Martyn Lewis Photography

Yorkshire based photographer - Weddings, Automotive, Landscape, Portrait & Studio Photography

Automotive Light Painting: Exige and Elise.

clock March 7, 2013 20:00 by author Martyn

Popped out with the Snap-On LED torch the other night… Sat the Canon on a tripod, hooked up the wireless remote, and commenced shooting the rear of my Exige. The night after, I stole the keys to the Dad-in-Laws Elise and did a 'secret shoot' of a 3/4 view for a bit of a surprise for him.

Back home - I say back home… One of the shots was shot on the driveway, just outside the back door! - a bit of deft photoshop editing later, and I ended up with 2 images I was really happy with. What do you think?

Here are a couple of image composites of the 2 shoots - Each shot is made up from approximately 20 individual photos, selectively masked and balanced to make up one single image.

Each image is shot over 10 seconds, and the 'light trails' you can see around the car, are the paths that the torch took over the curves of the vehicle, to highlight individual contours and features...

Here also, is a bonus video showing the number of layers and individual images used to create the Lotus Elise image:

Another day, another PoTM

clock February 28, 2013 13:00 by author Martyn

I've been fortunate once again, to have one of my automotive shots chosen as the "Picture of the Month", over on

This will be my third successful PoTM with TLF, with the image being offered for download as the monthly desktop wallpaper for all TLF's members to use, in a variety of resolutions.

Previous winners of mine include September 2011's 'Bug's Eye View' of Andy Swifts wonderful series one Lotus Exige, and also a dynamic shot of a Lotus Elan, at Brands Hatch, making it as August 2012's chosen image.  I'm in good company too it seems - other selected images include offerings from noted photgraphers such as EVO Magazine's, Dean Smith with his mid-flight Exige V6 shot. Andrew Whyte with a shot of a 'light painted' Evora, and Nick Williams with a shot of Pinkie's infamous beautiful matt black 2010 Lotus Exige.

2048 x 1536 (Tablet, iPad size)       2048 X 1536 (Tablet, iPad etc)   Pristine Elan Wallpaper

The Lotus forums is an excellent resource for all things Lotus related, with a wealth of news and information within, along with a bustling forum community with a global reach.

Here's to many more PoTM's! I've a feeling an upcoming shoot with a new Lotus V6 Exige, might just end up being a contender! Cool


Location, Location, Location?

clock March 14, 2012 11:52 by author Martyn

"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads."

Kinda reminded me of something from Back To The Future...! Almost like the car is hovering, thanks to the front wheels being just out of shot

2.5 Seconds, F6.3, ISO 1600... All on the short driveway at home! Taking away the mystery: Shot with the Rig with the car moving... Who says shots are ALL about loaction?!With limited space, you can still get some great results.

Location, Location, Location

The first 'Rig Shot'

clock February 6, 2012 12:55 by author Martyn

Finally completed my automotive rig a couple of weeks ago. Managed to get out and try it last night, to enjoy the crisp, cold, clear night. (-5C!!)

Kept the rig boom at half it's potential length (~2.5m) to get angle and the crop I wanted for this shot. I can extend it further (to ~5m), to get the whole car in frame on my 24-70, but as it's all new, keeping the length short for it's first trip out allowed me to control the innevitable bounce & bounce in the pole... and make sure that I could trust the suction cups so that I didn't drop 2k's worth of camera onto the tarmac.

Anyway, enough of the chat - here's the pic: Comments appreciated!

Exige Rig Shot 1

Exige V6: A Sneak Preview.

clock January 30, 2012 23:16 by author Martyn

Took this shot back in November 2011 - Completely forgot to post it up, until I was asked to dig out some images for a magazine publication. Anyway...sifting through the shots from that evening, I came across this one. Despite the background distractions, and messy peripheral, I kinda liked the way it turned out:

Exige V6 Preview

About the author

Martyn Lewis grew up in Weardale, Durham, spoilt by the wonderful surroundings of the North Pennines.  He graduated from Newcastle University, before completing an MSc at Durham University in 2001.




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