Archive for December, 2013

Feature Shoot: Woods & Woods Motor Car Co.


31 Dec

The latest issue of Cruzin is out (issue 159) and includes our photo shoot and feature story on Woods & Woods Motor Car Co., from Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast. We actually photographed both the workshop’s incredible 1416 Concept car and their workshop, but the feature story only focused on the car itself. So, it gives us pleasure to show you around their workshop a little more here, with a number of unpublished photos.

As always, the landscape shots are available in wallpaper format for your computer and we’ll provide lighting information to the best of our memory. EXIF data is always available on our images via our Flickr page. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails to view the images larger and download them for your computer.

Woods & Woods Motor Car Co. for Cruzin Magazine

Woods & Woods Motor Car Co. for Cruzin Magazine     Woods & Woods Motor Car Co. for Cruzin Magazine

Best of 2013: Our Favourites from the Last 12 Months


28 Dec

Hosking Industries Top 13 of 2013

CLICK HERE or on the image above to check out our favourite images from the last 12 months of automotive assignments. It was a big year for us. We tried out new techniques, picked up a number of new clients and got up close and personal with a ton of amazing cars and bikes. Hopefully 2014 proves to be even better!

Thanks for checking us out and we hope you all have a great New Year.

Front Cover: Classic Hot Rods Collection


19 Dec

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Hosking Industries scored the front cover of Classic Hot Rods Collection magazine, as well as five of the 10 feature cars inside. It’s on sale now!

You can see the five vehicles featured and download FREE desktop wallpapers of each one by clicking the following links:

Scott Briggs’ 1932 Ford
Tony and Joseph Scro’s 1928 Ford
John Stevens’ 1932 Ford
Buddy Isaac’s 1932 Ford
Stuart Dunbar’s 1929 Ford

Feature Car: Winmalee Car Care VL Commodore


18 Dec

Our photoshoot on Winmalee Car Care‘s muscular LSx-powered VL Holden Commodore race car has just been published in the latest issue of Street Commodores magazine (issue 218), which is on sale now.

The Commodore started life as a very tidy VK wearing an SS HDT kit, but Willem Fercher from Winmalee Car Care had the front and rear ends of the car swapped to VL-spec’ recently, adding the HRT-style graphics and Walkinshaw body kit to finish off the look. Be sure to read all about the car in issue 218 of Street Commodores.

As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy and strobist fans will find our lighting information and EXIF data on each image’s caption, too (although only the detail shots used off-camera flash). Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

Winmalee Car Care VL Commodore

Winmalee Car Care VL Commodore     Winmalee Car Care VL Commodore

Live Gallery: Steel Panther + Buckcherry + Fozzy @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – Dec 7, 2013


16 Dec

Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013     Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013

Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013     Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our live photo gallery and review of Steel Panther’s headlining gig at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, on December 7, 2013. They were supported by fellow US bands Buckcherry and Fozzy. Read our review below and CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails above to check out 41 images from the show.

Steel Panther have graced Australian shores numerous times over the last handful of years, each time moving to larger and larger stages around the country. However, when we first heard about the mock-hair metal band’s move to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for their ‘Spread the Disease’ tour, we thought it might have been a little optimistic.

But arriving just in time to see first support act Fozzy take to the large Hordern stage, fronted by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, with a line of people waiting to get into the venue that seemed to stretch on forever, it was obvious that filling the big shed would prove no problem tonight. With their southern-tinged brand of high energy rock ‘n’ metal, Fozzy easily whips the early punters into a frenzy of sweaty bodies despite the venue being half empty.

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InFocus Australasia: Issue 9 Now Live!


16 Dec

Issue nine of InFocus Australasia is out now FREE and includes interviews with celebrity shooter Daniel Boud and surf photographer Ray Collins, tutorials on using bounce flash, using Photoshop’s sharpen tools, photographing smoke trails and lighting for your video projects. There’s also plenty of new camera and accessory information as well as this month’s cover story where we investigate online printing services.

If that weren’t enough, we look at lens types, showcase some of the 2013 AIPP Epson VIC competition winners and give you the chance to win yourself a Wacom tablet valued at $399. What are you waiting for? Download it now!

