Thursday, September 20, 2007


Trying to keep up with this 1 post a day for the next week thing...

I wanted to share a photo today that had a little story behind it. This one sure does! I shot this at 3AM June 22, 2004 during my college years at Brooks. It wasn't for an assignment, just for fun really. I knew what I wanted the shot to look like... but wasn't quite sure how to get it.
Most legit car photographers have suction cup rigging systems for getting cool angles on cars, but I sure didn't. So I had the idea to tape the camera to the car. Like I said... ghetto! And to make it even more ghetto, I was the one driving (not many people are patient enough to shoot with me) and I didn't have a remote release for the camera... so yes... for every frame I had to stop the car, get out, push the shutter button (10 second self timer), jump back in the car and drive for 30 seconds. Must have been a sight to see. Luckily there aren't a lot of people out at 3AM. I ended up doing 20 shots, which took about an hour.
30 sec exposure @ f/6.3 ISO 200

This shot required a lot of color correcting too because the mercury vapor streetlights really pollute the image with an ugly orange cast. Here is the untouched original:
(crazy huh!)

I've always loved behind the scenes shots, so here are a few that I snapped of the camera taped to the hood. :)


Blogger Portraits By Lucinda said...

I love the camera rig, haha! Very creative!

9/20/2007 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are hilarious!! Definately a die hard phototgrapher-do anthing to get the perfect shot! And it works well for you!

9/21/2007 5:45 AM  
Blogger STEVE DePINO said...

Hey you made it work, I'm guessing you need a nice wax job the hood of that car after that :)

I e-mailed you that code yesterday did you get it?

9/21/2007 6:28 AM  
Blogger ed pingol said...

yes!!! you are the man! forget those expensive suction cups... we have duct tape.

stopping the car and driving for 30 seconds... priceless. i would of paid to see that.


9/21/2007 9:30 AM  
Blogger Chad Cheverier said...

that hilarious. I am one of those people who wouldnt have enough patience to shoot with you, unless I was sleeping.

9/21/2007 1:37 PM  

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