Street Machine is back…

When one mag unfortunately closes its pages for the last time another opportunity opens new pages…

I was asked to shoot the cover for a re-launch. Some 30+ years ago Street Machine was launched and had a distinct Ford Consul on its cover and that vehicle is called ‘High Rise Henry’. The magazine publishers wanted to replicate the original cover from the 70’s. Without seeing that cover I was in on the project…

Straight into this blog here are the two 1st issues side by side. Without a brief as such it was, “were shooting the same cover car from issue 1”.

When I saw the cover I knew we wouldn’t be doing a studio shot but I still wanted to have my own sympathetic ‘homage’ to the original.

Not coming up with any locations, the likes I shot many American car against we settled for this private access road which was very steep up to this junction on a quiet country road. Liking the idea of the plain sky which I felt reflected the original in not having anything to distract the readers viewing. The shot above left was a quick first image to see what I could achieve when I was trying to get rid of the stone wall in the background.

Knowing I needed to get this thing lit as the range of highlights and shadows was to extreme for even photoshop form a single frame, we started to get the lights out.

This image taken when we moved the car around but is the same lighting setup as when shooting the front. As you can see we used x3 studio heads with just simple spill reflectors on the front as the sun was very intense and I wanted to at least match the sun for exposure if not go over.

The front two lights were about 8 inch from the ground so a couple of individual barn door type shaders, reflectors (whatever you want to call them) were used to stop the lights lighting up the tarmac too much. As the rear light was higher you can get away with it a little…

One light, a speedlight was placed in the air intake as far back as poss out of view in order to highlight the red interior of the intake. The final speedlight was placed inside the car to help give a little detail to the roll cage etc.








The image above was just taken after the setup shot and lying flat on the floor just managed to get low enough to not get the dry stone wall to the right

A few interiors shot with just one of the strobe’s again trying to balance the harsh sunlight and getting the light to fill the shadows in.

As the cover was jus blue sky I wanted to run with that so it limited my angles which I could use but shooting some details helped out with a higher view point.

Did come around the car a bit and had to get some of the background in some of the shots.

Just shooting around the car and I think they may have used the above shot as the final cover shot?….

Shot this one after we turned the car around… already shot the dash from the drivers side but the light this way was different so grab few more images while you can.

The owner has a few cars and the editor wanted to get the 55 Chevy in as a support vehicle. Keeping things simple with the shot above the only thing different was that I used a speedlight behind the offside rear tyre to light the front grill of the Chevy as much as to lift it out of the shadows.

Getting a few driving shots in with some simple panning.

Lastly a few burnouts and 11’s to round things off. Not knowing if things would be smokey or not you can only try… Soon as that backend drifted out I was wondering being so close and in front of it was the best option!

It did make some nice 11s.

A couple more of the in-take as I liked the simple bold colours… plus these were found on the editors floor.

We shall see what cars this mag will bring along…

Until next time


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