Startrails streak through the night sky whilst traffic streams past an MPV vehicle parked by the roadside
The car was on loan from Ford to try and convey the dual concepts of space and travel in a magazine photoshoot (N-Photo; Issue #5). Sadly when the mag team joined me it was cloudy but the following night it cleared- often the way when dependent on the weather. Parking up and composing I stumbled upon a problem: occasional lights from oncoming lorries were glaring into the camera and destroying the scene. The solution: light the car & capture the traffic trails first, then move the car to a position where it was blocking the oncoming lights. It’s time consuming, but made the difference between getting the shot and not!
Layers in PhotoShop make it easy to blend different parts of multiple images but if you’re going to recompose any part of the scene between shots, check; double check & triple check that you’ve covered all bases. Ambient light, foreground lighting, subject lighting, focus, overlap between elements. They all matter- overlook nothing and leave nothing to chance!