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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Gary Reynolds, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
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    upload_2020-4-8_3-54-16.png 1959 RIVERSIDE RACEWAY
    Don Garlits vs Archie Ary overlay with Tony Waters in the pits.

    Double exposure shots sure create something different than the normal low angle or extreme close up photos. These double exposure shots can be made using the old 35mm film cameras, but who had one of those in 1959? Those range finders were extremely expensive and out of reach. We have our collection of double exposure photos after the 35mm cameras came out. They were planned, hopeful and within a week after getting the color slides developed, surprised that they came out as well as they did.

    These days, when double exposure shots pop up in our editing of movie films using digital wares, it creates a moment from history that was created by accident. The photo is from Bakersfield Smokers’ Tony Waters’ purple modified roadster in the pits being tuned. The purple roadster and Smokers’ purple jackets give a good background. Then the race between Don Garlits and So Cal local, Archie Ary gets staged. Together, it creates a pure double exposure, by pure accident. (in those days, the raceway staff allowed anyone to get as close to the dragstrip proper for photos or just viewing.)


    For those that scrutinize the photo, the lonely white pair of pants does not belong to the dragstrip starting line official. It belongs to one of Tony Waters’ modified roadster crew. Great photography? Just a digital, unforeseen, happenstance.

    This double exposure photo was planned during the photo shoot. I realized that I had a couple of shots left from the 35mm Ektachrome film canister. So, before loading another new canister, I rewound the film advance in an estimated one shot sequence. The photo shoot was taken on the long, curved driveway of the Big Newport Beach, Fashion Island Theater location.

    As nice as the unusual photo is/was, the editors decided that there was not enough color for a color page spread. Gee, what do they know? At the time, custom photography was not used, but straight shots of the hot rods for full coverage in the magazines was the norm.

  2. Nicholas Coe
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    Nicholas Coe
    from Tontitown

  3. indaworx40
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    from New York

  4. European Custom
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    European Custom

  5. j hansen
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    j hansen

    1934 Ford Roadster............Do a Google search for Dreamster Sweden!
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  6. European Custom
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    European Custom

    Thanks, really a great work!
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  8. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
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    Back in the 60's double exposure shots were not so common. The technique was a guessing game as the 35 mm film had to be rewound (using the film winder lever) as to how far back to get the double exposure, then reshoot. By that time, unless it was a photo set up display, the action was gone in an instant.
    The above photos were action shots taken with a 16mm color movie camera. When these were originally developed, these double exposure shots were not on the film. But, digital renderings made it possible to go frame by frame, resulting in some double exposures.

    Just by accident, I discovered that with the modern programs, you can rewind or fast forward in increments to catch whatever is on that old filmstrip. Digital copies make it possible. But, DVD copies and VHS copies cannot do the same as a direct digital copy from the original films.


    Watching these old films sometimes brings up the most unusual photographs. Technically, I did take the shots, but did not know it until 58 years later.

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  9. Thanks { JNAKI } for all your post, and Drag racing history. Here's a fun old 35mm photo of the wife and I. Ron....... 079.jpg
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