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Shooting Cars with Dramatic Skies

I personally would like to thank Rota Wheels for their continuous support for my website – Custom Pinoy Rides. And I can’t think of any better way to thank them than to show how their wheels can turn simple cars into artforms.

I was recently given a set of brand-new, freshly designed, tested, and manufactured 15×7 Rota Grid Type-X offroad wheels. And what better ride to install them on than a 4×4 offroader!

The photo below was featured here: ROTA Wheels: Turning Simple Cars into Forms of Art (Grid Type-X on a Daihatsu Feroza)

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Camera hand-held. 2 flashes used: A YN467 on camera right about 6 feet from the ground illuminating the front of the vehicle, and a TT520 on camera left placed on the grass illuminating the side of the vehicle.

Below is a preview of how the Feroza looked before the wheels were installed, also shot with a dramatic sky but this time utilizing ambient light.

Before: Looking plain jane in steel wheels.
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Photo used for a product review of Tufoil Engine Oil Treatment. Worms-eye view with camera placed on the street. Ambient light only with long shutter speed.

This Suzuki Celerio was shot at the same location where I shot the Feroza on the first photo, but right before the sun disappeared in he horizon. It casted a unique hue in the sky, which lasted only for only about a minute or two.

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Camera hand-held. 2 flashes used: A YN467 on camera right about 6 feet from the ground illuminating the front of the vehicle, and a TT520 on camera left placed on the grass illuminating the side of the vehicle.

Photo featured here: Kevin Pamintuan’s Smashing Suzuki Celerio

Ever since I was a kid, I have always fond of clouds. I used to love staring at the coulds looking for certain patterns or figures that may be similar to other things. Cartoon characters, animals, faces, or whatever it may be, I never seem to have lost that watchful eye for good cloud formations. I guess this translated to photography. Whenever I see dramatic clouds, I make sure I capture spectacular moments with it, utilizing the clouds as creative backgrounds for my photos.

Below are a couple of other examples, taken around noon time at Batangas Racing Circuit during a shoot for Ford Club Philippines at last month’s Tuason Racing Race Day. All photos taken under ambient light, without flash.

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11-11-11 at La Luz Beach Resort, Laiya, Batangas, Philippines

11-11-11 is a date that only happens once every 100 years. Since most of us don’t live that long, it has been made a special day by many. They say that babies who were born on this date received special media attention, and that there was an increased number of marriages which took place in many parts of the world. Heck, even TV and Billboard ads for a local fastfood chain had something going on about 11-11-11. So I’m sure a lot of you have some epic stories to tell about how you spent November 11, 2011.

Mine was spent on a relaxing vacation and photoshoot session at La Luz Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas.

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The challenge was that my subjects were a completely mixed bunch in terms of age, gender, build, height, and ethnicity, all of whom I have to shoot within a span of a few minutes worth of good sunset lighting. Armed with only a bare speedlight mounted on my tripod, I set to work. I know some photographers who would utilize an umbrella for shoots like this, but I packed light as I didn’t have an assistant with me for this shoot. But I’m pretty very happy with the results. What matters is that I brought smiles to the faces of my customers soon as they saw my work.

Check out the photos:

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Family portrait.

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The beautiful child. For child photography, perspective makes a big difference. Most point-and-shooters just snap away from standing position. I suggest you try getting down on one knee to shoot at your child’s eye-level. You’ll be amazed at how big of an impact it makes.

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Father and child.

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The daddy. To those reading this, please understand the anonymity as in this particular instance, I’m mandated by a policy to not mention names or organizations.

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Now this is what I was talking about. I did have other subjects for this shoot. Had to readjust lighting and settings to compensate. I’m happy with how it turned out. Besides, challenges like this just make me a better photographer.

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Careful framing or cropping, plus using the longer end of a zoom lens, helps to shed a few pounds on the photo.

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On location shoots like this, I don’t use a light meter. Why? Because ambient light changes fast, as unfortunately, in this part of the world, there isn’t really a “golden hour”, as it only really lasts for a few minutes.

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If shooting group shots with only one off-camera flash, positioning is vital as you don’t want one person casting a shadow on another person.

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I just had to include this shot. If there’s one thing Batangas is famous for apart from beaches and balisong knives, it’s bulalo!

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Last photo that I’ll share with you guys from this session. The sun flare was captured on purpose. Did you know that there’s actually a science behind shooting sun flares?


Product Review: CD-R King Flash / Strobe (TT520)

Purchased the CDR King TT520 a few weeks back and put it to the test, using it in tandem with my YN467.

Photos featured on this article: Atoy Llave’s Daily Driver: R34 Nissan Skyline by Atoy Customs

Front Quarter View

Camera Left: YN467 Flash via Radio Trigger
Camera Right: CDR King TT520 Flash triggered using S1 mode (optical slave)
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Rear Quarter View

Camera Left: CDR King TT520 Flash triggered using S1 mode (optical slave)
Camera Right: YN467 Flash via Radio Trigger
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My observations:

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