RAF Series 1 Resto

I’ve just written another quick blog on the x5 928s and mentioned that I’m seeing a lot of Porsche recently…. Well Land Rover is the other make I seem to have had a lot of to capture lately.

Shot earlier this year with a few days of the Cuthbertson Shoot. Again this was shot for Land Rover International Magazine.

An ex RAF landrover restored from the ground up. As ever the first task was to find a decent road to get some tracking shots taken…

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The weather was majority of the time fairly flat so had to make something of the sky and punch the whole image a little. Kept low for this as the axle as you can see was an eye catching red so that helped a little to give the shot something else.

The final DPS was the shot (below) and you can see the final layout and crop as well.

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I must say this sounded really nice, especially when I was about 2 meters from it and the lane we were on was narrow and when going through the walled section just amplified the sweet sound even more.

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Again giving various orientations for the tracking shots (above right) as I wasn’t sure how many pages and how many images were needed.

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Plenty of detail shots as there was many things to write about without knowing at the time what would be mentioned. Not really that hard as the little details were around every nook and cranny.

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By the time it came to shoot a few of the incidentals the sun had gone in and the grey clouds and rain came rolling in so a simple speedlight came into its own on the shot above to fill the faces…

Until next time…

Jona

 

If Bowler made a Series 1….

This shoot was for LRO and it seems I’ve shot quite a number of Land Rovers recently. All of them being of some uniqueness and this one was no different. A series 1 that went a lot deeper than skin deep… Bowler Motorsport are the creators of this unique Series 1.

The same people that created the Wildcat that turned Richard Hammond into a ‘Driving god’…(video here) have created a gem.

 

Before I write just a few things about the car specifically…. the location was pretty good as well. A test track of about 1mile around a lake that was private : ) …..  open the gate, close the gate and then go and play…. This made tracking a whole lot easier and ‘cleaner’.

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This for all intent and purposes looks like a Series 1… but its what lies underneath the skin that makes this interesting… Basically you’ll have to get the current issues of LRO and have a read of it as I’m not that mechanically minded.

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But what I do know it has a Jag 3 Ltr V6 and just sounded well good. Not a savage in your face like say the wildcat but a reassuring burble.

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While I was shooting the driving shots (above) I was in the back on the benches and whenever we set off or accelerated I had to grab onto the cage before I slid to the back door… this thing had some torque.

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The interior was really sympathetic to series 1’s, clean and well finished.

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These vents above were the air con for the cabin.

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Vented disk brakes, suspension upgrade and chassis. Like I said I’m no mechanic but alot of mechanical thinking and engineering went into this to make it look like a Series 1 but that you could easily drive daily.

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The final image for the opener.

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The whole shoot was made all the more easier due to the location and the ability to grab the shots needed with relative ease.

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A good day out, great location, the sun kept coming in and out which proved a little annoying at times but that’s life! … still beats working for a living.

Jona

 

Want one! ……the ultimate 101

Shot this for Land Rover Owner International last October I think back in the North East… I’m still lost for words when writing this to express what I felt when I first saw this 101. Didn’t know much about the 101 until this shoot, but remember seeing them in their native MOD format when growing up. This started out and was deployed in various conflicts for the Army as an ambulance.

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I think just the size of it, quality of engineering, attention to detail etc etc… so much to look at, so much thought went into it… you could just walk around it for ages picking out details.

Anyway back to the shoot… a field nearby was available for us to get all the shots we needed. The weather was varied from bright sunshine one minute to dark rain clouds the next then back again to harsh sunlight. This all coupled with winds that took three of us to anchor down the awning.

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Due to the wind not playing ball we didn’t have long to shoot these images of the awning and the stove in place. I had a couple of Bowens heads to try and lift out the heavy shadow under the tarp. Knowing full well I’d have to help it along the way post production. On this wide shot above I’ve got the lights as close into the frame as possible and then tried not to have the light over power the sunlight to much… bit of juggling and a bit of post then we got there.

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Always nice to get some blue sky but I had about 10 mins before we were over shadowed by some dark clouds.

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The owner was an engineer by profession and 101’s being just a passion… (this particular one was his third I think) The images above show a ‘home-made’ rig that was remote controlled which lowered the spare wheel in such a way that once down and unbolted the wheel could be rolled to wherever needed.

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The inside was comfortable and well kitted out… and fairly well sound proof.

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I think the cabin was fairly standard but with power steering added for ease and comfort 🙂

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Plenty of details and decals around to make this a total one off.

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The field was big enough for some tracking and also panning shots. The tracking shots were fun because this think not only look fantastic the V8 3.5 Rover engine just sounded …. well I’ve added a short video clip for your enjoyment of the sound. (straight from the camera unedited)

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Disco SelfieThis was an unusual vehicle to shoot and one that I won’t forget in a very long while. The tracking opening shot would be one of my favorites from 2015.

Loved this one so much I even took a selfie while still in the boot of LRO’s Discovery which I found to be a great tracking vehicle…. especially in the rough.

This might be the first image I put as my background on me mac… now that’s saying something.

As ever you can see the final layout and article here.

LRM – May Cover

(Little late in posting this one…. but here goes)

Trip down to the Norfolk north coast was in order to shoot the 3 soft top Land Rovers to mark the start of summer…

The sky was blue, the sun was out but…. while waiting for the vehicles to arrive the clouds came in slowly which was not the best to try and show the start of summer.

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To catch what was let of the sun and blue sky we got straight on to shoot the cover. The first bay we got moved on which didn’t help the cause. We eventually got to bay 2 and got a couple of covers shot and a couple of set ups before heading off to get some other shots.

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This was the final image for the cover were you can see some sky work was done to help the ‘Summer’ feel. There are some things you can control….the weather is not one of them.

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The set up image above shows the couple of lights we used… The long wheel based Land Rover which is on the cover is a very dark black with a hint of purple so the lights just help lift the paintwork and help with the lack of sun…

Although the sun kept coming in and out cracked on and got the covers shot.

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Out of all three, the one that had me was ‘Tembo’. The most utilitarian of the three. An ex army model from Canada. The own had converted and made this Land Rover into …. well it was great. So much so I even got a mention in the copy…

“Our photographer Jonathan Jacob quickly fell in love with Tembo and when we moved from the beach to one of the nearby greenlanes he managed to sneak a ride in Tembo.”

Even if that ride was only 10 mins it was great. The temperature was dropping and got a bit brass but the cock-pit in Tembo was really warm and for me a great way to travel down that there greenlane. : )

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Has to be said this was my first shoot with 3 cars… To get the angle of the story, what if any will be the main vehicle, the lead story. The owners were all accommodating and willing for us to try a few things out.

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With the first two Land Rovers shot we had the last one… a short wheel, tuned up by ‘Tune My Defender’.

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Again lit from both sides at the front to lift the dark body work and to help the failing sun.

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Was a pleasure to work with LRM on this shoot and look forward to the next opportunity.

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As ever till next time.

Jona

You can see the final layouts in my portfolio here.