Done with the motorcycles for now! This time I am photographing my good friends Bill and Susan Dragoo with their cool Toyoto Tacoma pickup truck that is geared up for adventure travel. Bill and Susan travel extensively in this beautifully prepared truck, camping along the way and exploring many off-road destinations across the United States. I shot this with my Toyo VX-125 4×5 large format film camera on Ilford HP5 film. For this shot I increased the aperture to about F11 so I could get the entire truck in focus. I really like how this photo turned out.
Once again a photo from Bill Dragoo’s adventure training class in Lexington, Oklahoma last week. This is a portrait of David Judd on his BMW R1200 GS motorcycle. He has added crash bars to the bike, along with a taller than stock windshield, headlight guard and oil cooler guard. I overexposed this photo just a bit. We started shooting right after daybreak and the sun rose fast so I didn’t adjust my exposure settings quick enough to match the rising sun, hence the overexposure. The nice thing about film is the wide latitude – even with the over-exposure I was able to get a decent image from the negative.
I love motorcycles – if you haven’t noticed already. I love riding bikes and I enjoy meeting other motorcycle riders. And I love taking formal portraits of motorcycle riders with my 4×5 camera.
Earlier this week I was at Bill Dragoo‘s Adventure Training Camp held in Lexington, Oklahoma. I got there at daybreak and set up to shoot portraits of people attending his class. They were learning to ride big adventure bikes off-road in the sand, dirt and mud. The training is held at Sundog ORV park, located right under the bridge that spans the South Canadian river and connects Lexington and Purcell. As riders completed their first task, they rode over and set up for a quick portrait. The next few days I will be showing portraits of the riders in no particular order.
First up is Guy Strunk on a KTM Adventure motorcycle – a “Katoom” for you none-motorcycles types. This is one of my screwups. Looks like I accidentally opened the slide on my film holder after taking this picture. Luckily the picture is still good and will just need a bit of cropping.