“My name is Paul Monaghan I’m a self taught photographer from Scotland based just outside of Glasgow. What inspired me for this shot was a toy car one of my son’s (who is now two) got from his grandfather at xmas. It’s a cracking little hotrod style ride on that I thought would make a great prop for a photo.
I originally wen’t out to shoot my older son Peter on it but decided I should have a quick go too just as I packed up and I’m so glad I did as this is one of the most fun photos of myself I’ve ever taken and was the shot I decided to share with the world.
The location was a little path just outside my home in a small town just outside of Glasgow.
It was later in the day, the sun was lower in the sky just coming out behind the tree’s behind me.
For this shot, I used two lights without any modifiers.. one to the right of me and one behind me to the left. Both were at full power since it was pretty bright outside and fired with radio triggers. (ive attached a diagram not sure if you will use it.)
I used a pentax k5 with da* 16-50 f2.8 and my camera hanging upside down almost touching the ground with a Gittos tripod. One feature I made use of was the manual sensor shift that Pentax allow on there later models. This give’s every lens fitted a small shift function, I had it shifted all the way up (down really) to remove as much of the ground as I could and put more of me in the frame. A great feature I use quite often and sadly unique to pentax.”- Paul Monaghan
Camera Pentax K-5
Lens Model smc PENTAX-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL [IF] SDM
Exposure 0.006 sec (1/180)
Focal Length 16 mm
ISO Speed 100