Mantra Power

A cold wet damp morning near Merseyside… Funnily enough both myself and Ross (Journalist) shot this Manta a few months previous in a three car shoot for another magazine…. Today it was the turn for Practical Classics to cover this home restoration project. The final opening shot below and another ‘pose’ sent to the mag… Used x4 lights to light the Manta and the owner was light be the ambient daylight. One light behind the car in the far corner bouncing off the ceiling, another rear nearside to light the back corner of the side you can see. then one …

Spitfire Mk2

Well nearly a year has past since shooting this restoration project for Practical Classics. As far as I remember the weather was touch and go and rain either side of this day… Again local (as in less than 20miles from my home) so happy days all round for this one. The rest opener images could be the garage shot or a tracking shot. We started as ever with the garage shot due to lights being set up and the most time consuming set up of the images. Four lights used to get the images below lit. Because of the post …

Nova Sport… resto

Back to my homeland of the North East for this one for Practical Classics. Slightly different format to an epic restoration, this Resto Heroes was for a Nova Sport. One of my oldest friends mum used to have a Nova ‘Ski’ back in the 80s and we got a life to school from time to time in it and this took me back to those days… The opening image for the Resto Hero is a vertical shot…. and its a good job I took this rough ‘setup shot’ in order to get a full vertical out of it as I …

No ‘Mini’ Shoot…Practical Classics Cover Shoot

This was the 2nd day back in the North East of shooting a few automotive articles. The sky was clear, the sun was bright, the wind was just a gentle breeze… this was a great shoot. Already marked as a strong contender for a cover we just needed to pick out the locations for the tracking images to make the most of the weather and car. The cover shot was taken along with other static filler shots near to Souter Lighthouse. We had about 100 yds to geta few frames fired off per pass to get the front shot in …

This Stag Estate is no weekend runner…

Well its been too long since I blogged last as I’ve been too busy and I’m sure while I’m sat on the train now there’ll be more posts coming… This one is for last months cover shoot for Practical Classic mag. A great restored Triumph Stag estate… Even though as I’ve mentioned before each mag and article has its own feel and standard shots. After saying that each location is different and brings its own challenges to capture some interesting images. I try and capture the opening DPS or the owner shot which takes the most time in general to …

The ‘Grumbleweed’ restoration…

Earlier this year I had an interesting shoot… Robin Colvill a petrol head & founding member of the ‘Grumbleweeds’. Having restored over 20 cars Robin has many hidden talents other than just his entertaining side… Shot for Practical Classic… this ‘Readers Resto’ featured Robin’s Ford Anglia Super. From his home garage, with this and other projects he takes on as much work as he can…from engine rebuilds, re-sprays through to stitching new interior carpets. As well as listening to his stories of the Anglias’ re-build, one or two impersonations and stories were woven into the conversation and the days antics! …

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. 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. Another shot of the set up… I mainly use a couple of Speedlights …

‘Reader Resto’ shoot makes Cover

My first shoot for Practical Classic magazine was a little MG Midget restoration based only 20 mins away… #Happydays! The day was booked were all three parties involved were available… With the weather being the best day of a bad looking bunch on the weather sites. At best we were looking for no rain and true enough it was dry. Unfortunately we were left with a flat white sky… the kind that I don’t like… the kind I don’t like to shoot. I much prefer rain clouds that have some definition in them… Anyway we set off to capturing the …