When I last saw this bike it was in a number of pieces and when we first met it was hiding behind Andy’s Panigale.

I’m currently shooting a calendar of British bikes in addition to the regular Superbike publication and the Norton had stuck in my mind as looking rather correct so it was time for a further visit; Andy had offered to reassemble the bike for the photograph.

Sometimes the sun shines on us and as I drove through the edge of both Haldon and Storm Doris I was happy to have avoided trees and found sun, though the weather was a worry and threatened change. As I drove up the bike was in place and clearly didn’t need much in the way of light (in spite of a car full of gear).

I like to shoot bikes on a long lens, particularly if it’s a side view like this, so the D800e and 70-200 were placed on the tripod with the worry that Doris may yet spoil the day, it really was windy; anyone notice a theme developing?

Surprisingly the Nikon CLS system was working in the bright light (it often gets confused by strong ambient light) and although I thought I’d left my flash triggers at home but it turns out I’d put them down whilst examining one of the Porsches! Once found, the CLS was ditched in favour of the more reliable Yongnuo radio triggers at which point I was able to balance the bright light outside and the shadows of the garage.

Although I had intended to shoot tethered the risk of rain was real so I decided to rust go for it. The Mac was placed in the Ikea storage solution meaning that previews were available immediately.

It’s always interesting how images are met, which ones press people’s buttons so if my Twitter following is a reliable indicator there is something about this bike that people like. It’s nice to know I’m not alone

Location Setup for Motorcycle Photography