365-258 Re-cycling

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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© David Guidas




  One thought on “365-258 Re-cycling

  1. September 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

    fantastic shoot, like your choices of composition

    • September 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks. Bikes are tough because they are so skinny. I thought it was best to use selective focus to soften the busy background.

  2. September 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    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.

    • September 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks. I try to look for details otherwise you can see right through them!

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