This last weekend I had the chance to get out and shoot for the first time at a Truck and Tractor Pull. This particular event was at the Harrisburg Harvest Festival. To be honest, I had no idea how such an event operated or what to expect. But I just pointed my lens down the field and tried to record a few reasonable images.
Also on hand were a couple of old tractors and steam engines. With those, I happened to have the X100s in the bag along with the IR72 filter – so I continued in my summer long IR experiment.
Hi all – just wanted to let you know that I’ve just posted another photo story over on Exposure.co – this one on rodeo – specifically the rough stock events. So check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks!
Last week I shared a few from the Roping & Racing events. This week – rough stock.
As it turns out, it was also an odd weekend for the bull riders as no one made it the full 8 seconds. Good riders – just better bulls.
That’s Bullfighter Cody Harsch.
More Bull Riding
The Philomath Frolic & Rodeo just wrapped up another year and thankfully I had the chance to be out there again for three of the four shows. Here’s a few from the roping and racing (plus one steer wrestling image).
Tie Down Roping
Yep, that’s Stevie Rae Willis of Stompin’ Ground fame. I also have a photo of Sam Willis (her dad) steer wrestling here.
Break Away Roping
Tie Down Roping
Had the chance to head on over to the 2014 Philomath Classic Car Show on Saturday to walk among some great vintage cars and trucks. For more details on the show – the local Corvallis newspaper has a pretty good write up here.
Great side note on this 1929 Ford Coupe – as it turns out, the fellow who brought this to the show was actually looking to buy a motorcycle the day he saw this sitting on the side of the road with a for sale sign on it. It didn’t have an engine at the time but he soon had one in it and was driving it around town in no time. I could probably spend an entire afternoon just shooting this one car.
1929 Ford Coupe
As photographers, we know that car shows are probably some of the most difficult places to create photos. So, why do we do it?
To be honest, I have no idea…
1948 MG TC
But since I’ve been experimenting with this X100S + IR filter combo for a couple of weeks – I decided early to simply keep to the IR theme. And though I’m still working out a few things for the technique – I kind of liked them.
1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe
OK – this is going to brief but I thought I’d share some of my first results using the X100s + IR72 filter (for those looking for more details – it’s the Hoya IR72 in the 49mm size).
I haven’t a complete workflow yet – so please consider this a work in progress (specifically, I’m working on a false color workflow – though it’s possible the photo below would ultimately look better in B&W).
As it turns out, the X100s is a pretty good camera to use for this sort of work without modification to the camera / filter – keeping it intact for the rest of your photographic adventures.
I’ll try to post more as I hack through this process.
The Collings Foundation and their trio of aircraft again visited Corvallis this year. And as I checked the archives of this blog – it looks like it’s been about 5 years since I last checked into the mostly-annual event.
They were scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, so I decided to try and catch the planes on approach (top photo).
As it turns out, as of midday Thursday, the P-51 still hadn’t arrived to Corvallis – but the bombers were available to scramble through.
On my way to the airfield, the overcast day was a bit disappointing, as I was looking forward to some blue-skies behind the shiny bombers. But then I remembered a small bit not long ago from Kelby and his experiment of shooting iconic sites around the world on “seamless”. In other words – he tried to highlight the structural beauty of the scenes – and simply treated the gray overcast as a giant softbox – and just let the background blowout (at least that’s how I interpreted it). So I thought I’d give it a try (just for fun).
The B-17G was the easier plane of the two to try this technique for two reasons. The background behind it was a bit less cluttered – but more importantly – more people were meandering around the B-24.
For walking through the plane – I preferred the fisheye – as I thought it paired well with the curved interior spaces.
(and if you’re curious – here’s my earlier post on the Nine ONine)