, the search for a replacement bike started right away. I was living in Aloha, outside of Beaverton OR at the time. One Saturday as I was cruising in CL, I decided to filter on Colnago. Bingo! Out in Hood River was this baby. Slightly small at 58, I bought it. It had a mismatch of parts. After spending some time and money for replacements, this is how it turned out. Pic two.


1983 Colnago Superissimo, on Flickr

Wish I had less depth of field for this one.

My first point and shoot digital was an Olympus 360, IIRC. it worked very well but used up batteries. The next two are Lumix ZS's. They are great small versatile cameras that take very good pics. I bought the second one because of the problem found that @Choke mentioned in post #10 above. Fixed that by taking the camera apart much later after the purchase of the second. My desire is to get a DSLR, which may happen in the next year. The first pic was using the ZS10 and the second with the ZS60.
@bianchigirl brought my attention to Campagnolo Monoplanar brakes several years ago in a post where she mentioned how much she liked them. I found a pair without the adjuster's for under $50/pair. So here is another pic of the front one. Lighting is everything in a pic.


P1010557, on Flickr

Just noticed the other day how the curve in the caliper almost aligns with the crown!
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I love riding on country roads with no traffic - lots of photo opportunities can arise

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I enjoy making pictures, started when I was heavily into mechanical keyboards but bikes are fun machines too.

Most of my pictures on here are made using a Microsoft Lumia 950XL smartphone but the nicer ones are made using an older Sony Nex-5 with the 35mm F1.8 lens;


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I think taking really good pics of bikes isn't easy, but there's some good ones in this thread.

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