I've noticed the BackStreetHeroes weblog before, the web-spot of one of the world's coolest chopper magazines. This time the editor Blue is announcing the next month's issue, with a feature of one of the coolest bikes on the planet: The VDB Works' xs650 Mooseneck. That's two times COOL, eerrr.. three times! Cool cool cool.... Buy or die!
This is Bozzies' latest project, the Codex Gigas, a three meter long Monster with a 28 inch (!!!!) front wheel. It wasn't a easy job to photograph a full-white bike! The photo's needed to be heavy under-exposed to keep some tincture in the whites. But then the man on the bike would be under-exposed too!? So that needed an extra light to light-out the shades. and so on...
There are some crazy things happened for the photo-shoot, some evil Satanic things, I can say :-) When the bike is featured I'll post more pics of this monster.
Tjeerd of Short Cut Choppers made this SR500 single in the style of the Brat's. Paintwork is done by KustomBart. This cool machine now is featured in the latest BackStreetHeroes magazine! Tjeerd recently finished the coolest Triumph on the planet and I'm still waiting for the day to shoot that sickle!!
Sun from left, flashlight with gold reflective umbrella at the right-hand side
This Daihatsu dieselbike is photographed at the 2007 Rat & Survivalshow in Nottingham, England. It's one of the best treasures of the English bikescene, if you ask me! It's created by Haydn around a Charade engine and it features tons of amazing details. The bike is published in Bigtwin magazine those days. Rats are cool? Definately!
Last Friday we visited Ron in the pittoresque city Witteveen. This is his Dead Man's Hand Intruder, built by T&T Customs from eeehhhh... Emmercompascuum, of all places! They did a fine job and this Intruder looks fat! The rain just stopped pissing when we started the shoot and tt was a stormy day, so I could'n use my brelly's. I re-invented my two small SB pocket flashers. No softboxes, just bare, and I wasn't really dissapointed! It gives just enough light to blow some shades from the bike, but it turned out pretty well!!
Here's Ron, trying to look angry (he's actually a really friendly guy!)
Again, we visited Belgium for a bike-shoot. I'd better get a house over there! This time we came for bart's Triumph bobber. The weather was difficult; sometimes the rain pissed down and then there was a few seconds with bright sun.
Last sunday we rode to Belgium again, this time for Erkki's Amen Saviour based xs400 chop. I found out that the sandbags for the flash-light tripods are still not heavy enough... Need some serious heavy duty light-stands aarrghhh!!!
Tried some arty farty angles...
Low point view. look at the heat coming off the asphalt :-)
Floris Velthuis Photography is located in Bemmel, the Netherlands. I'm a freelance editorial photographer/writer, specialized in bike features and Kulture lifestyle photography. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Magazines / webzines I've worked for: Bigtwin (nl); BackStreetHeroes (uk); 100% Biker (uk); Streetfighters (uk); KicXstart (nl); Fighters (Ger); Greasy Kulture (aus); Street Choppers (usa); Lake Barock & Roll (Fr); Wild magazine (Fr) Streetmonsters (Fr); Dice (usa); Garage Ink (Sp); Biker's Power (Ger); MCM (swe); Xtreme Bikes (Sp), Custombike (Ger), Chroom & Vlammen (nl) Cycle Source (USA); The Horse (USA); Mondo Biker (Sp) and more...