CLICK HERE to go to Apple Newsstand

Issue 9 of InFocus Australasia

Feature Car: The Chop Shop’s FB Holden


12 Dec

Ahh we’ve been waiting to show you our photo shoot on The Chop Shop FB Holden sedan for months! We originally shot the car as a private job for the great guys at The Chop Shop shortly after the 2013 MotorEx ended so they could use the images in their advertising. However, with an impending cover spot coming out in Street Machine magazine, they asked if we could hold off publishing anything.

But now, with their Street Machine cover story now on newsstand shelves, we can show you a few examples from our shoot. The car, built for a customer, is an incredible blend of classic style and modern mumbo. There is a ton of clever engineering going on under the skin of the car and the level of finish is just nuts.

As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy and strobist fans will find our lighting information and EXIF data on each image’s caption, too (although only the detail shots and one of the exteriors used off-camera flash). Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

The Chop Shop's FB Holden Sedan

The Chop Shop's FB Holden Sedan     The Chop Shop's FB Holden Sedan

How-To: RAW Latitude When Shooting Live Music


11 Dec

Before and After - Live Music RAW Shot

When I first started shooting concerts with digital cameras, I was shooting exclusively in jpeg. I figured shooting RAW would add complexity to the post-processing sequence, reduce memory card size and just generally be a bit of a pain in the ass. To be frank, I must have gotten lucky in my first few gigs, because I did come away with some pretty decent shots – no doubt thanks to generous lighting sets on stage.

However, here in Sydney, we’re not exactly blessed with venues that boast healthy in-house lighting rigs. Unless you’re shooting big name bands all the time who are more likely to drag their own additional lighting with them from venue to venue, then you’re at the mercy of whatever lighting the venue already has, and that can be pretty woeful. So, I began getting more and more frustrated with what I was coming away from the shows with. But it wasn’t an entirely conscious decision to switch to RAW – it was actually an accident.

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Opinion Piece: Getting Dirty (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


04 Dec

This is the 20th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 188 of Street Commodores:

Getting Dirty (Written July 4, 2011)

Dipping a toe into the water with some simple mods to the new daily.

So it’s been about a month now since I introduced you all to Project BASICS: the newest member of the Street Commodores family. I’m very happy to inform one and all that it’s been a case of ‘so far, so good’ – nothing has fallen off, nothing has stopped working and I haven’t been left stranded at the side of the road with no oil pressure.

I must admit, I always find the first few months of car ownership the most stressful. Whenever I buy something new (which really isn’t often) I’m always waiting for something to fail. Often the stereo stays off so I can listen to any and all creaks, squeaks and rattles – no matter how tiny.

You’d probably be right for thinking I could be acting a little too paranoid or overly concerned about a vehicle that only cost a few grand, but it’s always the same process with me: a little extra tension in the jaw, an inability to relax when I’m behind the wheel and regular checks under the bonnet for leaks of any kind. That’s just me.

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Live Gallery: Between the Buried and Me @ The Metro, Sydney – Nov 16, 2013


03 Dec

Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013     Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013

Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013     Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013

Hosking Industries got to witness the sonic gumbo that is Between the Buried and Me at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Saturday November 16, 2013. Not existing fans of the band, it was a surprising and impressive show of dexterity and songwriting. Indeed, all three bands (including Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris and Indiana’s The Contortionist) were unique, complex and entertaining in their own unique ways. Please take the time to read our full report below which was originally published via lifemusicmedia.com:

Tonight’s line up at Sydney’s Metro Theatre was nothing if not unique. Each of the three bands possess highly distinct sonic aesthetics that set them apart not only from one another, but the rest of the current metal scene. It promised to be an interesting night of heavy metal and we’re sure no one left disappointed.

Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris brought their own enthusiastic crowd to open the night’s festivities. Not only did the six-piece (including a singing violinist in the form of Tim Charles) receive plenty of applause when they announced they were working on their second album, but the band wasted no time whipping the early crowd into a healthy mosh. Indeed, when Tim put down his violin and launched into the crowd for a mid-set crowd surf, the punters were only too eager to oblige. No doubt their mix of extreme progressive metal (complete with some black metal overtones and lush, extended instrumental sections) won them a number of new fans tonight as well.

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