Josh's Photo Blog

February 15, 2010

Streets of LA: Car Rig Test

Filed under: Shoots — Tags: , , , , , , , , — joshuaps @ 3:10 am

I’ve always wanted to try rigging a camera to a car, so when my cousin (above) said he had a buddy with all the necessary gear, I jumped on the chance.

It helps that his dad (my uncle) has a sweet Honda S2000 in tip-top condition.

The rigged car (above) was quite a sight on the streets of LA yesterday; we got more than a few puzzled stares and “wow!”s as we drove by. The camera itself wasn’t really that hard to mount – just suction-cup it to the hood. The trick was getting good lighting on the driver while keeping all the gear out of frame. As hard as it was to rig an octabank to the door and dodge LA traffic while having it on, it would have been much harder (and less fun) to photoshop the light out of a busy background of skyscrapers and neon lights. Better to get it right in the camera.

We used a Nikon D300 and Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens for the shots, mainly because the combo was more expendable than my main D700 and wide-angle. “Expendable” is relative, of course – there’s about $2,000 of gear on the hood in the pic above, and $400 more on the boom sticking out of the car – but I’d rather risk the backup set of equipment than the main kit on the first go. We triggered the camera with my friend Eric’s Pocket Wizards, from a lead car my other cousin was driving.

For lights, there’s a Nikon SB28 running through a Photoflex Octodome (amazing light source) and a SB800 through a mini-softbox hidden in the passenger seat for fill.

Below, some other shots we did on the car rig

I think I’ll be playing around a little more with this in the future. With a stronger concept and more planning I could see some amazing shots coming out of this setup.

Thanks to my cousins Nathan and Nathalie for being gung-ho about all this, Nathan’s friend for the rigging and Eric Wolfe for his pocket wizards!

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November 24, 2009

Paris Life

Filed under: travel, updates — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — joshuaps @ 12:22 am

Things are getting hectic out here as far as schoolwork/job searching/Christmas planning goes, which is why I’ve not been 100% current with my blogging. I’ve yet to begin editing from a trip I went on this weekend, but here are some shots from Paris to tide y’all over in the meantime.

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