01. This AC Cobra was custom built in 1991 for it’s present owner. They’re going to have a lifelong partnership and when I heard it start up I knew why. I used 6 flash heads/ Speedlights to make this shot.
Locations: A tunnel on a Bristol street and the Bristol waterfront by the M Shed Museum
Lighting kit: 4x Cactus RF60, 2x Elinchrom Quadra, 1x Sunbounce Pro in silver
Camera: Fuji X-T1, 16mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses
Model: Helen Diaz
02. Helen was lit with a striplight softbox on the Quadra head for the shot at the top in this set.
The ‘tunnel’ was the perfect place on a Sunday morning in November to shoot this series of high production images. We got out the toys and had all the time we needed to set up quite a complex rig. The aim of this shoot was to get together with friends, practice new shooting techniques and have some fun. I’ve never shot a car before, apart from a wedding car, and that doesn’t count.
03. I chose quite a cinematic lighting style for this shot of Helen in the Cobra. I lit her with the Sunbounce Pro reflector high on a stand weighed down with sand bags. The reflector was about 30 metres away in the November sun.
The AC Cobra packs a V12 6 litre engine under the hood. It is a Jaguar block, normally aspirated with Webber carburettors.
04. This series was lit with the Sunbounce too. I had to get some practice in with the reflector before my friends Tom and Ioannis come over from Belgium later this month. I set the white balance to 3200k in camera to give the shots a cool look.
05. We shot a low angle view partly to mask the light at the end of the tunnel. I prefer the higher viewpoint in shot 01.
My shooting companions were Len Martin and Steve Cowell. Both guys joined me in France in the summer for my workshops with Chantelle and are joining me in Tuscany next year. This was a perfect time to put in some practice.
06. After a spot of lunch we set off to the Bristol waterfront to capture these simple but dramatic portraits.
07. Dull, overcast light with a forced white balance seemed to suit this set.
08. Sometimes the simplest images to take are the most rewarding.
09. I lit this shot by the railway tracks with the Elinchrom Quadra and soft box and I added a splash of Cactus RF60 from the right for good measure.
As the shooting season draws to a close it’s a good time to practice new shooting styles and lighting techniques. I like to have the occasional photo shoot without a customer so the pressure is off and I can indulge in shooting for me without having to meet a brief.
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