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.
Well, I failed on posting one 4×5 photo every day. I discovered that is VERY difficult to keep going, especially when I get busy with other photo work and am doing my own developing. I figured it takes me approximately one hour of work per photo to load film, shoot, unload, process, scan and edit each 4×5 picture. I want to keep the project going but I am going to give up on doing one per day. Now I plan to post 365 photos but it won’t be in 365 days, darn it. Still good practice for me to learn 4×5 photography, and hopefully it will allow me to concentrate on quality photos rather than just anything I can find to shoot to meet my self-imposed deadline.
I was out on assignment for a client photographing the McGranahan barn in Piedmont, Oklahoma. This barn was built in 2014 to replicate the original barn built on this location around the time of Oklahoma statehood. The land and barn are still in the original family and the barn is now used for events such as weddings and corporate parties. I wanted to shoot it old-style to show what it might have looked like back in the early 1900’s.