Rally Shots in the Snow!

March 5, 2011 | Category: Photography

Subaru RS rolling. © 2011 Daniel Newton.


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.

The Shooting process (similar to my other rig shots):

  1. Scout out a location (or three)
  2. Place the sun and figure out shooting angles
  3. Set up the rig and camera
  4. Light the car in a static position
  5. Do plenty of rolling frames
  6. Repeat if necessary
  7. Later, in post, the rig is removed and the lit frames are blended with the rolling frames


Another angle. © 2011 Daniel Newton.

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.

Posing Subaru RS, © 2011 Daniel Newton.

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.

Setup Shots:

Fielding shooting his posed shots. There is an Elinchrom ranger to the right and a White Lightning just off to the left.The rig setup for the first frame. Setup shot courtesy of photographer Mark Rauh.

 Setting up (fielding on the right and I'm on the left). Setup shot courtesy of photographer Mark Rauh.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Val
    on March 5th, 2011

    The posed shot and the first shot are still my favorite. You did such an awesome job and I really love how these came out!

  2. Kevin
    on March 8th, 2011

    Hey, all great shots! I really love the first two with the slight motion. Those shots really make me miss home.

  3. Réparation d’un D300S en timelapse |
    on April 19th, 2011

    […] à consulter son site très propre et très clair sur lequel vous pourrez trouver de superbes photos de voitures et des filés d’étoiles […]

  4. Peter
    on September 29th, 2011

    I hope you consider yourself to be more than a “hobbiest” as your profile says. Your car photos, especially, are really incredible.

  5. Peter
    on September 29th, 2011

    Make that…. “hobbyist”. 🙂

  6. Jennifer
    on December 7th, 2013

    Hey! I just discovered your blog through a video on Youtube. Your photos are really good, as well as your pointers. I love these Subaru shots!