Nitro, West Virginia is a long narrow town nestled in a river valley. Besides the industrial areas it’s only a few blocks wide and a few miles long. One thing I noticed when driving through over the past few months was a number of folks getting around on old vintage bicycles. The town is relatively flat with plenty of low traffic areas so a bike is a good way to get from here to there. I discovered during the summer an antique store there that had a nice outdoor display of old bikes for sale. Sort of the town “used car” lot. It was usually closed and the bikes taken inside when I got off work so I couldn’t get any photos in the past. Well today I got to leave work early and as I was hitting the highway for my long drive home I had yet to get a photo in for the day. The highway trip home doesn’t present too many photo opportunities and I was thinking of what I could take when I remembered the bicycles as I approached the Nitro exit. I took a quick detour and found a cool selection of vintage rides to shoot. Since it was a dreary, rainy day I selected my Super-Takumar 50mm to get a few detail photos. I was working quick because I wanted to continue on home so these aren’t the best compositions. Hopefully I’ll get to spend more time with the next time around. Pentax K20D, Super-Takumar 50mm.
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fantastic shoot, like your choices of composition
Thanks. Bikes are tough because they are so skinny. I thought it was best to use selective focus to soften the busy background.
these are lovely… i’m always drawn to bikes but have difficulty framing them in interesting ways. nice work — your use of composition and color are very effective in creating a nice mood in these shots.
Thanks. I try to look for details otherwise you can see right through them!