818 – Spidey’s Wild Ride

This afternoon I stood for a while in the cold at the crossing between Auerspergstra├če and Lerchenfelderstra├če, pre-focused and then put the lens to manual focus, clicking away when bicycles passed, using a slow shutter speed of 1/15s at f4 to get a nice blur.

It’s interesting how these bicycle riders come out. Most of them looked just as you would expect a bicycle rider to look, bent over, speeding, just as to get off that thing and into the warmth fast, but this one was … different. It’s a funny, erect pose, almost leaning a little backward.

This is a composite of two exposures, one used to eliminate a few cars in the other.

The Song of the Day, “Spidey’s Wild Ride“, is one more time from Tom Waits’ 2006 masterpiece “Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards”. Sorry, no video, you’ll have to hear the sound sample at Amazon’s. It’s track 16 on disc 3, and yes, it goes on like this. I think Tom Waits’ maniac singing gives this image a whole new dimension, in fact I was not even sure if this is the Image of the Day until I heard him sing ­čÖé

3 thoughts on “818 – Spidey’s Wild Ride”

  1. Hi Andreas,
    how beautiful! I also love the detail on the right, is it the shadow of the tree?
    Sunny greetings

  2. Great – dynamic angle + dynamic biker + good color contrast… But the icing on the cake is, as you mentioned, the posture of the biker which is indicating the contrary of high speed. Guess this is the little puzzling extra that makes the viewer look twice.

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