4x5x365 – Day 5

Again more of a test of my film handling and processing procedures. My son's Yamaha WR-450 on our back porch.

This is really simple. I had moved my son’s Yamaha WR-450 dirt bike onto the back porch so I could clear out the garage. I was still trying to do testing and figure out where my film ghosting problems were coming from. So I just grabbed my Toyo 45A camera with my Rodenstock 150 mm […]

4x5x365 – Day 4

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Four days in and I already made a change. You see, shooting large format is hard. Really hard. There are SO many steps involved from loading film, prepping camera, checking exposure, on and on. I figured out it is really difficult with a busy work schedule to shoot once piece of 4×5 film every day. […]

Photographing Drag Racing with a 4×5 camera?

A custom built Mustang muscle car performing a smokey burnout at the Tulsa Raceway Park. Shot with a Toyo 4x5 view camera on black and white film.

“Are you crazy!!” I got this question a lot while at Tulsa Raceway this past weekend, toting around my giant Toyo VRX-125 4″x5″ view camera. I was there with my client Tombo Racing and shot several digital images for them, but also wanted to get some old time black and white images show on film. […]

Dual Sport Motorcycles – This is What I Do

Dual Sport Motorcycling Video

I love to ride motorcycles, and more specifically, dual sport motorcycles. They allow me to explore out-of-the-way places that I can’t reach with a normal street bike. I can toss on a sleeping bag and tent, point my bike in any general direction, and just ride. If the road turns to dirt or a cow trail, no big deal – I can generally make it through. This video may give you an inkling of why I love riding dual sport motorcycles.

Dirt Fever – Glen Sinclair

Glen Sinclair and his daughter converse in between practice laps at an OCCRA race in Wellston, OK.

I originally wrote this story for Ride Oklahoma in February 2009. In the early 1970’s Glen Sinclair was very involved in dirt bike racing. He hung out with the likes of Jack Penton and Dick Burleson. “I would build the course and they would come and ride it” laughs Glen. “I also know Ralph Royce […]

Classic Italian – 1967 Ducati 250cc Mach 1/S

Owned by Gerald Tims of Performance Cycle, you can often see this unique and very rare motorcycle at the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum in Warwick, Oklahoma.

I originally wrote this short story for Ride Oklahoma Magazine in January 2009 to go along with the cover photo. The name Ducati evokes emotions in most motorcyclists. Like Harley Davidson, Ducati has a devoted group of fans that admire and adore the brand. It is more than just a brand of bikes – it […]

Back from the Dead – Yamaha Stratoliner

2006 Yamaha Roadliner 1854cc custom built by Tommy Bolton - Tombo Racing.  Parked at night in back alley of downtown Oklahoma City

I wrote this story for Ride Oklahoma Magazine in January 2009. Tommy Bolton, championship drag racer, race winning engine tuner, and hot-rod Hayabusa builder, recently ran across a 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner that was in need of some tender loving care. On a recent trip to Houston, Tommy spotted the shell of the Yamaha’s big v-twin […]

Tornado Victim and Navy Veteran loses his “Dream Bike”

May 20 2013 Moore Oklahoma tornado

Motorcycle Industry Can Help For the past two days I have been on assignment with an electrical utility client, photographing the extensive damage as well as the recovery efforts and the race to restore electrical power after the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. As an avid motorcyclist, I couldn’t help but notice the damaged and […]

Mount Ida Little Rascals

Bill Dragoo and I stopped in Mt Judeo, AR for a break.  This is the same place where I met a group of "little rascals" on dirt bikes and four wheelers years ago.

My good friend Bill Dragoo and I were recently riding our BMW motorcycles through north central Arkansas while on assignment for a motorcycle travel story.  Our goal was to find the “twistiest” roads in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.  Highway 123 near Mount Ida certainly qualifies.  As we rolled out of the switchbacks and into Mount […]

Lunch Break in the Oklahoma Panhandle

My seat was a weathered railroad tie as I ate lunch and listened to the springtime songbird music and the rustle of the Oklahoma wind through the leaves.

Music plays as I lean back against an ancient cottonwood tree. But it’s not the music made by man. This is much sweeter – this is the sound of the Oklahoma Panhandle in the spring. A gentle breeze whispers through the bodark and cottonwood trees, rustling the grass and nearby wheat fields in waves of […]