Don’t Mess with Texas
This continues our Series from the Lone Star State, Texas where we recently spent a wonderful weekend of fun and exploration. Sunday was dedicated to Family. In the afternoon we hooked up with Kathleen’s Brother and his lovely Wife, ate some steak (OK, you have to in Texas) and tried to keep up with them as they sped away on their Harley. We wanted to capture some shots of Bro, so we set him up at his home and used natural light – it was close to Golden Hour so it was perfect. he wanted us to capture his Tattoo, w wanted to catch a bit of Texas Attitude…I think we got both! Shot with a Nikon D7000, handheld, 70-200mm f2.8mm – a great lens for shooting Wide Open!
Of course, everyone can instantly spot/hear a Harley due to its unique sound (I like to call it “potato, potato potato”), but did you know that On February 1, 1994, the company filed a sound trademark application for the distinctive sound of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine: “The mark consists of the exhaust sound of applicant’s motorcycles, produced by V-twin, common crankpin motorcycle engines when the goods are in use”.
Nine of Harley-Davidson’s competitors filed comments opposing the application, arguing that cruiser-style motorcycles of various brands use a single-crankpin V-twin engine which produce a similar sound. These objections were followed by litigation. In June 2000, the company dropped efforts to federally register its trademark! Crazy, eh?