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March 28, 2012, 02:02:50 PM
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Ola all


on Saturday last I did a car shoot with a massive American muscle car called Doomsday impala and a model Ive wanted to shoot with for a while called Strawberry Venom. It felt awkward at first shooting Kayleigh( AKA Strawberry Venom) because apart from her being a professional model who was booked for the shoot, she just happens to be the eldest daughter of my best buddy at Uni Mark Howard.....and when we came to doing the nude shoot later with her and the car I kept thinking....what would Mark think about me shooting his daughter in the nuddy..Then my professional head kicked in and I thought....all models are someone's child so get on with it.

Anyhoo, three hundred shots later the shoot was done. Theres a great chance that many of my images are going to be picked up for a couple of major custom car mags- which needs to be negotiated once we know who is going for the photos. Funny thing is, this this time my back actually helped me. Because I couldn't get very low angles on the car cos I couldn't get down low enough, my shots were more car mag like than my mate- a point he said to me he has now learned and not to go too OTT with the angles.  Anyway, cant post a lot of the shots but here's one of my composite shots featuring the 8 litre 250mph car Doomsday IMpala and its co- owner Dave...Got feedback off him and he likes this shot and it printed out really well ...and my tutor liked it too when he saw it in mmy portfolio this morning.

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Thanks for looking


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March 28, 2012, 03:06:02 PM
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I like it Kenny, it has a 'Batman' feel to it. Certainly good enough for a Magazine I reckon. Good luck and keep us posted.

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March 28, 2012, 05:16:49 PM
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CHeers Chaz. I wont know for a few weeks. I haven't handed this particular image over to them for viewing yet, but have sent a low res 72dpi watermarked shot to Andy to show them....
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March 28, 2012, 05:40:48 PM
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The lighting looks a bit harsh in places, but the colours are nice and vivid. Is that one of your backgrounds via green screen or was it up as the bg at ya shoot?

March 28, 2012, 06:00:22 PM
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Hi Jayne

this was shot in the garage with mixed lighting- both florescent and my bowens kit we used at the Dalby shoot. It was shot with two softboxes and I painted out the garage and substituted the background then put a blue tint on it The image for the background is a panorama I shot in NYC when we went with the uni. It was shot on the observation deck of the rockerfella centre as part of our top of the rock tour.. The paint on the car is that strange perlescent paint that changes colours when you move IYKWIM so doesn't reflect light like a normal car..plus its not made of metal. the body on this car is fibre glass. You should have seen them freak when Kayleigh went to sit on the bonnet. It take three guys to remove and put the bonnet back as its that heavy.  This thing uses a hundred quids of ethanol and nitrous just to do a three minute race. It does 0-250 in three point five seconds and take four seconds to slow back down again over the quarter mile. The other week the car front end had to be redone because during a race at Santa pod the chute at the back which is forty foot extended, failed to open properly and it hit a wall.  The guys know a few people who build and race custom cars like this so Im keeping my fingers crossed it might come good for summat. I really enjoyed the shoot though- even though I was knackered at the end, but was worth it.
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March 28, 2012, 06:14:35 PM
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this is the original untouched image, just resized...










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and this is the background I created out of photos taken from the rockerfella building. There may be a few from the Empire state building observation deck too.
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March 28, 2012, 06:45:06 PM
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os Chris..thanks for pointing out the rear arch...hadnt spotted that. Done it now though.
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March 29, 2012, 10:16:04 AM
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Looks good Kenny  :D

March 29, 2012, 11:38:13 AM
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Cheers Rich :)
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March 29, 2012, 02:11:58 PM
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I don't think the HDR effect works on the car mate. Makes the paintwork look grubby and uneven. The lighting is also quite flat. When shooting stuff like this you are going to get a lot of specular highlights so you have to use them to your advantage to bring out the shape by using very directional modifiers to highlight certain parts as well as more general modifiers to light the scene. Here's a picture of my bike I shot ages ago. Colour might not be great but I only shot it for facebook, however the lighting is a little more sculpted to show you what I'm on about.
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Doomsday Impala

March 29, 2012, 07:33:41 PM
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with the greatest of respect though Matt, I have never shot car photos before.This was my first time doing this kind of thing and as you can see from the place, lighting was not ideal there...florescent lights and light coming from windows...Plus your a guru at lighting and I'm not so Im not sure of how to light a vehicle...that being said, I will get better :)
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March 30, 2012, 12:56:49 AM
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Nice shot Kenny, got to agree with Jayne though I find the lighting a bit harsh for this kind of shot. I'm not into this type of studio work, it ain't my bag so not really qualified to offer any crit, but I've seena damned sight worse in mags.

The VTR shot is nice, Tiny - looks well lit....... But, this is a REAL VTR (only yankin' yer chain, looks like a nice bike  ;) )  Scroll down the page to the bottom.  Was my lad's SP1 'til last year when he swapped it - he still misses it, beautiful machine. http://www.oldgitbiker.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/sp.htm

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March 30, 2012, 06:26:04 AM
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SP1's are stunning. Wish I could afford one.

Kenny, thats the first and only vehicle shot I've ever done. As I keep saying, it just takes planning.

March 31, 2012, 11:10:06 PM
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SP1's are stunning. Wish I could afford one. .

They're not cheap to run, Tiny.  Ben was a huge Colin Edwards fan from about 14 years old so always aspired to an SP1 or 2.  He got his big bike test sorted at 17 and soon progressed from his XJR400 (restricted) to a Yam TRX850. He finished his apprenticeship at 20 and went straight out and bought his long desired SP1. At that age the insurance was horrendous, but he bit the bullet and paid up - only one ins co would touch him, he must have been one of the youngest riders ever to have owned an SP1 - lots of people we spoke to on our ride outs didn't believe it was his - even now at 25 he still looks about 12, he's very baby faced!  I used to "borrow" it when I wanted a bit of fun - it was a fabulous thing to ride, that engine was incredible but at my age I had aching wrists and a creaking back within 20 miles - comfy it was not!  Unfortunately he had to let it go last year when he bought his house - the insurance was still ridiculous even at 25. He now rides a VFR800. which he loves but he misses the SP.  He'll have another one day though. In fact he's been looking - watch this space  :lol:

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