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.
Aaron Tygart posed for this picture while at Bill Dragoo’s Adventure Training course in Lexington, Oklahoma a few weeks ago. Aaron is on a late model BMW R1200GS motorcycle and learning to ride knarly off-road stuff with Bill and his classmates.
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.
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.