The Daily Focal Point

December 8, 2008

Bike Ride

Filed under: Week Eight — cabenelson @ 2:01 am

Let’s go for a ride shall we?



I took each of these by framing the shot through the view finder. Uh… sounds easy right? I looked like a drunk dude riding his bike home because the cops took away his drivers license for too many DUI’s. Riding a bike and looking through the lens nearly killed me. I almost ran into a fence and was nearly flattened by a farm truck I didn’t see… duh. I can only imagine that it would have been one of the funniest things to watch. Some dude, zigging and zagging left and right all while looking through the viewfinder on his camera.


Check out my nostrils on this shot.

Who doesn’t love a crotch shot? Hey, you know what? HALF my shoes matched the bike.

This was one of the hardest shots to get- I held the camera out with my left hand and stretched out my arm as much as I could. After this shot I almost dropped my Nikon and pooped my pants. I decided to stop risking crap and just take some pics standing still.



This is actually my mom’s bike that she’s had for over 15 years. She had a identical one as a kid, so my dad found an original and rebuilt it for her birthday. Who would have known the basket on the front fits a Nikon camera bag perfectly.



  1. this post made me laugh because i too like to risk my life/camera for photography! this is definitely something i would have done.

    love the bicycle, that is so cool your dad rebuilt it! he did a very nice job.

    Comment by mary elizabeth — December 8, 2008 @ 6:27 am

  2. Love that first and last shot, especially the last. Looks like you were having a great time.

    Comment by Gail — December 8, 2008 @ 7:41 am

  3. Great shots – I’m a bike rider too – with camera in basket and usually a dog in tow also. Yeah, the dog looked like he was quite concerned – what a fun time and great pics.

    Comment by Ulrika — December 8, 2008 @ 8:26 am

  4. What a photographer won’t do for a shoot. The dog either looks terrified about what may happen, or bewildered about what is happening. 😉 Cool shots, love the bike; that’s an old school with more charm than these newfangled jobs! I bought a rear bike rack for my bike so I can strap a tripod and my camera bag on.

    Comment by Rob — December 8, 2008 @ 9:16 am

  5. Okay, sounds like the two new parents are spending some time with the new grandparents. Watch out. They will be spoiling that new baby rotten. I know, I have four already.

    Comment by kathleen — December 8, 2008 @ 9:43 am

  6. Nice shots….love the vibrant color. Glad you and your camera didn’t get hurt in the pursuit. 🙂

    Comment by 12littlefeet — December 8, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  7. I really like the feel of the last one.

    Comment by lisa — December 8, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  8. haha, nice nostrils 🙂 Beautiful pics, as always!

    Comment by Jaden — December 8, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

  9. Love the last one. Where do you live? I’m coming over. Just to meander down the country road sounds nice!

    Comment by — December 8, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

  10. This was taken at my parental unit’s place of residence. Heber City, UT just outside of Park City. It’s a nice place. Kim and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and it’s COMPLETE opposite from this… good place to visit though 🙂

    Comment by cabenelson — December 8, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

  11. Somehow I knew you were a Bay Area person – something I read on your blog probably. Looking forward to the abstract pics – wish we could submit several – are there rules?

    I love the Bay area even though I don’t get over there much – traffic and all. Mostly I go to Bodega Bay – the drive is better.

    Comment by Ulrika — December 8, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

  12. small correction cabe!
    my bike IS the original…got it when I was 7 and that would be, ugh, about, almost 50 years ago!!!
    Your dad restored it by sanding, painting, and new seat…the rest….the same…OLD!! Like me!!

    Comment by Mom — December 8, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

  13. I love the photos! Seriously, such talent.

    By the way, I’m not bailing out on the DFP or anything, I’m wanting to do these challenges, really I am. I am just without creativity as of late.

    Comment by heather — December 10, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  14. i didn’t know that you knew how to ride a bike. i am so proud of you cj. you are just growing up right before my very eyes.

    Comment by tyler — December 12, 2008 @ 8:39 am

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