Scooters and Booze

18th November 2016
You might well think that the headline "scooters and booze" means I'm going to tell a tale of a scooter rally I've attended and had a night out... but no... this is a Blog about two different shoots we covered this week.

Firstly we were visited by a gorgeous 1959 restored Lambretta, the possession of a dedicated scooter enthusiast from Berwick.
This curvy deep red machine looked amazing, and the work that owner Bob has put into it shows the devotion to the craft ha has.
The scoot is a 1959 Li 125, with a few upgrades including a GT185 reedvalve, modified suspension finished in candyapple red and old english white.
This was all done after a crash wrecked it 2 years ago.

After it's crash 2 years ago.

I lit the scooter to show of it's curves & colours, whilst keeping the look dark and deep. On another day I might have shot this scooter under a bright blue sky in an open field or by the seaside, but it's November, and we were glad to be inside the studio.
An amazingly beautiful scooter.

Then later during the week, our studio next door neighbour "The Buck & Birch" - two guys who manufacture a lovely alcoholic 'elixir' called Aelder, asked for a few product shots to show off their bottles and product.

I was given one of their (empty unfortunately) bottles for a test shot to see how the curvy matt black bottle looked under lights, and from there I worked out how I wanted to light it... with a fake window light from the studio gear, and a spot of tungsten light to simulate being indoors.
I used one of the barns here so there was a straw/rustic/wood feel and grabbed a few shots of the bottles and the drink itself.

It's fantastic to have a studio space again that allows us to cover shots as varied as these all in the same space.

Scooter photos tech details:
Camera Fujifilm XPro2 , 16-55mm lens , Bowens studio flash through large octo softbok, bounce brolly and small softbox and reflectors for shadow lift.

Bottles photos tech details:
Camera Fujifilm XPro2 , 56mm lens , Lencarta Atom 360 portable flash, fired through small softbox, then through a large scrim to simulate large window, Lowel GL-1 to other side to give a hint of inside tungsten.

Lighter natural light shot was to show steam from the "hot toddy".


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