Targa Time – June / Cover Shoot

5 Targa’s, North Yorkshire Moors, the original date was moved due to the poor weather…. new dates set and the forecast was sunshine all day….. happy days! Checked the forecast the night before and still all looking good, travelling there on the day the story was different. Slightly overcast but still fairly bright but when we got to the location, on the tops of the moors the wind was a decent strength..

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The image above was a quick phone snap. In that canvas bag hung on the bottom of the tripod has effectively x4 sandbags to weigh the thing down as the wind was mental. The video below has me waffling on but when I turn you get the idea of the wind!

Getting the Cover shot done while the cars were in a decent clean state and this parking area was clear of other vehicles as well. My image I sent in to the mag on the left which is made up of I think of about 6 images. The TVR front NS was light as well as the 348ts front nose, OS wheel and 911 bumper nearest to the camera just to lift them a little. Was framed incase they ran with all of the cars on the cover but with room to crop. The horizon, reduced by squashing, reducing to give more type space and a little blue sky.

For the few group wider shots we moved the TVR, TR4 and 348. Really for either an alt opener, final article image or content page. Due to time we ran with the lighting and didn’t light anything.

While the cars were there I took about 5 different ‘cluster’ images of various groups with the one above left used in the content page with the famous Porsche targa detail.

The other orchestration image to shoot was the opener with all 5 cars in the frame.

To make it easier and get as clearer shot of the cars was to shoot on a bend so we could frame the cars as they naturally fan out behind us.

A couple of runs to get everyone the feel of where I wanted them and comfortable we got a couple of frames that I was happy with.

Original image above and the final DPS below. I tend to keep my images on a neutral feel so the mag has enough latitude in the Jpegs to push and pull accordingly.

After this then the plan was to drive a root and then for me to make sure I get each car front and rear. Simply by keep mixing the order of cars and then for me to ride in each car to shoot forwards and backwards.

Some of the cars were easier to get into position and other like the TR4 were tight (for a big lad!)… Repeated a few of the shots as some cars were good to use details / badges as a lead into the frame.

These shots above and below were on the cutting floor but I still liked them…. The TR4 could have been a lot closer for my liking but again would you have a TR4 up your rear end egging you on to get going!

To cross the t’s and dot the i’s we shot individual cars to again give a few options for the layout. The road above is a fantastic road in the North Yorkshire moors…. the Romans would have had kittens if they saw this (above) but for the driver its all the sweeter : )

Tried a couple of village shots to give a wider sense of tour…. (on the cutting floor….)

With an area to get a quick static and details of each car…. below are some that were used and some that didn’t make it…

911 engines are just there…. no real easy way to make interesting in that sense but tried to use the Carrera badge on the boot lid as a lead in… and again for the 348

The dials and buttons in the 348ts look like something from a Casio calculator or 80s Walkman… proper old school retro…

The TVR hood that is in two parts had some real sculptural shapes which you just have to use and run with : )

Finally after the panning shots and details was to get Sam behind the wheel of one of them (this was after he’d driven all of them through out the day)…. TVR was the choice which is a mental car and just wanted to chew through the roads….

19 pages is no mean article and must be the biggest out a shot for me…

All in all despite the weather and conditions it turned out better than expected.

You can always rely on the weather…. and the next few days the sun was out blazing!

Since this shoot I’ve been back to that location for another very different vehicle and the day was blue sky and wind was non existent which was a change from this day… : )

 

 

170mph – High Speed Kicks

Down in Dunsford Aerodrome, the home of Top Gear for this cover shoot for Classic Cars. Five cars, an outer track to ourselves to get this cover shoot in the bag.

If I can I try to get the cover shot and opening DPS shot first or at least the group tracking done. Weighing up these owners I didn’t think we would have an issue and first impressions were correct. This road unlike the track at Longcross was pretty flat so couldn’t rely on an incline to see the rear row of cars better. So getting as high up as possible in the tracking vehicle….. and a long arm ; )

A couple of images below showing the order of the cars (the order is at most dictated by the mag so unless the colours of the cars can help out and balance things we run with the brief)

The final image chosen for the cover and the cover overplayed on the chosen frame. You can see the space we can play with the full frame and also the colours… I don’t go too wild on the processing and always allow the mag room to tweak.

