NSX – A Modern Classic

A fresh morning in North Yorkshire for this Modern Classic Magazine shoot… The first action was to find a location for some tracking / motion images. I’d seen a potential road after looking on google maps near to Dalby Forrest. We headed off there and the road was ideal. Quiet, very smooth and with a few bends and straights.


The sky was the awful flat white one that has no definition or ‘character’ about it. Most trees were bare with a lack lustre colour so coupled with the flat lighting the saving factor was the colour of the car.

A couple of passes up and down the road got us some various shots…

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I keep saying this buts its true, I’m just as curious as to what the art editor picks for the DPS image and you try and pick up on things to help you next time to produce more choice for the opening image.

With using a Nikon D810 I’m a little more confident to allow a decent amount of crop space due to the massive file sizes you can get without loosing too much detail in the image.

After getting enough front shots we then rigged up the trusty meriva for some rear action shots.

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Both of these rear shots were taken with the rig in the position shown with just the camera re-positioned to get a slightly different view.


Couple of runs up and down then all was well…

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The three images above show the set up for a drivers shot. Wanted to get the face of the driver in the wing mirror and also the road with I was hoping a bit of lens flare. The image on the far left was taken on me phone through the view finder…


The resulting image above. Only needed a short stretch of road facing into the sun, with a wireless trigger we followed behind. You’ve no idea really what the background will be but can only guess from seeing it from behind.

A rough video to give you an idea of the speed we traveled for the shot above. The Meriva had to work hard to get up to speed and so the wireless trigger and receiver could ‘talk’!


Needed to get another angle for another driver shot, so this time rigged the camera to shoot through the passenger window. The video below just shows the positioning of the rig. I could have sat in the passenger seat but would have had to be a contortionist in order to get the camera in the best position and not to get myself in the shot.

Same technique as before with us following behind triggering the shutter via the wireless transmitter. If I recall I’ve put a speedlight in the cabin to add a little fill lighting as well.


Once the fun and rig games were done we needed to get some statics… The low sun came out and so just ran with it which helped.


Speedlights are great for filling the interior with some light…


A similar shot as the 2nd drivers shot with a speedlight just to the right of my head wedged behind the headrest.


Leaving the speedlight in the headrest I quickly grabbed this owner shot. You can just see my jacket on the far right of the image… but just liked the angle which is a guess as your shooting blind and just angling the camera by eye. Love the centre console in the NSX with the shallow drop helps frame the image.


Few drive bys for a pan shot…


Picking off the few detail shots needed for fillers in the article…


The lighting at the end getting a little flat again but grabbed a few rear statics before close of play…

I tried to get more behind the camera footage for this one…. need to do more of this as I remember.





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