We went up to Fowlers motorcycle showroom in Bristol just to say hello really, that’s hello with a car full of camera gear. And yes it rained, that really dull rain that just gets in the way.

Motorbike photographer Suzuki GoodwoodAnyway, the Suzuki GSXR 1000 was just sat there looking like a Suzuki; this one’s in the 30th anniversary heritage colours you see, and as you can see from the Goodwood shot on the left Suzuki has a lot of heritage colours to choose from.

For me though, these are the colours, maybe the Heron, err…

So, another impromptu shoot, this one in a full showroom. Rob Church and his team at Fowlers were incredibly welcoming and accommodating, we worked out we had enough time to do it and there was a small space where the pre-owned stock is sometimes shot. Although the Bowens strobe gear was in the car this was the time to test the speedlights with the Yongnuo triggers out in earnest. Which reminds me, I do seem to be one trigger short of a western at the moment.

It’s good to try different approaches and setups though, far too easy to slip along the known paths. There’s something about the Suzukis though that suits a harder lighting look. The day before I’d been telling Shaun at Bridge how getting a bit of distance between the camera and the bike often helps, with this shoot the conditions dictated the 24-70 ƒ/2.8, unusual for me, though set half way at 56mm for this shot. Four speedlights and Karin as the remotely controlled speed light stand, “left a bit Bob.”

Ultimately a Harley tank made for a good shooting support, normally it would be tripod and mirror lock-up but we were on a time-slot.

Another one down then? These colours worked well then and to my eyes they still do. It’s heritage innit?

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