Richard Wright Car Photography

'Beast From The East' Car Photography

Richard Wright is a documentary photographer based in County Meath, Ireland. In this series of photos, the 21 year old documents his friends and their cars during the recent snowstorm that hit Ireland and Europe dubbed the 'Beast from the East'.

"These photographs are an accurate representation of the motor culture in County Meath," says Richard.

Richard says his photography has brought him across the world, most recently to India to cover the daily life of Indian citizens.

"In my photography, I focus mainly on people and their culture and emotion. I become deeply intrigued by different cultures and the emotional result," says Richard.

Here is a selection of Richard's car photography from the 'Beast from the East'.

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(l-r) Ford Focus, Volkswagen Jetta and Opel Corsa. Friends arrive one by one to a quiet car park in Athboy, Co. Meath.

 

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'DARE' alloy wheels on Matthew's Volkswagen Jetta, filled with snow and glistening in the morning sunlight.

 

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Nathan's BMW 3 Series

 

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Matthew's Volkswagen Jetta in motion

 

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Waiting out the storm

 

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The friends driving in convoy

 

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Jack's Opel Corsa returns to the original meeting place

To see more of Richard's work, click here.

@richywright_ie


Hyundai Ioniq Ireland

Irish Launch For New Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq has arrived in Ireland, with pricing starting from €28,495.

The new Ioniq is the world’s first car to be offered with three electrified powertrains on one platform. It takes the form of a five door hatchback, and has a highly aerodynamic body.

At launch a hybrid Ioniq will be available alongside an electric version, while a plug-in hybrid will join the range by March 2017.

The Ioniq Electric is priced from €28,495, with grant support already factored into that list price. On a full battery charge the Ioniq has a claimed range of up to 280km, and being a zero emissions vehicle, motor tax is just €120 per year.

Standard equipment on Ioniq Electric includes 16" alloys, twin LED headlights, dual zone climate control, auto lights, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, rear parking sensors and rear view camera, wireless phone charging pad, 8" touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth, navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and keyless entry.

The Ioniq Hybrid is priced from €30,495 including the VRT rebate of €1500 and combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 141hp. Emissions of 92g of CO2 per kilometre mean that motor tax is €170 per year and the claimed economy is 70.6mpg.

The Ioniq Hybrid has the same equipment as the Ioniq Electric but with the addition of 17" alloys and a heated steering wheel, and there are bi-xenon headlights fitted.

All Ioniq models come with Hyundai's 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, with battery cover of 8 years.

Pricing for Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will be announced when it arrives in 2017.

The new Hyundai Ioniq is available as a hybrid or EV from Hyundai's Irish dealer network.

Caroline Kidd


ben dollery supercar photographer

Interview With Ben Dollery, BD Supercars

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Photo by Ben Dollery

Ben Dollery is a UK supercar photographer with over 8000 followers on his Instagram feed, BD Supercars. Ben posts consistently high quality car photos on Instagram and he is great at engaging with other car enthusiasts, bloggers, vloggers and photographers. Living near the famous Goodwood circuit means that Ben has amazing access to some incredible cars, so if you love supercars, check him out on @bdsupercars!

1. Where did your passion for supercars begin?

My passion for supercars began at an early age. Watching Formula 1 with Michael Schumacher, who was my hero growing up, driving for Ferrari – that love of Ferraris really started the whole supercar passion for me.

2. How did you first get into car photography?

I started out in car photography in July 2015, but that was just a couple of photos here and there with my iPhone. I didn't really get started properly until January 2016 and that’s where BD Supercars began.

3. Has it been easy to get access to the cars?

It has for me because I live 10 minutes away from the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, UK. The majority of their track days and events are free except the Festival of Speed/Goodwood Revival and Members Meetings. But other than that, it's pretty easy there. At other events I go to I don't have a problem in seeing what I want to see, so I'm quite happy by the end of the day.

