Vehicle photography - case study. @Rick_gt550

Mustang 5.0 GT

mustang gt 5.0

mustang gt 5.0

I was contacted by Rick, he owns this magnificent car pictured above. He hires it out, complete with driver, for weddings, proms, events, and films. 

Rick wanted to capture the spirit of the car, show off its magnificent form and character for use on his social media channels. 

After we had discussed his requirements and I had a good understanding of what he was looking to show, I then set about scouting a suitable location, studying the weather conditions and sun positions for early evening.

Off we went to the edge of the West Pennine Moors just North of Bolton to find a quiet stretch of road under the setting sun.

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Climbing up out of Bolton. 

 

First, we took some action shots, with Rick driving up and down whilst I tried to get motion, scenery and sunlight all in the correct relative positions. 

 

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Capturing motion properly tells a better story 

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Still ascending out of Bolton

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Along the tops. 

 Once we had that in the bag, I turned my attention to some of the details on the car. Plenty of curves, angles, lights and reflections for me to get to work on. 

The key to effective vehicle photography is angles. A lower line of sight produces a more dramatic image, it projects the vehicle’s stance. A 3/4 view is the traditional car shot staple, but adding a little variety can offer you striking results. 

The iconic Running Pony badge

The iconic Running Pony badge

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Classic 3/4 shot

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3/4 from the rear aspect 

 

Relfections on the ‘hood’

Relfections on the ‘hood’

Bootlid detail shot

Bootlid detail shot

Once all the angles had been covered, I then asked Rick to drive up and down a couple of times so I could get some video and audio. Part of the attraction of this particular version of the car is the 5.0L V8 engine. It creates thunder. I will never get tired of listening to the rumble of a V8, either when it’s idling or when it is working hard. 

All that was left to do then, was to cobble it all together into a short highlight video clip.

 

A very enjoyable project, and we have plans for a second set later down the road. Rick is a really nice dependable guy, loves his car, and it shows. Drop him a line if you want to arrive at your wedding or event in style, with presence, and with individuality. 

 

Rick can be contacted at www.rickgt.com and is very active on social media.

instagram: @rick_gt550

twitter:  @rick_gt550

facebook: Rick_GT550

email: rick_gt550@hotmail.com

 

 

Jason

 

Classic Rock Show, Lowry Theatre January 2019

I have always been a fan of rock music, not too heavy, not too metallic, but the classics. Bands such as Queen, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin and Dire Straits just to name a few are never far away on my iPod. The 80’s were where my musical tastes were firmly established.


In January 2018 I stumbled across a video on youtube, It was a band made up of session musicians who had all come together to create the Classic Rock Show, fronted up by legendary guitarist Howie G. A bit more research and I discovered that they were playing at the Lowry Theatre in the next couple of weeks. What a fantastic night. Anyhow, roll on 12 months and thanks to Andy Kettle at CMP Live I ended up with a photo pass to get up close and personal and take some photographs of the band in action in 2019

Full stage and crowd shot

Full stage and crowd shot

This was high energy from the start. Opening the show with Zep’s Whole Lotta Love. Chris Ousey on vocals and Wayne Banks’s thundering bass line had the crowd up on their feet instantly. They kept the energy going be sliding straight into the Eagles’ One of these nights.



Howie G - All Along the Watchtower



The hits kept coming one after the other, and being positioned down at the front, I was grateful to have remembered my foam ear protection. Above is Howie G playing my favourite from the night. It’s a bit of a mouthful as it is a cover version of Jimi Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower written of course by Bob Dylan. I’ve never been a huge fan of this song, but I have never heard such an amazing sound come from a Fender Stratocaster like on this version. Video It’s safe to say its a firm favourite now!

Making it scream!

Making it scream!

The other lead guitarist is Jimmy Cole. When he is not playing guitar, he is a bit of a racing driver and has competed in several disciplines. Here’s a link to an interview with him - Interview

Catching flies mid solo!

Catching flies mid solo!

The band have a pool of very talented musicians, and often feature guest vocalists. Tonight we were treated to some stunning performances by Jess Harwood, lead singer of Fleetwood Mac tribute band - Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Jess Harwood performing one of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest tracks.

Jess Harwood performing one of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest tracks.


Here’s a few more images from the show. It is absolutely one of the best concerts i have been to and I am already looking forward to them touring in 2020!



All images by Heaton-photography.co.uk for more information on the band, future tours, video clips and more, please visit their official site here

Royal International Air Tattoo

logo courtesy of RAFCTE

logo courtesy of RAFCTE

Every year I donate 6 days of my time to travel down to RAF Fairford in Gloucester to volunteer at the world’s largest airshow. I work within a small team of 6 photographers who record not only the amazing aerobatic displays, but also the stories on the ground.

I do this to support the work of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprise. A charity who provide support and opportunities to young people, and encourage development with regards to STEM.

image courtesy of RAFCTE

image courtesy of RAFCTE



My images are used for internal and external promotion of the charity, and also within the Souvenir programme which is sold at the show. 2018 was a very special year as it was celebrating the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

Special RAF 100 tail on the Typhoon display aircraft.

Special RAF 100 tail on the Typhoon display aircraft.

The above image was taken at night, once everyone had gone home and the airfield had become silent for a few hours.

There are over 3,500 volunteers who keep the airshow moving, some RAF and MOD personnel, and many civilians. One of my job whilst i’m there is to take team photos for each of the different departments.

Me holding the RAF 100 ceremonial baton.

Me holding the RAF 100 ceremonial baton.

One of the highlights this year was me being asked to photograph the visit of HRH Prince Michael of Kent as he inspected some of the visiting aircraft.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent

HRH Prince Michael of Kent

Here are a few more images from this year’s event.

F-35A from the UASF

F-35A from the UASF

Royal Canadian Air Force F-18

Royal Canadian Air Force F-18

A Danish F-16

A Danish F-16

French Dassault Rafale - in stunning colours.

French Dassault Rafale - in stunning colours.