You have heard of the painterly look in photography.
This is not quite an image that looks like a painting but it certainly looks like I have risked a coat of auto paint on my lens.
When your client is a panel shop and the job is to capture their expertise sometimes you need to be ready to get the clothes messy. And when it comes to expertise there is no one I admire more than the guys who can match colours and apply paint to make a car look like new. Anyone who has tried spray painting will know what I mean. To capture the spray action I jumped into the spray booth with my 1DX and much love 70 - 200 zoom hoping the ventilation system would keep the spray off my lungs and the gear. It certainly did that. To pick up the spray I put a battery operated 600ws strobe outside the booth and had it shoot though the window. The spray gun did the rest. It is a simple recipe that works for all things small; smoke rain dust and insects - just throw a light behind.
Thanks to boss Terry and the staff at O'Dell Panels Seaford for being so cooperative on a most enjoyable shoot.
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