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Picture of the Day from my Archive – Aston Martin


Aston Martin DB9

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Taking photos for the fun of it


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.

After a few beers, the creative jucies started to flow, so out came the camera’s.
Brandon had been wanting to try the new TTL Pocketwizards, so I arranged to borrow a set of them for him to have a play with whilst I looked after the BBQ.
After dinner I decided to play with a couple of different products.
The Honl Photo Colour Filter kit & the newest product from Joby, the creators of the Gorillapod, the GorillaTorch
First up were Honl Photo Colour Filter kit . I  decided to use three different Nikon SB800’s with different gels on them to light the pool. Two SB800’s had a blue gel on them and the 3rd one had a green gel on it.
All three units were placed at different positions around the pool
The other product I wanted to try was the new GorillaTorch. I was using three of them in the same set up and was still using the gels as well..With these instead of sitting them in one postion  I moved around the pool using the torch to paint with light.
The results below show the various images I ended up with.
The painting with the torch was a lot of fun and worked very well considering the units run off just 3 AA batteries. Even when not using them to paint with they work very well to light the work area so you can see what you are doing.

Porsche Turbo by night


A good friend of mine has decided to sell his 2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

2000 996 Porsche Turbo

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.

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

In the shots above you can see some of the city lights starting to give that awesome orange glow

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

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.

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

But as we started to loose the ambient light, it became a lot darker and the flashes just wouldn’t light up the dark black paint work.
So it was time for some exercise as I painted with light. I bet a few of you have never heard that term before.
Painting with light is just as it sounds painting your subject with light. But instead of a paint brush you use a torch or flash unit as your brush and paint and your subject becomes your canvas.
But because the camera shutter is open for still a fairly short period of time, you have to quick and be on the run, hence the exercise.
By this time I was working with around a 20 second exposure time, it doesn’t give you a whole light of time to get the car exposed correctly. In this situation I double up and use two flash units to help speed up the process.

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

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

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo

2000 Porsche 996 Turbo – Images by Joel Strickland


Holden Special Vehicles Clubsport R8


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

As the sun starts to come up, the sky lightens up but the shadows are still very dark. So I added in 3 Nikon Sb800's to add some light.

Just before the sun breaks thru the lights is just perfect

Great soft light at this time of the day, perfect for shooting logos and badging on the car as well

Instrument panel close up taken with 105mm Macro

Again shot with a 105mm macro lens

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.

HSV R8 Clubsport

HSV R8 Clubsport

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.
Examples below

Rig photography

HSV Rig Shot

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

HSV Tracking shot

The rest of my images from the shoot are here

Holden HSV Clubsport R8 – Images by Joel Strickland


Night shots, Cars and Bridges – 11 Jan 2008


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

After that I headed around to underneath the Bolte Bridge to try some night shots, it was a good spot and was happy with the result

Last thing for the night I wanted to try was a long exposure shot thru the back of the car, looking out the windscreen

Camera was tripod mounted and then fired by the cable release taped to the seat


First Post


Well I have finally got around to it.

I have made myself a blog.

With so much happening in my life I thought it was time I recorded it somewhere

So here is my blog

I intend to write on here about what I have been up to in my photography and other stuf that interests me

So keep coming back for the updates