BMM 335i and BMW S1000RR

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  1. methd

    methd Member

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    Friend asked me to shoot his car and bike together. They were both black and we had to do it at night.... ouch. Went to the closest parking lot to see what we could do.

    I had a quick learning curve on trying to light black objects on a black background. Here's what I came up with.

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  2. StormWaterdrain

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    I think they look quite good. The bike only photo stands out for me.
     
  3. Power47

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    they both look awesome man, especially the first one.


    and the last one... if only the car was centered properly would have way more impact
     
  4. Deftone2k

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    Think you have done pretty well for getting them to stand out whilst blend in.

    #2 and #3 for me the most.

    #1 has the bike blend into the car a little too much for me.

    In #3 clone the line over a bit haha... I think it works for that shot but does mess with the symmetry in my head for #1.

    Nice stuff.. love the subjects :thumbup:
     
  5. Darkness'

    Darkness' Never a frown..

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    Good work on a tough gig! Black at night is a pain. What did you end up using to light them with? Just ambient / down lights from the carpark?

    1: Not a fan of the positioning of the bike, it looks like it's bursting out of the side of the car. I would have cropped more too. The weaker of the 3 shots.

    2: Brilliant. Lighting, framing, everything is great. Is it just a light in the carpark? Would make an amazing large framed print on his wall.

    3: If I was shooting the same shot, I would have done it from about 3 ft higher to eliminate that gap under the car to give it a more meaner, menacing look in the dark. Very Batman'ish shot, looking like a bat mobile coming out of the cave. :thumbup:

    But that's only me!

    Good work! :) :thumbup:
     
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    Yeh now i think about it, i would move the bike forward more. But then I was already shooting F5.6 so I prolly didn't have enough light to get everything in focus.

    #1 and #3 there was zero ambient light so I got to do what I wanted with flashes. First shot was hard though, lighting up different parts of the car and bike at different angles and different strengths. i didn't want even lighting everywhere (looks gay). I had a few SB800 on PWs to play with :)

    #2 was just ambient light. put the bike under a street lamp and took the shot @ 800 ISO. easy.
     
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  7. ElBeasto

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    #2 is my fav, it's got great lighting & separation. :)
     
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    I like #2 a lot. I like how its got that dark contrasty effect that really suits these kind of pictures.

    Unfortunately I don't like #1, it looks a bit messy and there doesn't seem to be any separation between the car and the bike.
     
  9. BuD

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    really like teh bike shot
     
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    #2 is win.

    Agree with the comments on #1, bike needs more seperation from the car; next time maybe pop a flash behind the bike to get some edge detail.
     
  11. triggerpeg

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    Nice meth. Its tough with black shiny surfaces, but alot of potential for to use reflections.

    My pick is #3.

    if i had a chance i'd try something like placing a strobe inside car @ full power to make it look like there is something alive that wants to pop out :)
     
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    #3 is my pick, like the simplicity and symmetry.
    #2 is also nice, but i'ld rather a frontal angle on the bike.

    Did the b&w conversion although coming up a little soft...
     
  13. Arch-Angel

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    All are epic.

    OT: quite like the look of the car too. Not usually a fan of beemers, but that looks pretty hot. :thumbup:
     
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    hey mate what aperture and shutter speed did you use ?
     
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    BMW. represent!
     

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