A couple of years ago, I had an opportunity to take the previous version of BMW i8 for a photoshoot. It was a very unexpected event, and thanks to my friend, I had access to a massive metal barn which I used for a couple of days as a photography studio. Well, since I had access to such a place, now I needed a car, and that’s how I really ended up with an i8 for a weekend. It was the perfect machine for experimental photography and a great practice subject. Great opportunity to try something new and learn, learn a lot. You can check out the results of that photoshoot here
The future is now. BMW i8
When I took the silver i8 back in 2018, it was one of the first times I had a chance to do a proper photoshoot on location with strobe lighting. Now, after a few years of experience, thanks to my good friend, 2020 brought me another opportunity to shoot the BMW i8 again. This time it was orange facelift version from early 2019. Except for a few tiny details, the car is pretty much the same as the old one; fun to drive and fast as always.
I was wondering if (and how) my skills improved after more than two years of shooting. The most important question was: can I create better quality automotive photography than before? Yet again, I had the car for a whole weekend, and spent a lot of time shooting in different locations, environments and time of the day. Starting from total darkness, through photoshoot in the City to frosty sunny morning somewhere in Berkshire nature.
Splash photography is one of those things I always wanted to try. In the past I had often a very good excuse not to do it. In summer it meant staying late, and I’m an early-morning type of person. In winter, its cold, windy and it gets too dark too early (it doesn’t matter that darkness is what I need!). This time I had the right car and low temperature outside did not put me off, although, 3 degrees and cold water is not the most pleasant mix. I’ve only managed to do it for about 2 hours. Still, I’ve got three cool shots (there is more, but I’m sharing only the best with you) from that night and I definitely plan to do more splash photography in the future.
I’m happy with the results, and I love the halo effect on these pictures, where the car looks a little bit overwhelmed by the amount of water. It takes attention away from the edges and helps to focus on the vehicle itself. The main subject is the brightest and most prominent point of these pictures. Orange gives a nice contrast and vibe in this almost black & white setup.