Wheel to Build Motorcycle Show photoreport

Wheel to Build Motorcycle Show photoreport


This Sunday I had the chance to cover the Wheel to Build event at Athinais culture space in Athens. The show was co-organized by The Real Intelectuals and Caferacercult.gr.

This show is dedicated to independent motorcycle tuners and builders, mechanics, welders and painters people connected by their common love for two-wheeled creations.  Thus, this was a custom bike show, the first of its kind in Greece, while companies like Yamaha, Suzuki, Triumph, Harley Davidson, Ducati and BMW were also present with their latest models.  There was also a number of exhibitors offering motorcycle accessories.  

The entire presentation was in the spirit of an art gallery, and all necessary info for each builder was available for the visitor. By the end of the show, a "The King of the Wheel" award was presented to the best creation, according to an open vote. This was not the end of the story though, since on both days (Saturday and Sunday) of the show, there was also live music at the space's bar.

Visitor response has been very good, with people of all ages and types flooding the place both days. Worthy of mention and praise is that, part of the earnings from visitor tickets, were donated to the METAdrasi Non-profit organization, an initiative that helps refugees and migrants.

Here is an extensive photo gallery from an event we hope to become tradition. Enjoy! 

The gear report

I shot the whole thing with the Panasonic GX8, kindly provided by Panasonic Hellas.  The Panasonic Summilux 25mm f/1.4 was used for all shots.

The first impressions from the camera are more than favorable, bordering on the impressive. This is one serious photographic tool, and I'll come back about it in the near future.

The thing one notices right away, is that the GX8 probably offers the best combination of size/weight and handling. It's super comfortable to carry around and easy to operate. The grip must probably be one of the very best I've used in any camera and it seems to fit smaller or larger hands with similar effortlessness.

Panasonic worked on improving the GX7 format in an number of ways. First of all, this is a weather sealed body. Then, they used the latest m43 sensor in it, and this 20mp Sony sensor seems to represent a worthy improvement over the venerable 16mp one, used in so many m43 cameras. 

Controls are very easy to operate and the fully articulated rear screen (which is bright and very clear) is a godsend for many applications. The articulated EVF is also very bright and comfortable and, for those people who don't get it, it's great not only for the occasional still shot, but primarily for video and when you have the camera on a tripod with sunny conditions. 

In operation the GX8 excites first of all with its super fast AF. For static or semi-static subjects, the AF is the fastest in any camera, period. The combination of a variety of focusing modes, including Panasonic's proprietary DFD, also makes it very suitable for moving targets, easily approaching DSLRs, and I mean those with properly good sports performance.

Another thing that impressed me was how good battery life was; to be honest, I wasn't expecting this from such a complicated (i.e. power hungry) camera. Including some timelapse work (meaning 250+ pictures) and stills, I managed more than 450 shots repeatedly. By the way, all photos here were JPEGs from the camera, with minimal processing in LR.

We will have a future post featuring the GX8; for this occasion I'd honestly say that the camera is ideal for run and gun type photojournalism, with excellent image quality combined with ease of use. In effect, a camera that seems to disappear when you're working, and, believe me, this is really high praise. More to come.


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