'67 Mini Cooper

An awesome 67' Mini Cooper owned by Todd Groce shot in South Seattle for the 2009 102.5 KZOK Classic Car Calendar. Todd was awesome to work with and even gave me a ride. I'm finding that cars take much more time than people, and much more work (at least for me) .






Hoya ND8 (so I could shoot at f/2.8)


WL X1600 into large softbox on boom over car facing down

AB 1600 bare from far back left

AB 1600 bare from camera right and back

SB-28 x 2 in front seats


Another image shot in strips. This is 4 images combined. The breakdown:


-Main image

-Another with SB-28 flashed into the grill and (our) right headlight

-Another for the side/rear wheel

-Another for the interior


Big thanks to Ken Brown and Scott Dukes for the tips. Another huge thanks to Nick Parker for letting me borrow some of his gear and for assisting.







  • Darien 7y

    It's hard to make this car look as small as it really is without putting something of scale beside it. It's a challenge to have to fill the frame with the car (because it's a calendar shot) while at the same time showing scale. You're right about the back corner blending in, and that was the one thing that really bothered me, but I didn't have a frame where I lit off that corner as well as I'd liked to of. Live and learn. Thanks for the honest feedback
  • Carmel Vargyas 7y

    Beautifully lit!!
  • Atticus 7y

    is the 24-70mm new?
  • Darien 7y

    nah, i've had it for a while now. i just don't use it very often. mostly just for paid jobs.
  • Mike Emigh 7y

    I have a speed-light already and now I'm thinking about getting a stand and umbrella
  • number95 7y

    4 images combined? How in the...?
  • Sarah.Lynch 7y

    The reflections on cars are hard enough to deal with, but you nailed it (as usual) even with flash! Personally, I really like how the back blends into the shadow, but then again I'm not a strobist.

    I might have shot it from a lower POV or higher - the beam off to the right is distracting me a bit.

    Great work Darien.
  • Paul Marsh 7y

    Wow -- I'm friends with Todd and he asked if I knew of you. When I heard you were shooting his car, I was pretty happy for him. This shot turned out flippin' sweet! You're the right guy to shoot this calendar, definitely. Great work Darien!
  • poca-traça 7y

    I have No Words... Lovely mini of course but this pic is really amazing!!! A pleasure for my eyes!! ;-)
  • Second Street 7y

    Your car shots are incredible. Nice work.
  • Fried Toast 7y

    Great work. You asked our thoughts on the other shot. I like the background (nice angled wood w/ orange sunset) better than the graffiti wall), but I like the brick alleyway much better than the dirt in front of the cool angled wood.
  • Asha Carlos-Harker 7y

    Love the shot, especially the background !
  • Will Stephenson 6y

    mmm....That mini is shexy.
  • schapitz 6y

    Hallo, ich bin der Administrator der Gruppe Mini & Mini Cooper, und wir würden uns freuen, wenn Du dies zu unserer Gruppe hinzufügen würdest.
  • Stefan 6y

    Classic ........ the car & your image
  • mod_pirate 6y

    this is beautiful
  • Mark Scheuern 6y

    Excellent! Beautiful job.
  • Carlos Landaverde 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fashion Motion, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • 11BThunderbird 5y

    Please add your wonderful picture to WORLD CARS
  • or_flickr 5y

    what a beauty!
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Taken on September 27, 2008
  • EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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