Sunday Select – Dec. 6th, 2015

Sunday Select for this week is a side profile rolling shot of RPI Equipped‘s old Audi Q5.

Vancouver Automotive Photographer Jason Manchester

I think this images is fitting for this time of year, as many locals here in Vancouver begin to gear up for another season on the mountains – hopefully we don’t see the same depressing conditions as we did last season, or worse, no snow at all. So far we’re off to not a bad start.

This image of RPI’s Audi Q5 comes from the shoot we did for European Car Magazine a couple of seasons ago. What separates this particular roller from others I have shot, is the angle and the lens I used.

Most of my rolling shots are done with my Canon EF 20mm 2.8 lens (quite wide), and the angle is generally from the front or rear quarter. Once in a while I’ll do a side profile shot with the 20mm, but for most cars the extreme distortion generated from such a wide lens isn’t flattering. There are a few cars where that type of distortion works, but most times not.

This shot is the first time I used my 50mm 1.8 lens to attempt a rolling shot. The two challenges I found was generating a sharp image, and getting enough space between the camera car and the subject car.

The amount of shake the 50mm picks up compared to the 20mm is quite a bite. So nailing a few tack sharp frames was a little more satisfying shooting with the 50mm than with the 20mm.

Here in Vancouver we don’t have the wide multi-lane highways found in other cities around North America. And with the 50mm, you need to have a fair bit of distance between the camera car and the subject car to create a pleasing composition. Luckily for us, we were shooting this feature up on one of the local mountains which has a large overflow parking lot that runs along the main road leading up to the ski hill.

To get the distance between the two vehicles needed turned out to be fairly simple. I had the Q5 run along the edge of the overflow parking lot, while the camera car drove along the main road matching the speed of the Q5. In the end I didn’t have a lot of usable frames due to the focus issue I described above, but I was really happy with this one which came out quite sharp. Just a side note, we did this shoot in the off-season of the ski resort, so the parking lot was completely empty, and the road was deserted. Safety & common sense first!

I’d really love to add more of these type of rollers to my shoots, but unfortunately most locations I use wont accommodate it, which is too bad because I really love these side-shots!


I hope you have enjoyed these Sunday Select installments through this past year, even though I have missed a couple from time to time.

This will be the last installment for 2015. As we approach the holiday season I will be slowly pulling away from any business related social media and blogging – as I did last year – to focus my time on family & friends, along with preparing for a new year with my business.

I still have a couple more blog posts to end out the year, so stay tuned. And if you have been following along in silence, but enjoy the content I’m put out, please take a moment to let me know in the comments below. What would you like to see more of in this blog? Let me know.


Thank you for taking the time to view my automotive photography! – Vancouver Automotive Car Photographer Jason Manchester


*Sunday Select is a weekly installment where I pull an image from my archive – new or old – and share it. Sometimes giving a breakdown on how I created it, challenges I may have encountered during the shoot, or nothing other than an “I like it”, or sometimes “Don’t Like It” and why.


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