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    1959 Panther 650cc single. TriX with yellow filter, 80 mmlens, scanned from print.

    [IMG]Panther A Flkr by John Olsen, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    John, You do a wonderful job with chrome and shiny metal on all of your motorcycle engines! Any hints for the rest of us, or is it “simply” being spot on with your exposures and development?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Lewin View Post
    John, You do a wonderful job with chrome and shiny metal on all of your motorcycle engines! Any hints for the rest of us, or is it “simply” being spot on with your exposures and development?
    Thanks, I've been using Speedotron studio lights mostly - soft boxes for the chrome and spots for the engine detail. Black cloth background and white cloth foreground. I test the lighting with a digi-camera and then put my Hasselblad in place. On trips out of country I've pared it down to using a bunch of Vivitar battery-powered flashes to get a reasonable travel weight. Just for fun, drill down through "motorcycles" on my website to a set of pictures of how to shoot motorcycles with hot lights, studio flashes or battery flashes. The battery flash approach is most affordable.

    [IMG]Set-up 1-16-21 Flkr by John Olsen, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Sorry about the blur, but it was just a quick "record of shoot" in a dark garage.
    Last edited by John Olsen; 25-Jan-2021 at 10:50. Reason: insert image

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Olsen View Post
    1959 Panther 650cc single. TriX with yellow filter, 80 mmlens, scanned from print.

    [IMG]Panther A Flkr by John Olsen, on Flickr[/IMG]
    What a beauty! When I was a lad (16years old) I started work for British Steel, one of the old guys rode a Panther to and from work. He also sometimes towed a trailer with it. Myself and a handfull of other motorbike mad apprentices used to watch the old guy kick up his bike whilst waiting in the queue to clock out. The man used to tickle the carb, wind the kickstart onto compression and then take a mighty swing with his steel toe capped foundry boot. The bike always started first kick, we loved the sound of the engine it fired about the distance of every street light as he rode away into the distance. Thank you for triggering a memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodOldNorm View Post
    What a beauty! When I was a lad (16years old) I started work for British Steel, one of the old guys rode a Panther to and from work. He also sometimes towed a trailer with it. Myself and a handfull of other motorbike mad apprentices used to watch the old guy kick up his bike whilst waiting in the queue to clock out. The man used to tickle the carb, wind the kickstart onto compression and then take a mighty swing with his steel toe capped foundry boot. The bike always started first kick, we loved the sound of the engine it fired about the distance of every street light as he rode away into the distance. Thank you for triggering a memory.
    Thanks for the story. These 650 cc singles were generally attached to sidecars or trailers. Funny you should mention "firing at every street light" - that's a common saying associated with these machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Olsen View Post
    Thanks for the story. These 650 cc singles were generally attached to sidecars or trailers. Funny you should mention "firing at every street light" - that's a common saying associated with these machines.
    In my minds eye I can still see the old guy riding off, he wore a WW2 naval gunners overcoat, flat cap and pilots goggles. He always lit a Woodbine cigarette and stuck it in the corner of his mouth before he set off. I can only assume that he did not go very fast if he was able to smoke whilst riding. You don't see many Panthers here in the UK now, when I was young they were quite common, as you say they were a favourite side car hack.

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    Thanks Austin.
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    My collection of motorcycle images totally lacked Laverdas, so I did this beautiful 1978 "Zeta" 500. (Actually, doing it was the price for getting access to the really tasty Ariel that was next to it.)

    80mm lens, TriX w. yellow filter, scanned from print.

    [IMG]Laverda Flkr by John Olsen, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Olsen View Post
    My collection of motorcycle images totally lacked Laverdas, so I did this beautiful 1978 "Zeta" 500. (Actually, doing it was the price for getting access to the really tasty Ariel that was next to it.)

    80mm lens, TriX w. yellow filter, scanned from print.

    [IMG]Laverda Flkr by John Olsen, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Nice picture
    You know some people with some pretty cool bikes.
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