Top 5 automotive & aviation photos
I am starting from the top five as these are probably the most exciting shot from 2019. Of course, this is a very subjective list, and it wasn't easy to choose only five photos from all the pictures I worked on in 2019. It's a mix of commercial photography and personal projects. There is no rule, as long as I like the photo, enjoyed the project and I believe it is worth sharing it with you.
5 Autumn Elise Drive
I like this shot and not only because that's my car. It was taken just down the road where I live, and I was lucky enough to discover this beautiful place. Without all the leaves and autumn mood, this road does not look that impressive, believe me, I see it daily.
The photo is a little bit different compared to my regular work and reminds me that I love bright, on-location photo shoots as much as dark and moody pictures with artificial light.
4 Blackberry Jaguar F-Type R
This is one of the pictures from a photoshoot I did back in October at Silverstone. Definitely, my favourite one and I enjoyed shooting and postprocessing this piece. Most importantly, my client was happy with the final results.
I spent over seven hours retouching this particular shot to get it right. The amount of work put into this one paid off. It also helped me to practice my new retouching flow, and probably that's why I spent a little bit more time than I would typically have.
You can read more about this car and the photoshoot in a blog post from a while ago - Thrill and Excitement. Jaguar F-Type R
3 Halloween Lamborhini Huracan
This was fun! The initial idea was to find an orange car that will be used to create a Halloween themed image. I had this it in my mind for a while now, and only recently, I had enough time and found the perfect car to make it happen — Matt orange Huracan Pertormante. I'm pleased with the final result.
I knew this photo would require quite a lot of work, but it's not too hard, so I recorded the whole postprocessing from Photoshop and Lightroom. I then later created my first proper Youtube video, which explains all steps and how pictures like that are created. You can find in my previous blogpost and of course, on my YT channel, so make sure you check it out - The Making Of Series. Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
Mark of Excellence in I-SHOT-IT competition at the end of 2019 is just a cherry on the top of this beautiful orange cake.
2 AgustaWestland AW109
The picture is a visual proof that sometimes approaching things more casually and without a serious plan, can create results beyond our expectations.
We ended shooting the helicopter at client's site a little bit earlier than expected and decided to use the spare hour the best we can - shooting a little bit more. We towed the Agusta back to the hangar, position it right in the middle (which is not as easy as it sounds), and I took photos for the last picture from the day - moody & dark. It was a great opportunity to try something new as you don't often see aviation photography like that.
Winner in I-SHOT-IT Competition Transport & Cars category in December 2019.
1 Lotus 3-Eleven #311
Back in 2016, I was lucky enough to shoot at Goodwood the very dealer-delivered Lotus 3-Eleven in green and yellow.You can find a blog post on my website from that day - The fastest Lotus ever. Lotus 3-Eleven. I could not miss the opportunity to shoot another 3-Eleven when I found out this one has a chassis number "311". A very special car, plus it looks amazing in black matt body with glossy stripes.
I wanted these pictures to be moody and dark. I tried different things including shooting outside, light painting but ultimately I settled down on shooting inside with strobe light. One little twist to this photoshoot - LED light panels to create a different light source and add a bit of distraction to the picture.
I consider this the best picture of the 2019. I love the car, I enjoyed the photoshoot, I had a chance to be creative and do things my way and the final result is just stunning. Definitely one of my best pics not only this year, but probably from the whole decade. You can see more o this car on a blog post I created a while ago - Chassis no. 311 of 311. Lotus 3-Eleven.