It’s always great to see my images in print on a magazine shelf. This weekend though was a mega buzz… a total surprise to see my first double feature published images in Classic Cars Magazine. Their Sept 2023 issue, ‘The List’ and ‘Life Cycle’ featured my images.
A rainy March morning on the top of a Surrey hillside was the meeting pace for our Lotus Esprit shoot. Drizzle on a car shoot can obviously make the detail shots a bit tricky with spots on the paintwork. The upside is that it produces great skies in the background.
Quick look at my WeatherApp showed we had a short dry window later to get the tracking shots done before heavier rain was due to arrive. The moody skies were awesome but I couldn’t spend too long enjoying them. We had had to crack on with the driving shots that make up such a large part of The List feature in the magazine.
Safely harnessed into the back of my car, hanging out of my boot is my favourite part of these shoots. As a guide I try to balancing camera shutter speed to car road speed. 1/50sec = 50mph for example, this produces the motion blur giving that sense of speed. Once I’m sure I’ve got some shots safely in the bag, its time to lower the shutter speed even more. The strike rate drops right off but when you nail one its soooooo worth it !!!
1967 Mercedes 230 ‘Finitail’ …
The Life Cycle feature in the magazine is always a nice one to be involved with. Even more so when the car has been in the owners family from day 1, as with this Mercedes 230 Fintail.
The car was ordered brand new and collected in Stuttgart when the family were living in Germany. It enjoyed many family trips and holidays before being passed down from father to son, who still owns it now.