This is a first second attempt at a type of photography that I’ve always wanted to get into: car rig photography. Kevin and I assembled all of the pieces and set out for a quick test with his jeep. The result isn’t too bad. Basically the camera hangs off of a “rig” attached to the car. Using slow shutter speeds, the camera records fires while the car slowly rolls along and you get a shot that emphasizes motion with the main subject frozen.
If there’s anyone in the Reno area with a nice car that wants some free shots, email or call me. I’m looking for more practice and nice subject matter.
See how it was done after the break….
Nikon D3, 17-35mm @ f/22 (for a slow shutter speed), 1/10th sec, ISO: low-1. Next time I’ll use an ND filter or a CPL so I can stay at ISO 200.
Here’s the car rig (and me looking stoned out): 2x #241 Manfrotto Pump Cups, 1″x10′ galvanized steel pipe, Manfrotto Super Clamp and a magic arm. That’s my d3 hanging off with a 17-35mm lens. Overall it was pretty stable considering the bumpy road. We found that the metal on the hood had a little bit of flex therefore I can see the use for a third suction cup to stabilize.
Figured I’d toss in a black and white version too.
Here’s the original RAW file
I tossed it through photomatix for fun
Here I got rid of the arm, spotting out the rig’s reflections, fixed the front of the hood and fixed the headlights
The background was a little distracting before so I replaced it with one from a photo I took a few years ago. I also fixed the shadow in the foreground, replaced the driver with a cloud reflection and spotted the image
Finally, I tweaked the colors, desaturated a bit, fixed the blown out clouds and enhanced the micro contrast a bit.
If you’d like to get into this kind of photography, I’d recommend reading this article. And for some awesome examples check out Jeff Ludes, Dejan Sokolovski, Scott Dukes ,Josh Mackey and Dennis Noten.