Ford Ranger Photo Shoot.

With the limited time i have during the week there is nothing more i enjoy than to take a car to a stunning location and get my creative mind engaged. A few weeks ago i picked up a stunning Ford Ranger Wildtrak and took it out into the wilderness of the Scottish Borders Cheviot hills.

The rugged surroundings were perfect for the capabilities of this amazing all round 4x4 pick up truck. The bold Saber Orange colour was a stunning contrast agains the rolling landscape.

The cars amazing colour was bold enough to stand out against the stunning back drops i found around the area, The waterfall was the perfect subject to show off not just the great colour but also the superb performance of this brilliant truck, Around the location they have some amazing trees and abandoned subjects such as the truck which i thought was perfect to use as a backdrop to the modern Ranger.

It’s my passion to work with a Camera every day and to produce beautiful images. I am looking to grow my photography business and work with Manufactures and Brands to grow there products and advertising with an online platform. With my website and online presence if there is anyone looking for a freelance photographer to shoot there cars either for website or online advertising i am available on email on the contact me page.

One Full Year Shooting Fujifilm

One year ago I made a huge decision to change all my Canon equipment to Fuji series Mirrorless equipment, I sold up my reliable Canon 1Dmk3 and 1Dmk4 and the 70D I was using as a back up along with that I sold up the 300mm f2.8 L and the old classic 80-200 f2.8. it was a hard decision but there was no going back.

IMG_2757.JPG

In came the my new Fuji Xt2s and the 100-400 with the 50-140 f2.8 and some battery grips to complete the set up,

Having has some experience shooting with Fuji with the original X-Pro1 I felt right at home with the system and the menus which definitely helped when it came to setting up the shooting style I was looking for.

My main subject is Motorsport which everyone following my social media is well aware of, I have been using the XT2 for the full of 2018 season at some of the UKs larger motorsport events, I covered the MSA British Touring Car Championship, Bennetts British Superbike Championship The Annual Silverstone Classic and the FIA World Endurance Championship. Some of the image examples below.

As you can see from the examples above the Fuji system is more than capable of producing some of the most impressive image quality among the big hitters, Now I am well aware its not the camera taking the shot its the operator who has the eye for the shot but the kit helps the operator to perform better.

When shooting the Silverstone classic I was luck enough to run into Carl Hare of Fujifilm who was willing to let me run off with his Fuji XH1 which was the bigger new addition to the Fuji family at that time, (XT3 Now Launched)

Again I was amazed by the performance of this amazing piece of kit the way it performed was seamless and with the 100-400 it was simply outstanding. Never missing a moment of the action.

Now the Motorsport season has come to an end for me in 2018 I have started to develop one of my XT2 cameras into a Landscape camera using it to shoot travel photography in Budapest to shooting my local area in the Scottish Borders,

I recently bought the 23mm f2 lens for travel and the 16-55 f2.8 for Landscape over the next few months. Image examples below

So what I am trying to say is after making the big choice to jump to a new system for me has been a happy successful decision, The image quality is outstanding but the cameras themselves are just great fun to shoot with, They bring a new enjoyment to shooting what ever scene you are looking for. The EVF is so helpful to capture the perfect exposure and composition with the X-Trans sensor producing some of the best colour rendering I have seen from a digital camera system.

Once again thanks everyone for the Continued support and hopefully there will be more opportunities in 2019. I have started doing some Static shooting my work place in the Scottish Borders Shooting for Jaguar / Land Rover. It’s amazing to work with a superb brand. I look forward to seeing some of you in 2019 and once again please follow my social media links on the page to keep up with all the goings on around cmc-images.

FUJI - WEC/ELMS At Silverstone

I am going to start with saying WHAT A WEEKEND!!! Absolutely brilliant. Loved every minute of it, Even when I was moaning about all the walking lol. Yes I am human and walking long ways was getting to me.

Anyway, What a weekend, Its my annual trek to Silverstone for the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, Its always one of my headline weekends and a must visit for all motorsport fans, Especially to see the amazing machinery that takes part in this brilliant event.

 Arriving down mid morning on Friday I unfortunately missed the morning AM brief but not to worry it gave me time to relax and prepare for the afternoon action, After FIA Media rep Jeff Carter Fuji Ambassador ( https://tinyurl.com/JcarterMaclean) finished with our safety brief it was time to break out the amazing XT-2 and get off out there to shoot some of the afternoon action.

CMC-Images

Once again it was great to hear the roar of raw engines sounding like they should. It was all go from there with ELMS/WEC action to keep me entertained for the remainder of the day. First up I must say, To see the Toyota Gazoo Racing (https://twitter.com/Toyota_Hybrid) going through the Maggots/Becketts section at Silverstone will blow your mind. Throughout the practice sessions the most entertaining track action was from the sounds of the Factory Porsche cars in fact all of the porches through the weekend sounded spectacular, Once again the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT cars looked beautiful and its a pleasure to see these amazing cars driven so well.

With some amazing action during the sessions it was time to head back to the media room and sort out the images and as you can see I hog the desks a bit, I do like my space :)

Workspace

Images downloaded onto the SSD it was time to get the editorial work started and sent away, I did have my very yummy sandwich to keep me occupied while I did the boring work HAHA.

Now its not often when I am around a circuit I will approach people as I like to keep a low profile get in and shoot and get out, I made an exception on Saturday and am I happy I did, I met with some guys from FujiFilm UK ( Carl - https://twitter.com/Carl_Hare) and I got the amazing opportunity to get my hands on the amazing all new Fuji XH-1 for the start of the ELMS Race. 

XH1

I was a happy boy as I walked away with this amazing piece of kit to shoot the start of the race. What an epic piece of kit it is, The EVF is a game changer, So clear and bright and so much bigger than the XT2, The shutter button is very responsive and will snap at the slightest of press.

The over all burning question I asked myself was, Could this replace my XT2 for the £££ well.... No if I am honest, Yes, The EVF is spectacular, Yes the grip is much more comfortable to hold over the slim XT2 but there is something charming about the size of the XT2 and with it basically being an XT2 on a fat gain who enjoys shooting video then I am happy to stick with what I have. 

I am in no way putting the XH1 down, I loved it and I loved the opportunity to shoot with it but I will wait for the XT-3 before I see about upgrading, 

P.S - John Rourke (https://twitter.com/AdrenalMedia) had the Fuji 200mm f2 all weekend and I didn't manage to get my hands on that, One day I will get the shot to see how that will stack up but until then I am happy with my set up.

All in all a brilliant weekend again with some amazing racing and great people, It would be a dream come true to be able to work in this environment as a full time job opportunity, I have proven my skill level, I just need the opportunity to come my way. Thank you to everyone who supports me and my pages I am grateful for every like and share. Be sure to stick around there is plenty more to come and I will not disappoint.

WEC Gallery - https://tinyurl.com/wecelmscmcimages