Tarren Shaw is aboard a BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycle that is nearly identical to mine. He has removed his windshield to keep from damaging it during the training, but otherwise it is nearly identical to the bike I ride on a regular basis. This portrait was taken at the South Canadian River at the Sundog ORV trails in Lexington, Oklahoma during Bill Dragoo’s adventure rider training course. I nailed the exposure on this images and you can see the wide latitude of Kodak TMAX-100 film.
Today we switch motorcycles – Scott Limke is riding a BMW F800GS motorcycle – a very nice ride. I had one of these for about a year and enjoyed the bike. Again Scott was at Bill Dragoo’s adventure rider training course in Lexington, Oklahoma at Sundog ORV trails. Like yesterday’s image, this one was a bit overexposed yet I still was able to recover a decent image from the frame. It is common to have 12 stops of latitude from Kodak TMAX-100 film.
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.
Today we have Todd Hamm on a BMW R1200 GS Adventure motorcycle. This is similar to my bike but his is a newer model. And he seems tall enough to manhandle that behemoth bike. I sure love my “beemer” and am betting he is living his too.
Again, this photo was taken at Sun Dog ORV park near Lexington, Oklahoma during Bill Dragoo‘s Adventure Riding clinic. The South Canadian river is in the background. Looks like I got the focus spot on for this picture. Shot with my Toyo VX-125 view camera on Kodak TMAX-100 film.
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.