I've been working on a personal photo series capturing movie and television cars (real and replica) for about 5 years now under the title "The Unicorn Project". I've posted about this before on Fstoppers (here, here, & here), as you may recall. Most recently, I had an opportunity to photograph a replica A-Team Van and KITT from Knight Rider while I was in Los Angeles. These happen to be two of my favorite television cars of all time. Watch the video and read the full post below to learn how it was done.
I didn't have a lot of notice to prepare for this shoot and this didn't allow me to do a lot of location scouting. We all wanted to keep the location close to where Alex and Nathan (owners of the 2 cars) were meeting us so that they didn't have to drive their cars unnecessarily far. Another important stipulation was that we would have to find a place that wouldn't attract too much attention, which is hard to do with these vehicles. Thankfully we found a cool parking lot location with an abandoned building background on one side and 2 trailers on the other side.
I figured the A-Team van would look best in front of that abandoned building, since the characters of the original show were hiding in the Los Angeles underground...and this seemed to convey that. The trailers seemed to fit for KITT because they reminded me of his mobile headquarters from the original show.
Photos were captured with my Phase One IQ140 645DF+ digital medium format. Love that camera for its dynamic range. I get fantastic details in the highlights and shadows, which is perfect for automotive work. I favored my Schneider 75-150mm and 55mm lenses for this shoot (cars and owner portraits).
Video by the amazing Brian A. Peterson: www.brianapetersen.com
Special thanks to Alex Wong and Nathan Truman of Star Car Central: www.starcarcentral.com
Retouching help by Filip Osowski: www.filiposowski.com
Camera and raw processing software by Phase One: www.PhaseOne.com
Camera strap by Vulture Equipment Works: www.vultureequipmentworks.com