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    This is a 1974 Yamaha FS1E, shot in a similar manner to the first image. The lighting hadn't changed, but I found the tank and side panel appeared brighter in the teat shot, so increased the aperture to F7.0

    Olympus E-M1 mkII 1/250th sec 12-40mm F2.8 @ F7.0 ISO64, 200 & 400

    The final bike is a 1970 Honda CT70, which were fondly referred to as Monkey bikes in my youth. I found I had to increase the aperture by a third again, bringing it to F8. The light locations and output remained the same, and I used the same three exposure bracketed technique to create the final image.

    Olympus E-M1 mkII 1/250th sec 12-40mm F2.8 @ F8 ISO64, 200 & 400

    This is a pull back, showing the effect of the pooled light around the bike

    Olympus E-M1 mkII 1/250th sec 12-40mm F2.8 @ F8 ISO200

    And this is the same scene, shot under programmed mode to give a better idea of the work area and lighting setup. The ELB1200 can be clearly seen frame right. It's a little more difficult to see the ELB400 frame left, but if you look at the top of the bike on the platform, you can see the reflector the other side of the handlebars.

    Olympus E-M1 mkII 1/40th sec 12-40mm F2.8 @ F3.2 ISO400
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    Re: Motorcycle Photography

    Clear and concise with excellent shots to back it up. Thanks.
    Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
    Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
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