It has been a while since I have posted a blog on here. The last few months have been fairly busy shooting and processing jobs.
Im finally finished working through all my current work, so the last couple of weekends I have gone back to my discovering my love for photography.
The first weekend I had a play with some off camera flash. The subject was the family dog who likes to play with the garden hose whilst plants are being watered.
The set up for these was Nikon D300, Nikon 17-55mm lens and a Nikon SB800 connected to the camera via a Nikon SC-28 cord.
Results are below, reasonably happy how they turned out, even though they were taken for fun
Then last night a fellow photographer friend of mine, Brandon who has just moved out from the states, came over with his fiance for a few beers and nice Aussie BBQ.
In it he has competed in numerous events such as the Mt Buller Sprint and Targa Tasmania, with good results including a 5th place this year.
Matt recently got in touch with me asking if I would be happy to take some photos of the car before it sold as the car has had a total respray and is in better condition now then when it was new.
So on a nice warm night last week we arranged to do the shoot. It had to be late in the day due to time constraints, so we met around 6pm and headed straight to one of my spots in Docklands that I use.
It was interesting to note that the Porsche has a decent storage space under the bonnet, it fitted my rolling camera bag in there perfectly.
Once on location I had to work fast as we were losing light fast, I quickly set up a couple of shots using the available light.
In the shots above you can see some of the city lights starting to give that awesome orange glow
Once the light was gone and the city lights starting coming on, I then switched to work with my flash units to light the car and balancing for the city lights in the background. For the first few images I had my Nikon SB800’s mounted on light stands which I was then triggering using Nikon’s CLS system from another SB800 mounted on top of the camera.
I was pretty happy with the results, for the small amount of time I had.
When I shot the first lot of images when we still had some daylight, I shot a range of exposures to then turn them into some HDR’s, the end result was some surreal looking images, but it is still nice for a different effect
I picked up a new client recently, The Motor Report, an Australian automotive blog site. This came through my association with another blog site http://www.gtrblog.com
My first job for them was a complete photo shoot of the new HSV Clubsport R8.
I was lucky enough to be able to collect the car the night before the shoot, which gave me the opportunity to photograph the car at dawn
I have wanted to shoot a car at dawn for a long time but time has never really allowed for it.
The light at that time of the morning is just perfect for photography. The glow in the sky is just perfect to work with
This location below I have used before, but at night. So I wanted to go back and try it during the day.
It is a nice location and works very well with the color of the R8.
For a very long period of time I have wanted to try a new piece of equipment that I had bought. The shoot with the R8 was the perfect opportunity to use it.
It is a part of rig system that I use to photograph cars in motion, from outside of the car.
I generally use car parks as the locations for this kind of photography, lots of room to work and the light is dark enough to get the right result.
Last location of the day was for moving action shots. I use an old rail yard for this as its nice and long and lots of room
The rest of my images from the shoot are here
It had been a while since I took some night photos, so tonight, Sarah and I headed up to Docklands to take some pics
I wanted to try some painting with light with a flash gun, so I set my car up to try some shots. I used a long exposure and then triggered the flash by just using the test fire button
The results were great, cant wait to try it again
Last thing for the night I wanted to try was a long exposure shot thru the back of the car, looking out the windscreen