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.
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.
In the shots above you can see some of the city lights starting to give that awesome orange glow
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.
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
This is the second year I have been asked to shoot a Calendar on behalf on Ford USA.
It is focusing on Australian made Ford Models, last year we did it purely on the early XW, XY to XC and XB coupe models.
This year I wanted to take a slightly different path to last year and started with some early models again but then started looking at some other options. Whilst doing this research I came across the Ford Discovery in Geelong.
It is a non for profit organisation, which is part museum and part education centre. It is in the heart of Geelong the home of Ford. This was a great place to find some feature cars for the calender I thought.
So on Friday night Sarah and I headed to Geelong to check it out. There was a great collection of vehicles there on offer, I took some images of some of the cars I thought would be of interest for the calender to send off to the publishers. The main floor space had the potential to act as a studio space. So part of the next process was to get the approval from the publishers to have a temp studio installed and to confirm which cars they wanted shot. I also did a lighting test to see what options were best to give the best result. I decided to end up using Nikon SB800 and the Nikon CLS system
From here it is just a simple matter of setting up the time to do the shoot.
Test shot using 10sec exposure at f8 using Nikon SB800 to paint with light
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
Last thing for the night I wanted to try was a long exposure shot thru the back of the car, looking out the windscreen