NSX – A Modern Classic

A fresh morning in North Yorkshire for this Modern Classic Magazine shoot… The first action was to find a location for some tracking / motion images. I’d seen a potential road after looking on google maps near to Dalby Forrest. We headed off there and the road was ideal. Quiet, very smooth and with a few bends and straights.


The sky was the awful flat white one that has no definition or ‘character’ about it. Most trees were bare with a lack lustre colour so coupled with the flat lighting the saving factor was the colour of the car.

A couple of passes up and down the road got us some various shots…

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I keep saying this buts its true, I’m just as curious as to what the art editor picks for the DPS image and you try and pick up on things to help you next time to produce more choice for the opening image.

With using a Nikon D810 I’m a little more confident to allow a decent amount of crop space due to the massive file sizes you can get without loosing too much detail in the image.

After getting enough front shots we then rigged up the trusty meriva for some rear action shots.

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Both of these rear shots were taken with the rig in the position shown with just the camera re-positioned to get a slightly different view.


Couple of runs up and down then all was well…

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The three images above show the set up for a drivers shot. Wanted to get the face of the driver in the wing mirror and also the road with I was hoping a bit of lens flare. The image on the far left was taken on me phone through the view finder…


The resulting image above. Only needed a short stretch of road facing into the sun, with a wireless trigger we followed behind. You’ve no idea really what the background will be but can only guess from seeing it from behind.

A rough video to give you an idea of the speed we traveled for the shot above. The Meriva had to work hard to get up to speed and so the wireless trigger and receiver could ‘talk’!


Needed to get another angle for another driver shot, so this time rigged the camera to shoot through the passenger window. The video below just shows the positioning of the rig. I could have sat in the passenger seat but would have had to be a contortionist in order to get the camera in the best position and not to get myself in the shot.

Same technique as before with us following behind triggering the shutter via the wireless transmitter. If I recall I’ve put a speedlight in the cabin to add a little fill lighting as well.


Once the fun and rig games were done we needed to get some statics… The low sun came out and so just ran with it which helped.


Speedlights are great for filling the interior with some light…


A similar shot as the 2nd drivers shot with a speedlight just to the right of my head wedged behind the headrest.


Leaving the speedlight in the headrest I quickly grabbed this owner shot. You can just see my jacket on the far right of the image… but just liked the angle which is a guess as your shooting blind and just angling the camera by eye. Love the centre console in the NSX with the shallow drop helps frame the image.


Few drive bys for a pan shot…


Picking off the few detail shots needed for fillers in the article…


The lighting at the end getting a little flat again but grabbed a few rear statics before close of play…

I tried to get more behind the camera footage for this one…. need to do more of this as I remember.





911 Restoration – Leeds Porsche Centre

This was at the time the closest automotive magazine shoot that I’ve had… only a 20min drive … happy days. Shot for Classic Car magazine the 911 Turbo won ‘Best Mechanical Restoration’ and was only a few points of being the overall winner.

If I were to shoot in a garage I’m more used to the smaller shops or mostly private garages. The Porsche Centre Leeds certainly was on another level altogether. Clean, organised and the whole place spoke ‘efficiency’.

The first port of call was to get the main DPS (Double Page Spread) shot sorted as that was the lead image into the article. This restoration shoot predominately is intended for within the magazine and not for the cover. A similar style from one resto article to the next is the aim which still leaves you enough room to compose a shot.

Arranging the vehicles and finding an angle that works in the DPS and also has interesting elements, tells the story and also has room for title and copy.


This is one of the initial shot / testers to see what elements work, if its too busy or too empty. Also can just get some lighting in there to help focus the readers attention. The car being red and all the other cars and its surrounding all fairly neutral made this even easier.


The car on the jack in the foreground wasn’t going anywhere and although it was red also from this angle it didn’t interfere to much with the 911.

This car and its owners had history with the centre which made it all the more interesting and tied up the story nicely.


A few lights were also needed to get an overview shot of the interior from the drivers side.


In the article each member of the team talks about there specialist area and what they had to do with the car. This image on the left was shot to show the interior but it never made the final article.

A couple of speedlights used in this one…one on the dash of the car and the other on the back parcel shelf.


Getting under the car to shoot a few images to go with the engine side of the article proved a little tricky. Purely to find an angle that wasn’t too extreme and also of interest which could be lit sufficiently.



All in all a nice shoot and was good to meet the workshop staff from Porsche Centre Leeds.

You can see the finished article and layout here.


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