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Old 04-12-2016   #1
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A friend of mine is selling some of his bicycles and needed photos to show potential buyers. I know very little about hi-end collectible bicycles, other than the fact that for the money they sell for they should have engines. I mean we're talking $4000 to $7500 used! Crazy!

These were shot in the studio using 2-4800ws Speedotron power packs with 2 heads in 3'x4' soft boxes shooting through a 6.5 ft square diffusion panel.

One soft box at 2400ws positioned overhead ,above the diffusion panel and to the front of the set, provided the lighting for the bicycle while the other soft box at 3600ws was positioned overhead to the rear of the set and lit the paper background which then reflected onto the white tile board floor to eliminate shadows under the bikes.

White 4'x8' 1/2" foam-core panels on both sides and in front helped redirect the overhead light to provide soft specular highlights and some fill light.

We were able to use the large setup for lighting the entire bikes and for the close-ups at the same time. In all we shot 69 photos of three bikes.

Here's a couple of the bikes....

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And here's the setup....
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These came out great. Like, very nice and much better than a snap eBay photo....The description and setup shots are a great add and I hope others appreciate the insight too.

I am a biker, but tapered off some after face planting last year. I'd like either one, but I'd like not to pay for them either. Colnago is an Italian top notch piece of equipment. I'd rather have it than the Zunow
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Thanks, Craig.

I forgot to include the exposure info which was ISO 100 at f/16 with the 85mm Nikkor tilt/shift lens.
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f/16? Ecck.

I assume the 2 softboxes on top were firing straight down, 1 in front and 1 in back of the bike (if they fell down)...and how did you stand the bike up? fishing line?
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I needed the DOF of F/16 for the 3/4 views and the close-ups. That's why I used 2400ws in the front and 3600ws in the rear soft box.

The front soft box is aimed slightly towards the rear to light the front of the bike, and the rear soft box is aimed straight down onto the background paper.

Initially we were going to use fishing line from a pipe suspended overhead but thought that might be annoying when changing the position and angle of the bike. Instead the bikes were supported (precariously, as one fell over a couple of times) by a pvc tube at the rear axle. This tube had a clear suction cup attached to one end which stuck to the tile board and a rubber cap on the other end to hold the axle. You can see the tube in the whole bike shots.

The front wheel was held in place with small clear plastic wedges as it wanted to rotate and turn. Both the pvc pipe and the wedges will be removed in post by the client as he's a graphic artist and enjoys that sort of fun.

The bikes were held in place by hand for the close-up shots.
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Ha, I see it now.....
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Nice setup and capture.
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Hey Brooks.....

Very, very nicely done. The setup info is fascinating and interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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Now THAT's how a Pro does it. Outstanding.


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