Drive 1

Bit of fun with a manfrotto suction cap (thanks Daniel!). It's incredibly nerve wracking to drive around with several grands worth of camera and lens sitting up front like this.


2 x SB800's on back seat with full cut of CTO gel on each at 1/32nd power. 1 x SB800 with 1/4 blue gel squeezed into dash area at 1/64 and -2/3 power (with cinefoil snoot to keep as much light off top of steering wheel as possible).


Camera triggered by PW on Channel 1 (which had Daniel's Zebra Flash cord plugged from PW to camera), and another PW in hotshoe on Channel 2 to fire one of the flashes in-car and the other two flashes in car on optical slave mode. Using different channels like this meant that one fire of the PW I was holding would trip shutter, and as it was about to close, rear sync mode then tripped the interior flash on another channel which itself pushed the other two into action via their optical slaves.


There is a small ridge down the center line, so I had to mount the suction cup to one side of this, hence the off-set framing - not as squared up as I would have liked.


ISO 400, 1/8th sec, f/8.


Tip for others - a super-clean windscreen if you don't want to spend all night cloning :)


Daniel's pics include some typical set-up shots.



  • Ben Meares 6y

    NICE dude!
  • rashawn woodgett 6y

    you were at 1/8. How fast was your actual motion to get such a crisp background?
  • kev stanton 6y

    Congrats on Explore! Love this pic...such a dramatic composition!
  • strobe_flash 6y

    @Woodgett - I guess I was traveling 40 km/h or so through the tunnel - wanted to go faster but someone in front of me was in no rush. As it turned out, it seemed a good speed to blur the walls nicely.
  • Lendl Peralta 6y

    Congrats on Explore FP. A bit scary indeed with the camera and lens you are using sitting in front of your car.. It's good that manfrotto make excellent quality products.
  • Sascha D. Rueb 6y

  • Cruxlub 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Big Blue Planet *sweeper IS active*, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Great angle.
    Well composed.
  • Bryn Price 6y

    Awesome shot. You're a braver man than me driving with a D3 held on by a bit of air pressure!
    Great use of the multiple lighting zones, the use of the cooler light from the dash is great.
  • Rafal Nowak 6y

    Beautiful shot! Congrats on Explore!

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • Chiang CSJ 6y

    that is so cool
    want to try that
  • @Doug88888 PRO 6y

    What a great shot! Exceptional.

    Thanks for sharing it.
  • EOS1DsIII 6y

    Extraordinary stunning shot.
    Congrats on EXPLORE !!!!!

    Please view my "nightdrive"
  • Daniel Larsen 6y

    That is so cool J!
  • Elita Supargo 6y

    this is so cooolll! :))) and congratulations.. it's on EXPLORE :)
  • Brendan Falkowski 6y

    So when do you start directing hip-hop videos?
  • strobe_flash 6y

    @Brendan - ha, good to hear from you! Answer is when I get some more Bling
  • CreativeDirections 6y

    Worth the effort!
  • John P. 6y

    Simply fantastic!
  • Brendan Falkowski 6y

    Tangent universe
    Driver by Konstantin Sutyagin
  • H Pettersson PRO 4y

    Fantastic, impressive flash control. I acctually love the of center tilt, it gives life and motion.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
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