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1970 Ford Torino King Cobra Prototype

May 24, 2018

1 of 2 prototypes, this wind-cheating 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra was a test vehicle for Ford during NASCAR's infamous "Aero Wars".

I shot the vehicle in a studio using a Nikon D800, a 17-35mm lens (with circular polarizer) and a Litepanels Astra LED panel. And, wanting to play into the aerodynamic upbringing this ultra-rare King Cobra was born into, I'd always planned to switch out the environment for a wind tunnel for the side profile shot. This then gave me something to work from to recreate a similar concrete-clad room theme for the rest of the shots.

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Martin Strauss's picture

very inspiring!

Angelo Duarte's picture

Out of interest, did you make a tutorial video on this image a while ago? I'm sure I've seen a tutorial on this background at some stage but it could have just been the same background! Great image either way :)

Dominic Mann's picture

I certainly did! It was over on Moe Zainal's (@ActionScripter) YouTube channel where I gave a brief walkthrough of some of the process and techniques I had used.

That said, the background seems to be a pretty popular one so you also may have also seen it used elsewhere. I know of a Lamborghini shot that used it among others.

Angelo Duarte's picture

Amazing stuff. I remember being completely bamboozled watching it, you do some incredible work

Mary Klassen's picture

beautiful done. My first car was a 1971 GT Torino.

Brian Rodgers Jr.'s picture

Beautiful Work Dominic