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Monday, March 28, 2011

Silver Bullet

At sunset and trying out a 20mm f1.7 Panasonic lens on my Olympus E-PL1 camera body.  The f1.7 part means it works well in low light conditions.   It's camera geek stuff for sure so, yeah, you're all asleep now.  That didn't take long.

The photo above is a local joint a few miles from my house.  I know a female paramedic who's husband is a cop and she was under strict orders not to respond to calls inside the place unless there are police present.  Half the bikes in the parking lot are metric cruisers so the crowd can't be that rough although I hear that Sonny Barger is riding a Victory these days.  Does the Victory count as a metric cruiser? 


Roger said...

Nice pic, but who is Sonny Barger?

Unknown said...


My friend has the exact equipment as you. E-PL1 with 20mm lumix 1.7 . I was looking at the GF1 but the GF2 has HD video, anyway I don't need it as I have my T2i.

If you purchase lens adapters for your PL1 you can use classic manual lenses, Aperature priority, stop down meter mode. The M42 Takumars are readily available.

Riding the Wet Coast

Doug Klassen said...

Raftnn, Sonny Barger is one of the founders of the Hells Angels as they are known today. I've added a link to his name so those not familiar with his rather colorful life can read about him. He's retired now an lives here in Arizona.

Bob, when I wrote the post I actually included a paragraph about the adapters available for the M4/3 cameras but deleted it because I thought it was getting too geeky for most people. I do have the Nikon adapter for my Olympus and it works well but you do lose the autofocus and auto aperture functions.

Jac Brown said...


Pictures like this are convincing me. I want a dedicated video P.o.v. camera for the ride and a nice, but not too large still camera with more capability than my current.

Congrats on a very nice photo.

Drifter said...

Hi Doug, I living in India and being exposed to the motorcycle scene in the US mostly through movies (till Al Gore invented the internet), always somehow had the idea that Hells Angels and such gangs were 'mostly' fables :). Mostly created by people remembering more than they actually see. :) Strange to hear that such pubs actually exist :).

Unknown said...


Not too geeky to include other than M/C stuff. I have written about adapters for my EOS/EF-s mount and posted photos using M42 Takumar, Nikon Ai, and C/Y Zeiss. A lot of us are also photographers and that has been my hobby for 50 years. Enjoy your camera.

Riding the Wet Coast

Sid said...

Sonny Barger is a key figure in the Us biker world and not only....good article!

Anonymous said...

Nice pic- I'm something of an amateur shutterbug myself, and looking for a pocket-sized digital camera to carry with me on rides.

and for raftnn, this is sonny barger:


GF said...

Ah, not too geeky, that's for sure, I'm in the market for a DSLR and the Panasonic micro 4/3 and the GF2 in particular seem like a good camera. I'm also looking at Sony SLT-A55. What ISO was the camera set for this picture?

Doug Klassen said...

Drifter, the biker gangs are very real as are biker bars. The place here in my little town is actually pretty mild compared to some up in Phoenix. The 1% biker groups mostly just want to be left alone and are not exactly like the movies make them out to be, nor are they as good as they claim to be.

Noname, thanks for the link. A classic picture of Barger.

George and Bob, the picture was shot with the Oly E-PL1 with the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 prime lens. Shutter speed was 1/100, aperture was 2.5, ISO was 320. Oops, just put a couple of more readers to sleep. ;-)

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