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08-13-2015, 02:30 PM   #18511
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I believe richo-imaging.co.jp still is unavailable (outside of Japan)*.
Oh, my...the end has started!!!


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* Ricoh Japan was generally unreachable much of yesterday...

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Oh, my...the end has started!!!
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Ooh, I just caught @Fat Albert in a "medium format" moment

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Oh, my...the end has started!!!


Steve

* Ricoh Japan was generally unreachable much of yesterday...
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Sakura doesn't seem too worried.

https://hocir.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/sakura-in-ueno-park/
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But that last one there kind of scared me.

Almost a Zombie-like pose ... the end is near !
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But that last one there kind of scared me.
It was the web address that scared me!!!!
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It was the web address that scared me!!!!
Yeah, but that was just a ploy to suck you in for that last image scare ... tricky hociR.

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Are you saying that the fate of TOKYO does not matter?


Steve
Maybe.
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In Norway we have a different kind of Mack...

Well pour me one!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
I dunno, it was late, and I was tired.

But.

It.

May.

Have.

Been.



You decide.
🙀Sheesh! , you trying to traumatized me? Oh, wait that was a Peterbuilt insignia I seen in my rearview mirror before it hit me.... Owwwww..... Lol
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Well pour me one!

Nah, that stuff is mostly consumed up where Zoe comes from, not here in the south.
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??Sheesh! , you trying to traumatized me? Oh, wait that was a Peterbuilt insignia I seen in my rearview mirror before it hit me.... Owwwww..... Lol
I kinda like the 'get up close with a wide angle lens' look.
One of the trucks that I drove:


And I don't always shoot just from the front.




Sometimes you have to use a wider angle lens to get the whole subject in. In this shot the truck (Monstro's big brother) and trailer were over 100 feet long.


And this rig is hooked to two 53 foot trailers.


I saw this and many others like it up in Saskatchewan.

This guy shut his rig down at the end of a long day, and when I was getting ready to roll out the next morning they were building a fire under it to get the engine started.


Seriously, they were actually using fire to warm the engine enough so that it would fire up. They take sheets of plywood and lay them all the way around the tractor to seal up the underside, then using a modified propane fired weed burner they direct the flame under the front of the engine bay. It eventually warms the engine enough so that the fuel will ignite.

By the time they got that truck started I was probably 300 miles down the road.

Because I let my truck run all night.

This truck belongs to one of the husband/wife owner operators at the carrier I used to drive for.


That truck used to look like this:


And after a six month stay at the Truck Stretching Hotel and Spa it now looks like this:


I swear, the tractor is as long as the trailer (the trailer is 53' long).

Speaking of the trailer, it also got a makeover. A "Quickdraw" brand Conestoga kit was added. The trailer is still a stepdeck flatbed, but it has a cover that opens up to allow the freight to be unloaded and unloaded without the need to fuss with tarps for those loads that require tarping.

Like this (not my picture):


Read more about them here: Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems

I pulled many loads on similarly equipped trailers during the five years I drove big trucks. Way better than wrestling tarps. The only drawback to a trailer like that is oversize loads cannot be hauled on them.

Here is a load of light plants I hauled on one.



I actually used two photos to make this shot. Both taken in the same location, a rest area on Cabbage Hill in Eastern Oregon. I used a shot of the clouds and sky to add interest to the otherwise blank pale blue sky. Notice that the clods reflected on the side of the hood are similar to the clouds in the sky.



Here is the last photo I took of Monstro at home last year when I hung up my keys. I used my 18~55 kit lens, set at 18mm.

If you look close you can see a teardrop in one of his headlights.


And the last shot of him amongst his brothers and sisters back at the yard later that day when I gave him back to the company.



I miss him too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
I kinda like the 'get up close with a wide angle lens' look.
One of the trucks that I drove:


And I don't always shoot just from the front.




Sometimes you have to use a wider angle lens to get the whole subject in. In this shot the truck (Monstro's big brother) and trailer were over 100 feet long.


And this rig is hooked to two 53 foot trailers.


I saw this and many others like it up in Saskatchewan.


I miss him too.

Nice collection. The Yanke one is what we call a road train (quite distinct from the B-double). In Australia they can only be driven in defined places. Usually way outback and a few roads into more populated areas.

I was amazed yesterday to see a road train with one dog driving along a city street in Taiwan (An Ho Rd Sec 3, Tainan City). Got a picture but still in the camera, besides this thread is not for photos, even from the morning walk. Most of the roads in Taiwan are kind of squeezey, unlike the ads for some truck with the sumo wrestlers and the tag line "not so squeezey". Yesterday I took a walk and did not realise how far it would be when I went the way I did. Turned out to be 90 minutes and 6 km, was expecting just under an hour and about 4km. That difference matters in the tropics.

My rides on wings you did not make are coming up in two days. Hopefully they are boring. That is the nicest kind of flying.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tim60 Quote
I was amazed yesterday to see a road train with one dog driving along a city street in Taiwan (An Ho Rd Sec 3, Tainan City).








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Got a picture but still in the camera, besides this thread is not for photos, even from the morning walk.
Hey, photo or it didn't happen!

Then again, the average dog can't possibly be a worse driver than a lot of those on the roads already.
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