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How Richard Thompson Photographed a Ford GT40 Mark IV with Only Natural Light

My friend Richard Thopmson just finished the post work on a shoot in the Southern California desert featuring a very rare Ford GT40 Mark IV using only natural light and a Phase One IQ250. He chose an incredible location in the desert and tried out two Schneider Kreuznach zoom lenses including the new 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6.

Getting an early start and shooting until the light became too harsh, Richard pretty much nailed these images in my book. He also gives some of his thoughts on the new 40-80mm lens that was officially announced earlier this week (hint: he really liked it). Check out his finals below, which he has shared exclusively with us at Fstoppers and Phase One.

How Richard Thompson Photographed a Ford GT40 Mark IV with Only Natural Light

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The photos have a lot more feeling and visual drama to them than what you tend to get out of studio. The light looks great, and the car looks even better. Bonus? It's not a composite, which is somewhat admirable in this age of super post-produced shots.

For more amazing images from Richard, check out his site.

All images used with permission.

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Richard Thompson's picture

Hi Seb, my post process for these was (as simply as I can put it) warming, darkening, and adding contrast. Technically there are plenty of ways to achieve that, I did most of mine with the CaptureOne toolset because the raw data interpolation is superior to the other software I've used.

Iris Bonet's picture

This is refreshing especially because we live in a time where people OVERLY use flash or strobes. A lot of times people use flash when it's really not necessary if you know how to meter correctly on your manual settings.

Neo Racer's picture

Camera is worth more than the car...damn

Barry Chapman's picture

Ah, no - not by a very long way. The title of the video - "Shooting multi million dollar supercar" is not likely to be an exaggeration.

Richard Thompson's picture

Hagerty's "average" value for the car is 3.5m, you could buy quite a few PhaseOne systems! http://www.hagerty.com/price-guide/1968-Ford-GT40_Mk_IV

photomediareview.com's picture

Beautiful, unique images. Love the post. Well done!