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Photoshoot With A Beautiful Matte Black Mercedes Benz SL65 Black Series – Behind The Scenes

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A few of images from Sunday’s photoshoot with a beautiful Matte SL65 Black Edition. The Black Edition is a limited run twin-turbocharged V12 612 horsepower monster. This car is #1 of only 175 made by Mercedes and AMG apparently.

The car was modified (matte wrap, stereo, etc) by Designo Motoring. Thanks to Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 I was able to get some great contrasty final images. Shot the above image with 3 White Lightning strobes with 7″ silver reflectors and barn doors. See below.

Before color treatment

Cars don’t always require a lot of fancy lighting when shooting outdoors. It just takes shooting and lighting from the right angles that flatter the vehicle the most. Also you must understand and adapt to you the ambient light situation and environment/background.

Found a cool old abandoned performing arts warehouse and abandoned motel on this block near my place. I think they are about to be torn down, but are cool to photograph around in the meantime. The image below is in the motel parking lot. Used an old puddle for an interesting foreground effect.

There is a lot more to edit from the shoot, but thought you may like seeing some of my process.

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Color treatment done by Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 "Color Stylizer" and vignette with blur done by OnOne Software "Focal Point" software


lighting setup and location
Behind the scenes snapshot by Will Martinez. Setting-up.
The matte wrap on the car photographs well in natural light.

7 thoughts on “Photoshoot With A Beautiful Matte Black Mercedes Benz SL65 Black Series – Behind The Scenes”

  1. Wait a minute. How did you get to shoot Ovechkin’s car ?! Was he on set with his car ? Did you shoot for a publication ?

  2. I just wanted to say thank you for all of your behind the scenes posts you do as well as a very inspiring body of work. I shot my first car/model last night and directly credit its success to studying your G+ post about this shoot.

    So thank you again for all you do! Your work is very much appreciated

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