I was recently asked to do some shots of the security cars and boats at sanctuary cove, this would be printed and framed. So I went about finding a suitable loction, it had to be an area where we could have all the vehicles and boats together , I had a couple of places in mind .....but the logistics in getting them together all at once was going to be a nightmare. So there had to be a plan B.
I had a place which wasn't too far for the boat to go and also an area were the cars could pull up in the background (all going to plan) So I had my trusty 50mm 1.4 tripod and some flashes and also a video light I headed to the location at about 4am and we ran into our first problem.......a boat moured at the spot were I was considering the shot, so a new angle was sorted.
Now the idea was to set the camera on a tripod and take a pano of the boats and cars and combine in photoshop. So first off would be the boats as these would be moving/drifting and then take as much time as need for the cars. The boats would need to be lit by flash so one flash was placed off to camera left set on 105mm 1/2 power and another from the right rear 1/2 power 105mm all wirelessly fired. Camera settings from memory was about ISO500ish 60th sec at f5.6, now all I was worried about the exposure of the boats and not the background know that i would be basically cut them out, so if they were too bright i'd either stop down or use a smaller ISO. Also since I couldn't have two boats I just got the driver to move over to the right and took another snap when I was happy with the exposure.....boats done.
Up next Cars.... ok so from the same position I needed a long shutter speed as I was lighting using a video light. So I when with f9 ISO200 for 8 seconds this was just enough time for my trusty assitant to walk around the car with the light. When lighting using this technique you must be extra careful not to shine the light towards the camera or you will see light streaks. I'd done some previous testing and was happy with the results, future shoots I'd like to use something wider.
And again with the cars was to move the same car four times and place into the final image. The result is a pano with plenty of detail that can be printed at 70 inches by 30. The client however agreed that this was going to be an expensive exercise and opted for a 30 x 12.5 and I must say the framing chosen is excellent. If you in need fo framing go and see "Cheap as Chips Framing Solutions" 16 Kortum Drive West Burleigh 4220 Ph.07 55 764 164. They do a fantasic job.
I have recently had this printed on a metallic paper and is now waiting to be framed.