Bike Submissions Information
What will it take for you to get a photo in The Gallery today? Here is the simple formula:
A) Front and rear bags, etc. Of course, someone could tour the globe on a bare cyclocross bike with a sack of gear thrown over their back. A gallery of such bikes would be far less inspiring, and most world tourers have wisely chosen to harness the bike’s ability to balance their load.
B) The background has to be either interesting or inspiring. Our target is beautiful images and, if needed, I’ll offer a little help with composition, sharpening, contrast, white balance, etc.
C) The loaded bike/bikes need to be shot from the side, in the foreground.
D) The image needs to be very large, sharp and in focus.
3 examples with interesting backgrounds are: 373, 374 and 375.
3 examples with inspiring backgrounds are: 357, 365 and 416.
There are so many more examples in the gallery, but keep in mind that the standards have been raised. No more bikes with just a wall as a background, for instance.
In rare cases, I will bend the rules a little to allow a special bike or a stunning image to be included.
Here are a few tips to help you:
1) Carry a good camera. They aren’t expensive and keep getting smaller.
2) Stop where you think “Nice!” or “Wow, look at that!”
3) Get a photo of the bike in front of that nice or interesting scene.
4) Repeat this often during your tour and your bike photos will improve.
Flags on your bike: No thanks. I can digitally remove them in many cases.
I have nothing against where you’re from; I don’t even know! Flags point to somewhere other than where you’re riding.
People: No bike owners or tourers posing with the bikes.
Details to include with your submission:
Your Name: (both names if the bike is a tandem)
The Place: (country, province, state, etc.):
The Bike: (brand and model):
The Journal: (a link to your functioning tour journal if you have one)
(if that link doesn’t work for you then try loadedtouringbikes on gmail)
Note: If you don’t hear back from me within a few days, I may be sick, on vacation, hiding from the authorities, competing in the Olympics, or something. On the other hand, if you obviously didn’t read the submission guidelines I took time in writing, you may not hear from me at all. :)
…and Thank You from the viewing world. I’ve received thousands of emails from people telling me that this gallery inspired them to tour for the first time or to tour again. They in turn submit images as a way to pay back and to offer the same inspiration to others.