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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….


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

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


Picture of the Day from my Archive – Aston Martin


Aston Martin DB9


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

Nissan 370Z Photoshoot


This blog post goes back to June last year, finally trying to catch up on these, so keep a eye out for more old post’s to come through.

I was never a big fan of the old Nissan 350Z, but when I first saw the 370Z unveiled at the Melbourne Motor show in 2009, I liked what I saw.

The new clean and sharp lines are much more pleasing to the eye then the old 350Z.

So when I got the call to photograph the new 370Z, I was keen to see what the rest of the car was like.

The car we had for the day was a stunning pearl white called Shiro White, Shiro is the Japanese word for white.

First spot for the day was the side of an old warehouse down in the docklands area which I hadn’t used for a while.

For the first few shots I just used the natural light that was around

Nissan 370Z at first location

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Ford FPV F6E Shoot up on www.themotorreport.com.au