I know this dude, Chip. Chip works over at the NEVERDONE shop in KC and has a super dope motorcycle. I ran into him not too long ago at a Blip Roasters motorcycle meet in the Westbottoms and after seeing his bike in person, I knew a shoot had to go down.
It was a strange time of day so the lighting was pretty much terrible everywhere. Fortunately for us, we were in the Westbottoms where buildings were close to one another and there were plenty of alley ways to shield us from the terrible light. We got our coffee from Blip Roasters and then walked about a block away and posted up in the first suitable alley we found.
The lighting in the alley was actually pretty neat though. We would have a strip of shadow and near the end of the alley the light would just be blasting through from the reflections off of windows or random pieces of metal.
I wish I knew more about motorcycles but I’m just going to tell you right now, the only thing I know about these machines is how to ride one in a parking lot under 15mph. Other than that, I don’t know a single thing. I do know, however, that this Royal Enfield bike that Chip has been piecing together and customizing is freakin’ dope.
PEEP THE CARBON FIBER HELMET, YO!
The last shot on the list that I wanted to do was a panning shot. Unfortunately, we only got to do one test shot to dial my settings and composition. After this one attempt, someone came out from one of the buildings and told us to leave.
BONUS! 35mm Film!
AYO, CHIP. BREAK YOUR OWN NECK.
So there you have it. Shooting motorcycles is tricky shit, no doubt. I’m so used to photographing cars and it seemed like I was pretty limited on angles. If you go too head on with bikes you start losing a ton of information and I just didn’t know how to set the bike up because I wanted to see more of what was going on. Maybe I’ll get more chances to figure that one out *cough cough ayo motorcycle/dirtbike dudes*
Here’s to dope motorcycles.
Here’s to dope alley ways.
Here’s NOT to people who kick you out of alleys for actually good reasons.