I was approached by a fan of my work regarding Sid Bengal, my old cat from 2009. Sid was the store cat from when I had space for my photography business in the front of Voodoo Lulu in the Valley. He was ridiculously entertaining and accommodating of of us as he was used as our Steampunk model in shoots. Images of him were copied all over the net and he’d become one of the most famous Steampunk Cats on the web. So here he is, the before and after shots so you can see him with and without the goggles. He’s also seen here on the drive to work. It was the only way he’d travel – claws in the dash mat, watching all the other drivers.
For the image tech folk, read on:
The Godox AD600B weighs only 2.66kg (just under 6lbs) with the battery on so it requires a quality flash stand especially if you’re shooting with umbrella, beauty dish, or in high winds like we had yesterday. Don’t go cheap on the stand size or strength or your flash investment is going to be short lived.
The other option with these is to buy two of the AD600 units and purchase one of the Godox 1200w/s flash heads (H1200) as it can run charge from two units. Strap the two flash units to the lightstand base and you have a much more stable platform (and double the light through one high end flash head) with the lighter and smaller size strobe head only atop the light stand.
Recently I shot some product imagery for Blackbird’s Emporium, a collective of Australian artisans who turn recycling into sculpture or wearable art, with steampunk a regular theme.
I’d meant to post this gallery of classic cars, hotrods, and vintage bikes at The Barn & Scotty’s Garage last week however an uninvited and faulty operating system update became a gigantic workflow breach – hence my Sunday afternoon catching up now. About a year back I first spotted this venue on social media and had been keen to shoot there since. Luckily Kat Creasey of the Gold Coast Design Collective had recently set up an event there for the vintage food vans and classic cars as a destination cruise in event and it was topped off with us being graced with perfect weather.
You can find the venue via:
Telephone: 07 4697 5334
1709 Flagstone Creek Road Upper Flagstone Q 4344
Asphalt Demons held their 6th annual dirt race invitational at Archer Falls Airfield in the paddock and front taxiway. The wide collection of classic cars, hotrods, bikes, aircraft and mischief makes this one of the most enjoyable events in the SEQ motoring calendar and with quite a few car clubs at the event, the focus is definitely on fun, not being the fastest.
More images from this event coming this week. All images available as prints – please use the contact form at the end of the post for print requests.
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Last week I enjoyed a two day booking to shoot with a P-51D Mustang – The Undertaker flying at sunset over Wivenhoe Dam for Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights and Brisbane Valley Airshow promo shoot and later to capture that again in formation with Yak3U R2000 SteadFast the world record holding Reno Racer warbird as well as a a classic Waco biplane separately along the Sunshine Coast beaches.
Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights is a new collaboration of pilots and warbird owners with a stunning collection of classic fighters in Brisbane. What started with purchase and import to Australia of world record holding Reno Racing warbird ‘SteadFast‘ the Yak3U with an R2000 engine, followed by the only USAF P-51D downunder ‘The Undertaker’, and more recently an Aero L-39C fighter jet trainer added to the fleets Yak-52 and T-6 Harvard. Their new hangar homes a purpose built facility with panoramic views of the Brisbane City, offers each client first-class service to ensure their adventure is uniquely memorable and enjoyable. Without comparison, Fighter Pilot integrates the most elite combination of customer service, high-performance former military aircraft and multi-media course presentations available in the aviation industry. Their team have flown thousands of customers, each having had a wonderful, thrilling and rewarding experience with their team of adventure experts and after flying with them a few times, I’m more than happy to share some images to show the style and level of fun of these flights.
Back on the ground, we grabbed some sunset captures of the fighters at Archerfield Airport
Dread Kitty Overlord – the Steampunk Cat
Lunken Airfield Warbird slideshow shot for RetroBomb Magazine
Slide show from the warbirds at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport for Lunken Days, with Cincinnati Warbirds EAA Squadron 18 hosting a visit from the Commemorative Air Force B-29 Superfortress’ FIFI’, C-45 Expeditor ‘Bucket of Bolts’, P-51D Mustang ‘Gunfighter’, SB2C Helldiver and Tri-State Warbird Museum’s B-25 Mitchell ‘Axis Nightmare’.
We got to fly in the waist gunner positions of the B-25 Mitchell to shoot air to air in formation with the EAA SQN’s T-6/SNJ and T-28 Trojan.