A quick option for a DPS which turned out to be the chosen image and also a rear tracking shot as an article finishing image.

The image below was shot for the opening DPS that only saw the editors floor…

Framed and shot over 5 images…

These screen grabs from my phone show what the interface looks like for the CaseAir from Tethertools… I use as I can see a live view from the camera where the lights are positioned and so just makes things work a little faster instead of returning to the camera after every shot. Great bit of kit.

Once the group stuff done it was time for the pairings. This is where finding a slightly different angle from the last pair comes into play. Looking at the pairing first and seeing what details you can shot from and two starts the process and then shows whats left to do.

First few images below shooting from the Corvettes badges two the Aston.

Love the front of the TVR…..

All the variants and pair tracking shot, now onto details and interiors etc.

With the interior and engine shot for each done after that its one or two details as options.

The sun made an appearance now and then which kept you on your toes…

Shot each car as a pan profile again as another option for each car to mix and match in the article and these wouldn’t all be used but like I said as a back up / option for the layout.

On the day there were two cars which could be written as potential number spot…… So we shot the two as a final single car static and the Aston above got the final page of the article.

Little selfie to finish off the day with the Top Gear studios in the background… : )

The final layout…

Chimaera – 25th Anniversary

Back in July shot for Classic Cars Magazine, plenty of miles and not a lot of shooting. From West Yorkshire (home), up to Hexham to pick up the two Chimaera’s, head back down to Lancashire, shoot the feature then onto Blackpool. After all that I had to head back to Yorkshire to drop off my good friend who gave us a hand that day then plough on down to Bicester for a Modern Classic shoot the day after. (the blog before this one 🙂

So it was a full on day. Due to the weather and travelling we didn’t start shooting until about 2pm, not the best start but we were in the hands of the weather.

Started out at the Parkers arms (you’ll have to pick up a copy to read about the significance of this place.

The first one above was used small in the final layout… the others to show different angles which are among another 10 images I sent for a possible opening DPS.

Just up the road from the ‘Arms’ we had this stretch of road on a hill which had enough visibility to run a few passes for a front cover which I genuinely thought they’d run with. Again I supplied about 10 variants of this set up for the front cover.

This image above became the final cover shot but not in this state which I supplied.below is the cover overlaid to show the difference.

We have a blue sky 🙂 … those rain clouds were dumping some serious rain about 30mins prior to this shot. I keep th images on the soft side in regards to contrast so theres plenty of room for the mag to adjust accordingly to their wishes.

Also its using half the frame which again I keep saying that the D810’s frame size is the reason I shoot so big… as you can get a landscape from a vertical shot without pushing it to its extreme. So much pixels in there 🙂

The three images above are sequential frames… at times you just keep that shutter going as the road sweeps round, and the road surface was decent but we didn’t have too much clear visibility to keep this formation so tried to get the most out of every run.Like both the first ones where you can see the road in the background but also like this last one with the road going on the horizon. These shot for the opening DPS.

The frame above was a little further in the sequence of frames above and used as the final opening DPS.

Getting the camera over and down beside the doors was a little contouring to say the least, well when your 6’3″ and the seats are really low and the doors seemed to be fairly high…. Still the body sculpturing lines on the doors helped with some interest looking along the side panel.

The images above are a few more selected images from the set which some were used and some were not…

The final static shot at what is left of the factory in Blackpool. Really not much here to go on, loads of street furniture, other vans and cars all around so had only one angle to shoot from. Time was really ticking at this moment so we had to get through the shots and cover all other ‘angles’ of the brief.

A few more detail shots again some which were used and some not. All shot in front of the last remaining red brick building from the factory, trying to avoid the houses, lampposts and the cars in the reflections and background as best as.

Final layout of the cover feature…. very long day, (think it was a 5:30 am start and then I landed at the hotel in Bicester about 10pm) but still pleased with the outcome despite the short window of photographic time we had.

Until next time or until the next shoot gets printed 🙂

Below is a video my good friend produced of what he could shoot when he wasn’t being my driver : )

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