Sunday Select – July 19th, 2015

Sunday Select this week, some behind-the-scenes on how I shot the rollers of the 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster for Bonhams.

Vancouver Automotive Car Photographer Jason Manchester

If you missed my post a couple weeks ago regarding my shoot of this Jaguar E-Type for Bonhams, you can jump over to it HERE to check it out.

This shot didn’t make my final selects for the client and instead is from the “B-Roll” – I wanted to use an image I hadn’t already posted in the previous blog post.

I thought I’d share how I captured the rolling shots for this shoot since it was a little out of the norm from my usual technique. I was without an assistant for this particular job, which meant I wasn’t able to hangout a window of the camera car to capture the Jag driving like I normally would, so I had to improvise. To do so, I mounted a suction rig to my car in a position where I could see both the preview screen on the camera and the Jag through my side mirror. This was so I wouldn’t have to alter my driving position very much (or really at all) to see what I was capturing and if I needed to make any adjustments to the camera car position. To trigger the camera, I had my remote in my left hand ready for when I felt I was in a good position and matching speed with the subject car. I was able to click a frame or two before making minor adjustments before firing again.

By no means is this the best technique, I’d take having an assistant drive the camera car over this any day, but this worked in a pinch and the client was happy with the end results – which on a shoot like this, is the most important part in the end.

Here’s an iPhone pic I took the night before the shoot while I was figuring out the best plan of attack for these rollers. The only thing missing in the photo are the safety straps I had connected to the rig and the camera in case the suctions decided to let loose.

Vancouver Automotive Car Photographer Jason Manchester


Thank you for taking the time to view my 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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