Ian Chantler  

Harley V by Ian Chantler

July 2021 - Harley V

About the Image(s)

I have just had a week off work first one for ages, so last Monday took a leisurely stroll along the promenade at New Brighton as I crossed the car park a Harley Davidson pulled in I always love a Harley as no 2 are the same love picking out detail and the engines often produce great shapes this one was no exception highly chromed, as always trying to get the shot without me being reflected back is a problem just about managed it.
There is another detail shot of this bike on Group 04

How i did it

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mk III lens EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM f11 1/320s ISO 100 focal length 50mm RAW image was opened in photoshop and basic adjustments made,converted to mono using a gradient map on an adjustment layer, cropped from the sides contrast adjusted and sharpened using a high pass filter and a 2px stroke added.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
18 comments posted

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
(Group 4)
This is one of those occasions when a tight crop gives the best framing and concentrates the viewer's eye on the subject matter. Excellent rendition of the shiny parts - you have avoided blown out highlights with no detail. Also, well done for avoiding reflections of yourself. It's a great shot and well processed.   Posted: 07/08/2021 03:48:45
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Guy I had to almost be a contortionist to not get my reflection somewhere in the image but just loved the shapes within this area.   Posted: 07/08/2021 14:58:10

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ian, avoiding your reflection was essential and I know how difficult that is with this sort of subject!
This is a subject I have a go at when there is a motorcycle show at North Shields.
Although I am not a Harley fan the details in these bikes is wonderful.
Your image is excellent and shows us the photographic potential in these machines.   Posted: 07/09/2021 01:16:36
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks John I am always attracted to Harleys because they are all unique in there own way.   Posted: 07/09/2021 06:17:45

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ian: Shooting shiny things is never easy.. with reflections and glare as our enemies. I think you've done a great job in capturing the interesting shapes and textures of this Harley's engine parts. Now if only we could capture the Harley's unique sounds to accompany your image... how cool would that be? Great job... love your image!   Posted: 07/09/2021 08:15:01

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ian - a great image of part of an iconic motorcycle of which I saw many on my visits to the States, but was not tempted to photograph them.
Processed to perfection with the highlights on the chrome so well rendered. Nicely cropped and well done on avoiding your reflection.   Posted: 07/13/2021 07:02:31
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Peter just loved the shapes within the frame.   Posted: 07/14/2021 15:37:47

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Ian you have handled this image very well. I don't it can be improved upon.   Posted: 07/14/2021 14:37:34
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Paul   Posted: 07/14/2021 15:38:04

Ed Ries
Hello Ian. You really successfully captured the feeling of chrome. Well done. The composition leads the eye to the Harley emblem on the bottom, and overall, the various shapes work in complementary manner. Nice work.   Posted: 07/15/2021 12:35:31
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Ed   Posted: 07/15/2021 15:51:43

Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
(Groups 24 & 97)
Hi Ian. No doubt you have handled the tonal contrast beautifully. It is not always easy to make machinery look interesting, especially when you are dealing with polished chrome. I do have two things to point out. Not sure if they really matter in improving the image. First is the sun reflection off the chrome of the air filter at the top of the image. I find that it wants to pull my attention. I don't find it particularly distracting, but it is a very bright spot. The other is the logo stamp on the exhaust on the left side of the frame. It is half in, half out. Again, minor minor detail. There are so many wonderful lines and curves for the eye to explore that I don't think the half logo detracts from the overall image in any way.   Posted: 07/15/2021 17:03:37

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Well done Ian. The contrast between the chrome and the shadows is remarkable and very clean. A neighbor owns a restored Indian Chieftan (1950s era) that you would enjoy discussing with each other.   Posted: 07/16/2021 13:10:41
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Michael
I do not know much about motorcycles but love looking at Harleys I have seen pictures of Indian Chieftan motorcycles they look fabulous and who knows maybe I will be lucky enough to see one and even better have my camera with me.   Posted: 07/16/2021 14:53:12

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
(Group 32)
Even though I dislike motor bikes, you've done a good job with this one, especially not getting burn out on the chrome. Good tight crop-it makes a great pattern picture.   Posted: 07/16/2021 17:25:06
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Diana   Posted: 07/17/2021 05:39:03
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Diana   Posted: 07/17/2021 05:39:07
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Diana   Posted: 07/17/2021 05:39:13