Two weeks ago, I went out with a photography friend and our mentor. We wanted to basically pick his brain to improve our skills. After stopping at the second or third location, it just crossed our minds that we should learn panning. Great idea, right? Yes it was, except, we were up in the mountain area, during lunch time, and hardly any car nor motorcycle passing by.
Being a local and seasoned photographer, our mentor quickly solved the challenge. He told a motorbike taxi driver (locally known as habal habal) to drive up and down the empty road. So there he went, driving up, and driving down, and driving up, and driving down again, like 10 meter distance each time. I found it sooo hilarious.
Our mentor was busy explaining to us all the tricks, while at the same time shouting instructions to the driver with regards to speed, time to turn, etc. I have to say, it’s hard to stop laughing, seeing him driving up and down, just so that we can get proper shots.
After about 10 minutes, we paid the driver about US$ 1,50, enough for him to buy his lunch. I strongly believe, you can’t just do this in any country, can you? 🙂
Oh, the photo above is NOT of the above mentioned motorbike taxi driver. This motorbike passed by while I was all ready, thus was lucky enough to get this. I am very happy with this 3-people-on-a-bike shot.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in M @ 1/60, f/22, focal length 60mm, ISO 200
This is another version of public transportation here, known as tricycle. The side car ideally can fit 4 people, while 2 people can sit on the motorbike behind the driver, making a total number to 6 passengers!
To be completely honest, their presence can be a total pain in the a**, as they go very slow and think of themselves as a motorbike, without realising that their width is almost like a small car, making it difficult to overtake on small roads. Their habit of stopping everywhere, without giving any signal, plus their inability to see what’s going on their right side (right side view mirror is on the motorbike itself?) make the matter worse.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/400, f/8, focal length 45mm, ISO 400
This is a very common view on the road here, particularly before and after school time. It’s around 4-5pm today, the time when kids come back from school. They could be one family. Or it’s also a common practice to share a motor taxi, called habal habal. Share the motorbike, share the cost. The more you can squeeze in, the less you need to pay. Very simple equation, safety aside.
I love the fact that the boy is looking straight to my lens. However, I dislike the fact that the road looks so empty at the point of time when I captured it, while actually it was rush hour. The motorbike just left the busy intersection, thus I didn’t manage to get the rumble jumble into the frame.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot @ 1/200, f/4, ISO 250