Thursday, September 06, 2012

CANNONBALL WET PLATES #1

Shooting with two plate cameras; an 8"x10" and a 5"x7", the larger one an original 1890s model, the smaller a new Chamonix using an 1860s Petzval portrait lens.  Photos by Paul d'Orléans / Susan McLaughlin.  The top shot was taken with a just-coated plate which was accidentally dropped on the van floor (by me! Big plates are awkward to handle), but I'm a fan of the unexpected, so went ahead and made the shot; I love the unexpected chemistry.  The bike is a 1928 Indian 101 Scout, with 1940 Sport Scout barrels and heads.  It was recently purchased sight unseen on Craigslist, and is now being prepared/fettled during the Cannonball.  While all participants are a little bit crazy, some are braver than others...
17 Excelsior-Henderson 4-cylinders make up the second largest group of machines, after the mega-gang of Harley 'J' models.
Another shot of the charismatic Indian Scout, here with a full complement of tools and rags...
The Mule is the only overhead-camshaft machine on the rally, and the only Velocette,  although there are two Rudges, a BSA, and a Triumph along...

2 comments:

Grandpa Jimbo said...

Paul:
On VERY long exposures, have you tried opening the lens, quick like a bunny around and into the picture, count slowly to 100 and quick like a bunny back to shut the lens? It works!
Jim A., Tucson, AZ

kawa said...

Great photos Paul, only thing that dates them is the ones with modern vehicles in the background . Thanks for taking the time to use the old technology, it gives a unquie feel to the covering of the event.