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Driving into the sunset

Driving into the sunset
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Copyright: Jens Schroder (HeadlessGuy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 163 W: 83 N: 498] (2282)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-10
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Artwork, Action, Portrait
Camera: Canon 5D Mark ll
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-10 16:26
Viewed: 2608
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 26
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Driving into the sunset

A friend of mine asked if I would take some photos of him and his race car. I have some things that I want to try out before I do it.
This is a test I did today of me in my own car.
I had my camera on DIY car mount that I made of a double suction cup bar and a clamp with a ball head for the camera.
The bonnet on the car is quite short and curved so I was limited in regards to camera position. I used a tokina 117 fish eye lens at 14mm to get a wide view which other than making the car look more sleek also enhances the senese of motion.
The camera was covered with a thick towel in case of rocks and gravel from the road.
the car mount felt really sturdy and the camera is relative light.

I used a Canon 430EX with an orange gel (1/2 CTO) at 1/4 handheld in my left hand to light myself.

Camera was triggered with a wireless remote.

The fish eye together with the full frame sensor sucks so much light in that it was difficult to get exposure times that would give me the motion blur i was looking for.
This one was shot in TV mode set at 1/2 sec at ISO50, f/29.

For pp i converted in Lightroom and did minor adjustments in photoshop

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  • Great 
  • philip Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 31 N: 186] (1350)
  • [2009-04-10 17:26]

Jens, wow, what an amazing shot! Awesome idea! Did you have a pocketwizard to set off your speed light? I suppose with a shutter speed of 1/2 second you wouldn't need the pocketwizard and could fire it by hand. TFS!

Hello Jens.
This is spectacular photo. Fantastic sharpness and excellent colours and contrast. I love the motion blur and the fisheye effect brings something extra.

Olá, Jens!

Great work here, my friend.
Good sharpness, nice colors and wonderful effect.
Congratulations and thanks for the notes.

Greetings from Brazil,

Hi Headless,
Very bold and great shot. Nice technique and rendition. Lot of visual impact.


This is one creative photo! It's terrific!!!! You certainly are brave to hook your camera up to the bonnet (we call it "hood" in the U.S. :D).

Wonderful lighting and colors. Fish eye lens gives it that extra touch!!


Such a unique shot with the head on view. It appears the mount worked very well and your planning was excellent. This shot is very professional and in my opinion in the upper group of shots here on treklens. It took both planning and execution to make this happen.

I would be interested in knowing what type of car is in the shot and if there is any other shots of it in your gallery.

Really cool!
Well done with the strobe.

hello Jens
very good thought with very possible result,
excellent photo
best regards

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-04-10 23:18]

Absolutely great ! action, speed, colors, mood! very unique, original and different! wow ...

tfs and good day Jens

amazing !!!

Your work is always amazing Jens and there is NO WAY I'm mounting my camera on the front of my car...NO WAY...you have nerves of steel my friend! HAHA! The gel flash in the car makes this thing really work well...the lines all point to the driver..however, you are on the wrong side of the car...whose driving? B-) Of course, you know, if you drive 100mph..you get more blur! HAHAHA! You get an award for this one!

Brilliant Jens - I've been mulling this idea over for a while and wondering how to attach the camera... SUCTION CUP you genius!!

Very excellent shot!! - great colour and good to use the remote flash..


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-04-13 1:12]

wooooooooooooooooooooooow !!!

  • Great 
  • dannie (0)
  • [2009-04-21 5:10]

This has to be one of the best photographs on this site. Why it hasn't got the recognition it deserves god only knows??!!
Just everything about it oozes sheer class. The thought process involved is also so creative (the camera mounting, the handheld flash) and the result is truely outstanding.
Its a pleasure too look at.

Hi Jens,
You're one creative dude! I love your gallery.
This is an awesome shot and the orange flash gives a heap of extra punch. A good amount of blur. Good stuff.

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