Silver and gold

The actual picture-taking is the easy part.

Much more time and effort is spent putting yourself in a position to take the picture.

Sometimes it feels like you’re a step behind: you notice good picture opportunities, but your position, reflexes or decisiveness leave you without a photograph you’re proud to share.

On Thursday I noticed some interesting characters cruising slowly on bikes. I got out of my car and started fast-walking in pursuit.

This is ridiculous, I thought.

I ran back to my car, grabbed my bicycle stashed inside and soon caught up to my potential photo subjects.

Being on a bike allowed me to interact with my subjects at their pace.

While my photos of those first bike subjects left much to be desired, I later came across Martin Lopez and his awesome chromed-out cruiser bike with tall handlebars.

I stopped him long enough for a portrait lit by golden early-evening light.

Veasey Conway is the night editor at the Daily Globe. If you have questions about photography or visual media, or have story ideas, contact him at vconway@dglobe.com or on Twitter @veaseyc.

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