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Favourite Photos from the year 2015

Favourite Photos from the year 2015

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2015 has again been another busy year for my photography, and as it comes to the end of the year, well today is actually New Years Eve , there is no better time to look back on some of my favourite photos of the year.

Below you will find 15 of my favourite photos from 2015 and a little about each photo shoot. Enjoy… and Happy New Year

We start our look back in February and the Bathurst 12hr Endurance race. As part of the team creating a pictorial record in print of the event, I was lucky enough to be part of an amazing on track moving group shot at the Mountain.

We had one car from each of the different manufacturers competing at the event, drive in formation as me and the official event photographer Nathan Wong captured the cars as they drove down the Mountain.

2015 Liqui Molly Bathurst 12hr Race

Another favourite is again from the Bathurst race, with a 12hr race plus the three days of lead up there is lots of images to choose from. This is taken at dawn as the sun rises at the top of the Mountain.  Pictured is the eventual race winner,  the Team Nismo Nissan GTR as it enters the Esses with the beautiful suns colours lighting up the car.

2015 Liqui Molly Bathurst 12hr Race

To celebrate my wife and I’s 5th wedding anniversary this year, we headed to Hawaii. The first day we arrived we arranged a charter helicopter flight over the island of Oahu with Novictor Helicopters, it was an amazing experience and the views were spectacular. I would recommend the full doors of experience as it enables you to photograph straight out of the helicopter without any windows in the way. This shot is of the world famous Waikiki Beach and the long line of hotels that sit right on the beach.

Hawaii Trip March 2015

Also while in the USA, I headed across to California for a few days to attend a Social Media Conference.  The day before I headed to Corona, to visit the team at Saleen and checked out their awesome 700hp Black Label S302 Ford Mustang. We spent the day visiting the team and looking through their facility before experiencing the Black Label on the highway. The full video on the visit is coming early 2016. We shot this tracking shot of the Black Label on the highway not far from their workshop. I can tell you the sound was amazing.

Saleen Automotive Factory Visit March 2015

The M Motorsport  Camaro was a stunning car to photograph, it was literally unloaded from the truck after having all the stickers done then given to me to shoot before it was the rolled onto the transporter to take to its first test session. The orange really makes the car stand out in pictures. The design was done by my friend Scott over at SSmedia and it really makes the car pop.

M Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro GT3 2015 Promo Shoot

This year at the V8 Supercar Bathurst 1000 there were two wildcard entries, one of those was the Harvey Norman Supergirls entry of Renee Gracie & Simona de Silvestro. I was asked by the team to create a series press shots of the two girls and the car, to enable a poster to be created to give away to fans at the race. We spent a day at Winton photographing the race car, both as a static shot on track, first thing in the morning and then in action on the track with Simona driving to get a rolling action shot of the car. I can tell you the sound of a V8 Supercar driving right behind you is just an amazing sound.

Harvey Norman Super Girls Bathurst 1000 Wild Card Team - Renee Gracie & Simona de Silvestro

Harvey Norman Super Girls Bathurst 1000 Wild Card Team - Renee Gracie & Simona de Silvestro

Photographing cars for features is always rewarding but this shoot of the 1993 Ex Peter Brock VP Commodore resulted in stunning images. This was used as feature piece in V8 Action magazine.

1993 VP Holden Commodore Touring Car - Advantage Racing - Chassis AR3

A few friends have VW Golf R’s and so after recently tagging along on a cruise I thought I would do a personal photo shoot with a couple of cars. This was one on my favourites from the shoot. Shot in a truck loading bay, the resulting shoot worked out just like I pictured it, the glow from the rear tail lights look amazing.

VW Golf GTI & VW Golf R Group Photo Shoot 12th Sept

In November we headed to Mount Buller to photograph Targa High Country for Porsche and the debut of Matt Close’s brand new 991 GT3 showroom class Porsche. This is shot right on the finish line on the last stage just as they are about to finish. I liked the way the car just sits perfectly in frame with the crowd and spectators behind.

Targa High Country 2015
The VP Commodore from the V8 Action shoot had its Victorian debut at the Geelong Revival at the end of November. It was just magic to watch this recently restored car hitting the track and with full V8 noise to match.

Troy Kelly - 1993 Holden VP Commodore - 2015 Geelong Revival Motoring Festival, Geelong, Victoria. 29th of November 2015. Copyright Joel Strickland Photographics

The Lamborghini Huracan and Philip Island racetrack all to ourselves, this was an afternoon in heaven. Motokinetic boss and lead instructor Renato Loberto played model for me placing the Huracan right where we needed it as we tracked around Phillip Island capturing these shots for the Zagame Automotive team.

2015 Lamborghini Huracán - Giallo Midas

At the Lamborghini track day at Phillip Island for Zagame Automotive customers, we took three different models out onto the track to get some moving shots of the three cars in action. For this group shot we picked a classic Diablo, Gallardo and the new Huracan.

Zagame Lamborghini Track Day - Phillip Island - October 2015

For the Ferrari owners track day we had 4 different models to work with, the brand new 488GTB, California T, 458 Speciale and a F12. The team from Motokinetic make this a dream to photograph as the drivers can place the cars in formation perfectly.

Zagame Ferrari Track Day Phillip Island October 2015

Last of the photos from the year was from only a few weeks ago. Shot at Sandown raceway as part of the Custom Cars and Coffee event, we had the only RWB Porsche in Australia attend and though it would look perfect on track surrounded by a Nissan GTR and modified Toyota Supra. The RWB Australia  Porsche named Southern Cross by RWB master Nakai0-San looks stunning in pastel pink.

Custom Cars & Coffee December 2015

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