Eat my dust ‘Wile E. Coyote’ !

Keep saying this but this one tops the chart for the closet to my home…. some 1.8 miles! Shot for American Car Magazine this Plymouth Road-Runner was no slouch when it came to sound, looks and appearance. One of the cleanest American muscle cars I’ve shot. The location was Black Dyke Mills in Queensbury, W. Yorks. The sun was bright as ever and so the use of lights to lift the shadows was definitely needed. The red didn’t need any work in the sense it was already popping too much. Just controlling the reflections mainly on the sides to eliminate …

Plymouth Makes Cover – ACM

It was a ‘fresh’ September morning last year and a full English breakfast ‘sarnie’… (or ‘flat cake’, ‘buttie’ etc etc) was a much welcome start to this cold day in Sheffield, that was brought by the owner of this Plymouth…so thanks Carl. I can still feel the cold now! Finding locations is a constant search for me, especially with American Cars. Really don’t want to shoot in a car park or a layby etc etc … Suggested by Carl this old unit turned out much better than on even first arrival. Looking back I could have saved some of the …

Camaro – ACM July Cover Shoot

Shot back in Sept 2014, I’m pleased it has made it to a cover. Looking for a suitable location in the middle of North Yorkshire was as ever the first stage for an ACM shoot. This particular location was an old Army camp with those buildings that can be described as oil barrels cut in half length ways and on its side. The air-field has long since gone and these buildings are the last remaining visual evidence of army activity within the area. Currently the buildings are used as pigsties…interesting to say the least. The owner was very accommodating but …

American Car Mag – Aprils Cover shoot

Well 2nd cover of the year for American Car…  This was the closest car shot for ACM to date…(although there maybe one closer coming up ; ) Location as ever for ACM I look for the factory’s, mills, derelict buildings etc etc. This one took a little time to find but worked out in the end. As we arrived to shoot the car the land owners had placed a large railway sleeper over the entrance to the track … not good. We started to shoot the car on another background which would have been okay but was really only good …

No horsing around with this Grand National…

A shoot earlier this summer found me photographing a car which can be described as the car Darth Vadar would drive if not in his Tie Fighter… This car had a recent revival thanks to the movie ‘Fast & Furious 4’… you can see a clip from the scene here… Its one of those cars that … well it sounds funny but you either know it or you don’t. While we were there it caused a little bet with some of the workers at an adjacent factory to guess what it was… One of them came to find out and …

Re-united with the ‘General’

I’ve been busy lately with not only automotive work but with my other commercial / editorial clients and it was coming back from a shoot near London that I was driving up the dreaded M1 when I spotted a car being towed. In the distance I said that’s a Charger… upon seeing the orange paintwork and then the reg plate it was my old friend the General Lee which was a nice surprise. Knowing it was away all winter for a little TLC i called the owner and had a quick chat… we’ve a few more things planned for the …

Torino makes cover…

As I write this blog I’m in the middle of shooting 6 cars for American Car Mag … As with pretty much all these American cars the 68 Torino GT was great to look at and had a great shape. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but for me the location can make or break the shoot / final images. I’m always looking for ‘urban’, ‘industrial’, ‘gritty’ backdrops for these cars. This location was based about 30 miles from the car but thanks to the owner he was really willing to travel and make the best possible use of this …

Camaro makes Cover

This was one of the most insane cars I’ve been in… up to 1000bhp…. and we went out in what Top Gear would describe as ‘VVW’ …Very Very Wet!!! The original location for this shoot (you can read about it here) was rained off on the day so Plan B came into play… We had to get something in the bag for this car as it was the 4th location that through one thing and another that we tried. Not the most inspiring of 60’s car parks but was the best of a bad situation. Getting the standard shots for …

The location was a wash out…..”do we have a Plan B”?

Well the shoot was booked for Sunday just gone after three other locations at the end of 2013 all pulled the plug a few days before the shoot date. Forecast for rain but still went ahead as this shoot was penciled in for a previous issue, we had to get something in the bag. The location was in the heart of Manchester…an old disused railway. Any weather would have done…apart from rain. There was a clear spell forecast but in the end it never came. Plan B… I had 20mins to spare before the car turned up on a low …

Next shoot for American Car mag this weekend…

Always like to have a rece for a shoot before hand to get a feel of the place.  Try and get a few angles sorted and plan as much as possible what order of shots are needed. Went a few weeks ago to have a look at this place. … For the record the car in the spotlight is a 1971 Camaro… Finding a location that fits the car for me is just as important as the angle of shot etc…. Urban, rough, gritty feel is what I’m hoping for.  The last shoot for thismag made Febs cover (which I’ll …