Shooting "Tunnels"

No we didn't shut down the airport tunnel... or did we?

No we didn't shut down the airport tunnel... or did we?

The whole idea of doing the Stories of Bike project had been vaguely bubbling away in my mind shortly after I bought my latest bike, a Honda GB250, and considered customising it. But it wasn't until I started going on a few rides with the Sydney Cafe Racers crew that everything started to gain traction.

Fellow Honda GB250 owner and the eternally laid-back Bruno.

Fellow Honda GB250 owner and the eternally laid-back Bruno.

One night I, Bruno and I were swapping wishlists for our GB's and I pinged him the idea of doing a test shoot. Being the awesome guy he is, he was totally up for it. At the time I said it should just be a couple of hours for an interview plus a night shoot for the bike.... Little did I realise, that being a first for this, we ended up doing 3 nights of shooting up until about 3am to get the shots I needed. Exhausting, but learnt heaps about what my gear could handle and what shots would make the bike look like the beast it is.

In the Sydney airport tunnel running laps.

In the Sydney airport tunnel running laps.

The idea from doing the shoot in the Sydney airport and M5 tunnels was just from an image that stuck out in my mind. The one you see at the top of the page here, of the bike resting camly in the middle of the tunnel. When I mentioned the idea to Bruno, he was as game as I was. It took a few attemps to get the shot I wanted but was acheived by simply going there early in the morning (2-3am) and waiting for a large enough gap in the traffic for Bruno to wheel his GB into the middle of the road while I set-up my gear. I think, in total, we had about 15 or 20 tries to get the winning shot.

But worth it I think.

What do you reckon? Okay for a first effort? Feel free to let me know in the comments below what you'd like to see for future episodes.