Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Edits

I’m not ALWAYS behind the camera. Sometimes I help move some lights around and edit other photographer’s photos. I’m definitely not above photo assisting. It’s a great way to pick up new techniques, and free food! My superstar friend Douglas Sonders got the call to shoot Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his #88 NASCAR for the National Guard up the road in Charlotte, NC. Besides the obvious benefit of getting to meet Dale Jr., I jumped at the opportunity to help Douglas with the studio shoot. Quantity was the keyword of the day, and we got a BOAT LOAD of diverse images of Dale, his #88 NASCAR, and various soldiers representing the National Guard. The beauty of shooting in a studio is it’s a controlled environment with the ability to knock out many angles in a short amount of time. The Phase One IQ140 camera and ProFoto lights got very little rest from 7am till 7pm as you can see from the behind-the-scenes video:

Not only did I get to assist Douglas on the shoot by moving lights and getting my fingerprints all over his tethered laptop, I got to try my hand at compositing a set of images with full creative freedom. Browsing through my vast collection of locations, I decided to go for a hot dusty mid-day American Western theme. The Western look screams iconic America, and the long straight roads create a tension of speed.

I was able to piece together a fancy before/after slider to see exactly what changed in each composite.
Further down are clickable high-res final images, Enjoy!!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard photoshoot

Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard photoshoot

Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard photoshoot

Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard photoshoot

Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard photoshoot