Living on the west coast of Canada, I guess a lot my pictures are bound to have water featured in them.
I’ve been taking pictures for many years now, purely for the love of it. And when I go outside, I find myself constantly looking at everything around me, including lighting, colors, shapes, repeating or asymmetrical patterns, shadows, and reflections.
The challenge of course, is to try to take take a picture of something that’s been shot many times before, but to find the right angle or lighting that makes it still interesting for the viewer.
I love automotive photography for picking up the fine details, and the way that light plays off of the shiny curved surfaces. (Exotic or super cars, muscle cars, custom and restored vehicles).
They can truly be works of art.
I use different shooting methods depending on the situation:
AMBIENT LIGHT WITH VIEWPORT EFFECT.
These are shot in daytime. Taking full advantage of natural light to emphasize reflections and to boost colors. Distracting backgrounds are reduced or eliminated which draws the viewer’s attention to the fine details and craftsmanship. This is ideal for highlighting specific areas or features.
These are also shot in the daytime. Flash combined with special camera settings is used to paint light over areas of the car. Can be used to highlight specific areas or the full vehicle. I experiment with the flash angles to pick up the beautiful car curves. Great for high gloss cars. It has the effect of a studio shot without the elaborate setup.
Night photography is another passion. During long time exposures, camera sensors do a great job of picking up light that our eyes don’t see, often resulting in surreal and magical scenes.
I don’t believe that photos need to be perfect. They don’t even have to be focused, straight, or properly exposed. They are at their very best when they simply make you wish that you were there.
Please contact me if you have a photoshoot or project in mind.
Rob Plenert – ‘asviewedfrommars’
Vancouver, British Columbia