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07-06-2014, 05:01 PM
In June I attended the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance and met with a long-desired opportunity; to photograph an original Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle. I had done the '55 Vincent Comet 2 years ago, but the Black Shadow is THE iconic motorcycle of it's era. Anyone who's seen the photo of the legendary Rollie Free stretched out over the tank only in his swim trunks, bare legs extended behind in the windstream, setting a stock motorcycle speed record that stood from 1948 until 1986 (yes...38 years as the fastest production bike in the world!) recognizes the name, and I finally shot it!
I took 31 photos of this bike, an unrestored, 2-owner 1952 model with over 100,000 miles on it. It is still ridden frequently, and all that character just oozes from the photos. I can only hope I've been able to capture a bit of that...
No WIP for this one, but I am starting immediately on a second angle of the same bike, so maybe...

07-06-2014, 09:13 PM
Your sharp edges are always so crisp. As always, I love it!

07-07-2014, 02:48 PM
What a wonderful opportunity for you to get all those photos of a favored iconic bike. Your rendering is beautiful. Great composition and detail with those finely sharpened edges as well as the lost edges.

07-07-2014, 04:35 PM
Awesome piece and Opportunity. Now you have to do a Vincent Black Lightning 1952 to immortalise the Richard Thompson song :D

07-08-2014, 07:10 AM
I'd never heard of the song or the artist until I read your post last night, Patrick. Now I'll have this tune in my head ALL DAY at work!:thumbsup:

07-08-2014, 02:39 PM
You can make something I would overlook (in the past) so fascinating!

07-09-2014, 12:38 AM
Love the backstory. Love the art. Hot stuff!!!

07-09-2014, 05:35 AM
You certainly have Matthew. Brilliant, as always

Harry Seymour
07-10-2014, 07:44 AM
Great scratching.