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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    This is gorgeous and a quantum leap forward. I think I might prefer the lighting to be indirect, not see it's reflection in the windows. Possibly even lower wattage, though turning it away from the bike might suffice.

    Be interesting to see what colored lights would do. But I'm repeating myself. GREAT shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lamble View Post


    SMC...is this the flames one you were thinking of?

    I'd wanted to get the little BMW button in focus and this is a tad out, plus there's the light from the otherside of the fire coming through.

    I'll still try with the angled down version and work on getting that spot on.
    Who knows, if Santa turns up with a tripod it might be easier too.
    Actually, I was thinking of this one:



    Hope you don't mind, but this is the best one, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa View Post
    The muse escaped me this week. Probably the best of a bad lot.

    These are really nice. I donÔÇÖt think I would have come up with a Christmas Beemer. [New holiday tradition?]

    IÔÇÖm a fan of lights in general, and I particularly like the over-exposed look if itÔÇÖs to show more details of the subject matter.

    Next, can you take a shot with the Christmas Beemer next to a cozy fireplace with presents by the tires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmubrown View Post
    I had, in my trials, gone both directions similar to some suggestions, maybe one of these fits that vision?


    I like this shot, though the bike needs to be in sharper focus. I think the trick here, for a number of reasons, is to have the wreath in focus and the bike slightly blurred. As a guess, I'd close this down three stops, give or take.

    Like several of the others, this is a creative concept that works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa View Post
    The muse escaped me this week. Probably the best of a bad lot.

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    Can't decide which of these I like better. The first for the drama of the lighting. It seems more indirect and is less obviously strung Christmas lights.

    The second is more of a bike shot and the blacks are really rich and nice. Perhaps if it were lit a bit more like the first one. (I know you're probably going to tell me they're the same. They are both great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    This is gorgeous and a quantum leap forward. I think I might prefer the lighting to be indirect, not see it's reflection in the windows. Possibly even lower wattage, though turning it away from the bike might suffice.

    Be interesting to see what colored lights would do. But I'm repeating myself. GREAT shot.

    Thanks, Tom.

    The reflections in the windows are actually candle lights. We have them in the windows of the house, and I thought I would be cute and put them in the shed, too.


    (Yes, I need to shovel the walkway again…)

    I think tomorrow I may try zooming way out and taking it in portrait. The idea being to make the cozy shed seem a more remote and precious sanctuary.

    It’s funny… I really only took the shot as a sarcastic complaint that the shed is the motorcycle’s unfortunate home for the holidays. I never thought I’d be freezing my butt to simulate a BMW nativity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grossjohann View Post
    These are really nice. I donÔÇÖt think I would have come up with a Christmas Beemer. [New holiday tradition?]

    IÔÇÖm a fan of lights in general, and I particularly like the over-exposed look if itÔÇÖs to show more details of the subject matter.

    Next, can you take a shot with the Christmas Beemer next to a cozy fireplace with presents by the tires?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa View Post


    I'm allowed to have bikes in the atrium, but Tina has a strict No Bike in The House policy.
    Ditto...
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    Quote Originally Posted by grossjohann View Post
    Alright, Gents.

    Thanks for tall the great replies. I wasnÔÇÖt allowed to steal any of the guinea pigÔÇÖs hay (not even a plea for the sake of art could sway them ÔÇ£Ginger eats that!ÔÇØ), but I did place a work light so that it shined on the bike. My tripod is at the office, so I used a camping chair, but it was hard to keep steady in the wind (we live on the top of a hill).

    The cold eventually forced me in, but I think these are a step in the right direction. Maybe more tomorrow. There should be flurries on Wednesday evening which could add to the effect, but Im arm candy at my wifes event that night

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmubrown View Post
    SWEEEETTTT! Focus is a touch off, but not bad for hand balancing it on a chair!
    I didn't originally notice this assignment runs until Jan. 1st... It's got me thinking again... (ouch!)
    Isn't that nuts? You guys are going to be so sick of my shed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmubrown View Post



    And then going with the bike as center of focus:

    I really like these. This is a winning concept. I like the idea of having the bike blurred slightly (maybe to make the shot less specific and perhaps give broader appeal), but I really want to see the motorcycle.

    Since you have a “classic” K, I think she deserves to be seen. It’s almost like a portrait of the motorcycle.


    (Thanks for letting me abuse your photos…)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa View Post


    I'm allowed to have bikes in the atrium, but Tina has a strict No Bike in The House policy.
    Quote Originally Posted by grossjohann View Post
    Ditto...
    Aha! *says Roy, rubbing his hands together and thinking of a way to get the rest of the gas out of his R50*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapid_Roy View Post
    Aha! *says Roy, rubbing his hands together and thinking of a way to get the rest of the gas out of his R50*

    Easy if its an R50 (aka airhead) just turn it upside down and shake vigorously!

    (or you could just remove the tank, its what? all of two little tumb screws? but what fun is that? )

    Once when we were putting a driveshaft back together on a /5, one of the strech bolts at the universal end fell down into the driveshaft housing, Yikes!
    Then, since there were three of us, we just lifted up the rear end of the bike and shook vigorously and the littlle sucker came right out! Ha Ha!

    kinda like lifting up the rear end of old VW bug when someone is about to take off,,,,

    good prank that is

    Sometimes simple REALLY is better...

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    Xmas Reflections One

    Ya gotta have some big balls to do this.....(well at least one anyway!)

    focus is a bit soft but that's seems to be more an issue of the surface of the xmas ball is not very smooth, its plastic and as such somewhat bumpy

    I did three series at different zoom levels but can't decide which I like best.



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    Xmas Reflections Two



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    "I'll make a deal with you, I won't bore with my Science if you don't bore me with your Politics!" Lionel Barrymore from the 1929 film "The Mysterious Island"

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