DKW – The Crazy Frog…

This car was fun to shoot… It sounded like a cross between an over excited coffee percolator and the Crazy Frog. With it being the same colour it was a perfect match.

As ever getting the opener in the bag was the first port of call. Car in shed / garage and owner for the opener of a Resto shoot. Below was the final image used in the article but not for the opening DPS.


Three lights for this image. ‘Brollied’ mains head felt of shot outside; another main head on the floor behind the DKW; the final light was a speedlight tucked just behind the right hand door frame bounced off the ceiling to light the right hand side of the car to help balance the natural light in the bonnet etc.


The DPS in the end (shown above) was the tracking shot. The main road was about 10 min’s from the cars location which was really handy and also very quiet!!!! The sky was a little flat so tweaked a little post. The original image to the right was full frame.

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The little 2-stroke with a lot of noise and energy… The image on the right shows the disc brake under the engine, this was the first for me seeing a disc brake within the engine bay…


The image above was full frame but shows the amount of image I leave in for cropping. I said to the owner just give it some beans, not a lot but a little… stood far back on the junction you get a few seconds because you can hear the excited 2-stroke… I managed to fire a few frames off because a few beans were a lot of beans…. Still I’d rather have an owner whose willing to get stuck in, drive close to the tracking car and enjoy the time …

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A couple of other quick shots to fill out the extra images to give a little scope.


Really clean inside, very light and bouncy seats made for a fun ride.


Always fun riding with Nigel the writer as he’s about 6’4″ and myself being 6’3″ squeezed into some cars we’ve shot is always time for the widest lens available…

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Another interior and detailed shots…

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Plenty of detailed shots to be had with



Only today I thought that the sunroof was so underrated. The Mighty Meriva comes into its own when I can get flies caught in my teeth and stand like a royal while shooting the subject car…


The image above never made the final article but just another way to explain that its as much for me to wonder what images make the article than not!!! Tried to get the DKW posters and other relevant artifacts etc in the shot… A simple speedlight ‘wedged’ / placed carefully behind the bonnet.

A few more blogs coming in quick succession but unlike this one I’m not in the running to get a mention in the copy…. so until then.



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!


Once we got some of the opening shots done with Robin…including a few spray guns, guitar and welders helmet!… (we weren’t short of ideas or a willing owner to stand infront of the camera!) we moved onto a few interior and detail shots…

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Really loved this interior, simple clean and the American styling influence all packaged up into a ‘hamper basket’ size car!!!




As with these shoots we look for a decent road we can do some tracking shots. Fairly straight road with good views into the distance so we can get back onto the right side of the road etc etc…

One image that never made the final article (Practical Classic 2014 Dec Issue) was a shot of Robin with a juke box (he repaired juke boxes as his first job and where he started the Grumbleweeds.) a picture of his best friend, the late Graham Walker and other elements of this restoration story.


I’ll add the layouts to the ‘In Print’ section in the near future…

This one I’ll remember for a while!

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.

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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.

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Another shot of the set up… I mainly use a couple of Speedlights with Phottix triggers which I can work with at a good pace.

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Simple set up with a few speedlights just to bring a bit of definition to the engine bay…

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The roll bar helped with attaching the rig and also to capture a driving shot. I would normally sit in the car to shoot a driving shot (see the camaro shoot blog) but as the Midget is…well small… it would be too crammed to get a shot without my feet or knees in it. Thank you roll bar!

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As I ran beside the car (thankfully not traveling that fast!) on a wireless remote I fired off a few frames…


Till next time for some more behind the lens blogs…

Its been fun