What happens when you mix a professional spray painter/panel beater/mechanic/Harley Davidson enthusiast, a professional photographer, a 1942 WLC (Flathead) Harley Davidson and a field in Sweden? Probably any number of things. But in this case it resulted in the mechanic turning into a photo assistant and we ended up with a pretty good result I think.
So how did we do it?
We started by rolling out this bike out into the field. We placed it in a pretty good position, then started “mowing the lawn” by hand. I set up the camera on a tripod, composed my picture and took a few photos.
Björn (my lovely assistant) took a hot shoe flash and a small softbox. I then explained to Björn where to point the flash and away we went. All in all we took 30 of the same photo with the flash in different positions and then I’ve put them together in post.
I started by cutting out the entire bike in great detail using my trusty Wacom tablet for better precision.
From there it was just a matter of picking out the best bits in each layer and removing the rest of the photo.
Once back in Lightroom I some further editing as a finishing touch.
If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email.