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Preview: My Photoshoot With The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty Movie Car

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Lots of fun shoots going on these days! Just got back from photographing the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty. This was one of 2 surviving screen used hero cars from the recent movie (not including stunt cars that were cut up or destroyed). I photographed the car as part of my ongoing photo series called The Unicorn Project, about TV and movie cars (originals and replicas).

Soon, I will be releasing the entire edited photos set as well as a behind the scenes video with how to do an automotive rig shot (the rig is the boom arm and suction cup mounted to the car – see below). If you love cars, movies, and/or photography you will love this set when it comes out.

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Was nervous to mount my Phase One on there for my first try with a rig. Maybe next time!


My Mad Max Photoshoot With Full Behind The Scenes Video

A few months ago, I hit up my buddy Paul Miller, who is a movie director out of Southern California. Regular readers of my site may recognize Paul from my previous Mad Max Interceptor shoot. Paul told me that he is part of a group of folks that essentially constructs clothing, weapons, and even vehicles to re-enact the Mad Max post apocalypse in the Mojave desert, much like some re-enact the US Civil War. They are often referred to as “Wastelanders” after their annual gathering entitled “Wasteland Weekend”.

First of all, this sounded like one of the most incredible things I have ever heard in my entire life. Secondly, for years I have been photographing portraits of cars that from popular films and the people that own them under a personal series of mine called the “Unicorn Project”. This seemed like a perfectly appropriate and awesome opportunity to add to my personal series and add amazing content to my portfolio.


A personal photoshoot like this may cost me a chunk of change out of pocket (travel, supplies, time, opportunity cost, gear rental), but the unique pieces I would create for my portfolio are priceless.

After setting a date with Paul and his “Wastelanders”, I began to reach out to my friends (aka: people I could convince to work for cheap/free on this personal project) to assemble a team that included a clothing stylist to arrange clothing and additional props (Chanon Finley), hair and makeup artist (Maeve Kate Broadhurst), and people to help with various duties such as general photo assisting, and behind the scenes photo and video. I am very thankful that my friends volunteered to help because I couldn’t have done it without them, especially without spending a fortune out of pocket.

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Introduction: Fast And The Furious 4 & 5 Dodge Charger Photoshoot

I’m having serious fun roughly planning out the post production process on this shoot I did in Los Angeles last week with one of the actual 1970 Dodge Charger Vin Diesel drove in Fast and The Furious 4 and 5. You will also notice the brand new Chevy Caprice police cars, which I believe are not out quite yet (not sure about that one, though).

I shot this as part of my ongoing Unicorn Project personal photo series dedicated to iconic TV and movie cars. I think it’ll end up great. This is a rough edit before I really dig into the post-production. The above is an iPhone snap of my screen. I’m starting to get better at taking multiple exposures in my car shots with flash and combining them with post. I think I learn something important and new every time I do shoot a car.

Stay tuned. I for when I release the final edited image. I may decided to make it into a limited run poster to give away.

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Come on. I had to get a shot with this beauty.


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