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Old 06-15-2010, 04:44 PM   #1711
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Ducati Reprise

I went through this thread yesterday. Today it was an image from the first page that just stuck in my head.



It's the most evocative of all of them here for me. Classic time in Britain (in my imagination of course.... it might be New Jersey). Friday night, early Fall, '62. and she's on her way to a Surrey pub to meet some friends and listen to this local guy named Clapton that they've gathered to see.

Car full of tipsy guys races past and one hangs out the rear window to snap this shot of her. She's a little put off and a little pleased all at once, but not going to show any of it.

An almost exquisitely perfect time and place and bike and girl.

Can't get it out of my mind.

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Old 06-15-2010, 05:01 PM   #1712
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I went through this thread yesterday. Today it was an image from the first page that just stuck in my head.



It's the most evocative of all of them here for me. Classic time in Britain (in my imagination of course.... it might be New Jersey). Friday night, early Fall, '62. and she's on her way to a Surrey pub to meet some friends and listen to this local guy named Clapton that they've gathered to see.

Car full of tipsy guys races past and one hangs out the rear window to snap this shot of her. She's a little put off and a little complimented all at once, but not going to show any of it.

An almost exquisitely perfect time and place and bike and girl.

Can't get it out of my mind.

Great interpretation of that photo - it's a favorite of mine too, but didn't know why. I'll stick with your story line.
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:51 PM   #1713
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Clapton who? Band's name is Mayall or somethin' like that....
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:53 PM   #1714
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This picture makes no chronological sense! Haha, yeah I know it was a recent shot, but why the outfits and era specific filters/shot with an 80s Suzuki Katana.




I'd guess it's an anachronistic conundrum created by the photographer to have fun.



Edit; Oh- you ride a BMW.... Never mind.
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:56 PM   #1715
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:02 PM   #1716
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And clearly she can't give her best unless she's got room to move.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:20 PM   #1717
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Why bother with any other threads?

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Old 06-15-2010, 06:27 PM   #1718
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And clearly she can't give her best unless she's got room to move.
How many you think are gonna catch that obscure reference
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:36 PM   #1719
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How many you think are gonna catch that obscure reference

Don't care- even if it's just one of you, I've done my job.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:41 PM   #1720
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And for those of you who may be unfamiliar with one of the single best assertive riding theme songs, check out John Mayall, specifically:

"Room to Move".

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Old 06-15-2010, 11:56 PM   #1721
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I've seen this photo all over the web, it crops up time and time again, with similar comments. It is such an evocative picture with so many dimensions to it. All the more so for me beacuse the bike is a Ducati, which was such a rare bike then, and very expensive compared to a British bike of the era.

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I went through this thread yesterday. Today it was an image from the first page that just stuck in my head.

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Old 06-16-2010, 02:03 AM   #1722
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:21 AM   #1723
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:24 AM   #1724
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I've seen this photo all over the web, it crops up time and time again, with similar comments. It is such an evocative picture with so many dimensions to it. All the more so for me beacuse the bike is a Ducati, which was such a rare bike then, and very expensive compared to a British bike of the era.
Soon, we'll get back to less words, more pics. But I have to comment about this image.

Look at it's "quality". It appears to be a copy of a previously published image- I think I can see halftone dots and some cracks/wrinkles. Based on the look, it appears to have been shot on tri-x and somewhat poorly processed. Clumpy grain, blown highlights and nothing is sharp at all in the image. It violates the "rule of thirds"! It appears to have both camera shake and motion blur, and was probably shot with a Pentax Spotmatic or equivalent. Or, given it's square format, it might be a handheld Hassy or other medium format.

However, it's a beautiful image that repeatedly evokes strong reactions for a number of reasons, both motorcycle and woman comments. People are moved by this image enough they fantasize a background story for it. It's strongly evocative and very powerful. I love it too.

My point is, the next time you're geeking out about Nikon or Canon, point-and-shoot vs dslr, the $2500 camera or the $9000 camera. The fixed vs the wide-range super-fast latest zoom, and it's unique bokeh. The resolution lines of a tested lens and the shutter lag of another, or the color profile and the art of post-production, think of this image. The pixel count, the pixel size and a camera's performance at high exposure values. The next time you worry about all that technical bullshit, think of this image.

This image is a reminder that content is the king, and a good photographer can recognize and create a powerful image that is full of technical "flaws" will still inspire powerful emotional responses.
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:34 AM   #1725
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That's exactly what I used to tell the boys at the Art Academy!

If that was a perfect studio shot, it wouldn't convey the speed and motion, or even the romantic mystery. I like it just fine.
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