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Sneak Peak of Front Cover of Issue 4 of Aus Mustang & Ford Mag


Last month I briefly spoke about the recent shoots I had been doing for Australian Mustang & Ford Magazine and I showed you a sneak peak of the possible cover car  well I have been given a sneak peak at the front cover, the issue is due to hit the stands very soon.

Also featured in the mag will be my full shoot of this car as well.

Once the magazine hits the stands I will post the rest of the shoot up for you all to see

In the meantime if you like what you see in the magazine, you can sign up for a subscription to this great magazine, might have to see if we can organise a sign up offer for my followers……

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Front page of Australian Mustang and Ford Magazine


It has been a while since I last scored a front cover of a magazine.

So it great to recently see my work featured on the front cover of issue 2 of a brand new magazine, Australian Mustang and Ford Magazine

The subject of the shoot was a beautiful 1965 Ford Mustang, it was an amazing looking car and came up so well in the shoot

I even got to shoot some rig shots during the shoot, using the Camzilla product, which I recently blogged about here

I also managed to find time to do a full car rig shot also


Review Camzilla Products


I recently was lucky enough to come into contact with an old business contact who was now running a new business venture.

Camzilla is part of Serious Media Australia, the TV Production company behind, amongst other things, the Serious Performance DVD series – Australia’s top-selling automotive DVDs from 1997 to 2006. Camzilla was formed to exploit the knowledge and experience gained from filming cars and other high-performance vehicles over this period.

From this the Camzilla CZ1 Universal Camera Mounting Kit was created.

So during conversations the offer was made for me to test some of the Camzilla products. First up was the CZ1 kit, as mentioned above

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Photo Shoot


As part of my work for the Automotive Stock Library in the UK, I am always on the lookout for interesting cars to photograph.

Last year I became aware of friend of mine who had recently purchased a 69 Chevrolet Camaro. I had seen photos of it and thought it would be a perfect subject for my next shoot

So I contacted Josh and arranged for an afternoon to photograph his new toy

I love the Docklands area of Melbourne, it’s so industrial and has so many great spots for shooting cars. I had recently found a new spot that I had wanted to use. So this was the location for the shoot

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

The colour of the car worked so well against the grey background

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

As well shooting my normal exposure images, I have also been working with HDR’s.

The above image is a example of one of the images I turned into a HDR. The process is fairly simple I shoot a range of 5 exposures in 1 stop increments.

The images are then combined in a program called Photomatix, it is fairly easy to then adjust the effect to create the image you want

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

Another example of a HDR I shot on the day

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

Adding something different to the shoot, I brought out my Nikon SB800 lights, examples above and below

I use 3 Nikon SB800’s on Manfrotto lights stands, they are then positioned on either side of the car and triggered using the Nikon CLS Infra Red System.

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

The plan next was to take the car to one of my other locations I use to do some rig photography.

First up I tried a angle with the camera looking back at the car, it is nice angle it is similar to the one I used on the HSV R8 shoot.

The first issue we struck was that the car vibrates a lot when the engine is running so it was hard to get a sharp image, but after a few attempts we got a good image

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

Next up I wanted to try a front on angle similar to what I did with the FPV F6

These turned up really well

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

Finally I wanted to do some dark moody static shots of the car as it has a great look

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

The last two images I was really happy with. They are HDR’s and they have given the car a whole surreal look

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

1969 Cheverolet Camaro Z28

The rest of the images are here

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Images by Joel Strickland


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