Veloster Street Car – and Nikon D800E

OK.. so it has been a while since my last post

So firstly here’s a pic of my latest shoot with the new Nikon D800E.

Veloster Street Car… Nikon D800E, Nikon 20mm f/2.8, x2 Nikon SB910, x1 SB900, x2 SB800

Recently I have been busy juggling the new studio, being away, new websites and new blogs etc and so have neglected this blog a little. Damn… all this website and social media stuff is time-consuming huh? Especially when across multiple companies, locations and websites.

Anyway I will backdate a few blog posts to cover off a few recent jobs including: Red Bull X-Fighters, Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine – Dual-Sport Adventure motorbike tour 2012, Adventure Harley Davidson NZ, Oakley – Rick Kelly (Studio), Tourism Victoria, Tye Simmonds (Super Cross / MX)

However my latest project was for Hyundai Australia photographing a concept street car for the Australia Motor Show

I was stoked to be using the new 36MP D800E for the first time and it’s sharpness and clarity is mind-boggling. I was amused with myself when I noticed a hint of noise at high ISO’s but I have been using the D3, D3s and D4 so much I am used to being able to shoot well into the many-thousand ISO’s. The D800E compensates in so many other ways so I quickly checked myself, with the knowledge I ordered the new body specifically for lower ISO, commercial shooting – similar to the images portrayed here (duh!), not for high ISO, high frame rate sport shooting. And the D800E absolutely ‘kills it’ in the area it was specifically designed – brilliant sharpness in detail.

This shoot was a coming together of multiple challenges. Embargoes on images, security clearances at location, limited shooting time and mostly after dark, car build finishing minutes before shooting etc. We ended up collecting the car around 3:30pm and returned it around 2am. plenty of security guys in high-viz vests telling us to clear off, others who were cool, others who didn’t care … but photography and security issues go had in hand in todays Australian liability scared society.

One day turnaround on images to be ready for the motor show added a little extra pressure but in the end it all came together nicely… and the results (below) speak for themselves:

Where live-view excels… holding camera far above head for extra height and still knowing what to focus on.

gotta love a good sunset. Cheat note – I had reccied this area and used the iPhone app ‘Sun Seeker’ to find where the sun would set.

Public Road – lucky the parking spaces were empty.

In this case the stereo system is half the car…so made sure we got photos of it.

1 am and still shooting

Internals are just as impressive.




About inciteimages

A magazine recently profiled my life and pretty much hit the nail on the head: Australian adventure photographer (and occasional journalist) Mark Watson is a liar. He suggests his job is “not so glamorous,” but drop him an email and his ‘out of office auto response’ will inform he’s heli-skiing New Zealand or trekking Patagonia. In downtime he surfs and mountain bikes Sydney’s Northern Beaches or can be spied drinking café latte’s on the beachfront when he should be editing photos. He’s a Nikon Ambassador and Red Bull Australia’s No.1 photographer, and after a few Corona’s, admits, “I photograph cool people, in cool places, doing cool things!” Quickly followed by the disclaimer “It’s not always exciting…” But always said with a mischievous grin. View all posts by inciteimages

One response to “Veloster Street Car – and Nikon D800E

  • Andy Moss

    Hi Mark,

    Love the shoot. If you have time I, and I”m sure others, would be really interested in knowing how you lit the setups. I’ve been using the D800 and love the camera now I have found out how to get around a few idiosyncrasies. If you ever do any long exposures make sure you have long exposure noise reduction turned on otherwise you may encounter the dreaded white dots.

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