v8 TR7

A little Life Cycle shoot for Classic Cars Magazine and this time its about a TR7 with some history…

Nice sounding rover v8, as it rolls off the trailer. A couple of tracking images front and rear in the bag early doors.

Short track with some trees to give it a forrest rally feel / look?!

Like the image above but would have been better with the lights off!

Only seven pages and about half are taken up with images and other documents from its past life. having the owner showing the reader around the car is the style for these images above.

Liked the rough and ready interior of the TR7 and the ‘soft’ dash covering helped in cutting down sunlight and flash flare… the only panel I needed to watch out for was the panel with the starter switch – just in front of the gear stick.

The engine would feature heavily on this article and so shooting vertical and landscape in order the option was there for a full pager as well as half page.

Liked the grill and the decals so had a little play with them…

Simple 3/4 shot just in case. As a side note the bonnet looks like its not shut but thats deliberate so the engine gets more ventilation.

A couple of pans to see the profile of the car before we head back to the owners base so we can shoot some of the historical documents of the car.

Of of the documents that weren’t used in the final article is this flyer for the rally car… The best title ‘Control Capsule’ … love it, plus the Leyland ‘Lego’ helmet 🙂

 

The final layouts…

Until next batch of blogs …

Jona

RAF Series 1 Resto

I’ve just written another quick blog on the x5 928s and mentioned that I’m seeing a lot of Porsche recently…. Well Land Rover is the other make I seem to have had a lot of to capture lately.

Shot earlier this year with a few days of the Cuthbertson Shoot. Again this was shot for Land Rover International Magazine.

An ex RAF landrover restored from the ground up. As ever the first task was to find a decent road to get some tracking shots taken…

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The weather was majority of the time fairly flat so had to make something of the sky and punch the whole image a little. Kept low for this as the axle as you can see was an eye catching red so that helped a little to give the shot something else.

The final DPS was the shot (below) and you can see the final layout and crop as well.

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I must say this sounded really nice, especially when I was about 2 meters from it and the lane we were on was narrow and when going through the walled section just amplified the sweet sound even more.

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Again giving various orientations for the tracking shots (above right) as I wasn’t sure how many pages and how many images were needed.

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Plenty of detail shots as there was many things to write about without knowing at the time what would be mentioned. Not really that hard as the little details were around every nook and cranny.

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By the time it came to shoot a few of the incidentals the sun had gone in and the grey clouds and rain came rolling in so a simple speedlight came into its own on the shot above to fill the faces…

Until next time…

Jona

 

Camaro – ACM July Cover Shoot

Shot back in Sept 2014, I’m pleased it has made it to a cover. Looking for a suitable location in the middle of North Yorkshire was as ever the first stage for an ACM shoot.

This particular location was an old Army camp with those buildings that can be described as oil barrels cut in half length ways and on its side.

The air-field has long since gone and these buildings are the last remaining visual evidence of army activity within the area. Currently the buildings are used as pigsties…interesting to say the least. The owner was very accommodating but just asked us to stay near the top end of the buildings due to, I think new piglets were in certain buildings and didn’t really like too much noise.

Well lets try and keep a V8 640bhp quiet then! We only really had a small area that we could work with as terms of backgrounds and noise level distance! : )

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(This corner and the path/road directly behind the Camaro, image above, was the area that we had to play with)

This Camaro was to say the least understated. Black as can be with very little bright work / chrome. The sky was clear and so the sun was harsh so had to dump a lot of flash onto the car to pull the shadows up a little.

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I tend to use a polarizer a lot for my auto work especially with darker paintwork. Simply being as the bodywork can be like a mirror and so just to knock off unwanted reflections. (do use it for other reasons which I will blog about when they come into play)

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A lot of these American cars I’ve shot are used every day but some are literally for racing….(Orange Mustang – Feb Cover ACM, Bootleg Camaro) … this was no exception. ‘Comfy’, once you navigated the roll cage and got the right limbs through the 5-point harness. All while contorting yourself to get a driving image…(below).

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Still puts a smile on my face even if we only go less than a mile in order to get a few shots inside. This car certainly felt like it would ‘take ya face off’…. and I’m told it does low 10s. I’ve got to put my hands up and admit I’m not clued up with this racing series and seen. Threatened Dave the editor of ACM a few times that I will make a race meet… (I just need to get sorted)

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Hearing from Dave and what he knows about this Camaro it can deliver and has the potential to break the 10 and get into the 9s.

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The rig worked well as ever… a little post work was needed to pull the dark shadows caused by the sun.

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We had a small ‘window’ where the whole car was in the shadow and so we did 1 or 2 more runs than I would normally have done. Did do a vertical image as well but the landscape had more interest in the background so I can see why that was chosen for the cover over the vertical.

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Its always interesting to see how magazines tweak your images be it a lot or just a little. Increasing the vivid / saturation to make the red tower behind the car to stand out a bit. If it wasn’t for that colour in the background then the image would have a different feeling. that dash of colour helps the image. With it being a black car and the buildings (apart from the red tower) flat in colour this certainly helps.

You can see the final layout in my portfolio here.

Until next time.

Be safe

Jona