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2016 Nissan LEAF

Not much has changed on the outside for the 2016 Nissan Leaf but Nissan says that the electric car will be getting a new, larger battery option and a step up to what it claims is best-in-class range. I had the opportunity pop up several months ago to shoot the 2016 Nissan LEAF. The LEAF was the first mass-produced electric vehicle in the world. I wanted to challenge myself so I decided to use a technique called light painting. Light painting is a technique where you place the car in it's spot and then use a strobe light to paint each part of the car, one shot at a time, and then blend them all together into one amazing image using Photoshop.

So the image you see above is twenty seven (yes, I said 27) different layers (images) blended into one image. First, I shot the image at an average exposure setting. From there, I shot images using a 1K strobe with a six foot strip box to expose small sections of the car and background until I had everything I need to complete the final composite image. The last image was a thirty second exposure of the sky. The sky was not shot at the same location, I used an image of the sky I had shot about a year prior at a different location.

You can see how I used the strip box to light the car in the image above. Basically, I walked the entire car and kept clicking the shutter every two seconds as I walked.

Once in Photoshop, I brought in each image as a new layer. Created an inverted layer mask and painted in whatever section of the car I was working on at the time. Once I had the entire car painted in I moved to the background and used the same workflow.

This was definitely an interesting project. The LEAF is the ultimate high-tech product. I love high-tech toys so it certainly was a pleasure working on this project.

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