Dave Schmidt and the British Invasion

The following account was sent to us by photographer Dave Schmidt, whose day job just happens to be working at LPA, the makers of PocketWizard.

©Dave Schmidt

Every September a few hundred fine examples of Britain’s contribution to the automotive world show up in field in Stowe, Vermont at an event known as the British Invasion. Car shows are a lot of fun to photograph, which would explain the number of people wandering around with cameras dangling from their neck. Trying to separate myself from the other auto paparazzi, I did things a bit differently and brought along a Canon 430EX II flash to work with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and triggered it remotely with the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 in High Speed Sync mode.

©Dave Schmidt

With the camera set to aperture priority, I set the exposure compensation dial down one stop and then dialed the flash exposure compensation dial up one stop. By doing this I lowered the ambient light levels while keeping the areas hit with the flash properly exposed. For most shots I was looking for very shallow depth of field so the aperture was set to 2.8 on a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. A few times I boosted the depth of field by closing the aperture but left everything else the same.

©Dave Schmidt

As can be seen in a couple of these images, this can bring out some real drama in a blue sky with puffy white clouds while your main subject gets a blast of light from the flash. On this day it was hard to take a bad picture with beautiful cars, nice blue skies and good light, but I know my shots are at least a little different then whatever anyone else shot that day.

©Dave Schmidt

Check out Dave’s blog to see more of his images.

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One Response to “Dave Schmidt and the British Invasion”

  1. Wonderful shots! love the colours in the Bike image. Regards, Roberto