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Another Image from Subaru WRX STI Shoot


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Sneak Peak Feature Car #2


Feature car #2 for Australian Mustang and Ford Magazine, this is possably to be featured on the Front Cover

Keep an eye out for the full shoot of images coming soon….


Sneak Peak at upcoming feature car #1


Been very busy over the last few weeks shooting cars for up coming issues of Australian Mustang & Ford Magazine

Keep an eye open for more images from the shoot coming soon


Lamborghini Shoot


Photographing cars is such a thril especially when its a exotic.

So when I recently had to shoot a Lamboroghini delaership in Melbourne, you can imagine what some of the subject matter would be

The job was to showcase the dealership. So there was to be shots inside, outside and the service department.

My trusty SB800 Flash’s came in very handy. I used them inside to light inside of the delaership as well as down in the service department and then also outfront of the delaership to counter act the harsh sunlight. All the SB800’s were set up on light stands or on the AS-19 stands that come with units. They were triggered using Pocketwizards

Here are a couple of shots, click here for the rest of the shoot


One from the Archive – Don Elgin Shoot – Archive Tuesday


This was the 2nd of the two shoots. I had to do for the Toyota in house magazine – Trade Secrets in 2008. This one was to be a feature about Don Elgin a paralympian who competes in the Pentathlon. Don was born a amputee and as a result now wears a prosthetic limb, he has three different limbs for two different set ups. He has one leg which looks fairly normal and even has a foot shaped end on it, this is don everyday leg which he uses most of the time. When it comes to competition time he swaps over to a one off two high tech leg. See pics below of Don with two of his legs

Nikon D2x – 10.5mm – 1/8 f8 – 800iso. Lit with 3x Nikon SB800’s. One as master on camera and one each on either side of the camera.
The brief was to photograph him as he trained. Which was at a small park that lies in the shadows of the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) in the leed up to the shoot I had spoken to Don and had already set up a basic plan for the shoot.
When I got to the shoot the sun was still a little high in the sky. So I started up shooting Don in the discus cage whilst training, trying to over power the strong sun with flash to get a dramatic shot.

Nikon D2x – 17-55mm – 1/125 f22 – 100iso – 3x Nikon SB800’s, one as master on camera and one on either side of the camera. Remote unit A & B had +1 stop of compenstation dialed into them.

Nikon D2x – 17-55mm – 1/125 f22 – 200iso – 3x Nikon SB800’s, one as master on camera and one on either side of the camera. Remote unit A & B had +1 stop of compenstation dialed into them

Next I got Don to change over from his normal everyday leg to his competition leg to do some portrait shots, whilst we still had sunlight.
The backgrounds werent that good around the area. So I used the sunlight to my advantage and metered for the background and dropped it down a couple of stops and then used 3 Nikon SB800’s to light Don. One SB800 on camera as a master and then one on either side of the camera. One bare flash and the other in a Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe. Remote unit A & B had +1 stop of compenstation dialed into them

Nikon D2x – 17-55mm F2.8 – 1/250 f13 – 100iso

I wanted to do a start set up shot as I thought that would be a good option if they wanted a double page spread in the article or as a opening spread.
Just of to the side of the cage there was concrete walking path that was perfect for the set up.
I again set up 3 SB800’s, one on camera as a master and one of either side of the camera. One is mounted on the left of camera in a Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe and the other was just bare flash
Nikon D2x – 70-200mm F2.8 – 1/250 f13 – 400iso.
The final couple of set ups I wanted to do were with Don and his two different legs.
So I set him up in different set ups. First sitting on a box with his racing leg on and him holding his normal foot leg.
Nikon D2x – 17-55mm F2.8 – 1/250 f18 – 320iso – 3x Nikon SB800’s, one as master on camera and one on either side of the camera. Remote unit A had -1 stop and unit B had -0.7 stop
The second was one of him sitting on the ground with his two legs in front of him. I had brought a ladder with me, so I used this to get some height and to look down on Don. I went back to one flash for this shot. The flash was set up on the right of the camera and fired thru the Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe using CLS.

Nikon D2x – 17-55mm F2.8 – 1/250 f10 – 400iso
By this time it was pretty much dark so that was the end of the shoot.
Don was fantasitc to work with and I wish him all the best in his future

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.

Ford FPV F6 Photo Shoot


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my first job for http://www.themotorreport.com.au photographing a Holden HSV R8

Ford FPV F6 Front Grill

Now I have just finished shooting a second car for the guys at TMR. This time it was for the other big Aussie car brand Ford. It was a Ford FPV F6. Not quite Fords answer to the HSV R8, as the R8 is a V8.
The F6 is truly something different. It runs a 4 cylinder engine but has the added benefit of a turbo charger to help it get its 310kw. It was certainly a lot different to drive, where the HSV R8’s power is delivered in more a smooth more controllable way the F6’s power comes on so brutally and from virtual nowhere thanks to the turbo.
Enough about me giving a road test report and onto the photography.
The R8 I shot last time was a very nice silver colour which worked so well at sunrise. The colour of the Ford was certainly brighter as it was called dash green and didn’t it look great.
For this shoot it was time to try a new spot I had recently found in the docklands area. It was a multistory car park that looked back to the city.
So this was the first location. I started with some static images with and without flash as well as some HDR images. They all turned out really well.

Ford FPV F6 HDR Images

Ford FPV F6 lit by flash

Ford FPV F6 HDR Images

I then got Sarah to do some passes up and down the car park in the F6 so I could get some tracking/moving images of the car.

Then I did some interior and detail images

Front grill lit by Nikon SB800's

Engine start button

Ford FPV F6 Interior

Next up it was down a couple of levels in the car park to do some rig photography.

I wanted to do something different to the HSV shoot, so new angles were in order.

The light in the car park was very patchy, near the edge it was really bright and great light and nearer the middle it would be ok and then would drop off as you went back into the shadows, but they turned out really well.

First one, I had the camera out the driver’s side of the car looking back at the side of the car. Again Sarah got behind the wheel to steer and position the car for me. We started slow and after a few passes gathered up some speed to try to get some different effects of blur.

This wasn’t really giving the effect I had in mind. So it was time for a new angle.

This time I moved the camera to look back at the front of the car but focusing on the front wheel.

Ford FPV Front Rig Shot

Ford FPV F6 Front Rig image

Finally I finished up with some more HDR images as well as some flash and sunset shots combined

Ford FPV F6 HDR Images

Ford FPV F6 HDR Images

Ford FPV F6 HDR Images

Ford FPV F6 HDR Images at Sunset

Ford FPV F6 at Sunset

Rest of the images are here

Ford FPV F6 Photo Shoot – Images by Joel Strickland