Happy Halloween! My Ghostbusters Ecto 1 Photoshoot With Behind The Scenes Video

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and every year I try and do a themed photoshoot in its honor, like my zombie shoot last year. This year I headed down to southern Virginia to visit my friend that’s a movie/tv car collector along with 4 white-lighting strobes, a Roscoe fog machine, some color gels, a generator and lots of extension cable to photograph one of the Ghostbuster’s Ecto 1 Cadillacs. The story goes is that this is one of the vehicles built by the movie studio to promote the film. It looks a million times nicer than the on-screen car would look because it was expected to be seen and scrutinized up close by the general public.

Check out the behind the scenes video by my friend Addison Wright:


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This shoot is also part of my larger ongoing personal series, The Unicorn Project, which is a photo series dedicated to those that collect and build television and movie vehicles. It has been a blast to make so far! Adding more cool cars in the near future. You can see more behind the scenes from these Unicorn shoots here.

For these images I would shoot with plans to combine 2 images into. Not HDR necessarily. I would take 1 photo with strobes and a second slower exposure for the lights, which I would add to the strobed photo. The fog machine helped to show light travel. I wanted the vehicle to emanate beams of light… it’s more spooky that way after all!

As you will see in one of my upcoming retouching tutorial videos, I used Nik Software Viveza 2 “Control Points” and “Structure” and Color Efex 4 “Bleach Bypass” to help make the photos really pop.

Want to see these Ecto 1 images high-resolution and the rest of my movie and tv vehicle photo series? Head on over to The Unicorn Project gallery on my website. I’m always adding to the series.

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Will post a behind the scenes video on my retouching process on this image soon

6 Responses to “Happy Halloween! My Ghostbusters Ecto 1 Photoshoot With Behind The Scenes Video”

  1. ryandigweed says:

    It’s amazing !.. I love it !. :) Awesome Photoshoot !

  2. Really great. Love the mood – Ghostbusters is always so “everything you see is NOT everything you see,” and the way you composed this from beginning to end really captures that.

  3. Gary Tabar says:

    Those are killer! I’d love to get them in 1920×1200 desktop wallpaper size!

  4. Danny says:

    The lighting is perfect! great job man!

  5. [...] I just realized that our Fstoppers Twitter account has tons of unread direct messages (we prefer you email us). One of them was from Douglas Sonders who had a crazy experience with one of the original Ghostbusters Ecto 1 Cadillacs. These caddies have so many lights on them that I can’t make any sense of what is going on but it looks pretty cool. Douglas does a good job explaining how he plans on using a few long exposure shots to burn in the ambient light while using spot grids to pop in just the right amount of flash for specific areas of the photo. Does anyone know if the Roscoe Fog Machine in this video is made by the same company that makes Roscoe Speedlight Gels? Either way, nice touch on bringing the smoke machine to the shoot. Check out more details about this shoot over at Douglas Sonders’s Blog. [...]

  6. Thank for sharing. I enjoyed watching the behind the scenes. I love the end result. The images are awesome. Great Job!!!

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