It's been a few years since I've gone to a NAHBS (North American Hand Made Bike Show) but I decided on a whim to head down to Charlotte, North Carolina this year and check it out. I brought with me a camera bag bursting at the seems with gear that I had never used before in a convention setting. I used a Hasselblad 500cm with a Phase One digital back. I had the idea to try and get macro shots of the beautiful hand built bicycles that are labored over and then shown off at NAHBS. I used an 80mm lens with a 56mm extension tube mostly. I needed the faster 2.8 Aperture of the 80 versus the 120mm macro lens. For lighting I used a small Flashmate LED light. I kept it on a camera strap around my neck so I could put the light exactly where I needed it while I triggered the camera while it was delicately balanced on a monopod. If I were to do one thing different it would be to bring a full tripod do get longer exposure capabilities.
Fellow bike nerd John Watson over at his newly launched site ----> The Radavist <----- has been kind enough to put up a more comprehensive gallery of my shots. Click on the name of his sight and check it out, thanks John!