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A DAY WITH CANON AND PORSCHE

In the quintessential Cotswold town of Moreton-in-Marsh resides the UK’s only Porsche affiliated club. Full of enthusiasm for the luxurious cars is one thing, but when coupled with an invite from Canon as part of their Preferential Services, gave Cotswold Allure Magazinethe chance to photograph some stunning vehicles whilst trying out some rather equally exciting new and expensive equipment.

Imagery by Graham Borthwick: http://www.shadow-shots.com

The day consisted of two photoshoots under the excellent tutorage of commercial photographer Darren Woolway (www.darrenwoolway.co.uk) and Rod Fountain (www.rodfountain.com) of Top Gear fame, preceded by a presentation from both exploring their style, kit and experiences. Darren demonstrated his approach to photography as a calculated layered approach to create the right amount of light to enhance the unique curves and lines of any car, with a principle that could even be applied to photographing your own vehicle; just a small matter of affording the lights.

Rod on the other hand, contrasted well with Darren, demonstrating his techniques to shoot outdoors with limited equipment, space and time, reminiscent of his time behind the scenes of Top Gear, where location and time were an absolute premium. Couple this with the delightfully stunning and well maintained vehicles, it could be argued no one could go wrong on the day.

However, based on the number cars parked up, there was an abundance of evidence on the true passion of the Club which was equally substantiated by the introduction provided by Chris Seaward, General Manager of the Porsche Club of Great Britain (www.porscheclubgb.com) and by the staff throughout the day.

Of note, as an example of their commitment to the Club’s roots in Porsche, they even had a special edition of the new Porsche 911 Targa 4 on show, a new 2017/18 version in the Targa range provided by Porsche Centre Reading, a clear indication of the reputation of the Club but equally as a sign of their commitment to the day allowed those attending to also make use of their extra special and classic Porsche 356 B. The 356B is a truly stunning classic vehicle by any means but more so when all Club members are entitled to drive it as well!

Imagery by Graham Borthwick: http://www.shadow-shots.com

Whilst the Club itself exists for the promotion of the Porsche car, in all its guises, it is more than that. Almost as an ambassador for the brand although wholly independent, the Club’s enthusiasm extends to ensuring its members have every opportunity to enjoy and share in the pleasure of owning and driving a Porsche. You only have to look at their website to witness the dedication and passion they have and the level of effort they go to.

With the Club being in the heart of the Cotswolds, anyone reading this with the aspiration of owning a Porsche should make every effort to visit the Club and speak with their team. Not only will they help you in finding and maintaining your new car, they will also provide you with unique membership offers and opportunities to meet likeminded owners across the UK.

 

As part of the Canon commitment, there was a chance to try out the full range of their superb equipment whilst being given the chance to produce some of the images taken on the day as large prints on the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000. The quality and sharpness of the prints were outstanding and certainly popular take away from the day.

Unfortunately, Canon were equally professional in keeping track of the loaned equipment, but the opportunity to try out new combinations of lenses and camera bodies, including the 50-megapixel Canon 5DSR combined with a superb 85mm F1.8 lens was a delight to experience. The images captured for this article were all taken on this combination of photography equipment and speak for themselves, the level of detail and colour did bring a new dimension to the photography medium.

Imagery by Graham Borthwick: http://www.shadow-shots.com

Whilst the day was over far too quickly, the ability to learn, try and admire some truly wonderful technically superior pieces of engineering was a great experience for all and one that was repeated for the Club members the following day. However, the day did end on a high with the setup of a spectacular shot involving a Club owners Porsche 977, some lights and smoke grenades; the results speak for themselves, but for 60 seconds, it sounded like a Cotswold celebrity had just walked onto the set.

Thanks goes out to Canon CPS for a wonderful day of photography in the Cotswolds and to Darren and Rod for sharing their experiences and expertise. But of note, a big thank you must go to the Porsche Club of Great Britain for putting on a great show of vehicles and enthusiasm; a credit to the brand located in the beautiful Cotswold surroundings.

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