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.
Ah, a change of subject matter. While I like shooting old buildings, I like shooting vehicles much better. I LOVE photographing people more than anything, and I have of people photos coming soon. For now, enjoy this cool Chevrolet truck I found in downtown Piedmont, Oklahoma. Actually, that makes Piedmont sound pretty big. If you have ever been to Piedmont you know “downtown” is really nothing more than a stop sign and a half dozen old, mostly unused buildings. It is a cool little town with a great school system, but the words “downtown” imply there is a part that is “not downtown”. That would be the school, and maybe some nearby neighborhoods.
Awe shucks, I am just digging myself a hole with Piedmonters. Just go to Piedmont and you will see what I mean. And see a few cool sights “downtown”.
One thing I really like about shooting 4×5 is that I can easily rotate the back to vertical or horizontal without monkeying around with rotating my camera. Just flip the back film holder vertical or horizontal.
I was assigned to write an approximately 800 word story about trucks in Oklahoma by my long time editor at Oklahoma Living Magazine. After some discussion, we decided to focus the story on how Oklahoma electric coop members use their pickup trucks for work and play. I already had the photos in my archives from previous work, and contacted the owners of the trucks to interview them for the story.