4. What sort of equipment do you use?

I use a DSLR camera. It’s a Nikon D3300 with Tamron 18-200mm lens with polariser.

5. How important is social media to what you do? Which work best for you in promoting your work?

I only use one social media platform and that's Instagram. I find Instagram really easy to share photos with other car enthusiasts compared to the likes of Flickr.

6. What motivates you to do what you do?

Seeing how other photographers grow and also seeing my photos getting better. I want to be like those photographers with a very big following, and have people recognise me at car events without having to wear a sponsor t-shirt with my logo on it.

7. Do you have any role models working in this area?

The big photographers like Alex Penfold.

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Photo by Ben Dollery

8. What’s been the biggest challenge?

Probably choosing the right photos and editing them right so they are suitable for posting. Also posting photos at the right time of day to get the most coverage.

9. Have you any tips or advice for anyone starting out in car photography?

Planning ahead is key. Find out what events are about and what you can attend. Make sure you take lots of photos and research other car photographers to find out how they take photos e.g. angles, edits, scenery. Build relationships up with others and comment on other people’s photos.

10. What would be in your dream three car garage?

Ferrari F12, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG (daily) and Lamborghini Huracan.

11. How can ChangingLanes.ie readers follow your work?

Follow me on Instagram: @bdsupercars and #bdsupercars

Thanks to Ben for taking part in this interview.


tips for good car photography

12 Simple Tips For Good Car Photography

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Taking car photos from above can work really well, like this shot of the Peugeot 308 GTi

I try where possible to use original car photography to accompany my car reviews on Changing Lanes. I’m not a professional photographer, more a snap happy Instragrammer. But I have a learnt a few things about taking a good car photo, mainly by making a lot of mistakes.

Here are my car photography tips for producing something half decent!

1. Turn the front wheel of the car that’s facing the camera in, not out! I used to do this so bad until one day I copped it.

2. Natural light is your friend but bright sunlight is an actual beast to work with as an amateur stuck on auto. Dull, overcast days make things a lot easier and we get a lot of those in Ireland. Soft light at daybreak and sunset is very flattering to the amateur photographer, but depending on time of year, you may have a very, very early start to get the best morning light.

3. Be aware of shadows, especially in sunlight. They look awful in photos if they’re facing the camera. I found this out after a lot of failed shoots too.

4. If you are shooting in bright sunlight, make sure the sun is behind your shoulder, not the car’s, because it just wreaks havoc with the shot. Don’t ask me why, it just does.

Honda Jazz Review Ireland
Car photography tips: See that tree sprouting from the Honda Jazz? Yeah, try to avoid doing this.

5. Move the car around in the one location and try different angles. Some will work, some won’t, but it helps you to learn.

6. Watch out for reflections in the side of the car. Think about this when choosing your location. Flat open space is best.

7. Check the ground around the car in the shot. Is there any rubbish around the car? It looks awful afterwards and sometimes if you’re focusing so much on getting the car right in the shot you won’t see it until you're home on your computer.

8. Check the backdrop. If there are trees or poles, make sure that they are not in an awkward position. A pole sprouting from the car's roofline never looks good. I’ve made this mistake so many times and I still do it from time to time.

9. Play with different angles but taking the photo from low down tends to work well. Be prepared to get down and dirty to get the perfect shot! From above is also cool, if your location will allow it, but make your safety number one!

10. You don’t have to always centre the car in the shot. You can produce more interesting photos by placing the car off centre or including more background in the shot.

Mazda2 Irish review
Car photography tips: Choose an interesting location and take shot from below eye level, like my photo of the Mazda2

11. Bring cleaning equipment. There is nothing as bad as a dirty car in photos. Why would you bother?

12. Scout around for different locations but mountains, sea, beaches, water, empty roads, forests, fields, castles and stately homes tend to work well for beginners!

Caroline Kidd

opel adam S review ireland
Stay safe out on location: I sat on a thistle to get this shot of the Opel Adam S, but I think it was worth it!