Reunited with the Vauxhall Firenza

Another one of 6 articles in four car magazines in November… This one was shot for Classic & Sports Car a few months back in the middle of the summer sun. As I write this I’ve just discovered that Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams passed away in early September, so these images are a little more poignant and have little more weight to them. The story and reason for the shoot was to re-unite Barrie with his 1974 race winning Vauxhall Firenza reg UHO 288M. “The last time I saw it was on the day of the race itself in 1974”  B …

6 Wheels to Recovery…

Still in the middle of the summer sun we had this great 6 wheeler to shoot. The location of this shoot was on the land of the owners friend…. and a great location it was. Big enough and varied where we could get all shots done without leaving the private land…. happy days 🙂 Beside a giant shed / warehouse with a car lift the owner liked all things automotive and had another shed with some nice details….. below. The final DPS below of the image above. Just lifted a little of the levels but the removal of the pylon …

A Disco 2 modified for purpose…

Well a return visit to a private disused quarry used now for fun with 4x4s. First shot here for Bentley Motors back a few years back. This shoot was not to my mind a potential cover shoot so to see it on the shelf (below) was a canny surprise 🙂 The story was to show what was changed on the Disco and also seeing it in action on some rough ground. Started to get the car into position for the opening shot of the article whilst it was nice and clean.   As well as the natural light images above …

A 101 home from home…

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 …

Super Saloons Cover Shoot

Its taken me too long to write a few lines about this cover shoot down in Longcross….. Back in July it was in the middle of the fantastic summer we had and we had 5 classic saloons to shoot for a cover for Classic Cars. The brief was fairly specific for the cover… it was going to run with the Merc as a single cover but with a small group of the other cars as an inset on the cover. The image below is the small group of 4 for the cut out…. Tried a few different angles and focal …

EMPI Beetle

Been a while since shooting for Octane and this was an interesting Beetle. An original EMPI Beetle restored sympathetically retaining character, a few dints, faded decals…. and for me looked fantastic and gave me more than enough details to focus on and capture. The day was bright and decided to shoot this natural light. The light paint colour and the brightwork were all nicely light on this overcast but very bright day. I tried to keep the post processing a little muted…. no real reason, just liked to keep it subtle. The owner had a vintage jacket in the Beetle …

Mantra Power

A cold wet damp morning near Merseyside… Funnily enough both myself and Ross (Journalist) shot this Manta a few months previous in a three car shoot for another magazine…. Today it was the turn for Practical Classics to cover this home restoration project. The final opening shot below and another ‘pose’ sent to the mag… Used x4 lights to light the Manta and the owner was light be the ambient daylight. One light behind the car in the far corner bouncing off the ceiling, another rear nearside to light the back corner of the side you can see. then one …

Northumberland Greenlane

Its been along summer without any posts!!! I’ve a fair few mag articles that have been published so will try and get some of them up soon and work through them. These few images are from early on in spring time up in Northumberland. Starting at Berwick then on through to Corbridge (I think!) … we took two days in travelling down the many Greenlanes. They eventually made up two Greenlane entries in two consecutive Land Rover Owner International mags. The day was warm for spring, the breeze was cool off the North Sea, I miss the sea living equal …

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.. . 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 …

Spitfire Mk2

Well nearly a year has past since shooting this restoration project for Practical Classics. As far as I remember the weather was touch and go and rain either side of this day… Again local (as in less than 20miles from my home) so happy days all round for this one. The rest opener images could be the garage shot or a tracking shot. We started as ever with the garage shot due to lights being set up and the most time consuming set up of the images. Four lights used to get the images below lit. Because of the post …