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Bike and Shadow

16 July, 2008 (17:03)

bike-and-shadow-1758 Bike and Shadow

40D with Sigma 30mm.

Sir Ansel always said to take pictures of things that you have an emotional connection to. I’ve taken hundreds of bike pictures over the years. I did a lot of riding when I was younger and bikes always gave me a sense of freedom. Anyway - I walked past this on my way to the Fedex drop off (package under my arm). Was going to get to take the shot on my way back, but just in case I stopped and took this one shot.

Sure enough, on the way back, five minutes later, I looked at the scene again and the light / shadow was gone or at least not dramatic anymore.  For some reason, the shadow seems to be floating, almost an entity on its own.

The most common sign that you’ve got something special is when you are forced to stop your daily activities and try to grab at least one shot.

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Comment from Phil
Time: July 17, 2008, 11:44 am

Kinda abstract but not. Very interesting photo!

Comment from Don
Time: July 20, 2008, 9:13 pm

Looks like Kertesz. Draws you in. Good photo.

Comment from Steve
Time: July 21, 2008, 11:46 pm

Intriguing image, wonderful composition. The subject, the bike is almost secondary. Kudos

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