Motorcycle Touring Adventure Photographer Writer Author
Michael ONeill Photographer Writer Motorcyclist Adventurer
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Motorcycle Touring Adventure Photographer Writer Author

A Stellar Night on The Blue Ridge Parkway. One of my favorite images…certainly my current favorite image of the motorcycle I presently own: a 2016 BMW F800GT sport touring model. This photograph encompasses so much of what I am all about: Photographer, motorcyclist, traveler, adventurer and writer. This image was created under the new moon in June on The Blue Ridge Parkway; a few miles south of its northern terminus near Rockfish Gap, Virginia. A perfect night for astrophotography; warm, with not so much as a single cloud in the sky on the very night of the month’s official new moon date. The timing couldn’t have been better. As I rode south out of Waynesboro, Virginia I came upon a scenic overlook on the right side of the legendary byway which offered an unobstructed view to the southern skies. Arriving in "the blue hour" just after sunset I positioned the bike where its right side was being illuminated by the fading daylight and the headlights of a car sharing the parking area with me. I took the flashlight out of the emergency kit I carry on the motorcycle and laid it on the ground to my left to illuminate the back of the bike. Setting my camera up on a tripod I made a couple of bracketed exposures of the motorcycle in its glorious environment. All that remained to be done was wait an hour or two for total darkness so that the galactic core of the Milky Way would become visible to my camera. I’ve got to tell you, it is so dark in this desolate mountainous park that the Milky Way becomes visible to the human eye clearly after just a short period of acclimation to the darkness. Combining those multiple photographic exposures afterwards in Adobe Photoshop yielded the wonderful image you see here...This image "made the cut" and wound up in my book, "Road Work: Images and Insights of a modern Day Explorer". It opens the final chapter of the book entitled "The Road Ahead", and perfectly summed up the feelings I had at the time that I wrote it: That so many more stellar adventures lay before me…before all of us…and that we need to seize the opportunities and take advantage of them whilst they present themselves. "Get it down, before it gets away" has become my new mantra as a photographer, who these days is focusing (pun intended) on not only the beauty of nature, but the unique and special ways in which motorcyclists interact with our surroundings...If you are an editor, art director or other creative in the motorcycle and motorsports industry, and find yourself in need of an inspired and accomplished photographer to help you achieve the imagery you visualize for your adventure travel project, please get in touch. This is what I’m all about creatively these days. It’s what I do and I’d love the opportunity to collaborate with you.