Targa Time – June / Cover Shoot

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Targa Time – June / Cover Shoot

5 Targa’s, North Yorkshire Moors, the original date was moved due to the poor weather…. new dates set and the forecast was sunshine all day….. happy days! Checked the forecast the night before and still all looking good, travelling there on the day the story was different. Slightly overcast but still fairly bright but when we got to the location, on the tops of the moors the wind was a decent strength..

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The image above was a quick phone snap. In that canvas bag hung on the bottom of the tripod has effectively x4 sandbags to weigh the thing down as the wind was mental. The video below has me waffling on but when I turn you get the idea of the wind!

Getting the Cover shot done while the cars were in a decent clean state and this parking area was clear of other vehicles as well. My image I sent in to the mag on the left which is made up of I think of about 6 images. The TVR front NS was light as well as the 348ts front nose, OS wheel and 911 bumper nearest to the camera just to lift them a little. Was framed incase they ran with all of the cars on the cover but with room to crop. The horizon, reduced by squashing, reducing to give more type space and a little blue sky.

For the few group wider shots we moved the TVR, TR4 and 348. Really for either an alt opener, final article image or content page. Due to time we ran with the lighting and didn’t light anything.

While the cars were there I took about 5 different ‘cluster’ images of various groups with the one above left used in the content page with the famous Porsche targa detail.

The other orchestration image to shoot was the opener with all 5 cars in the frame.

To make it easier and get as clearer shot of the cars was to shoot on a bend so we could frame the cars as they naturally fan out behind us.

A couple of runs to get everyone the feel of where I wanted them and comfortable we got a couple of frames that I was happy with.

Original image above and the final DPS below. I tend to keep my images on a neutral feel so the mag has enough latitude in the Jpegs to push and pull accordingly.

After this then the plan was to drive a root and then for me to make sure I get each car front and rear. Simply by keep mixing the order of cars and then for me to ride in each car to shoot forwards and backwards.

Some of the cars were easier to get into position and other like the TR4 were tight (for a big lad!)… Repeated a few of the shots as some cars were good to use details / badges as a lead into the frame.

These shots above and below were on the cutting floor but I still liked them…. The TR4 could have been a lot closer for my liking but again would you have a TR4 up your rear end egging you on to get going!

To cross the t’s and dot the i’s we shot individual cars to again give a few options for the layout. The road above is a fantastic road in the North Yorkshire moors…. the Romans would have had kittens if they saw this (above) but for the driver its all the sweeter : )

Tried a couple of village shots to give a wider sense of tour…. (on the cutting floor….)

With an area to get a quick static and details of each car…. below are some that were used and some that didn’t make it…

911 engines are just there…. no real easy way to make interesting in that sense but tried to use the Carrera badge on the boot lid as a lead in… and again for the 348

The dials and buttons in the 348ts look like something from a Casio calculator or 80s Walkman… proper old school retro…

The TVR hood that is in two parts had some real sculptural shapes which you just have to use and run with : )

Finally after the panning shots and details was to get Sam behind the wheel of one of them (this was after he’d driven all of them through out the day)…. TVR was the choice which is a mental car and just wanted to chew through the roads….

19 pages is no mean article and must be the biggest out a shot for me…

All in all despite the weather and conditions it turned out better than expected.

You can always rely on the weather…. and the next few days the sun was out blazing!

Since this shoot I’ve been back to that location for another very different vehicle and the day was blue sky and wind was non existent which was a change from this day… : )