This was a shoot that almost didn’t happen. I nearly canceled due to the “boring” forecasted weather. The subject: a 1998 Subaru Impreza RS. My plan was to emphasize the rally heritage of the car by doing some off-road rig and posed shots in the snow. The bumpy, snow-covered road presented some new challenges and the bright, sunny conditions made it difficult to get an exposure long enough to blur the ground, but problems aside, the shoot went very well. Fielding and I scouted, planned out the lighting and angles and shot everything within just a few hours. Thanks to fellow photographer Mark Rauh and his son Austin for providing the car.
- Scout out a location (or three)
- Place the sun and figure out shooting angles
- Set up the rig and camera
- Light the car in a static position
- Do plenty of rolling frames
- Repeat if necessary
- Later, in post, the rig is removed and the lit frames are blended with the rolling frames
We started with the posed shots as it makes since to shoot the car while it is clean. I’m very happy with a number of the posed frames, but I just picked one of my favorites for this post.
All shots were taken with a Nikon D3 using a Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 lens. To achieve a longer exposure in the extremely bright conditions, a 10 stop ND filter was used on the moving shots. The lighting consisted of an Elinchrom Ranger RX 1100 w/s and a White Lightning Zeus 1200 w/s to combat the sun.