Those Spokes Speak To Me

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Brian Moore, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Took the Kiev 4A for a walk a couple of times the past couple of weeks. Tried to catch a cyclist in blur whilst keeping the background sharp. Failed (background not sharp)! Shot this at 1/25th. But I like how the spokes on the lower halves of the wheels turned oot.

    Turns oot my Kiev has developed a couple of problems since I last used it: Light leaks (which I don't mind too much) and a diabolical propensity to stubbornly refuse, donkey-like, to move the film when I try to wind the transport knob when the end of the roll is near. It causes the sprocket holes to get torn!

    Anyway, here are the spokes that speak to me. (Its Kentmere 100 film that I processed in Rodinal by the way.)

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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Ha, those spokes look amazing! Love this shot, Brian.

    All this talk about bikes - you'll be digging yours out of the shed soon, Brian.
     
  3. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks, Rob. As to the bikes, I was tempted yesterday to drag one of them out! (But it was late in the day and there was a bottle of beer in the fridge calling my name! :eek: ) Thanks again, Rob!
     
  4. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    What a great effect Brian. In some ways I think I might prefer a slightly blurred background as it makes you focus on the spokes and the rider more. And excellent timing and positioning too. Just right. :)
     
  5. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks a lot, Pete. Interesting that you should mention the timing. Since I wasn't panning I found that it was quite challenging to snap the shutter just at the moment when the rider was actually in the frame. Anyway, thanks again, Pete.
     
  6. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Just shows how quick these old RFs are to respond. No mirror to get out of the way and no AF etc to do its stuff! And a focal plane shutter to produce the optical distortion of the moving spokes! :)

    Kiev-4 « Camerajunky

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  7. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    That's the camera, Pete. Except I don't have a meter on mine. (For the benefit of other readers,...that rectangular portion above the brand name is a hinged cover that opens upward to reveal a selenium cell meter.)
     
  8. Pete Sykes

    Pete Sykes New Member

    Those spokes are a great effect Brian ............ love it. Even though it made my eyes fo funny :rolleyes:
     
  9. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    LOL. Judging by your new avatar it looks like it "needled" you a wee bit, Pete! :p

    Anyway,...Thanks Pete!
     
  10. Lesley Jones

    Lesley Jones Otherwise know as Zooey

    I like it. The spokes are the sharpest and your eye is drawn to them. You've given the cyclist room to move with plenty of space in front and even though the background is blurred, it's easy to make out what it is :)
     
  11. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks a lot, Lesley. Very challenging to snap the shutter in time to get them in the frame let alone positioned where you want them in the frame. Just pure lack that. Anyway, thanks again.
     

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