In June I was hired by RM Auctions to photograph a 1974 Jaguar E-type Series III V-12 Convertible. I was not allowed to publish any of the photographs I made of the car until it went to auction. I was happy to see that it sold for $82,500!
I was given a shotlist by RM Auctions of exactly the exterior angles that wanted photographs of. However, with the interior I had a little more freedom for choosing details to highlight along with the required engine and ID plate shots. Thankfully the car was in an air conditioned room to start with as I had to photograph the Jaguar around 1pm in the afternoon on a hot Florida Saturday afternoon.
Photographing an engine with lighting just from above, no matter how powerful, was not enough to bring out all of its details. So I placed one speedlight right on the floor under the engine (beside the tire). Again, it was nice to be in a climate controlled room as I worked out the best lighting setup.
Moving the car outside for the exterior shots of course very quickly became hot work, especially since the car was not in running condition and needed to be pushed. Plus, there was a very finite amount of space to use so I could not simply just walk around the car in a 360 getting the angles RM Auctions requested. For each shot the car had to be pushed around again, and the top taken up and then down.
I used three different lenses to photograph the Jaguar. For this detail shot of the steering wheel, I put on my Nikkor AF-S 105mm VR micro f/2.8G lens to go for maximum detail and very shallow depth of field. This was one of the shots where I had a choice on which interior features to highlight.
It was exciting to work for a high profile client like RM Auctions, whom I have seen featured on car shows I watch regularly like Chasing Classic Cars. There is not much I like to photograph more than a great car. I hope they have more cars in the Tampa Bay area for me to photograph for their next auction.