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Born To Be Wild

By widtink
Bikers day at Kirkcaldy prom
Iam new to digi photography so excuse the photo but its my best effort yet. This groups a wee bit daunting because of all the fine work but i hope to learn from you guys. Don't know why but iam drawn towards b/w photography so hopefully i will develop with your help.


Voters: DonSchaeffer, ShotfromaCanon, bwlchmawr and 13 more

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bwlchmawr 8 32 1 England
12 Aug 2012 5:23PM
A wonderful piece of social hostory.

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widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
12 Aug 2012 5:54PM
cheers dude some of the bikes were incredible very nice commentGrin
UrbaneMagick 8 172 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 9:13PM
good to see some "proper bikers."
In the 80s, they used to arrive en masse & camp up the quarries on portland..thesze days it seems to be all racing bikes.

.... great phot, great capture of one of the "tribes of Britain."

widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
12 Aug 2012 9:20PM
Aye there was a mixture of "proper bikers" and the ones with the big touring bikes nothing wrong with the other kind but these two guys caught my eye as the real deal thanks Gareth
widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
25 Aug 2012 6:30PM
oops was trying to upload this into the bw group not the weekly challenge as its obv not furniture linkedSad sorry
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
25 Aug 2012 7:35PM
"Chapter & Verse" always colourful characters but no need, mono works well here Smile

like the softening of the bg with the interested onlookers Smile
JawDborn 8 1.3k 1 England
25 Aug 2012 10:33PM
Good to see documentary photos like this. Documentary photography is sadly neglected, in my opinion.
bouic 11 3 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 11:41PM
Great shot, lovely detail on the 2 bikers. I would perhaps darken the top of the sky a little, but that's carping.

widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
25 Aug 2012 11:50PM
ah cannae at the moment ive not got any software but soon hopefully will get photoshop but thats the way it was on the day so thats it . Thanks for all the comments

sherlob Plus
14 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2012 12:15AM
I like the tension created between the bikers and the little lad on a scooter... as if he is thinking 'one day, when I grow up!!!'

On the critical side - it just feels like it is missing a bit of punch in terms of contrast - perhaps try pushing this a little more?

psiman 16 574 Wales
26 Aug 2012 7:42AM
Wow if I was new to digital photography and didn't have any imaging software and yet still produced a shot like this I'd be dead chuffed! I much prefer these sorts of documentary shots to posed portraits and love the contrast between the two hairy biker dudes engrossed in conversation and the envious/curious onlookers in the background. I've just bought "The Great LIFE Photographers" book and this wouldn't look out of place in there!

Possibly as suggested increasing the contrast and darkening the top of the sky a tad might work but I think its a brilliant image as it is!

(can you tell I like this a lot!)

widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
26 Aug 2012 8:13AM
Thanks alot Simon very kind words and after looking thru your portfolio high praise indeed !!! Some of your work is outstanding i need to get a ND big stopper . Definately darkening the sky would add more to the picture but will have to wait until i get PS (don't tell my wife).

psiman 16 574 Wales
27 Aug 2012 4:25PM
Thanks Rod,

If you've not used PS before can I suggest you look at Lightroom instead. It does most of what PS can do, is especially good for working on RAW images coupled with an excellent image management system, has some very good B&W conversion built in, with quite lot more free presets that can be downloaded, and is much cheaper than PS. Up until June I was using PS CS5.5 exclusively I then managed to blag a fee copy of LR4.1 from Adobe (after a long struggle!) and I'm loving it, though I found there's quite an initial learning curve if you move from PS to LR. For me the only time I still use PS is actual pixel manipulation such a cloning and selecting sections of image to work on (though LR can do this to some extent as well). You can download the full version and try it free for 30 days.

widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
27 Aug 2012 7:02PM
Cheers Simon will keep that in mind , thanks for the advice that will save me some cash !! Grin
chavender Plus
9 454 1 France
27 Aug 2012 7:35PM
Hi Rod
I completely agree with Simon.

I now very rarely need any other software. I sometimes use SilverEfex pro2 but only as it was a gift.
You might also want to check on the free Lightroom tutorials from Julieanne Kost on

widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
27 Aug 2012 7:39PM
Thanks for the comment/advice Bill i will check it out.

Tibetan 8 3 England
11 Oct 2012 10:25PM
Hey! just go with your instincts do what comes naturally! B&W why not it started photography don't get bogged down with technicals, be artistic and enjoy it! do not let others change you from your course! be yourself, nice photo good luck, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
11 Oct 2012 10:28PM
thanks LeonSmile


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