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  1. #251
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    Re: Dangerous Spouse Pics

    My 88 year old father was an accordion virtuoso back when that didn't sound like the punchline to a joke. At 16 he won a national playing competition sponsored by the Hohner instrument company and was presented a custom orchestral model by Mr. Hohner himself, and he later played Carnegie Hall as a member of a popular accordion orchestra. He's long retired (research hematologist) and has had to give up his other lifelong loves: motorcycle racing, flying his 1946 Luscombe, restoring vintage cars. But he still has that massive instrument, and keeps it in perfect working order. When I go down to visit him I almost always badger him to give us a tune. And despite some arthritis in the fingers, he still makes magic when he does.

    My wife and I went for a visit this past weekend, and while we were there we took in a local motorcycle competition. At 88 my dad remains in remarkably good shape. He has a free weight gym in his basement and works out daily, and goes for jogs every day as well. Although he doesn't compete any more, he still owns several high performance motorcycles and rides them regularly. So he had no problems hiking the wooded trails at the local event. At home later, I got him to pull the Hohner out so I could take a pic or two with the setting sun coming in through the bay window. I placed him so the rays lit his hand, and took some detail shots. And after dinner he gave us another concert, and it was magic again.

    Not sure which of these treatments I like best. I entered one of the B&W's in the weekly "Instruments" challenge....

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    I did grab a snapshot or two of him while we were at the race. Here's a pair of him admiring a beautifully restored Triumph, which actually competed in the event's "Vintage" class. Great to see these old bikes being used as intended, and not moldering away in a museum somewhere.

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    I'll be posting some actual race pictures once I comb through them all. The problem I've found with upgrading to a D500: at 10 fps, I had hundreds and hundreds of images on the card before I knew it! I can only imagine what I would have come home with if I had a Z9. Of course, the upside is that I did it all on one battery charge - and that includes Live View playbacks so the family could see the day's shots.


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  2. #252
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    Fun with PS Sky Replacement. The flamingo is real.

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  3. #253
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    The B&W version hands down. The tonal gradation is compelling. The hand in the color version does not immediately draw the eye, like it does in the B&W. I'm loving the image.

    The fact that it is your dad makes it even better for you. I would proudly hang that image on my wall if it were mine.
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  4. #254
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clovishound View Post
    The B&W version hands down. The tonal gradation is compelling. The hand in the color version does not immediately draw the eye, like it does in the B&W. I'm loving the image.

    The fact that it is your dad makes it even better for you. I would proudly hand that image on my wall if it were mine.
    Wow, thanks for all that! I'm flattered, and touched you would say that.
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  5. #255
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    A few shots from the motorcycle event we attended last Sunday while visiting my father. The sport is called "Observed Trials", which is not a speed race, but a test of skill. The riders go around a course, and along the way they have to ride through a number of "sections" - think of golf, where you go around the course and along the way you have a number of "holes" that you have to play. When you get to a section, you ride through it and are scored on how well you do. Every time you put a foot down you are given one point, to a maximum of 3. If you crash or go out of bounds, you get 5 points. At the end of the event, the low score wins - just like golf. My dad was a top national rider in the 60's and 70's, and I've been competing also since I was in single digits. My wife also competes, which is how we met.

    This particular event was a very easy local one that focused on vintage machines. It was perfect for practicing some sports photography, and also for trying the Nikon 3D autofocus tracking. It worked very, very well I'm happy to say. Rather challenging conditions with variable light in the middle of the woods, but it was no problem.

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    Several lady riders also:

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    My dad spectating:

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    Everyone has fun

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  6. #256
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    I agree with clovishound...the B&W images of your Dad's hand are the winners.
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  7. #257
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    Dangerspouse,

    I totally agree you should frame the B&W hand photo - a super example of two fine "instruments" (human and musical) bravo!!

    Also enjoyed the trials photos, I competed briefly as a teen (in the 70s) on a Suzuki RL250 exacta. Tons of fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikonbill View Post
    Dangerspouse,

    I totally agree you should frame the B&W hand photo - a super example of two fine "instruments" (human and musical) bravo!!

    Also enjoyed the trials photos, I competed briefly as a teen (in the 70s) on a Suzuki RL250 exacta. Tons of fun
    Thanks Bill! You rode trials? Cool! That little Suzy was a really pretty bike. I remember several from my youth that were very competetive. There was one nicely restored one at this trials too, ridden by a real character, lol. I only got one shot, and the bike is unfortunately obscured, but maybe it will bring back a memory

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  9. #259
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    All great memory's - problably have a photo somewhere I don't remember many being taken though. I loved it the people the most I never got very good at it. Wound up in open wheel dirt racing (4 wheels) for many years. I do have motorcycle love forever though
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  10. #260
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikonbill View Post
    All great memory's - problably have a photo somewhere I don't remember many being taken though. I loved it the people the most I never got very good at it. Wound up in open wheel dirt racing (4 wheels) for many years. I do have motorcycle love forever though
    Well if you are ever so unfortunate as to find yourself in North Jersey, look me up. We'll set you up on one of our spares and you can see how much your skills have deteriorated

    Oh man, open wheel dirt racing sounds AWESOME! I hope you've got some pics of that you can post!
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