v8 TR7

A little Life Cycle shoot for Classic Cars Magazine and this time its about a TR7 with some history… Nice sounding rover v8, as it rolls off the trailer. A couple of tracking images front and rear in the bag early doors. Short track with some trees to give it a forrest rally feel / look?! Like the image above but would have been better with the lights off! Only seven pages and about half are taken up with images and other documents from its past life. having the owner showing the reader around the car is the style for …

70s Grand Tourers – Classic Cars Magazine

Another cover shoot at Longcross, Surrey,  another long day of shooting 5+ cars… the day was baking and the sun was high and relentless… still it beats working for a living đŸ™‚ Started the day off with getting the statics and details done for each of the cars, as some the cars naturally come staggered a little. It just means you can get started straight away to use as much time as possible. I try and get the car to drive around me while I look at how the shadows appear in the cabin from the sun and choose as …

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 …

4 Group A classics & Yorkshires B roads

It wasn’t long ago I shot another red Integrale on North Yorkshires B roads with a Cosworth and GT-Four… for Modern Classics mag (You can see that blog here). This time for Classic Cars Mag the line up is a Quattro, Sapphire RS Cosworth and an Impreza Turbo. The day was forecast for a little light drizzle and cloud and uphill the day and the morning of the shoot the weather kept changing and different forecasts saying different things. We just hoped for it to be dry at least. We met near Dalby Forest and draw some plans. The cars …

Clever Money Cars – Modern Classics

A fairly local job for me in this months issue of Modern Classics. The shoot location based in Harrogate and near Bolton Abbey on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The day was damp but we got our head down and cracked on with some details and in the bag while the interview started. A few detail shots that never made the final edit… Like all the images I post on my blog I use the full frame so you can see whats been supplied to the mags and how they’ve used them. These first details were shot at a …

Interview – John Cleland

One magazine that I’ve always enjoyed looking through is Octane. You could say that Evo is a pictorially heavy with images which is great but Octane is also heavy on the images but the content is another aspect that I really admire. Articles that aren’t just about cars and cars alone. They cover off the wall editorial stories that have a wider subject matter but still loosely linked with the ‘gentleman’s interest’ at heart. This is the third shoot I’ve shot for Octane and I hope for more to come. Just as far for me to travel to London is …

All in the detail…

When you work for yourself you work when the work comes in… sounds daft but is true, with me shooting a lot of automotive work I tend to find in the depths of winter my work quietens off due to the weather. So when a job comes in for late December it makes a good change. Shot this defender on New Years Eve only about 10 miles from home… To say it was chilly would be an understatement, up on the tops of the moors the wind is relentless and unobstructed. We had some sun which was fortunate and only …

Clever Money Cars – 944

Shot some time back on a blue sky, sunny warm day for Modern Classics. On the rare occasion that theresd only you and the journalist… no third driver to make the tracking shots easier. Anyway it was ‘clamp’ time to rig my car and shoot while driving. A decent road was nearby the garage which made it a decent day as well. As I wrote before in the skyline blog and many others, you align the camera as best as you can before a run and then you need to keep checking after a short run that theres a decent …

Ultimate Skylines

Another shoot for Modern Classics Mag. Since shooting the first cover for this mag almost 17 months ago its been a pleasure to see the mag grow in interest from a bi-monthly publication to now this year every month. Also I’ve mentioned before its my era, growing up with a passion for cars and this was the period I indulged myself watching Top Gear, reading Auto Express and other titles. This was my first visit to Rockingham and as I arrived first I made my way to the paddocks whilst being bathed in the morning sun. It was looking to …

XK120

Another Classic Cars mag shoot, and this time its ‘The List’. Where they put a reader in one of their dream cars. Up in North Yorkshire it was a cold start with low fog and mist… Off we set from the cars garage location and found a decent lay-by area where we could get some static shots while we waited for the fog and mist to lift. The above image was the final chosen image but like ever you try and get a different angle, view point to mix things up again. You can only do so much with two …