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From the Archive – MY05 Subaru WRX 2006


MY05 Subaru Impreza WRX - 2006

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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

Scouting and WRX Group Shoot


After finishing the Lamborghini shoot, I had to do a quick reccy for a spot to then do a group car shoot a few hours later. I had used a few different spots down in the Docklands area, a fair bit. So it was time to look for a new spot.So I went on the hunt for somewhere new. I had a couple of spots in mind that I had seen before or had driven past. I spent about a hour driving around scouting for locations. I ended up settling for one just behind the Toyota office in Port Melbourne.A few hours later I was back there to do a group shot of 13 Subaru’s for the WRX Club of Victoria. The whole set up and shot was all done in about 40 minutes. Using a ladder helps to add some height to the shot.
Images from the shoot below and the rest are here
Nikon D2x – 12-24mm – 1/250 f8 – 100iso
Nikon D2x – 12-24mm – 1/250 f8 – 100iso

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

VW Bus Calender


Early last year I went to Tasmania to photograph a pair of VW Van’s for a image request I got from the UK. I wrote about it here last year.

Well those images were sold earlier this year to a calender company in the UK and the calender has come out and is on sale just in time for Christmas

Final Finished VW Calender

Rest of the VW Shoot Images


Targa Day 2


Off to the Sidling stage first up over towards the East Coast of Tasmania

It was dark and cold as we left Launceston this morning. We watched the temperature gauge drop slowly as we crept up through the hills.

The lowest we saw before getting to the Sidling stage was -3C

Last year the stage was covered in fog and no sun.

This year it was a very different story with clear skies and sunshine, it made for some very nice scenic images

Robin Lowe & Peter Lowe - 1971 Datsun 240Z

Eric Grimshaw & Martin Brewster - 1980 Ford Escort RS2000

Kevin Weeks & Rebecca Crunkhorn - 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

Bill Pye & Grant Geelan - 1974 Porsche RS

Dean Evans & Simone Bachman - 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260

As well as the scenic images, I also shot some nice tight action shots, including the one of Dean Evans, putting the Lotus in the gravel

From here we headed back to Launceston, to cover the last stage of the day in the small town of Longford. It is a great street stage, the light is good late in the day and there is nice colour and action to be had

After Longford we head back to the Silverdome in Launceston for the end of day service, it was a nice opportunity to photograph the cars arriving back into the dome at the end of the day

Tony Quinn & Naomi Tillett - 2008 Nissan GTR

Jim Richards & Barry Oliver - 2008 Porsche 911 GT2

Bill Pye & Grant Geelan - 1974 Porsche RS


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