Photographing Peter’s 2015 BMW HP4 in Topsham, Devon

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Photographing Peter’s 2015 BMW HP4 in Topsham, Devon

Peter Robins has a very nice BMW HP4 and I knew just the place to shoot it, Drew’s ‘shed’ (I use the term loosely). With this project I have been absolutely knocked out by people’s support. Peter, who had got in touch with me following my request for bikes made to CW Motorcycles, had driven the bike across to us and Drew gave us free rein to use his unit as a backdrop.

I knew the Pegasus engine was on wheels but hadn’t expected it to be so fortuitously positioned by the Harrier, so the only real issue was whether I could find a shooting position. To be honest I generally prefer to be longer than 70mm but there was just about enough room under the powerboat and that wasn’t about to be moved easily. Oh the glamour.

We had the Bowens Gemini Pros in the car from this morning’s shoot at RC Express and the Travelpak was still holding up well. There’s always that moment when the Manfrotto boom is above the lovely bike that one is reassured by the comprehensive insurance that one has paid so much for but never really wants to test. Worse still was that the unit was now becoming rather crowded with people who are probably thinking that the grubby photographer knows what he is doing; I’ve never been comfortable with an audience.

The lights were built up one at a time, the top strip first, then the front (barn-doors and honeycomb) and finally a couple of speedlights to add some detail. There was a reasonable amount of light so shutter speed was used to balance the background, a range of shots were taken at various speeds.

So, you take a shed full of toys and end up with a small hint of what’s there. Peter reliably informed me that what I was taking particular delight in was a fir tree, possibly a small forest of them. Lovely bike, beautiful trees.

Thanks Peter and Kate, Drew and of course Karin for continuing support and documentation.

By | 2017-07-06T15:55:18+00:00 February 28th, 2016|Bowens, Motorbike photography, Nikon, Topsham|0 Comments

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Andrew Butler is a professional photographer and designer based in the South West of England. He has had a long career photographing for clients as diverse as Arts Council England and Motor Cycle News.