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The chopper

Discussion in 'Film Forum' started by Hovmod, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Hovmod


    Aug 11, 2008
    Yeah, this was taken with the travelling camera. I don't know why, but today I kept shooting motorcycles.

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  2. wow! what an awesome shot! love everything about it!
  3. Couple questions...

    What is the traveling camera? And, what's the line across the bottom of the frame?
  4. I'm still scratching my head as to how this was exactly done, but I sure do like it!:smile: Semi-diagonal pan?
  5. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Yeah baby!!!
  6. I'm loving that shot!!! Almost looks like a pan with a front-curtain sync flash.
  7. Hovmod


    Aug 11, 2008
    Thanks! Me too. :) 

    The line was there on a few of the frames on this film, I don't really know what I did but it's one of those signs that cry "amateur at large!" :) 

    Thanks. Well, I saw this guy sitting impatiently at a red light, and got ready: crouched down low, set the shutter to 1/15, guesstimated the distance... When he roared across the intersection (and he really opened that thing up) I panned and clicked. He changed lanes towards me, so there was quite a bit of him getting bigger during the pan, I guess that's what made it. I'm just happy I got this, and hope it's eternally uncopyable. :biggrin:

    Now THERE'S an appropriate reaction to that shot. Thanks, Chris! :biggrin:

    Yes, that and/or some zoom action. :)  In fact it's just a Harley rumbling towards a handheld Olympus rangefinder.

    Thanks everyone. This is going on my wall.
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  8. Great shot! Love the pan!
  9. shtarka1


    Feb 1, 2008
    Love it!
  10. panda81


    Feb 7, 2008
    this is fantastic, great job tormod!!
  11. And it should. This is the type of shot that Harley riders would pay for - if for nothing else, to use as desktop wallpaper.
  12. When I was scratching my head, I kept thinking, that looks like a touch of a zoom-pan and I knew it was shot with a rangefinder...it was making my head hurt premature of the wine last night!
    It really is an amazing capture, I would love to see it as a big print.:smile:
  13. mhcfires


    Aug 23, 2007
    El Cajon, CA
    Killer shot! Love it!
  14. braver


    Apr 2, 2008

    way cool!
  15. Hovmod


    Aug 11, 2008
    Yeah - anybody able to see whether it's a panhead as well? :smile:


    Thank you panda, I have to attribute quite a bit of luck though.

    Well, now they have a chance, if they go to <shameless promotion> http://hovmod.etsy.com </shameless promotion> :) 

    :biggrin: I don't know how it happened. The photo gods were with me that day (maybe I should become a pantheist now?)...
    I'm expecting it from the print shop tomorrow or wed...


    Yup, thanks. Stunned me too, as soon as I saw the negative right out of the tank I knew it was a good one. :D 

    Thanks everyone. Glad you all like it.
  16. Great capture.
  17. Hovmod


    Aug 11, 2008
    Two things:

    1) I've re-scanned it to get rid of the nasty line that the scanner added at the bottom, and...

    2) I've just received an order for a high quality poster-sized print of this picture, complete with a proper fee for the artist (me). It's going to be a birthday present and will most likely end up on the wall in the office of a police inspector who is also a biker and the love interest of an old friend who found my flickr page through Facebook. How's that for networking?

  18. Looks very nice, love the movement in it, and a great birthday present!
  19. braver


    Apr 2, 2008
    Networking 2.0 right there! That police inspector has taste ;) 
  20. Hovmod


    Aug 11, 2008
    Today I handed in the painstakingly photoshop-dusted file to the print lab.
    I had it scanned on a Hassy Imacon 646 at 6300 dpi, which most of all taught me a thing or two about my own scanner...

    Carefully cloned out lots of dust and made a black border. It's going to be printed on canvas on an Epson 11880 and then hand varnished.

    Crossing fingers now. Can't wait to see the result (on monday), which has been paid for in advance by the customer! :biggrin:
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