riding the night in a pack of bikers in Shanghai - M Monochrom + UC-Hex

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I posted up more details on my blog Today:
http://www.teknopunk.com/en/Blog/Entries/2013/4/17_Shanghai_Factory_Five_-_night_ride.html

and more photos can be seen on my flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/teknopunk/

It was a good night for riding the streets of Shanghai in a pack of ~ 80 bikers fast.
I prefer the Leica M to shoot from the bike while riding at speed, as it is the fastest and most simple camera to shoot.

The M Mono gives me the output, I know from shooting pushed high speed B&W film and then some + the UC-Hex performs flawlessly a simply the most beautiful 35mm there is …

Mix in sweat, blood, grease, steel frames, young men and girls all determined to own the night - adrenaline and pure joy!


Factory 5 - night ride - fenced by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Factory 5 - night ride - spooling up by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Factory 5 - night ride by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Factory 5 - night ride - fixing bike by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Factory 5 - night ride - alley by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Factory 5 - night ride - it was a great ride - good night by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Factory 5 - night ride - waiting by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Factory 5 - night ride by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Factory 5 - night ride - aero + leopard by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Factory 5 - night ride - first smoke after the ride by teknopunk.com, on Flickr


Always stay safe!
Ride with safety gear and respect others on the road!
 
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Damn..!!!. I thought it was going to be the "Motored" powered Bikers, and not the "Pedal" powered Bikers... LOL... :biggrin:

But great shots Dirk, really like that 2nd one though, and it looks like everyone had fun... Well done..!!!.
 
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Damn..!!!. I thought it was going to be the "Motored" powered Bikers, and not the "Pedal" powered Bikers... LOL... :biggrin:

But great shots Dirk, really like that 2nd one though, and it looks like everyone had fun... Well done..!!!.
Haha - big confusion there was about this also in another forum ;-)
Generally, people, who ride bicycles shortly refer to their bicycles as "bike", they also are not called "cyclists" but bikers - sorry for the confusion :wink:
And yes, lots of fun to be had - hehe!

Marvellous series, Dirk!
I think you perfectly captured the feel of the 'event'.
Thanks Bart - it was my first time, I went a bit more serious about shooting this kind of thing and I learned a lot about it while doing so.
Next time I will adjust a few things and hopefully get a few better shots than that - I'll also try to pack a second camera for more tight portraits during the moments, when not on the bike (just went shopping crazy, building a nice little Mamiya 645 kit, so that might end up being carted around - haha!)

I find the little Leica though absolutely perfect for this kind of shooting, while riding

Fantastic night shots. Sharp and clear. Excellent series.
Samuel
Thank you Samuel! I could have taken a more modern lens and used a ƒ1.4 lens, but I wanted this set to be a bit "rough", as the nature of this ride is quite so - sweaty, fast, riding in a pack in the night.
I hope to get more of that sense into my future shots of upcoming events.


I like 'em. Plus, it was probably fun shooting them.
Hey Stephen, thanks!
It was a lot of fun! For me, this is not just riding bikes, it is actually the start of a second life! I basically grew up on bikes (bicycles), but due to changing jobs, cities and countries I wasn't in the saddle for about 15 years!
Now it's back on the bike !
 
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A few more shots:

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Great set(s) Dirk! Really enjoyed them, wish I could have been there for the occasion!
Rob, thank you! Anytime ;-)

Absolutely stunning set Dirk
I like following your work on flickr too.

I am looking forward to seeing Shanghai in later this year :D
Thanks Morten - give me a message, when you pass through Shanghai!

Phenomenal set Dirk!
Hey Steve, thanks! My thoughts were with you, when I heard the news on Tuesday here. I really don't know what to express, but I wish your town's people the spirit to stand this through!

Very nice images.

William Rodriguez
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Thank you William!

Amazing series, Dirk! Too many faves to mention!
Haha, thanks Dossy ;-)

Another strong series, Dirk!
Great informal portraits!
Last two give a great feel of the mood, especially the last one.
Bart, thanks - those kind of portraits are actually, what interests me the most!
I am still very new to the group, riding every week - FNG, as has been mentioned in a movie I saw recently, so everybody is staring at me when I take my shots …

I gotta warm a bit and hope to get much better shots, once people get to know me around …

The best thing of it all is, that I can combine two passions of mine: bicycles and photography!


ok - I hope, this is fine within this thread, but I think, these shots belong here - a few impressions of the old Canadian steel, I ride from a long expired test roll of colour neg film, I rolled through a newly received camera:

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Haha - thanks Bart, but I wouldn't use the word "quality" as they are pretty screwed (this film is more than 10 years out of date and it was almost impossible to scan - completely off colours and different sensitivity than box speed).
 
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Thank you Phil and Rui ;-)
I really enjoyed shooting this and especially love, how by accident I cmd back to cycling!
 
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