Peregrine Clothing UK
The cut of the cloth has always been British for Bristol-based Peregrine Clothing. They match functionality with adaptability and tradition and apply modern day twists to create garments that stand the test of time. They recently commissioned me to shoot their interim spring/summer range. The location - Davidstow in Cornwall (calm down the cheese lovers amongst you!). We had the use of an abandoned airfield for the day which was perfect for the vintage biker/car vibe that we were going for. Think Steve McQueen, British trials and road bikes, we also had a smoking hot 70’s 911 to play with as well. The vehicles were supplied by Bespoke Traders of Padstow and owner/model for the day was Alexy Kimmenade.
I stayed overnight in downtown Bude, which was lovely. On arising in the morning I skipped the £10 - ‘all you could eat’ breakfast thinking there was going to be a Maccy D's near by. After searching for a while I stopped and questioned a local - "...This is Cornwall you know, thar ain't one for at least 40 miles!" … and so with an empty belly I continued.
I met the Peregrine guys on an abandoned airstrip, there was low cloud cover and deserted buildings scattered around the fields nearby. I decided early on to shoot using only natural light. There wasn’t time to keep setting up lights and the mood and environment just called for me to use the available ambient light. People often ask me how do you decide when to use strobe lighting and for me it’s just a gut feeling - by understanding the brand, the message it is trying to portray along with the environment that you are shooting in - I get a feeling of how it should be shot. Budget and whether you have an assistant or not can also be determining factors, especially if you haven’t got an assistant - setting up and tearing down lights can be a ball ache by yourself and also a hindrance and can often restrict creative flow.
And so with my belly still rumbling we set about shooting the various garments. I like to use prime lenses if possible and my Sigma 50mm ART very rarely comes off my camera - however I was at times hanging off the back of a moving WV van photographing Alexsy as he rode his motorcycle just a few feet behind us and for this I used my Tamron 24-70mm which is an incredible piece of kit with 5 stops of image stabilisation. It also allowed me to work the zoom and adjust between focal lengths. Getting a shot of a bike and rider with the road blurred and the rider sharp is tricky and takes practice. The shutter speed has to be slow enough to create blur in the road - very hard to do especially when the van is moving up and down as well. We did a few runs and I settled on 40-60th/sec for my shutter speed. I had my camera set on High Speed shooting mode. In retrospect some form of camera stabilisation may have helped as well - such as gimbal etc.
The sun came out later that day and we moved to areas of shade like the wood nearby. I love the dappled light that came through the trees, once again this can thrown up problems because if the light is too harsh in the bright dappled areas this can burn out that portion of the shot. I also like detail in my shadows … so you have to find the ideal spot, wait for a drop in the intensity of the sun or use a scrim etc.
All said and done, we had a great day. Alexsy and the guys from Peregrine were brilliant to work with. The only hitch was driving back to Gloucestershire - I forgot it was the end of the bank holiday weekend and every man and his dog were on the motorway - 7 hrs!! (should have taken 3) and my belly was still rumbling! (Note to self - always have breakfast!)