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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


Nissan 370Z Shoot on

TMR Triton Shoot up on the

Aston Martin Vantage Shoot now on

Aston Martin Vantage Shoot

I recently found a new photo location that I have been wanting to try.
So when the TMR guys rang recently to ask if I could do a night shoot of an Aston Martin they were testing, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try this new spot.
So we met just on dusk on location, down on the edge of the Yarra River near Southbank.

Aston Martin by the River

As light was fading fast, a issue you have when shooting outside of daylight savings time, I started off making the most of the available light and shooting a couple of HDR shots. The shot above was the best one by far.

Next I moved onto my mini studio set up, using my Nikon SB800’s and light stands

Aston Martin by the River lit by SB800's

Aston Martin by the River lit by SB800's

Aston Martin by the River lit by SB800's

I love it when a plan comes together as said by Hanibel from The A-Team TV series. It so true when something you have planned and imagined in your mind, turns out just as you want.
The images above show exactly how I envisaged they would turn out.

I used 4 Nikon SB800’s on light stands at different heights pointed at the car and then I balance their exposure with the city lights behind. As always the Nikon CLS system did not let me down in triggering the units.

The only real issue was the huge number of cyclists riding thru the area, I think quite a few of them got the shock of their life as the flashes went off. I did have to re shoot a couple of frames as I had light trails in the images but that was a easy fix.

A couple more HDR shots & flash shots from a different angle

Aston Martin by the River

Aston Martin by the River lit by SB800's

As we were starting to finish up these shots the weather started to turn bad, so we hurried and packed up the gear and headed for cover as the heaven’s opened

We moved to a undercover car park to finish the shoot, but I only had the detail and interior images to do, so being inside wasnt a issue.
The Vantage has some great dials and guages so these were fun to photograph as they gave off some great colours

Aston Martin Interior

Aston Martin Interior

Aston Martin Interior

I do like on the dash in the above picture, you can see where it shows up three little words every time you start the car, POWER, BEAUTY and SOUL. Only Aston Martin could think of something cool like that

Rest of the images from the shoot can be found in the gallery below, just click on it to be taken through to my website

Holden HSV R8 Clubsport Tourer now on

Holden HSV R8 Tourer Photo Shoot

A few months ago I shot the HSV Clubsport R8 sedan which was a great fun car, so when the opportunity to drive and photograph a Tourer version of the Clubsport, I jumped at it. The Tourer is the wagon version of the sedan.

I only had the car overnight and in the mid of winter the weather isn’t always the best, and on this night in particular it started ok but no sooner did I get to the first photo location that the heavens opened and it poured with rain.

Holden HSV R8 Tourer in the rain

Holden HSV R8 Tourer in the rain

Holden HSV R8 Tourer in the rain

So at this first location I only shot a couple of angles as it was really starting to pour.

To continue with the shoot I need to get me and the car out of the rain, so we headed to one of the multistory car parks I use in Docklands to finish the shoot under cover.

Because of it being night and the car park isn’t overly well lit, I used my trusty Nikon SB800’s to light the car.
They helped a whole lot and the images came out quite well

Holden HSV R8 Tourer in carpark lit by SB800

Holden HSV R8 Tourer in carpark lit by SB800

Using the flash’s can give you some great intense lighting results as you can see above

Using some HDR work I got a nice interior shot also.

Holden HSV R8 Tourer interior

I would love to have had longer with the car but time just didn’t allow

The rest of the images are here

2009 HSV Clubsport R8 Tourer – Images by Joel Strickland