This was the first real outing for the Fujifilm GFX 50s, with quite a rare incarnation of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430. The GFX turned out to be the absolutely ideal camera for the automotive or car photographer. This image was taken in Worden Park in Leyland, Lancashire.

Lighting is always my main concern when shooting anything, and photographing vehicles is no exception. Any vehicle can create serious challenges when positioning lights, and the potential to have large glaring reflections of the light sources in the panels can be a real concern. Bearing in mind that light basically travels in straight lines, imagining the vehicle to be liveried in chrome, tends to help when assessing where lights should be placed. If you believe you may see a reflection of the lighting head in the chrome, then you will get a harsh specular highlight at that point.

Here, I placed an Elinchrom ELB500 frame left, pretty much straight on to the side of the car. The head was at maximum height, which was approximately 2.5m, and firing through a high intensity reflector. Output was set to 6.0.

Frame right, I placed a second ELB500 firing through a high intensity reflector at a height of 2m, and square on to the bonnet. Output was set to 5.0. as it was a little closer to the care than the first head.

Fujifilm GFX 50s 1/80th sec ISO200 GF110mm f2 R LM @f14

Exactly the same setup, with the lighting unchanged.

Fujifilm GFX 50s 1/80th sec ISO200 GF110mm f2 R LM @f14