Shine On

Posted by Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 29 May 2010 in Transportation and Portfolio.

How do you transition out of this world? I have to ease myself away. These Harley Davidson clubs were such a special experience. The bikes are truly beautiful in a quintessential American way. They have such an awesome big bold beauty. With their shiny and muscular designs, they exude confidence and humor and pride. They stand for freedom, the open road, easy rider, nothing left to lose, and the wide expansive beauty of the west.

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

and it is coming to get you! jeez, just great

29 May 2010 5:14am

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

oh, and there is so much there in such a minimal shot...great work

29 May 2010 5:17am

jpla from France

Jolis détails ! Bonne journée

29 May 2010 5:53am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

You make me happy going in for a tight close-up ;-)
Love the detail and the gleam and sheen. A beauty, Bettina !
I enjoyed your paragraph about the Biker's world.
Well, communicated by both your words and your photos.

29 May 2010 6:22am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Amazing contrast between the grainy backgroung and the sharpness metal!

29 May 2010 6:30am

Yvon from Orleans, France

Wonderful Band W capture, Bettina

29 May 2010 6:36am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Cool shot....

29 May 2010 6:48am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Powerful diagonals combined with the circle! Excellent light and composition. It looks like a machine that can make long journeys! I love the grain. The icing the perfect reflection in the lighthouse! Have a nice day Bettina

29 May 2010 7:00am

Zahra Z. E. from kerman, Iran

wow perfect light and b&w.i realy like it

29 May 2010 7:05am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Hi Betty, I totally agree with everything you say about these wonderful machines! Your truly fabulous image has re-kindled the fantasies of my youth! I think I may just go and get myself a bike and 'SHINE ON..'!!
Great work and words!

29 May 2010 7:20am

k@ from Paris, France

Big bold beauties, you said it - super detail to close the great shining serie. Love the silverish tones talking aloud in these images, aluminiumesques !

29 May 2010 7:21am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Very OCC

29 May 2010 7:37am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A splendid series which I loved. Superb detail what a B & W magic. Beautiful day.

29 May 2010 7:44am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wonderful close-up ! I've really appreciated your series Bettina ! Have a wonderful weekend :)

29 May 2010 7:56am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

superb close-up , framing and light perfect ! nice week-end

29 May 2010 8:26am

sim from k, Iran

nice picture tnx for comming

29 May 2010 9:43am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! I like this a lot! Great detail and composition. The processing is fantastic. Bravo!

29 May 2010 9:47am

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Sounds like you had a great experience. You've done a splendid job of showing the 'art' of these clubs.

29 May 2010 11:09am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Agreed, there is something organic about bikes that is missing from cars - and, of course, the devotees are different !

29 May 2010 12:10pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

I have really enjoyed the series wish there was more but such a super shot to finish the series off, wonderful detail, shining silver and cool reflections

29 May 2010 1:13pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super BW image; one more super shot in this series :)

29 May 2010 1:23pm

zahra from shiraz, Iran


29 May 2010 1:31pm

alex centrella from California, United States

classic !

29 May 2010 3:20pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

juste 5*******

29 May 2010 3:28pm

Mags from Paris, France

Your B&W pictures are really beautiful :)

29 May 2010 3:47pm

Florence from Paris, France

How nice, a very WALL-E mood in a sense ! Vrooommm !

29 May 2010 4:02pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superbe détail "niickel-chrome"! J'aime bien ce cadrage serré!

29 May 2010 4:16pm

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

Oh the beautiful suspension fork Springer! After 30s, this model came out by HD in the 80s to the delight of fans !

29 May 2010 4:36pm

@Marlowe: Who knew, Marlowe, the biker! That's so great. Have you ever taken pictures of your bike?

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

Yes, of course, Bettina ! But never published ! I don't know why ! I'll have to think ! :))

29 May 2010 5:28pm

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

And do you know this video :
That's Harley's Spirit ! ;)

29 May 2010 5:31pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great series, I love it for their b/w and for the cultural values as document. Congratuations :)

29 May 2010 5:37pm

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

Only one way Bettina, one.

29 May 2010 5:56pm

@CATCHLIGHT: Hmm. Interesting thought. I was offered a ride on the next go round. Maybe I'll give it a go; a test drive so to speak. I used to cling for my life on the back of some Suzukis on the Autobahn in the 70's behind a boyfriend with a death wish and swore I'd never return.

Jhon from Fine Land, Singapore

Vroomm... simply wonderful!

29 May 2010 6:27pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Like a gigantesc eye... great macro

29 May 2010 6:32pm

ninna from kerman, Iran

I realy like it

29 May 2010 6:33pm

Merilee from Tn, United States

like the bike it reminds my father-in-law and hubby likes to go biking nowadays.
cool b&w.nice shot.

29 May 2010 6:59pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a lovely piece of work.

29 May 2010 7:26pm

Devendra from Mumbai, India

Great shot....

29 May 2010 7:29pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Retro brilliance!

29 May 2010 7:32pm

Céline from New York City, United States

5 ***** ! I love your b&w shots ! You contrast them so perfectly !

29 May 2010 10:37pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great One.
Beautiful dof.

29 May 2010 11:24pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

So wonderful b/w! Very great contrast small details of this part!

29 May 2010 11:35pm

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

Really a beautiful photograph!

30 May 2010 12:19pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


30 May 2010 4:44pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Well stated and well photographed.

30 May 2010 5:40pm

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

As part of their corporate restructuring following on from a disastrous 2009, HD are looking at newer, cheaper manufacturing sites so they can close their Wisconsin factory - another reading of "the quintessentail American way"?

30 May 2010 6:06pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

great clarity

31 May 2010 7:44am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

very nice

4 Jun 2010 5:18am

Marie from FRESNES, France

beau détail.

4 Jun 2010 6:18pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Great shot!

14 Jun 2010 4:10pm

Nikon D60
1/640 second
ISO 400
255 mm (35mm equiv.)


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