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Little biker

By fabriziogaluppo
This was a picture of an Italian icon: Vespa motorcycle
This Vespa was in the mountains, on the border between Italy and Austria. I like the contrast between red and blue sky. The little children
is mi son, Matteo, and it seems a reckless motorcyclist!!
Best regards,

Tags: Fun Mountain Austria Trekking Humour and fun Holyday


swami1969 16 2 India
24 Aug 2016 8:27AM
Love it. great colors and a Cute little kid. Nice Shot.


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24 Aug 2016 8:29AM
Hi Swami,
thank you so mutch!! Wink
Richsr 13 91 223 England
24 Aug 2016 8:37AM
Like your view point and the good colours
24 Aug 2016 8:54AM
Thank you Rich!!
TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 9:08AM
Welcome to the site, Fabrizio Smile

You may not have realised this, but you've ticked the 'Critique wanted' box on this upload. That means that your image won't be able to be voted on and/or awarded by the members here, but in return for that lack you get detailed, specific comments from both the Critique Team and other members. Which is actually a shame in a way because this is a good image. In this area of the site, we normally ask uploaders to give us an idea of why they want feedback (whether it's camera techniques or post processing techniques) and a sense of what they feel works in the image and what might not.

I love the angle you've taken it from, as it gives a wonderful sense of dynamism to the Vespa and your son on it. And you're right - the red contrasts beautifully with the blue sky behind Smile

In terms of feedback, for me overall the images seems a fraction light, so I've done you a mod where I've tweaked the midtone levels a touch to add a little more contrast. The other thing I noticed is that lad's face seems a bit soft compared to (e.g.) the front part of the Vespa. So I've sharpened the face area only.
While I love the elongated feeling of the image, I do wonder what that lower grass area adds to it, so my mod crops off part of the lower area of the image for the sake of comparison.

You'll find my mod (and any others that people may do) by clicking the 'Modifications' button underneath your image above. Mods have numbers, so mine will be no. 1, and subsequent mods will be 2, 3, etc. By clicking on a number, you'll be able to see who did a mod, and their mod will replace your image above. Toggle between clicking the number on and off and you'll be able to clearly see the changes made compared to your original uploaded image.

Just out of interest, what area did you spot meter from?

Enjoy the site, and remember that if you don't want specific feedback on an image, don't tick the 'critique wanted' option when you upload Grin

24 Aug 2016 9:27AM
Hi Tanya, i like your comments and your modification with more contrast and blue sky.
The spot meter was taken on upper part of image, near the face of Matteo and the metal part of the Vespa headlight. During the shoot a little ray of light came from clouds, on the left part of frame. I consciously chosed to request a Critique because i'm an amateur photographer and my Portfolio don't have a lot of pictures at this time. I want to know the opinion of people more experienced than me.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4150 Canada
24 Aug 2016 1:47PM
Lovely shot Fabricio! He looks like the king of the road.

I love these Italian scooters, - I used to own a Lambretta many years ago. The I deflected over to the German Heinkel!

I would suggest more space above his head would be good, by lifting the camera slightly; the colour tome makes the red of the Vespa slightly purple (reflected blue light), so Ive corrected that in the mod.

A little brighter helps, as the scooter is shiny, and the sky is bright, so allowing that brightness seems to give it a bit more life. Spot metering often results in an underexposed image.

Mod uploaded,


24 Aug 2016 1:57PM
Hi Willie, now on Lightroom i've added more space above the head. I can view your modification with a more realistic red color!
Thank you!!
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 6:02PM
The angle of the shot is very effective, Fabrizio, the red of the scooter is eye-catching, and your son's wry smile is captivating. All in all, an image with impact, one that you have thought out carefully and probably achieved your intent or goal.
There is added interest in the scooter's reflection, but my eye always returns to your son's face, even though it's not the sharpest part of the image.
Nicely done.

paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 7:53PM
A strong image. A scooter in k terms rather than a motorcycle but that is just terminology. A good angle and that is hat makes it attractive. You obviously understand the need for care with a spot meter reading as it can so easily be wrong.

I might have offset the head to the right of the lamp and tilted the whole thing a bit toad even more strength but that would be a very different image.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 684 England
24 Aug 2016 9:45PM
I'm curious as to why you used Manual and Spot metering.

Clearly you've got the result and you thought about what you were metering from.

There are some who use Manual and Spot without knowing what they are doing so I only mention this as a general point for others. Manual mode has it's place. Experienced photographers use it when they know when to and I think that message gets corrupted so that some think manual = good exposure. The same reasoning goes for Spot metering, know when to and how.
Just a thought, one may need to use Manual when using a legacy or non-system lens via an adaptor.
If the end result has exposure problems due to shooting into the sky, in the Auto and semi-Auto modes apply exposure compensation, or if unsure of that take an exposure reading off that nice mountain grass and use that.

As I say, not a criticism here just a point for other readers who may struggle to get something good a similar situation.
25 Aug 2016 7:44AM
Thank you to all for the comments. Normally i shoot on manual mode but with a Matrix Center Weighted exposure mode. The day that i taken this photo i've tried to use a spot meter mode. Before this shoot i realized other picture with same light condition. I'm not an experienced photographer and i think that i'll not use, in the future, the spot exposure method... too many variables to manage at the same time= distraction from composition and other artistic aspect.
Davesumner 13 28 300 Australia
25 Aug 2016 12:09PM
This is a great image with a different perspective, taking the shot from down below has really worked well. The exposure etc. don't seem too bad and the colours work well. But you have to address the elephant in the photograph and that is that the boys head looks like it is perched onto the headlight. I would take Paul's advice:

Quote:I might have offset the head to the right of the lamp and tilted the whole thing a bit toad even more strength but that would be a very different image.

You could have even gotten him to hang off a little making it look like he was cornering, I think that this would have made the image much stronger. A great effort though and well done with the concept.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 684 England
25 Aug 2016 1:01PM
You're right about cutting down on the variables. That way it's easier to see what works and what doesn't and work on a solution when things go wrong.

I'd still recommend Aperture or Shutter Priority rather than full Manual, as they are only semi-automatic (as opposed to Program modes which choose everything) they do require you to think what aperture or shutter speed is appropriate/relevant to the subject and result you want, Manual is just a bit slower but you still need to think.
From your images and what you say, I don't see you having any problems, which is good.

Composition and artistic aspects are important too. When the light is constant Manual actually helps as you set the correct exposure and shoot so you can concentrate on composition, directing your subject, etc.
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1682 England
25 Aug 2016 6:30PM
You show more wisdom than many, Fabricio, in deciding not to use spot metering much in future.

I'll just comment that a smaller aperture, and focussing on a distance between the front of the scooter and the head would give you an overall sharp image, which might look even better.

Obviously, there are variations to composition to be had, moving up, right, or left. You probably explored them...

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