Shot this for Land Rover Owner International last October I think back in the North East… I’m still lost for words when writing this to express what I felt when I first saw this 101. Didn’t know much about the 101 until this shoot, but remember seeing them in their native MOD format when growing up. This started out and was deployed in various conflicts for the Army as an ambulance.
I think just the size of it, quality of engineering, attention to detail etc etc… so much to look at, so much thought went into it… you could just walk around it for ages picking out details.
Anyway back to the shoot… a field nearby was available for us to get all the shots we needed. The weather was varied from bright sunshine one minute to dark rain clouds the next then back again to harsh sunlight. This all coupled with winds that took three of us to anchor down the awning.
Due to the wind not playing ball we didn’t have long to shoot these images of the awning and the stove in place. I had a couple of Bowens heads to try and lift out the heavy shadow under the tarp. Knowing full well I’d have to help it along the way post production. On this wide shot above I’ve got the lights as close into the frame as possible and then tried not to have the light over power the sunlight to much… bit of juggling and a bit of post then we got there.
Always nice to get some blue sky but I had about 10 mins before we were over shadowed by some dark clouds.
The owner was an engineer by profession and 101’s being just a passion… (this particular one was his third I think) The images above show a ‘home-made’ rig that was remote controlled which lowered the spare wheel in such a way that once down and unbolted the wheel could be rolled to wherever needed.
The inside was comfortable and well kitted out… and fairly well sound proof.
I think the cabin was fairly standard but with power steering added for ease and comfort 🙂
Plenty of details and decals around to make this a total one off.
The field was big enough for some tracking and also panning shots. The tracking shots were fun because this think not only look fantastic the V8 3.5 Rover engine just sounded …. well I’ve added a short video clip for your enjoyment of the sound. (straight from the camera unedited)
This was an unusual vehicle to shoot and one that I won’t forget in a very long while. The tracking opening shot would be one of my favorites from 2015.
Loved this one so much I even took a selfie while still in the boot of LRO’s Discovery which I found to be a great tracking vehicle…. especially in the rough.
This might be the first image I put as my background on me mac… now that’s saying something.
As ever you can see the final layout and article here.