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Phill’s UK Mini Shoot

Mini Coopers have always been of interest to me. My Father owned one when he was young and always talked about them to me and my brother since we were old enough to talk about cars.
So when a UK picture agency (Car & Bike Photo Library) contacted me wanting images for a couple of UK Mini calendars I jumped at the project.

First thing was to do some scouting to find some calendar worthy cars. So word was put thru the many car contacts I have in Victoria. I found my first subject an early model red Mini Cooper with a full UK/GB livery. It had the Union Jack on its roof, GB mini plates and GB stickers on its rear. Being summer the light in the early evening is great to work with so I planned the shoot for around 6pm.

The owner of the car lived down the Peninsula so I planned the shoot for that area. I had a couple of spots already picked out. First stop was an old building up on the hills over looking the bay. It had an old English feel so it made for a nice classic image with the Mini in front.

Nikon D2x – 70-200mm F2.8 – 1/90 f4.8 – 100iso
Nikon D2x – 70-200mm F2.8 – 1/80 f4.5 – 100iso
From there we headed down to the marina in Mornington. I had used this spot before, about a year ago for a group shot and thought it could have potential. Here is a selection of shots from the shoot.
Nikon D2x – 70-200mm F2.8 – 1/20 f11 – 100iso. Nikon SB800 flash’s in CLS mode.
Set up for the above shot, using 3 SB800’s set for Nikon CLS mode, and using a 4th Nikon SB800 as a master unit.
Nikon D2x – 70-200mm F2.8 – 20sec f11 – 100iso
Then hand lite using Nikon SB800 in TTL mode and test fire button

Picture of the Day from my Archive – Aston Martin

Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin Calendar Image use

A while back I wrote about my images being featured in a  VW Bus Calendar well the time has come again.

This time my image below from this shoot has been used in an Aston Martin Calendar

Nice to see my work published in print and to be paid in UK pounds also !!!

2010 Year in Review – Joel Strickland Photographics

Well 2010 is almost over and on the eve of my last photo shoot for 2010

I thought I would pull together a selection of my images from 2010 from all the different events I have covered and throw them into a slide show using a program I have been using called Animoto

The result is listed below


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

Aston Martin Vantage Shoot now on

Aston Martin Vantage Shoot

I recently found a new photo location that I have been wanting to try.
So when the TMR guys rang recently to ask if I could do a night shoot of an Aston Martin they were testing, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try this new spot.
So we met just on dusk on location, down on the edge of the Yarra River near Southbank.

Aston Martin by the River

As light was fading fast, a issue you have when shooting outside of daylight savings time, I started off making the most of the available light and shooting a couple of HDR shots. The shot above was the best one by far.

Next I moved onto my mini studio set up, using my Nikon SB800’s and light stands

Aston Martin by the River lit by SB800's

Aston Martin by the River lit by SB800's

Aston Martin by the River lit by SB800's

I love it when a plan comes together as said by Hanibel from The A-Team TV series. It so true when something you have planned and imagined in your mind, turns out just as you want.
The images above show exactly how I envisaged they would turn out.

I used 4 Nikon SB800’s on light stands at different heights pointed at the car and then I balance their exposure with the city lights behind. As always the Nikon CLS system did not let me down in triggering the units.

The only real issue was the huge number of cyclists riding thru the area, I think quite a few of them got the shock of their life as the flashes went off. I did have to re shoot a couple of frames as I had light trails in the images but that was a easy fix.

A couple more HDR shots & flash shots from a different angle

Aston Martin by the River

Aston Martin by the River lit by SB800's

As we were starting to finish up these shots the weather started to turn bad, so we hurried and packed up the gear and headed for cover as the heaven’s opened

We moved to a undercover car park to finish the shoot, but I only had the detail and interior images to do, so being inside wasnt a issue.
The Vantage has some great dials and guages so these were fun to photograph as they gave off some great colours

Aston Martin Interior

Aston Martin Interior

Aston Martin Interior

I do like on the dash in the above picture, you can see where it shows up three little words every time you start the car, POWER, BEAUTY and SOUL. Only Aston Martin could think of something cool like that

Rest of the images from the shoot can be found in the gallery below, just click on it to be taken through to my website