This aviation - aerospace photograph is of a turbine engine compressor stage blade shot in the studio in an abstract manner for a major blade & vane manufacturing company's brochure. The image is really more art than a product image.
This company had an issue. Normally they would have a 2-3 year backlog of orders and when they contacted us that number was 9 months out. They wanted to approach some prospective clients at an aviation and aerospace MRO trade show and wanted a brochure. About 12 years earlier Steve had shot their only other brochure and called him in to discuss the project.
Steve want to meet with the company and was told about what they needed. Steve asked if they had a graphic design company in mind and they said no. So Steve gave them a suggestion.
Steve left the meeting with just 3 instructions:
1-Make sure the brochure was shot, designed, printed and delivered in 2 months.
2-”Don't embarrass me” meaning shoot some great imagery.
3-”Don't screw me on the price.”
We went back to the company's manufacturing facility and shot for 3 days highlighting every main aspect of the process. Then Steve picked out roughly 50 sample blades & vanes the company had on display and took them back to the studio. He spent 10 days shooting these items and turned all of them over to the design team.
The brochures were delivered on time and within 6 months of the MRO show, the company had a 5 year backlog of confirmed and signed orders.
The Gear: Sinar P2 4x5 camera using a 240mm lens set to f8, the back had a bit of tilt to blur the shadow.
The Light: Dynalight 2000 WS pack using a Dynalite 2040 head with a reflector and a tight grid from 9'' away (3 meters).
We are based in New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, USA & Milan, Italy, and serve the nation and travel worldwide for projects, both video and stills. On average we travel 175 days a year from all over the USA, to Singapore to Japan, Europe and the Middle East. We are normally in Europe 2 or 3 times a year, mostly Italy and Germany, shooting for clients there.
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