A Legend Lives On

As ever a great to have a subject thats near to home …. this one is closer than the first cover shoot we did for Street Machine. This time was the 1967 Silhouette Camaro with the same paint work from the 60s, found by the current owner down in Wimbledon and brought to Yorkshire where it resides.

With these shoots its predominately a rig shot that could be the only motion shot you get. Thankfully the owner found a great outbuilding near a local farm whose owners were typical Yorkshire folk and said carry on 🙂 …… happy days. The drizzle kept coming and going but we were covered which meant we could carry on with the planned shoot.

The image above was an opener and was used as the opening DPS as apposed to a rig shot / motion shot.

Below you can see were I had 4 lights positioned to light the scene.

Lights 1-3 are battery studio lights (Phoenix – Indras) and 4 is a Nikon Speedlight. All using Phottix odin as a controller and receiver. The light on the front of the Dodge van is sunlight which was the benchmark for the rest of the lights to balance to. No2 light is hidden behind the upright post.

Keeping an eye on the spill light on the floor I think I may have used a few barn doors to eliminate the light on the floor so it wasn’t right to the edge of the frame.

Keeping the lights (No 1 & 3) in the same place we shot a few still (above) off the Camaro on its own. Simple engine shot using the same lights.

The image below I found on the internet of the same car from the 70s when it had a blower on the engine. The current owner has the same bonnet for when such an engine is fitted.

The paint is the original and yes you can see some age to it but its in fantastic condition and still gives back some shimmer when lit.

Still with some original show stickers all add to the provenance of the car and a testament to the current owners desire to keep it original.

A great location and good to get the surrounding features in on the act. The above two using a couple of lights each to light accordingly 🙂

Keeping the car in the same position as a couple of shots above, just moving around to get another angle… just one light being used to light the nearside of the car against the bright sunlight which kept coming in and out.

Some detail shots that never made the final cut but all shot whilst in that same position. The reason being its easy to keep moving and shoot as much in one position and move the car as minimal as possible, some shoots you can’t help but move things but when you can keep things simple.

Only a couple of rig shots we took. One vertical and one pano. We had one area where we could have the car turn in an arc and so repeated the process and few times so we had donor sections from one frame to help clone out the rig.

Below is a video of us just test the arc so we didn’t end up jousting the upright post with the camera!

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This final front cover image was made up of about 3 rig shots. The side and a bit of the background was from one shot and the rest from another.

The editor definitely wanted the Dodge van in the shoot as this is what gets the Camaro around on long trips. Always try and find places to get your lights in and simply use a wall, door or shoot from behind something to hide said lights. A couple used here to light the exterior and another speed light in the cabin to lift the interior.

A couple of speed lights to help light the vans interior…

The final article above…

A good shoot and pleased with another cover.

Jona

 

 

 

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 just asked us to stay near the top end of the buildings due to, I think new piglets were in certain buildings and didn’t really like too much noise.

Well lets try and keep a V8 640bhp quiet then! We only really had a small area that we could work with as terms of backgrounds and noise level distance! : )

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(This corner and the path/road directly behind the Camaro, image above, was the area that we had to play with)

This Camaro was to say the least understated. Black as can be with very little bright work / chrome. The sky was clear and so the sun was harsh so had to dump a lot of flash onto the car to pull the shadows up a little.

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I tend to use a polarizer a lot for my auto work especially with darker paintwork. Simply being as the bodywork can be like a mirror and so just to knock off unwanted reflections. (do use it for other reasons which I will blog about when they come into play)

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A lot of these American cars I’ve shot are used every day but some are literally for racing….(Orange Mustang – Feb Cover ACM, Bootleg Camaro) … this was no exception. ‘Comfy’, once you navigated the roll cage and got the right limbs through the 5-point harness. All while contorting yourself to get a driving image…(below).

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Still puts a smile on my face even if we only go less than a mile in order to get a few shots inside. This car certainly felt like it would ‘take ya face off’…. and I’m told it does low 10s. I’ve got to put my hands up and admit I’m not clued up with this racing series and seen. Threatened Dave the editor of ACM a few times that I will make a race meet… (I just need to get sorted)

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Hearing from Dave and what he knows about this Camaro it can deliver and has the potential to break the 10 and get into the 9s.

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The rig worked well as ever… a little post work was needed to pull the dark shadows caused by the sun.

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We had a small ‘window’ where the whole car was in the shadow and so we did 1 or 2 more runs than I would normally have done. Did do a vertical image as well but the landscape had more interest in the background so I can see why that was chosen for the cover over the vertical.

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Its always interesting to see how magazines tweak your images be it a lot or just a little. Increasing the vivid / saturation to make the red tower behind the car to stand out a bit. If it wasn’t for that colour in the background then the image would have a different feeling. that dash of colour helps the image. With it being a black car and the buildings (apart from the red tower) flat in colour this certainly helps.

You can see the final layout in my portfolio here.

Until next time.

Be safe

Jona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Not the most inspiring of 60’s car parks but was the best of a bad situation. Getting the standard shots for this magazine was why we needed cover from the rain. Once we did a few rig shots and detailed shots we headed out to try and get another shot from inside.

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Once I clamped a flash gun on the roll cage to give me a controlled light source inside the car I was strapped in by the 5point harness which the buckle was the size of a side plate!! Realizing I needed to change a setting on the flashgun I had no slack on the harness so I almost put my shoulder out twisting round to get to the flashgun. Once sorted we fired off a few frames to show the cockpit with its array of technicolor switches.

This was not the type of car you would go for a pint of milk… obviously road legal and insane when its dry but in the wet … ?! Once we did a few miles to get the shot we headed back to do a few burnouts to round the shoot off.

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Once the camaro started to smoke it didn’t take long to engulf itself in smoke… Needless to say another burnout was needed 😉 … this also drew a small crowd of passers by as it really is a normal site to see in a town centre!!!

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Pleased it was used in the mag but more happy it made the cover despite the location, rain and sodium lights!

You can see the full article here ‘JJP In Print’

Have a good week

Jona

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.

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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 loader, a 1971 Camaro. I found a multi-story car park less than a mile away which would be limited but still better than nothing…

The Camaro turned up and the location just was a no go from the start due to the rain. The owner mentioned a large bus/coach station around the corner, in door and dry. “Sorry health and safety, can’t let you in” was the answer I got.

So we all set off to the multi story car park to find that the access would have been tight even for a Ford Focus, never mind a drag Camaro!

Onwards and upwards to another multi story car park near to where the Camaro is based. In my head I was thinking, whatever its like were shooting…

The location was okay at best but the main issue was the old sodium lamps which coupled with the ever increasing daylight would cause me no end of issue with colour balance.

Anyway I’m sure I’ll be posting a few images once the mag has decided upon them.

So not the best shoot but you have to learn from every shoot which I did here and look for positives.

Also you always have to have a plan ‘B’.

Hope you have a good week 🙂

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. …

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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 post here shortly) but the location again played a major role in the feel of that shoot.

Another image for you from the rece for this weekend’s shoot…

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I’ll try and post a few images this weekend…

Till then have a good n.