A very rare sunny still day in the North Yorkshire moors. Just over the horizon on this first image is the location for a few groups tests I’ve shot for Classic Cars…. and typically its been very….. very windy. For some reason this day was as still as anything with a clear blue sky and the temperature was just right.
The story was of this 101 Forward Control converted into a camper so that its owner Andrew can carry out his Drystone Walling (thats the technical term ; ) while still being on site as much as possible. Only working within a short distance from home he bases himself in the camper and can be on a job easily for up to 4-5 days at a time.
This first image was the opening DPS. This location was on a farm where he has been working regularly for a few years repairing the walls. There was a couple of locations in this field but this location is where he’s got uptown so far. Just positioning the 101 up this steep hill to create the story in one shot. Had to use one Phottix Indra head fired straight at the front of the 101 to light it up as it was really dark in colour and in shadow.
After shooting this opener we needed to see and shoot what else this 101 can do. How Andrew has modified it in order that it can accommodate his working lifestyle.
These images are not in the order we shot so I’ll just pick up on one or two things to give you some background 🙂
The winch at the front, fairly standard but an essential kit in moving some serious stone around.
Didn’t need too many motion images but just wanted to get the environment that it is used in… unlike the day we shot it the weather up there can be a bit bleak!
Peter (Automotive Journalist and encyclopaedia of thinks Classic Landrover) took behind the wheel on a tight single track and amongst the faces or trepidation theres was this one ‘happy’ face but think it was more so nervous panic.
Its not pretty the 101 but functional, so any side pans are effectively just a box on wheels…
As well as tools and power from the 101 it carries everything Andrew needs to carry out all sorts of work he takes on.
Inside the vehicle was always going to be a massive part of the shoot. Ss just showing where he spends his evenings away whilst on location and how that feels.
The cabin is spacious and with plenty of power there are some creature comforts in there. Just one studio head bounced of the ceiling to light the cabin and rear living quarters.
The normal gearstick is a long and comes from the back of the engine and so you almost reaching behind you to change gear. Here this shot below is to show Andrews modification to install a ‘normal’ gearshift and you can see the square tube length that attaches the original stick to the new one.
Running hot and cold water for washing up, cleaning tools and even a shower…. plus a waste bucket : )
Also installed is an air-compressor…. can’t remember for what specific reason. Just had a small speed light tucked in the storage compartment to light the connector pipe and Andrews face.
A shot from the rear doors into the living space…. everything in its place and a place for everything 🙂
Andrews home made awning which is used for some shelter for eating alfresco but also is used to shelter from the rain whilst working. Drive the 101 along side the wall and then you can create a shelter so work can continue.
A decent day and vehicle that has been adapted for a specific use …. Great to see it in action and thankful for some decent weather up there. : )