Posts Tagged ‘april 2011’

Opinion Piece: Moral Dilemma (Street Commodores Editorial Column)

11 Oct

This is the 19th 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 185 of Street Commodores:

Moral Dilemma (Written April 7, 2011)

What do you do when your suburb is being overrun by idiots?

I live practically on a roundabout. My house sits right at the edge with the driveway pointing right at the large, round concrete disc that makes up the traffic flow modifier. It’s a pretty busy street, too. All the buses that circulate in the area use the roundabout day and night and with two primary schools in close proximity, you can bet 9am and 3pm are busy times here, too!

Sure, I should have thought about the potential for excess noise pollution before I bought the place a few years ago and honestly, to a certain extent I’ve trained my brain to block much of it out. However, there’s one element I haven’t been able to block out: idiot drivers and those with ridiculously loud exhausts.


Feature Car: Simon Grima’s Phantom FE Holden Ute

30 Apr

Simon Grima's FE Holden

A small selection of images from a shoot completed in 2010 on Simon Grima’s incredible phantom FE Holden ute. Originally a sedan (hence the ‘Phantom’), Simon put in a lot of man hours shaping and changing the metalwork to take the form of a utility – without any trade qualifications, just learning as he went along.

It’s powered by an injected Holden 5L and runs almost entirely Commodore running gear, with plenty of other Holden bits and piece throughout the build sourced from his large stockpile of parts collected over the years. The full shoot is coming out in issue 39 of Custom Utes magazine, published by Express Media Group. Both words and images by Hosking Industries.

Strobist: All images (except the driving shot) use two 430EXII Speedlites and a 580EXII. All mounted on their little ground-level stands, bare and on full power; triggered with Cactus V4s. Two light the side of the car and the 580EXII lights the nose or tail (whichever is in shot). Not a lot of post processing beyond saturation etc.

You can click on the thumbnails to view them in 1280×1024 resolution and feel free to use them as your desktop wallpaper! CLICK HERE to view the gallery on Flickr.

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Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Res Automotive Stock Images 1

20 Apr

A collection of six high-resolution automotive stock images displaying vehicles from a dead-on front perspective. All images are just about perfectly straight on, meaning the perspective is right and no skewed.

This is the first in a series of two or three week’s worth of similar images of different classic vehicles. This first group includes a first-gen Ford Mustang, 1955 Chevrolet pickup truck, Chevelle, HSV GTS Coupe, Camaro and 1957 Chevrolet.

All stock images are free for personal and commercial use, however you may NOT redistribute, repackage or resell the images as your own. So, don’t go putting them in other compilations of stock images, on CDs or DVDS or passing them off as your own product to sell.

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Design: Hosking Industries’ New Business Cards

16 Apr

Hosking Industries' Business Card

Hosking Industries' Business Card

This is the design of Hosking Industries’ new business card for our photojournalism services. We’ll be revising the design regularly as the pile runs out, updating them with other examples of our photographic work. Our original card design didn’t use any photographic elements as we hadn’t started shooting cars as our business yet – plus we were wanting them to represent not only photography and automotive journalism, but graphic design, copywriting, web design and much more as well.

We reckon this design kind of covers all the bases and shows off some of our design skills at the same time. Hope you like it and we hope we get the chance to hand you one of them at some point, too!

Hosking Industries offers commercial and private photographic services, specialising in the automotive and music industries. Even if you don’t think your car or bike is good enough for a full feature in a magazine, we can still shoot your pride and joy just as if it were going into one; making it look as glamorous as the vehicles you see in print on newsstands all over the world. Contact us today for an obligation-free quote on a custom framed print!

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Abstract Textures

13 Apr

So, things have been a little quiet around here lately… the only thing we seem to have time to post lately has been the weekly Wicked Wednesday textures. In a way, that’s a great thing because it means we’re super busy shooting feature cars and bikes for magazines all over the world as well as writing up a storm. We’ve really got to make more of an effort to get on here more often, though.

This weeks texture pack is all about close-ups and abstracts of relatively mundane objects. Often these kinds of images can provide a different view of the world and both inspire a project or become a pivotal part of it and we hope that you find a use for one or more of these FREE high-resolution images in your future design projects. The image set includes close-ups of an electric guitar neck and strings, heavily decayed painted timber, the skin of a human palm, a plasma screen and more.

As usual, all Hosking Industries texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use, however we do not permit the resale, repackaging or redistribution of the images. In short, don’t go passing them off as your own, putting them in some super jumbo compilation of super dooper textures under your own name and crap like that. We’ll take your balls!

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