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Mods vs Rockers Vintage Motorcycle show

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The third annual Chicago Ton-Up Club's Mods vs Rockers Vintage Motorcycle show was held yesterday in the streets surrounding Delilah's Bar. This is a really fun show with tons of cool bikes and fun motorcycle people. It's one of the many great reasons to live in Chicago. :cool:

I took about 350 shots all told, which means I'll probably have about 6 or 10 keepers. :whoa:

I'm sorting through them and will be posting them in a gallery on my website (link below) over the next week or so but for now here's just a little taste.

A gorgeous Vincent that was ridden not trailered to the show.


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BSA vs Triumph rivals till the end




The full gallery :
http://www.chicagostories.net/Ton_Up_2007/
 
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Generations of Ducatis were in attendance


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Even BMW was represented.


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Dave - I drove my Hot Rod Dodge but only because I wanted to carry a LOT of gear to make sure I had everything I needed and wanted a secure place to stow it as I swapped back and forth. . There were a couple of quick rain showers during the day but it didn't dampen the festivities. People just took cover, kept partying, and waited for it to dryout again, which given the temps didn't take long. All in all it was a fantastic day.


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Gorgeous gorgeous selection Rich! :)

There are a few others on your gallery that are worthy of a post here as well. However, you've certainly culled a great selection with these. :cool:
 
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Rich, despite our personal opinions of each other, I must say great pics. My only criticism is in the delivery of the first one. In he introductory text you pointed out the Triumph which drew my attention to that fact that the depth of field blurred that part of the image. Had you not mentioned it, I would not have been distracted by it. Otherwise, the pic (and all the rest) are great.
 

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In he introductory text you pointed out the Triumph which drew my attention to that fact that the depth of field blurred that part of the image. Had you not mentioned it, I would not have been distracted by it.
What you consider a "distraction" I consider the "meaning" of the picture. I used a wide open f-stop because it's supposed to be blurred. During BSA's years they always had to contend with Triumph lurking in the background. Real motorcycle guys who have seen the picture all managed to "get it", so I'm satisfied that I got what I was looking for.

I'm pretty sure anyone who knows the history will "get it" with or without the text because they will recognize the Triumph logo and the long standing rivalry. For those who don't know the history, it's still a nice colorful image of an old style helmet.

Sorry if it was too subtle for you. Frankly I'm more interested in guys like Ol89r "getting" it.
 
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Sorry if it was too subtle for you. Frankly I'm more interested in guys like Ol89r "getting" it.

I most certainly got it Rich. Right down to the cafe style handlebars, limey half-hats and rain drops on the Lucas headlight shell. Makes me want to run right out and buy a pint of bitters. :cool: :nod: All of your photos tell such a great story.

I about peed my pants on the Vincent shot.
 

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I about peed my pants on the Vincent shot.
It was even tougher to show any control standing next to it. It made most of the bikes around it look like toys. The Vincent was perfect, but had the wear marks that can only come from being RIDDEN. I was so happy to see it wasn't a trailer queen.
I hung around till the owner fired it up and rode it away. I had to hear that sound, and it was worth the wait.
 

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Nice work Rich, I really dig the black Ducati tank shot in the middle of the other two tanks, great use of the DOF on that one.
 

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Nice work Rich, I really dig the black Ducati tank shot in the middle of the other two tanks, great use of the DOF on that one.
Thanks Doug. Shots like that prove to me that fast glass is really worth the money. ;)

In fact I took your advice and pulled the trigger on the Sigma 24-70 f2.8 lens. I wanted it specifically for events like this, and it didn't disappoint. I wanted to go with the Nikon 28-70 f2.8 pro lens, but at three times the price of the Sigma I can't see it being much better than the shots I got with mine. :cool:
 
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Awesome shots Rich. I love old bikes like these, but unfortunately I don't know anything about them. We have a huge antique boat, car and bike show in my home town, but I usually miss it every year because I am at a race somewhere. I think this year I will make a point to make it to get some cool shots like these.
 
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WOW, I just read that these were with the Sigma 24-70. I just made a recommendation on that lens in the non-moto side of this board. Great lens for the money. Hell, great lens for any money.

Do you have the macro version?