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Shoot your bike – Part 1

Posted on July 29, 2010 by Andrew in Other. 10 comments
Thanks to the Simpsons, we’re all familiar with the concept of “beer goggles”. That’s when alcohol impairs our judgment to make something that’s not so great look amazing. But here at Pipeburn we suffer from the opposite problem, which we call “blur goggles”. This is where amazing bikes are made to look really average thanks to lack-luster photography.
So in an attempt to help you get your photography skills on par with your bike-building skills, we’d like to present to you the first in our two part series on taking better photos of motorcycles.
First up, what NOT to do.
Busy backgrounds. It’s easy to focus on your beautiful motorbike through that viewfinder and not really concern yourself with anything else. But when we look at the results, all we see is the weird-ass tree growing out of your bike’s seat. So when you set up your next shot, make sure that the scene behind the bike is not stealing your thunder, or better still, use depth of field to keep the bike in focus and the rest of the shot soft.


Moto Chick

Posted on April 13, 2010 by Scott in Other. 8 comments

Not sure if you’ve noticed but there’s a trend in the fashion world to use vintage motorcycles in photography shoots. The latest are probably the best we’ve seen, shot by Californian photographer Jason Lee Parry he manages to capture some gorgeous pouting by model Hailey Clauson. The series is called “You Ain’t Got Nothing But Nothing to Lose” and is supposed to convey the cafe free spirit of the California summer. There’s one thing for certain, the humble motorbike can make a beautiful girl even more pleasing to the eye. To see the rest of these alluring shots visit Trendhunter or to see some behind the scene pics check out Hailey’s blog. Anyone recognize this garage in California?


Fast food

Posted on June 6, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 2 comments

This photo hypnotized me when i first saw it. Its the coolest ad for Coco pops I have ever seen. Packed full of 100% cafe racer goodness. Shot by Ben Part at Part B, his moto photography gallery is truly inspiring. He shot that timeless advertising campaign for Davida. Found this gem on the one and only Arsehole customs.