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Shooting Dave – behind the scenes

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I am working on a little series at the moment to try and create a character from my screen name “Shooting Dave”. The idea is that this character will look like an assassin or a hitman or a spy of some sort. So far I had only created one, now I have two. Below is the first one I did, as if it had been a shoot out. Note the details like the empty film cartridges on the floor instead of bullet casings. And yes that is both me and me in the scene.

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The narrative behind this one is that you are the viewer, or the subject being photographed. This will be your perspective. I, Shooting Dave am pointing my camera (gun) at you. Don’t worry, it ain’t that sinister, a long with the word play on Shooting Dave, I also have a camera that resembles a gun, a Zenit Photosniper, I have added a picture below to show you what it looks like.

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Pretty cool huh?! Right I had the idea for this, I just needed to get the lighting to where I wanted it, it isn’t just a case of setting up the lights and BOOM – HEADSHOT. I needed to do a little bit of exploration so the following images are me trying out the lights in different positions.

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First up the key light was off to the left, I admit, I did like the light on hand arm but I was unhappy with the light on the subject. You can also see that I would need to tweak the pose as to not cover up too much of my face.

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I then moved the light to the right of the camera which gave more light to the camera/gun and the subject. Better but a little flat. Also the background was just too open for my liking.

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I then boomed the light keeping the light stand in the same position, this put the light pretty much level with me as well as adding more shadow across the face. The light was also subtly lighting the camera/gun too. However the barrel of the gun wasn’t that well described so I knew I needed some fill.

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Direct light would have been too harsh for the scene so I put a flash gun on the floor and bounced it off of a white wall to give some reflected lighting to the camera, it works quite well here.

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For this one, I was playing with the power of the fill flash, I turned it down to 1/64th but thought it was too subtle.

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Final. I upped the power on the fill flash and the tilted the key light a little more towards me help smooth off some the shadows. And that is it. There is a lighting diagram below to help illustrate what was done as well as the settings used.

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Some of you may have noticed that I didn’t shoot wide open for this and I did that for a number of reasons. First of all, this is a self portrait, focusing was pretty hard so to give myself a better chance of getting a usable shot, I stopped down to f/2.8 to get more depth of field. Also if I had shot wide open, I would have been too far out of focus and any expression would have been a blurry mess of bokeh. I like to think that the depth of field allows for nice separation of the gun to subject but also keeping some of the expression and emotion there.

If you like this I will show you more behind the scenes in the future.

SHOOTINGDAVE

 

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Halloween – behind the scenes

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How’s it going guys, did you have a good Halloween? Have fun during Guy Fawkes night? Well as usual on Halloween, Amy and I put on a little photoshoot to celebrate old hallow’s eve. I even bought a smoke machine for the occasion. Previously I had used smoke pellets and they work great but they just burn a little too hot which always makes me a little nervous and scorching the ground or setting fire to a model.

This year we headed down to my parent’s house and roped my sister into joining. Amy and Clare went for a gothic witch look where as I bought some props to look like Jason from Friday 13th. Here are Clare and Amy’s finest efforts:

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And there here is some of me:

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Clearly this is a strobist (off camera lighting) setup so for each photo I also included a lighting diagram along with the camera settings to help you if you wanted to create something like this at home.

SHOOTINGDAVE

 

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Gatebil

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You might be thinking “What is Gatebil?” and unless you are seriously into your cars, then you probably won’t know, in essence though. You see events like Formula 1, Le Mans and Goodwood Festival of Speed are what most people think of when you say motorsport events, these are televised or at least they are known as they have been going on for years. So why Gatebil, what makes this one something to know about?

What initially caught my eye was the various car builds that were making an appearance at Gatebil, Norway has some pretty strict rules when it comes to modifying cars and driving them on the roads. So in order to scratch that itch to build, faster, louder more exciting cars, Gatebil was formed. People come from all of Europe to attend, to how of their insane builds on a track, not only that but they come to camp, to party and hang out with like minded people. It is a festival after all.

The main stage parties were well documented all over youtube but it was the parties in the camp sites that were something of legend. Sure, it is just a race track with a paddock garnished with insanely powered drift cars and time attack cars from all over the world but it would be a shame not celebrate this momentous occasion without sharing a beer or two with your fellow petrol heads.

Instead of re-purposing my blog post on FUELTOPIA I won’t to show you the side you don’t see, the camp parties, the people, your comrades, the celebration that is Gatebil. Here are my photos from the absolutely stunning Rudskogen Motorsenter in Norway.

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Behind the Scenes: Honda Civic Type R

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Some of you may or may not know that I am an Automotive CGI Artist at a company based in the heart of London. I create images for brochures and websites for many different car manufactures. One of which is Honda. Whilst on a photoshoot for the new Civic Type R I decided to capture some behind the scenes imagery whilst working with top automotive photographer Rob Tomkins. My job isn’t necessarily to photograph cars. I recreate the lighting and the studio in 3D to try and replicate the lighting Rob does. Working with a true professional like this is a great way to learn how studio lighting really works. As a CGI Artist you have a good idea how it works but seeing it in the flesh really helps improve your work flow. These may not be the best behind the scenes photos but they look pretty nice 😉

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Do check out Rob’s site http://robtomkins.co.uk/ he is talented and knowledgeable guy and is happy to answer my questions (of which there were many). Thanks man!

SHOOTINGDAVE

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Postcards from Salou

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A few weeks ago I went on a family holiday with my Mum & Dad, my sister and her boyfriend as well as my girlfriend Amy. We went to Salou, Spain, near Tarragona and Barcelona. It was for much need R&R style holiday and we were treated to an all inclusive hotel which was part of Port Aventura, a massive theme park. A great way to blow off some steam after a few solid weeks a work. Other than fill our faces with a seemingly unlimited amount of food we did manage to drag ourselves from the resort and do some exploring. We went to Barcelona and to Tarragona for a bit of culture. Whilst there I was also updating my instagram page with shots straight from my camera using the eyefi mobi pro card and editing with VSCOcam

Hear are some postcards I took to help paint the picture.

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It was a great time, I feel much rested and look slightly browner after absorbing a years supply of vitamin D.

If you liked this then checkout these blogs:
Postcards from Barcelona
Postcards from New York
Postcards from New York II

SHOOTINGDAVE