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!

Rig test video


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.





‘Life Cycle’ – Classic Cars Editorial

Each car I’ve shot for Classic Cars Magazine has been for a different editorial piece. For example the last post was for ‘The Collector’ piece and this Laser Capri is for the ‘Life Cycle’ article.

JJP_0055Not quite back home in the North East for this one but getting there… at the North end of North Yorkshire. As ever my mind is on the opening image and the DPS. This was another one of those moments of interest when you see how the magazine has used the images you shot. Not a DPS as such but 3/4 of one.

JJP_0117Depending on the size of article and how much space the magazine has allocated will dictate on the size and number of images used. For a number of reasons I like how this image above turned out which for me would be a good shout for a DPS.

So the reasons I like this image… well firstly it was the first auto shoot with my latest camera. I had a couple of D700’s and a few months back replaced on of them with a D810. Still getting to grips with different features that the D700 doesn’t have and also the file sizes…not to be taken lightly!

The other main reason for liking this picture other than seeing the added resolution and step up from the D700 (which is still a fantastic body and one which I still use regularly) was how the post process went. The day was a dreary and with the worst sky you could have to try and photograph…flat white. So you’ve got to capture both the darks and lights in order that they aren’t too dark or to light so you can pull the details out post process. Nothing added to the sky other than effectively reducing the exposure and visa-verser for the car and shadows.

It did help that the car was red and so did add something to the flat colours and levels. As ever the use of a polarizer never goes amiss.

JJP_0146Finding a smooth road as possible, quite enough to move the tracking car in and out is another task to add to the mix….

Incidentally as I type I’m researching some kit in order to help capturing these type of tracking shots more successfully. (More details may follow)

JJP_5990The article focuses on the life of a vehicle and the owners that have owned it. This Capri started off in Essex and now runs around North Yorkshire with the new owner who alternates it with another Capri and runs them all year round.

We shot a lot of documents relating to the car and one of them was this Ford brochure from 1985 which I’m sure I had a copy from my first car show at the NEC with my dad and brother.

The double page of a Laser in the brochure (below) I had to show as it could have been taken from a photography book from the 80s with its Cokin style sun set and tobacco filter…

Those brochures were like an encyclopedia back then….



The interior was in decent shape, with its chunky gear stick and ‘retro’ analogue clock…


Not many other shots required for the ‘Life Cycle’ article but a few of the current owner and writer Nigel Boothman talking about certain aspects and details of the car.


Until next shoot / article appears be safe…


You can see the final layout and article in my portfolio ‘In Print’ section.