Carlitos and his truck: A photoshoot in Wynwood

This past Sunday we headed out to Wynwood in the morning for a new kind of photoshoot for me. Carlitos is a very enthusiastic young man with a beautiful, custom Chevy C1500 truck. He wanted to “take some photos” of the truck for a large poster. That’s all I HAD to deliver: a large photo of a truck. Why not?

This came at a great moment since I was evaluating Canon’s 50 megapixel 5Ds R camera, thanks to the folks at Canon Professional Services. I brought an assortment of lenses, as well as the Canon 6D to create a timelapse of the photoshoot. I always planned to take some portraits of Carlitos with his truck, so I also brought an off-camera flash, stand, wireless triggers and white shoot-through umbrella.

The heat down here in South Florida has been unbearable lately, so we headed out early enough, hoping we would beat it. No luck. Just stepping out of the car and the humidity enveloped you and reminded you just where you were. Immediately the lenses fogged, and it was a constant battle to prevent condensation from becoming a real problem. Just as a side note, a lot is said about condensation being a worse problem with cheaper lenses without good coatings. Well, all my lenses that day were from Canon’s “L” line of premium lenses … and even those lenses had a hard time dealing with the condensation from the humidity.

Anyways, the heat and humidity aside, it was a great time…

Behind the scenes: the truck at location #1
Behind the scenes: the truck at location #1

I started with single shots of the truck from any angle I could think would produce an interesting image. Too many to show! In the behind the scenes shot above, you can see me getting a pretty standard shot of the truck, which ended up looking great despite my concerns about the black paint.

Looking nice in location #1
Looking nice in location #1

After I was certain I had enough angles to make anyone happy, I set out to do the panorama I was there to do. I knew exactly how I would go about it: using the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens, on a tripod, I took a series of 5 3-exposure HDR images, which I then combined in Adobe Lightroom. After cropping as needed and for taste, the resulting panorama is 115 megapixels!

Panorama at location #1 – can print at 60”x24” without any enlargement.”]
Panorama at location #1 – can print at 60″ x 24″ without any enlargement

By this time, the sun was beating down on us and making it very uncomfortable to continue in this location. We moved on to another location, which was opposite the sun and mostly shaded by the building we used as a backdrop.

Again, I set out to do a panorama, giving Carlitos a choice of which location to use for his poster. Using the same technique I used at the first location, I took 5 3-exposure HDR images, and combined them in Adobe Lightroom. Due to different cropping (again, to taste), the resulting panorama is a whopping 125 megapixels!

Panorama at location #2 – can print at 50″ x 27″ without any enlargement

Panoramas done, I moved on to what I really wanted to do – portraits!
I was evaluating Canon’s 135mm f/2L lens, so I wanted to use it along with the 5Ds R and see what kind of results we would get.

Behind the scenes: portraits and a truck
Behind the scenes: portraits and a truck

We had fun taking portraits…

And more portraits…


And even more portraits…


Do you remember when I said above that I brought the Canon 6D to do a timelapse?

Well, I did:

Despite the heat and humidity, that was a lot of fun! There’s a lot more than what I covered in this post, including high speed highway photo shenanigans that I don’t recommend you do.

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Burning rubber on the way out
Burning rubber on the way out


Highway shenanigans – don’t try this at home!

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