Behind the Lens – MG Midget

On the shoot for Practical Classic magazine, as well as the owner and myself we had Neil with us (senior writer for PC who came to interview the owner and also to keep an eye on me 😉

I asked him to grab a few shots of me in action so I can include some more ‘Behind the Lens’ articles.

BTL Midget 1

You don’t see many images of me…but at least this one has my best side!!! The resulting image of that set up is below… Straight forward shot.

MG Midget

Another shot of the set up… I mainly use a couple of Speedlights with Phottix triggers which I can work with at a good pace.

BTL Midget 2

Simple set up with a few speedlights just to bring a bit of definition to the engine bay…

MG Midget

The roll bar helped with attaching the rig and also to capture a driving shot. I would normally sit in the car to shoot a driving shot (see the camaro shoot blog) but as the Midget is…well small… it would be too crammed to get a shot without my feet or knees in it. Thank you roll bar!

BTL Midget 4

As I ran beside the car (thankfully not traveling that fast!) on a wireless remote I fired off a few frames…

JJP_9407

Till next time for some more behind the lens blogs…

Its been fun

Jona

 

‘Behind the Camera’ – Volvo

Another behind the camera post…this time with some images taken by a good friend (lets call him Richard) whose been mentioned in my blog before….(the focus driver)

I wanted to match the location to the car as normal…to try and place the car in a ‘comfortable’ location which is fitting for the car or story. Richard has his own business (creating Apps – Appware) on an office park with some good ‘modern’ looking buildings that fit the bill.

It was a tad touch and go for the weather on this one but the clouds broke and the sun came out…happy days.

Behind the camera - Volvo

Had time to do a couple of set ups…. The first was a low angle shot whilst the car was turning…

Behind the camera - Volvo

You can see with the final result (below) the wheels had to have a touch post production to tidy them up….

Behind the Camera - Volvo

The full length 6m carbon boom shown here…

Behind the camera - Volvo

The final set up was a straight line shot with a higher angle getting in most of the building in the background.

Volvo

Volvo

Quite pleased with the final image and thankful the sun came out. Always a pleasure shooting things with friends and thanks to Richard for this one…

You can see more rig motion shots here.

Jona

‘Behind the Camera’ – Dodge Charger

This one was a fun one… I tried to find a location that placed the General Lee in a fitting place similar to that of Hazard County. Google maps played a huge part again for me in looking for a suitable private road where we could shoot a rig shot. This was a private forest owned by a forestry company who were willing for us to use the drive to recreate Hazzard County.

General Lee Rig set up

With a lot of cars you can use both the front windscreen and rear window to attached the rig…but as this car is about 18 foot long the resulting image would make the car too distorted for my liking.

We opted to use the bonnet to come off from. The road surface was gravel and uneven, so choosing a few meters of half decent level ground was in order. Using this kit and technique the vehicle can either shot in either a forward or reverse direction and still give the effect of ‘forward motion’. The gradient of the road meant there was no way of pushing the Dodge in a forward motion, so some gentle brake action

Dodge Charger - The General Lee

Dodge Charger – The General Lee

As ever always learning different ways of using the kit and getting the best from it.

Still every time I get to go out in the General Lee it always puts a smile on my face…

Have a good week…

Jona

‘Behind the Camera’ – Porsche Boxster

If your like me with an inquisitive mind then my ‘Behind the Camera’ posts may be of interest…

Especially with my ‘JJP in motion’ shots I try and capture a few images with my phone showing the set up of the rig and camera. Just for the record I use a Carbon Fibre boom from (Car Camera Rig) as shown in these images.

Not just for the rig shots but anything that’s of interest while I’m on location I’ll post a few images…

The resulting image from the set up shown in the title image is below…. a cheeky Boxster at sunset…

Boxster rig

I’ll post a few more of these ‘Behind the Camera’ shots when I’m out and about or when embargoed images from editorial shoots have been published.

Have a good weekend 🙂