It’s great when you find an opportunity to create a photography-related excuse for a colossal time-sink! In a year-long rebuild and restoration, I decided to convert my 70k-plus mile Harley Davidson Sportster into a true cafe-style racer with a boatload of v-twin power behind it. I had a lot of help from a lot of people online and right here in Austin. From carb-jetting to powder coating, it was a really cool undertaking that I’ve always wanted to experience. There’s nothing like the feeling of riding around on something you put together yourself – amazed all the while that its actually working!
I finally got the chance to do a studio shoot for the bike a couple months ago, and used a five-light setup with a lot of black cards to create just the right level of reflections on the paint. A few kicker lights on the side and a front panel helped highlight some of the finer details. The setup for the low-key shot was a little more simple, and I think created a really cool effect highlighting some of the cooler featured of the bike while minimizing the detail and really focusing on the clean upper profile line created by the custom seat and clip-on handlebars.