Clever Money Cars – Modern Classics

A fairly local job for me in this months issue of Modern Classics. The shoot location based in Harrogate and near Bolton Abbey on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The day was damp but we got our head down and cracked on with some details and in the bag while the interview started.

A few detail shots that never made the final edit…

Like all the images I post on my blog I use the full frame so you can see whats been supplied to the mags and how they’ve used them. These first details were shot at a little industrial / business park with various units… so the issue was to eliminate as much of the surrounding buildings and cars in the BMW’s panel reflections, you can see on the image of the wheel I ran with what reflections occurred as the wheel we put into position to get the BMW logo level.

This is were I would dive into some usual waffle of how we got the tracking images done. However before that I must mention this was the best fopuax for me to date whilst on a shoot.

After taking the details in H’gate we traveled some 45 mins through town and out to the road you see above. After pulling into a cafe car park and having a little chat about what we’ll do to get the shots etc I then opened my boot to get my camera gear sorted to be faced with my kit but minus my think tank trolley camera case….doh!

Well that was going to be 1h 30mins delay to the proceedings. Thankfully JJ the editor of Modern Classics and the cars owner were very gracious in their reaction! While I hot footed back to retrieve my kit (which was still there by the way…hence I have these images) JJ had plenty of time to take the car around some great roads to get a good feel of the car for his copy.

Anyway soon as I got back they were well refreshed in the cafe and it was time to get straight on with the tracking shots.

This little stretch of road we used about just shy of a mile and we were able to repeat the drive in order to get a good selection of views as the road was a little twisty but with great visibility of the road ahead.

Happy days as a couple of passes along this road we got the front sorted with relative ease.

The full frame above (left) and the final opening DPS, straightened and cropped tighter… do like that level of view of the front grill…

I need to a little blog on a new bit of kit I’ve had for a while now from TetherTools… a live view and triggering system you can use your phone / pad of choice to fully control your camera. Nothing new technology but I used to use a wireless trigger but was shooting completely blind and had to check after each pass and readjust. Now we can see a live feed so at least were not wasting frames as such…and time!

back to the original morning location to get some statics as there wasn’t any decent locations while out and about plus the light was fading fast…hence the heavy flashed image above. Not my favorite but again trying to avoid other cars and vans in the background.


The final layout above… this could have been a lot smoother but leaving your kit behind somewhere would always have repercussions! … lesson learned indeed.

Until next time…