Malibu Air Blaster Girl's 24-inch Mountain Bike - Magenta and Silver

malibu air blaster girl's mountain bike - magenta and silver - side view
Hey...at least I shoveled it, right?

One thing I know about photography is that my camera (like your camera, or any camera) assumes that everything it sees is grey. 18% grey, supposedly.

If the camera thinks that everything is grey, then what does it think when it sees my front yard full of snow? Simple: it thinks the snow is grey.

Since the snow, to the camera's "brain", is grey, not white, the camera sets its exposure for a grey scene, not a white scene. Grey doesn't need as much exposure as white. So the photos are underexposed. Or, in layperson's terms, too dark.

This is vexing. To compensate for it, we do something called "bracketing". To a photographer, bracketing means shooting a bunch of photos at different exposure settings so that at least one of them will be exposed correctly. To me, bracketing usually means a memory card full of underexposed and overexposed crap without one good picture in the bunch.

So I don't know why I decided to photograph this Malibu Air Blaster girl's mountain bike in front of the snow. I don't like taking pictures in my driveway or yard anyway. Why would I make it more complicated for myself by doing it after a nor'easter had turned the lawn into Tony Montana's desk?

To make matters worse, I must have been really cold, or in a big hurry, because other than the bracket throwaways, I shot just three photos.

But I guess I got lucky. The exposure on all of them is okay. Not perfect, but okay.

I used some clever cropping so you could get a better view of the rusty fork crown, the "aluminum series" frame and Air Blast graphics, the F.I.S. (Falcon Index System) 21-speed index shifting, the "Dekra cantilever brakes" sticker (whatever that means) and the filthy red grips. That photo's really blurry though.

Scroll down and see for yourself.

malibu air blaster girl's mountain bike - magenta and silver - handlebars
These grips are dirty and blurry. Durry? Blurty?
malibu air blaster girl's mountain bike - magenta and silver - front triangle
I actually like this view
malibu air blaster girl's mountain bike - magenta and silver - frame close-up
What other series are there?
malibu air blaster girl's mountain bike - magenta and silver - fork crown
This isn't "patina", it's just rust
malibu air blaster girl's mountain bike - magenta and silver - drivetrain
Dekra cantilever brakes means what?
malibu air blaster girl's mountain bike - magenta and silver - rear derailleur
Falcon Index System rear derailleur
malibu air blaster girl's mountain bike - magenta and silver - front derailleur
The front half of the 21-speed index deal