PESO: One more Barracuda

Ken Waller kwaller at
Wed Oct 7 15:37:44 EDT 2009

If you're on blacktop wetting it down helps

Kenneth Waller

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "paul stenquist" <pnstenquist at>
Subject: Re: PESO: One more Barracuda

> To the comments below I'd add:
> Try to find a clean background, and get the car as far away from the  
> background as possible. Big parking lots in the desert are great! Find  
> clean pavement if you can. I was stuck shooting the Barracuda (and 13  
> other cars) at an old airport. The tarmac was cracked and had grass  
> growing through it, so I spent quite a few hours retouching it. Smooth  
> pavement will also give you nicer reflections in the car. For big- 
> dollar shoots some pros use a flat black tarp on the ground in front  
> of the car to get good reflections, then shoot the car with and  
> without the tarp and combine the shots in post. I don't get paid  
> enough to do that:-).
> Paul
> On Oct 7, 2009, at 1:54 PM, paul stenquist wrote:
>> On Oct 7, 2009, at 1:43 PM, John Francis wrote:
>>> Great shot - I can see why you like it!
>>> Apart from the equipment mentioned above, were you using anything  
>>> else?
>> No, that's it. The day was overcast, perhaps a bit too overcast, but  
>> that's better than hard sun. I shoot a lot from very low angles. I  
>> think this one was from about 18 inches off the ground. I also shoot  
>> some from the second or third step of a ladder. I've found that eye  
>> level shots tend to be the most boring. We've all seen too much of  
>> that.
>>> Basically I'm trolling for tips on how to best show off a car; I ran
>>> into my car-owning accquaintance the other day and mentioned I was
>>> interested in coming out to shoot his stable.  Apparently he'd been
>>> thinking along those lines, too, so it will almost certainly happen.
>>> He's got an impressive lineup; apart from the Ferrari F360 and the
>>> Lamborgini he recently picked up a new toy - a Bugatti Veyron!
>>> There's also a Viper roadster, and I'm sure one or two others.
>>> I don't know whether he's got a Tesla.
>>> I don't have either the K-7 or 60-250 yet, but I'm sure the K10D
>>> and the trusty FA* 80-200 will suffice.
>> Some great cars. I believe the Bugatti Veyron is the most expensive  
>> new car on the planet. Definitely want to get as low as possible for  
>> some 3/4 and 7/8 front and rear shots of that one. Should be fun.  
>> And the 80-200 should be perfect. Shoot a lot at 200, and open up as  
>> much as you can while still keeping everything in focus. I've found  
>> I can usually go to f8 for 3/4 or 7/8th shots and f4 for profiles.
>> Paul

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