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05-28-2016, 03:29 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Lens: K50mm f1.2 Camera: LX Photo Location: Birmingham ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/90s Aperture: F1.2 



The famous prototype made by Doug Hale in the 70s to face the Japanese competition.

I tried to capture the power and bulkiness of this engine shooting as low as I could as close as I should at f1.2 to test the performance of the K50/1.2 as well. Focus on the oil radiator, you can notice that the engine is 15 degree inclines as the oil sump is bokeh'd.

Perhaps I should have used another kind of film as XP2+ looks a little washed out but that was what I had.

P.S. As it was dark to shoot at 1/90s I also used a AF290T flash.

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Nice shot of Doug Hele prototype Triumph 'four' . I agree it is a bit washed oot..... I would of used F 8, re; increase depth of field. I know you were testing the F 1.2 as said, but as a motorcycle enthusiast I would of wanted to see more...clear. But that's just me .

Never seen the four, although I've heard of it before.

Thanks for posting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
Nice shot of Doug Hele prototype Triumph 'four' . I agree it is a bit washed oot..... I would of used F 8, re; increase depth of field. I know you were testing the F 1.2 as said, but as a motorcycle enthusiast I would of wanted to see more...clear. But that's just me .

Never seen the four, although I've heard of it before.

Thanks for posting.
I see your point, unfortunately XP2+ is the most common C41 B&W I can find here, I used to be a great fan of BW400CN, a much better film with more shades of grey.

I have taken other pics of engines that day, I was surprised to see to see that the block is partially bokeh'd, then I realised it is inclined 15 degree frontward, the triple prototype is straight and you see no blur:



I also add the pic of other two four protoypes shot at f5.6 as you are interested:





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Thanks for the extra pics....one looks like a Healey Ariel square four and the other (the Wooler) boxer engine looks like a flat four, designed well before the Honda Gold Wing flat four, albeit air cooled, not liquid cooled.

I'm a vintage motorcycle enthusiast. I have a '67 Matchless G 15 CS Scrambler and a '78 Yamaha SR 500 (since new).
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Thanks for the extra pics....one looks like a Healey Ariel square four and the other (the Wooler) boxer engine looks like a flat four, designed well before the Honda Gold Wing flat four, albeit air cooled, not liquid cooled.

I'm a vintage motorcycle enthusiast. I have a '67 Matchless G 15 CS Scrambler and a '78 Yamaha SR 500 (since new).
You are indeed correct,sir, the first is the Ariel, the second an air cooled boxer that looks like an airplane engine.

I started my biker's career on a 1975 Honda 400 Four K0 and my father learned to ride in 1951 on a Matchless 350. You can see from my posts that I take a lot of bikes' pics, but I don't intend to publish all of them in this thread, perhaps I should organise a gallery.
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You are indeed correct,sir, the first is the Ariel, the second an air cooled boxer that looks like an airplane engine.

I started my biker's career on a 1975 Honda 400 Four K0 and my father learned to ride in 1951 on a Matchless 350. I started on a 1965 Jawa 50cc scooter, in 1965, then quickly progressed to a '65 CZ 125, '66 CZ 125, then a '65 Yamaha YDS3 Catalina Super Sports...250cc twin with 28.6 hp. I wonder if you dad's Matchless 350 was an ex military bike ? I know the Matchless 350 single was regarded as a bike ahead of it's time with telescope forks and rear shock absorber suspension...also OHV engine. You started on a great motorcycle...the 400cc Honda Four. Beautiful bikes and they had that wonderful exhaust header system.

You can see from my posts that I take a lot of bikes' pics, but I don't intend to publish all of them in this thread, perhaps I should organise a gallery.
I think a vintage motorcycle gallery is a great idea.

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