Eastside Classic

The Eastside Classic vintage bike show is held annually on Father's Day and I got to ride down to the event at Lustre Pearl last weekend. It's always a great collection of restorations and one-off builds based on classic motorcycles. This year was no exception. It was a sweltering day to be out on a motorcycle and thankfully there was plenty of shade and air conditioning to retreat into between brief periods of checking out the bikes as they arrived.

The Lustre Pearl is a new location for the Eastside Classic and the layout was such that most of the bikes were packed kind of tightly together. The bikes were setup to line the walkways around the the Lustre Pearl instead of the more open parking lot. That made it difficult to check out the details and get photos. Fortunately, since the bikes arrived over a period of a couple hours I was able to snap a few photos of my favorites easily enough. Below are some of the bikes from the show that caught my eye.

As is usually the case at events like this, some of the bikes that attendees rode in were just as fun to checkout as the show bikes. The parking lot can be a bonus bike show so I always spend some time wandering around there at these events in Austin. Here are some of the great machines I noticed.

Photographically, I approached things a little different than usual. A couple of weeks back I acquired a Fujifilm X100F and I used it exclusively at the show. I haven't talked about this little camera much yet but there will be more coming about that decision soon. The optical viewfinder on the X100F was a good way for me to work in the bright conditions. Light pavement reflected the bright sun and I found the OVF to be easier on my eye than cranking the brightness of the EVF. 

There was a mix of strong sunlight and deep shade so I set the X100F to a dynamic range value of DR200 at ISO 400. I also dialed down the highlights to -1 to create a film-like roll off of the highlights and bumped shadows to +1 for a bit of punch. With my favorite film simulation, Classic Chrome, this was enough to keep the highlights in check while still having a contrasty punch. Since the Fujifilm cameras tend to keep white balance on the cool side I set my white balance to Shade, even when shooting in the open parking lot. There was plenty of shade and shadows in most of my shots and this gave a slight warmth to the images, which was appropriate given how hot it was out there (I believe the heat index was approaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit!)

The result of my "pre-processing" was a set of images that looked fantastic straight out of camera. I adjusted brightness and boosted shadows a tad on some and added a touch of sharpening and clarity - that was it. Getting the highlights, shadows, and white balance where I wanted them in camera made post processing a breeze. I've gotten to where I do very minimal post processing these days, usually just tweaking a tone curve and maybe some localized adjustments. For documenting events like this, getting the look 95% there in camera makes things a lot more fun and easy back home at the computer.

You can find more photos from the show on my gallery site.