‘Life Cycle’ – Classic Cars Editorial

Each car I’ve shot for Classic Cars Magazine has been for a different editorial piece. For example the last post was for ‘The Collector’ piece and this Laser Capri is for the ‘Life Cycle’ article.

JJP_0055Not quite back home in the North East for this one but getting there… at the North end of North Yorkshire. As ever my mind is on the opening image and the DPS. This was another one of those moments of interest when you see how the magazine has used the images you shot. Not a DPS as such but 3/4 of one.

JJP_0117Depending on the size of article and how much space the magazine has allocated will dictate on the size and number of images used. For a number of reasons I like how this image above turned out which for me would be a good shout for a DPS.

So the reasons I like this image… well firstly it was the first auto shoot with my latest camera. I had a couple of D700’s and a few months back replaced on of them with a D810. Still getting to grips with different features that the D700 doesn’t have and also the file sizes…not to be taken lightly!

The other main reason for liking this picture other than seeing the added resolution and step up from the D700 (which is still a fantastic body and one which I still use regularly) was how the post process went. The day was a dreary and with the worst sky you could have to try and photograph…flat white. So you’ve got to capture both the darks and lights in order that they aren’t too dark or to light so you can pull the details out post process. Nothing added to the sky other than effectively reducing the exposure and visa-verser for the car and shadows.

It did help that the car was red and so did add something to the flat colours and levels. As ever the use of a polarizer never goes amiss.

JJP_0146Finding a smooth road as possible, quite enough to move the tracking car in and out is another task to add to the mix….

Incidentally as I type I’m researching some kit in order to help capturing these type of tracking shots more successfully. (More details may follow)

JJP_5990The article focuses on the life of a vehicle and the owners that have owned it. This Capri started off in Essex and now runs around North Yorkshire with the new owner who alternates it with another Capri and runs them all year round.

We shot a lot of documents relating to the car and one of them was this Ford brochure from 1985 which I’m sure I had a copy from my first car show at the NEC with my dad and brother.

The double page of a Laser in the brochure (below) I had to show as it could have been taken from a photography book from the 80s with its Cokin style sun set and tobacco filter…

Those brochures were like an encyclopedia back then….



The interior was in decent shape, with its chunky gear stick and ‘retro’ analogue clock…


Not many other shots required for the ‘Life Cycle’ article but a few of the current owner and writer Nigel Boothman talking about certain aspects and details of the car.


Until next shoot / article appears be safe…


You can see the final layout and article in my portfolio ‘In Print’ section.

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