There’s a lot of pride and dollars wrapped up in these machines and I’m sure people with their passions love to show them off. Here are a few more bikes proudly on display on Congress Avenue.
Years ago, when I was really into creating HDR photographs, I shot scenes like this with my tripod and combined three exposures together in post processing. If you look at this post from back in 2012, especially the last photo, it looks similar to today’s posting. It was shot at the same place on Congress Avenue, even featuring a similar looking red bike.
I used the Olympus E-P3 back then with the Panasonic 14mm f2.5, shot at ISO 200 on tripod. Fast forward to 2017 and I took this at ISO 250, hand-held this time at a 0.5 second shutter speed. It’s a single image post processed with Capture One, eliminating the HDR processing. I prefer the cooler and brighter rendering too. It makes the 2012 version look dark and muted.
There are differences though. Notice that today’s image has a shallower depth of field, shot at f2.8. The bikes up close are sharp but the more distant ones are out of focus. The 2012 version, on tripod, used a f9 aperture which rendered the entire scene sharp, including the buildings. These, however, are differences that won’t matter to most people.
Unless you are a photo enthusiast, you may not care how the photographic cheese is made. I mention the technical aspects just to highlight a point — the advances in technologies have greatly simplified image making. Similar advances make the smartphone a decent choice for casual photography and it propels the dedicated cameras, with the larger sensors, to image making not possible just five years ago. The technology, for example, can potentially obsolete tripods.
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