Keira Grant – Pabatco Hodaka

Keira - Pabatco Hodaka

There are a lot of things that I like about this photo.  The graceful model, that interesting sign that I knew nothing about when I saw the side of the building, and the light is soft and light.  There’s real meaningful contrast between the model and the background.  It all comes together to form the kind of strong image that I love to create.  And they kinda create themselves.

But if there’s one thing I’ve come to remember about large format photography, it’s that a field camera is a cruel mistress.  The flexibility of having so many planes able to tilt and shit can undo a great photograph.  And having been away from this beast for a bit too long, I didn’t bother to check the alignment of film plane against the lens plane.  Something is out of alignment and the Keira’s feet are just slightly out of focus when compared to her face (which is where I’d focused on the ground glass).

And just in case you’re wondering, Hodaka is an old Japanese made trail motorcycle from the 1970s distributed by the Pacific Basin Trading Company, or simply Pabatco.  There’s always something to learn.

Model: Keira Grant
©2016 scott nichol
All rights right where they belong, with me.
So, that means you can’t use this image for anything unless I say so.

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