Fabulous weather at the Brayford Wharf in Lincoln ensured a really strong turnout for a meeting of bikers from all over the country. Members from regional clubs and individuals just looking for a good day out turned up to talk bikes and admire all the machines that were parked around the Lincoln, 'Brayford Wharf' Marina.
I got chatting to some of the folks who had brought their bikes. They were lovely people to talk to and I learned that these guys have toured lots of countries on custom bikes (including as far away as the USA), like the Kawasaki Vulcan and of course the Harley Davidson.
There were some vintage machines on display as well as a few bikes that had lots of character, like the machine pictured above. I used 3 prime lenses, a 16, 24 and 56mm which gave me roughly a 24, 35 and 85mm full frame equivalent focal length (I was shooting with the Fuji X-T2 APSC camera).
From a photographer's point of view the strong sun proved to be a challenge, when shooting at wide apertures I was very grateful for a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec but I also really wished I'd had a flash with HSS (High Speed Sync) to enable me to fill the shadows when I chose to use those larger apertures. This year will hopefully see a few 3rd party flash manufacturers release more Fuji compatible speedlites, strobes and associated remote triggers, this is an area where Fuji seems to be playing catch-up with the rest of the competition.
Nonetheless with time on my hands I was able to exercise a little creativity and come up with some interesting angles on the bikes. Just look at all the gorgeous chrome on that Harley!
It was quite difficult to get a shot without being 'photo-bombed' as there was a fantastic crowd of enthusiasts and even a rock band to pump out music whilst ice cream, hot dogs and beverages were all polished off.
Here's an image of another friendly couple who I had a natter with. It was good to talk about their bikes, I used to have an old BMW RT1100 (the last of quite a few motorcycles I've owned). I must admit, I've given up on riding motorcycles these days, it seems to me that the odds are stacked against the average biker on our congested roads.
Photographing the bikes was great fun but not without its challenges. I'm really getting to grips with my new Fuji and beginning to understand what it can deliver and what the best settings are that work for me. It's almost as quick to use the X-T2 in manual as it is to shoot in one of the semi-automatic modes, which speaks volumes about the design of the camera.
This Harley with the custom paint job was quite the work of art. You wouldn't want to drop a machine like this as you'd never be able to pick it up again, and just the thought of damaging the paint or the chrome gives me the shivers!
I liked the effect from having a shallow depth of field in the image above, and the black and white ACROS filter just seemed to suit it really well.
I think the above image is my favourite from the shoot I did. There's a really pleasing tonality and a sense of strength in the image (mind you I'm not that keen on the Kawasaki logo).
There were certainly some very expensive bikes at the meet but even the rough and ready machines were interesting to see (even if I didn't choose to photograph them). I've been deliberately selective with what I've chosen to show in this post. I had lots of shots that were filled with throngs of people getting into the frame, and more often than not the compositions were spoiled. It's never easy isolating your subject at an event like this. Of course if you choose to do some more reportage style shooting then I suppose you could argue that it really doesn't matter how many arms, legs, heads and backsides appear in your images.
I settled for one person being in the above image. I could have waited longer I suppose but at this point I was happy that I'd captured enough shots and was starting to make my way home.
This was a fun little project, and in truth quite challenging. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I am looking forward to doing something like this again.