If you can cast your mind back to a previous Journal upload, I was contacted by Antonio Bachini, Creative Director and Founder of The Traveller and the Bear to look at a potential studio project for Vielo Bikes. Here’s the second shoot which took place at Vielo’s head office for images that would end up on their website (along with the previous shoot). Here’s a word from Antonio (and remember, he’s a friend!) “Having worked with Michael for a gazzillion years (yes he’s that old), I knew he was the right person for the job. His eye for detail and his geekish knowledge of light and photography would serve us extremely well when trying to get complex product shapes to look absolutely beautiful.”

Trevor and Ian, the guys at Vielo Bikes ensured everything was as it should be, which is an invaluable part of the creative process of the shoot. Curious to know what their experience was of the last shoot together, I asked Ian for a few words. “Following up from the great job that Michael did for us in the studio with our new R+1 road bike, we commissioned Michael for a second time to shoot our new V+1 gravel bike.

“Michael came to our attention via a good friend, Antonio, who had worked with Michael before. Once we got into the studio, I could see Michael’s scrupulous attention to lighting detail and what we wanted to achieve for the studio shoot. Nothing was too much trouble for Michael. I could also see and clearly understand how much experience Michael brought to the shoot. If there was ever any tiny details that we wanted to adjust during the shoot, Michael pulled out a vast arrange of ideas how we could achieve this.

“Vielo is an Indy Boutique bicycle brand with a close focus on engineering, style and detail. When we wanted to do a studio shoot for our new V+1 gravel bike, we turned directly to Michael. Thank you, for both photo shoots, your vast experience, humour and passion to create the best.”

For the camera fanboys, here’s the equipment list – Nikon d800e teathered to 12inch HP Elite Book i7 laptop connected to 24inch monitor. Lenses – 45 and 85mm PCE lenses (and a new addition to the lens line up) Nikkor 135mm f2.8 lens. Sekonic light/flash metre, Elinchrom AS3000 pack with AS3000 heads, Genesis 300 battery powered mono blocks and Elinchrom 500 mono block, Calumet radio triggers with rats tail connection. Modifiers – 1.2m Lastolite quad, Elinchrom 1m quad, 1.8m strip and various honeycomb grids/21cm dishes. Benro and 3leggedthing tripods with arca Swiss modified quick release plates on a Manfrotto geared head.

Seeya soon mb