Can you remember the first car you ever owned? Was it an unimpressive shade of green? Did the engine smoke like a freight train and sound like a chain saw? As everyone ages, it becomes harder and harder to remember all the great memories. Motorcycle enthusiasts want to remember every detail about every bike. That means in depth pictures of the seat, the exhaust pipe, the handlebars, and even the kickstand. Much like vacation pictures, sometimes these are pictures only the owner enjoys viewing. As a result, there is a small, but vibrant market for motorcycle photography.
Clear, precise motorcycle pictures require a lens with superior optics, a good quality camera, a camera tripod, and a photographer with a passion for bikes. The lens accentuates the small, overlooked details. The tripod keeps the image stable, and the photographer captures the reasons why the biker loves the bike.
Understanding shutter speeds, exposure values, and aperture controls might seem like a calculus assignment for the amateur photographer. Is a ball-head camera tripod better than a pan-tilt camera tripod? Without thought most professional photographers decipher the calculations and immediately understand what equipment returns the most superior results. Why is that important? It’s significant because pictures trigger memory recognition.
A small, dark smudge on an exhaust pipe looks like a small, dark smudge to a stranger. To the bike owner, the smudge is an instantaneous reminder of a weekend outing with his wife and her poor shoe choice. Scratches on a side mirror mean nothing without the memory of how the scratches occurred.
Life is short, and memories are sacred. Few things immortalize memories like pictures. When small details unlock large recollections, it might be time to let the professionals keep the memories clear.