While I was out and about shooting my Toyo VX-125 film camera near Red River, New Mexico, I drove up a road out of town and came to a dead end – Snowmobiles only. I have ridden my motorcycle up this trail several times in the summer but have yet to jump on a snowmobile and give it a whirl. I set up quickly and grabbed this picture on Kodak TMAX-100 film.
Now for some people in my 4×5 film shots. I LOVE shooting people. Nearly all my commercial and editorial work involves photographing people. Today is my photo of my wife Kay and her friend Connie Hamilton on our recent ski trip to Red River, New Mexico. Kay (right) is an expert level skier. I can hang with her except when we hit the double black diamonds of death slopes, where she just bops away from my while I am trying not die.
I shot this right before they jumped on the lifts in the morning. I had skied the day before but has heading out to shoot with my view camera and grabbed this photo of them before I left. I quickly set up my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera with my Rodenstock 135 mm lens and loaded a sheet of Kodak TMAX-100 film.
Chad Oakley sits atop his late model BMW R1200GS motorcycle while at Bill Dragoo’s Adventure Rider training course in Lexington, Oklahoma. Chad was using what looks like Metzeler Tourance tires on his bike in the sand. I know from experience that those tires don’t do so swell in the sand. I rode 50 or so miles in the Mojave desert in soft sugar sand ni 110 degree temps with those tires on my fully loaded BMW R1200GS Adventure a few years ago and it wasn’t the least bit fun. I never dropped the bike but it was not what i would call an enjoyable ride. I hope Chad enjoyed his ride better than I did!
Jamie Rich is riding his BMW F800GS motorcycle to Bill Dragoo’s Adventure Rider training camp at Sundog ORV park in Lexington, Oklahoma. Both Bill and I owned F800GS motorcycles back in about 2008 but only kept the bikes a year and swapped them out for R1200GS Adventure motorcycles. I thought the F800 was a nice bike but had the absolute WORST seat in all of motorcycling. I normally ride stock seats and have even ridden a stock CBR1000RR seat for a two week, 5,400 mile tour – but I could barely ride the F800 seat for a half day. I also like the powerband 1200 over the 800 – a lot broader torque curve and less peaky power. But lots of people have purchased and love the F800GS – that is why there are so many types of motorcycles made, because people have different tastes.
I shot this photo on my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera on Kodak TMAX-100 film.
Mo Copeland sits astride his Kawasaki KLR-650 motorcycle at Bill Dragoo’s Adventure Training course in Lexington, Oklahoma. The KLR-650 is a VERY popular dual sport motorcycle and lots of riders own and love them. I personally have never been a big KLR fan but I am sure the KLR riders will say “good, that means more for us”. I certainly have known a lot of friends who ride and enjoy those bikes. KLR’s are relatively inexpensive, plentiful, and has a huge aftermarket following so you can buy all kinds of do-dads for KLR motorcycles.
I photographed Mo on his KRL next to the South Canadian River using my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera on Kodak TMAX-100 film.