Lighting experiment with 2016 Audi S3, Dubai, UAE.

The past few months have been really tough to shoot.  Temperature is rising every week and slowly reaching its peak recently.  Temperatures of 47 – 50C is no joke especially when paired with crazy humidity.   Weather is bearable at night though, so I geared up and decided to shoot my own car, 2016 Audi S3 with an Audi Exclusive Color called, aventurine orange mica.

The paint being a mica contains some pearlescent properties meaning it changes the shade depending on the light.  I decided to try a light painting shoot for the car.  I did a couple of tries and I made a few mistakes so I guess, its a good shoot.  Learning something is always good.  I learned that lighting angles and height matters a lot.  Light painting is not my go to lighting but, maybe I’ll try to for my next car photography assignment.

The gear I used:

Nikon D810
Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8
MTL 900 II LED light (yeah, this is the Ice light knock off) with barn doors

Took a few shots and different exposure and discovered that 6 seconds on Shutter priority works best for my setup.

Here’s the final photo:


More to come on my next experiment 🙂

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  1. Hi Michael,

    James Rothwell gave me your contact details as I was admiring your S3, I have a 2016 S3 in a exclusive Samoan Orange and we both thought it would be really cool to have both together for a shoot if you ever wanted!



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