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Image Review: Jaguar XK E-Type

January 23, 2018  •  1 Comment

In today’s blog, we look at one of the British automotive icons from the 1960’s….the Jaguar XK E-Type. Made popular by scores of 60’s fashion models, film stars and sports personalities, this sleek looking car has become popular the world over. This particular example was captured during a marathon shoot of vintage cars at the incredible facility at Old Iron Works in Montgomery, Texas. 

This particular shot was to be one of those where you set up the shot, the lighting is ready to go, the image is framed perfectly, everything is ready. What happened next was an innocent movement that changed the whole look and perspective of the shot…...for the better !

I had in my mind, the Jaguar being captured from the front. Its bug eye headlights and basking shark type mouth prominent and the beam of our studio lights following the lines of the shoulders of the vehicle. Everything was ready. A final check through the viewfinder and I was ready to take the shot.

However, just as I was about to clear the car area, my shooting partner/assistant (wife Brenda) was also looking at options for shot angles and opened the doors wide, in turn, creating the winged Jaguar look. My first thoughts were “????”  my shot ?!!.....err…..hang on a minute (insert smile !!)

What followed was a rethink of the shot and the realization that this alternative was a shot with far more impact, more visually exciting and complimentary to the lines of the Jaguar. It was one of those moments where the spark from two creative minds go off at the same time, creating something better than what was first imagined. There are many times where we have our individual “visions” for a shot and those where we collaborate on our ideas.

On this occasion, an innocent action created a far more visually creative result.


Image Info: Nikon D7100, Nikkor 17-55 @ 23mm, 1/250 @ f/22.      Lighting: Dynalite Baja B4's, Cheetahstand Strip boxes, Kupo stands

Image Review: Australian V8 Supercars 2013 at The Circuit Of The Americas

January 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Firstly, Happy New Year !!


Welcome to the Bourne Images Blog and our first official post. We plan to post a weekly blog, some small, some larger. They will be on a range of subjects but all will be related in some way to photography....obviously. Some will include an image, some not. 


Todays blog is a look back at an image and an event very dear to my heart. I am a HUGE fan of the Australian Supercars series. It is a sedan based motor racing series that has seen a few changes of car styles and engine configurations since since I started following it back in 1986. Over the years, it has been labelled "The Australian Touring Car Championship", "Australian V8 Supercars", "V8 Supercars" and currently "The Virgin Australia Supercars". The series currently is in the last year of racing with solely V8 engines....from 2018 the rule book allows teams to run anything from 4, 6 or 8 cylinders with normal aspirated engines or turbo charged. The series is shown in many countries outside of Australia and New Zealand....the UK, Europe, Canada, The Far East. Unfortunately, it is not commonly aired in the USA, only rumored sporadic showings on the CBS Sports Network.....personally, based in Texas, I never see any CBS Sports listings for it.

The image below is from May 2013 when the then named V8 Supercars made their one and only visit to American shores......"The Texas 400" at The Circuit Of The Americas, Austin, Texas. Despite following the series since 1986, I had never had the opportunity to see the racing in person......until then. There were supposed to be 5 visits of the V8 Supercars to Texas but year two was cancelled due to a "date conflict" and then shortly after, the agreement between V8 Supercars and the organizers at COTA was disolved completely.

On the lead up to the Texas visit of the V8 Supercars, I was offered to incredible opportunity to be a guest photographer for the Australian V8X Magazine photography team, led by Justin Deeley and second photographer Peter Norton. OBVIOUSLY I snapped it up !!!...sorry for the pun.


This shot was taken on the Thursday evening as the teams began setup and pit practice prior to the on track events on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here, the Holden Racing Team were going through their routine pit stop practice with the #2 Holden Commodore of Garth Tander. The eagle eyed among you will notice they are using the treaded "wet" weather tires and not the normal "slick" un-treaded tires. The governing body of V8 Supercars ruled that for the un-timed practice sessions, teams would use the treaded tires so that drivers could acclimatize themselves to the track layout without using up their allocation of slicks for for the event.


Image Info: Nikon D7100, Nikkor 17-55mm, 1/320 @ f/9






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