The photoshot with Jaguar F-Type R.
The weekend has started, and I was already waiting for its end. I knew the exciting part would be on Monday, and I just had to wait for two more days. I’m a very impatient person.
Of course, I didn’t just waste my time doing nothing. A quiet period before a photoshoot is always a good thing. It helps to prepare the gear for the day, review my plans one more time and adjust for unexpected events. I always try to get a one relaxed day before a serious photoshoot – I learnt that after a few mistakes I made in the past when things got too intensive. One error that really stuck in my head was the time when I went for a photoshoot, set up everything, and discovered I don’t have my memory cards (yeeey!). Fortunately, this was not a big problem as I was tethering anyway, but I felt… Well, let’s say “silly” at least. What if my laptop refused to work? Or would lose all the data?
These days, I use a checklist that keeps me on track. Before I pack everything to a car, I go through all the items on the list. I actually have to touch every single thing and make sure it is charged, cleaned, prepared. Only at that point, I’m ready!
Monday morning started very slowly but knew it will look a little bit different from the typical beginning of a week. I woke up around 6:30, just before the sunrise, and had only 10 minutes to get off the bed, do morning chores, jump to my car and drive 65 miles to Silverstone Circuit. That’s where the lovely Blackberry Jaguar F-Type R was waiting for me. I got there just a few minutes after eight. All drivers were going at a compulsory briefing. During that time, I practically had the whole place just for myself for about an hour. Not a living soul in sight. Awesome!
As I have never shot an F-Type before, I spent some time walking around the car to get a closer look. Find the details I really like about it and looked out for what I should avoid. Every car has some weird elements that might ruin a good picture and all the effort that goes into taking one. Unflattering front (new Elise), odd body shape at a specific angle (back of a C63 AMG) or maybe a too big gap between wheel and arch (Caterham). They all have something weird, and I always try to find them. It’s important. I also noticed a couple of places where the car needed some extra cleaning.
Before people got back from the morning meeting, I was able to take a couple of snaps too (no, I didn’t share them here). Without any lights or even a tripod, just quick snaps. It helps to figure out how the car fits looks at the location, where it should stand for pictures, what lens will be the best for the job, and what I want to do about lighting. As there was no need for interior shots, I didn’t have to worry about dust particles on a dashboard. I hate it, and it doesn’t matter how well a car is prepared and cleaned, there is always some dirt or smudge left somewhere.
I think one of the most significant issues during this photoshoot was the amount of reflection I got on the car’s body. Unfortunately, it added me a lot of work to clean up extra and unnecessary distractions from the car and background. Dark paint is hard to photograph, but a lot of tiny light reflections and a glossy floor was making things even harder. Not impossible, though ;) Colour of the car was called “Blackberry”, and it is almost black, but in the sun or intense light, you get a purple hint. I really wanted to capture this on my pictures. This is one of those unique features that really make this car special.