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No car, no problem.

1950's Greasemonkey

1950's Greasemonkey

I did another vintage male photoshoot on Sunday. I was really excited for this one because the model was supposed to borrow his brother-in-law’s beat-up old Cadillac. The car would have been perfect for my vintage mechanic concept.

Unfortunately, the car wound up being used by his brother-in-law at the last second so we had to improvise and use the model’s ultra modern Chevrolet instead.

My original idea for a location was also ditched once we got there and I realized it was way more ghetto than I remember it being. Contrary to popular belief, there is a big difference between a vintage-looking location and just a run-down background.

Luckily, we found a building around the corner that was perfect. It was the service entrance to a Honda dealership. There were no cameras and no street activity, so I gave it the greenlight so we setup shop.

Lighting with my small strobes was a challenge because I wanted to get a nice rim-light, but I also wanted to show the engine while also highlighting that cool gate. Once I figured out what I wanted to focus on, the rest came easy. I let the sun work as my third light, illuminating the engine just enough. I used the gate to my advantage, lighting it to provide an interesting shadow and just a little bit of bounce light for the right side of his face.

At the end of the day, we were sweaty, stinky and proud of what we had accomplished. Meanwhile, I was eyeing the abandoned warehouse across the street for a future shoot…

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