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Jan 24, 2010 22:01 |  #1

Used 2 AB800s for lighting. Not a great outcome but first time using off cam strobes for a car/truck and the client loves them. Back drop is an old abandon cotten gin - busy background but its what the client wanted. The 'flare shot' is a PS edit.

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Jan 24, 2010 22:54 |  #2

The shots are looking really cool! Posed shots are cool but being an off-roader myself, I prefer action shots of the rigs (or at least the components in action).




  
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Jan 24, 2010 23:01 |  #3

SurfnSnow wrote in post #9464511 (external link)
The shots are looking really cool! Posed shots are cool but being an off-roader myself, I prefer action shots of the rigs (or at least the components in action).

I don't have any pics of this FJ off road yet.

Here is a couple of shots of my long arm coilover JK Rubicon Jeep at the off road park - Hidden Falls near Marble Falls Texas (Raging River Trail) Not pics worthy of being on this site but at least I'm wheeling and doing what an FJ can't do so easy!!!

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Jan 24, 2010 23:22 |  #4

hate rockstar rims but nice truck and pictures.


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Jan 24, 2010 23:27 |  #5

RadAL wrote in post #9464655 (external link)
hate rockstar rims but nice truck and pictures.

Yeah that star center part is plastic. I've seen lots of them broken on my Jeep buddies rigs. They will be OK on this FJ since this guy won't be off roading much - if at all.


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Jan 25, 2010 11:08 |  #6

I'm have zero experience with off camera lighting .. but I'll see what I can do to help.

Shots 3 and 4 look really weird, and not in a way you want them to. In #3, it looks as if the sun was even added in later. (With the disadvantage that you have some distracting flare all across your picture from the actual sun.) In shot #4 the sun looks natural, but as with #3, shouldn't have been in the shot in the first place. You're mixing two light sources that don't complement each other. In my opinion, #3 and #4 would look better only with natural light (but I would guess this isn't the style of shot the client wants). It would turn them into more silhouette type shots.

You might have tried going around to the other side of the FJ while the sun was still on it and using the light that way. I can't comment on how to properly use your external light sources (they look 'off' for some reason to me), I'll let the pro's here do that.

Sorry I can't be of more help.




  
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Jan 25, 2010 11:17 |  #7

not a huge fan of the background choices .. do not like all the power lines


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Jan 25, 2010 21:07 |  #8

mmmmm

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Jan 26, 2010 11:32 |  #9

A couple of posts have been removed here as they have photos. Since texaskev didn't ask for people to contribute their own photos, this is considered to be thread-jacking.

If you have your own photos to share, create a new thread or contribute to a dedicated "share" thread.

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Jan 26, 2010 22:03 |  #10

Back drop is an old abandon cotten gin - busy background but its what the client wanted.

I don't mind that background all that much in #1 as it sort of frames the car. It would have been nice if you'd tried a few shots using just the natural late light that you had there. See the links in my Sig.


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Jan 26, 2010 22:08 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #11

nice FJC!!!

what tires are you running? they look like Toyo MT's


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Jan 27, 2010 00:02 |  #12

PhotosGuy wrote in post #9478992 (external link)
I don't mind that background all that much in #1 as it sort of frames the car. It would have been nice if you'd tried a few shots using just the natural late light that you had there. See the links in my Sig.

Thanks, I only took on this project because I've seen the links in your Sig. I have lots of work to do (learning) since I'll be shooting for this client a lot in the next few years. I'll take your advice and shoot the natural light as well as the strobe next shoot.

They liked the industral look of that abandon cotten gin. I've scoped out other backdrops for the next shoot - a crazy lifted F250.


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Jan 27, 2010 00:04 |  #13

beezwax wrote in post #9479027 (external link)
nice FJC!!!

what tires are you running? they look like Toyo MT's

Its not mine, but a customer of Atomic 4x4 in Austin Texas. They are a quality fabraction / build shop in the Austin area. But looking at the thing I'm guessing that they are Toyo MT 33's. It has a rough country suspension. About the best built FJ that I"ve seen. Funny, I don't ever see them at the top of the trails that I do in my Jeep JK Rubicon:)


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Jan 27, 2010 00:14 |  #14

outbri wrote in post #9467027 (external link)
I'm have zero experience with off camera lighting .. but I'll see what I can do to help.

Shots 3 and 4 look really weird, and not in a way you want them to. In #3, it looks as if the sun was even added in later. (With the disadvantage that you have some distracting flare all across your picture from the actual sun.) In shot #4 the sun looks natural, but as with #3, shouldn't have been in the shot in the first place. You're mixing two light sources that don't complement each other. In my opinion, #3 and #4 would look better only with natural light (but I would guess this isn't the style of shot the client wants). It would turn them into more silhouette type shots.

You might have tried going around to the other side of the FJ while the sun was still on it and using the light that way. I can't comment on how to properly use your external light sources (they look 'off' for some reason to me), I'll let the pro's here do that.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

Thanks, that is good help, I knew that the sundown / flare thing might not work:)


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Jan 27, 2010 07:15 |  #15

Thanks, that is good help, I knew that the sundown / flare thing might not work

It's hard to predict with these small viewfinders. Sometimes it works, & 'film" is cheap, so go ahead & see what you get. An AD for a magazine would probably use one to add interest for a series & run type over the right side.


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