2013 Photographer of the Year Awards

Ambient Life photographer and founder Tim Wallace has today been announced as the winner of the ‘Professional International Travel Photographer of the Year Award for 2013’ and also picked up 3rd place in ‘Professional International Medium Format Photographer of the Year’ with Hasselblad. 

The Awards are held each year and attract thousands of nominations of Professional Photographers work from all over the World and are broken down into individual categories such as Product, Travel and Advertising. Tim’s work was this year nominated into the ‘Medium Format’ category for his work shooting the 2013 new Aston Martin Vanquish and also he had work nominated into the ‘International Travel’ catagory in recognition of some of his work earlier in 2013 shooting in the City of San Francisco for advertising. We were overjoyed to receive word this morning that Tim had won the ‘International Travel’ section coming in 1st Place for the San Francisco at Dawn photograph, and also the great news that he was placed a very respectable 3rd overall Internationally by Hasselblad for best ‘Medium Format’ photographer of the year with his Aston Martin 2013 Vanquish brochure work.

Tim -“This is a fantastic honour and I can honestly say that given the high standard of work that was nominated into both categories I was hoping that I would maybe get shortlisted but to win one and be placed in the other is just incredible. I feel very humbled and thankful that I work with such amazing people and clients that have the vision and open mindedness to allow me to be creative and project the World through my eyes. It is a indeed a wonderful end to 2013 which has been a busy but rewarding year thats for sure, with the massive project that we undertook this year with our client Aston Martin to shoot all the photography for the 100 year Centenary Book that will be going to print in a few weeks time, as well as the amazing and challenging shoots that we saw in the US and with many of our other wonderful and creative clients. I look forward to what I hope will be another amazing year ahead as we enter 2014 and would once again thank all those that support what we do and have worked with us over the years since we started our company back in 2007, it seems like a long time ago now however in truth I think we are only just beginning and their are very exciting times ahead I am sure’.

Limited Edition DB4GT Zagato Campaign - Switzerland

Scalfaro Watches are based in Switzerland and a recently new client to AmbientLife, this week saw the launch of a new exciting limited edition watch from their craftsmen based on the infamous Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato ‘2VEV’ designed by Ercole Spada in 1960. 
The watch contains original material from the Aston Martin ‘2VEV’ which today is regarded as one of the Worlds rarest Aston Martin’s. Photographer Tim Wallace worked with Scalfaro to help provide the marketing and promotional photography featuring the very rare ‘2 VEV’ DB4GT Zagato for use in their marketing and corporate advertising for the new timepiece.

Scalfaro’s passion is for craftsmanship and engineering of timepieces incorporating distinct features and of outstanding quality. Established in 2001 Scalfaro was born with the aim of creating amazing hand made watches for enthusiasts, guided by long-term vision and a passionate dedication to quality and design. The company has a fascination with engineering and motor sport and is never shy of taking on new challenges and in recent years have created and crafted some limited editions watches incorporating original material of some of the world’s most rare and valuable cars.

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was introduced in October 1960 at the London Motor Show as effectively a DB4 GT, it was then lightened and improved by the Zagato factory in Italy by the famous Ercole Spada. Initially the factory had plans to produce 25 cars, but demand wasn’t as strong as expected and production ceased after the 20th car rolled off production. 
Nowadays, due to the rarity and popularity of the DB4 GT Zagato, the cars are worth a considerable amount of money, and at auction they can easily reach very high figures in excess of £5 million.

Would you like to learn how to light and photograph cars professionally?
Photographer Tim Wallace has been working with Kelby for the last 3 years and also has produced many video tutorial workshops on lighting, shooting, and post edit work as well as several video interviews both on his attitude and approach to the World of professional commercial business asa photographer today and also an inspired interview looking at his own personal thoughts on life, his work and what lead him on the path into the photography that he creates today. These have proven to be very popular with both professional and amateur photographers around the World and Tim is now one of Kelby Trainings featured instructors along with such house hold names as Joe McNally and Jay Maisel.

Kelby Training full video classes with Photographer Tim Wallace Checkout our online classes here at Kelby Training

Aston Martin Official Calendar 2014

This month saw the release of the official Aston Martin calendar from Allan+Bertram who are clients of AmbientLife. The exciting 2014 calendar is both dynamic and fresh and features the latest current Aston Martin Models with photography from Tim Wallace on such models as the infamous Aston One77, to date the most expensive and exclusive Aston ever built with a limited run of 77 produced and a price tag of £1 million UK pounds. The 2014 Calendar features stunning photography that reflects the prestige nature of the brand - giving our customers a true Aston Martin experience to enjoy.


The A+B Aston Martin 2014 Calendar is available to purchase here

Topaz Software Feature

This week saw the US based Software giant ‘Topaz’ feature the work of commercial automotive car photographer Tim Wallace on the front page of their site.

Topaz Labs is a privately owned company that are based in Dallas Texas, that specializes in the development of imaging based technology and ‘plugin’ software products for photographers and videographers. Tim has been working with Topaz for a number of months now to both test and look at their new development as well as feedback his own options and thoughts of what he feels is most useful to photographers such as himself today. The Topaz range of products has recently been extended with some new and very exciting tools that are now available and Tim’s featured work on the front of the main Topaz site demonstrates a little how Tim has made use of some of the product line up within his own professional workflow.

Founded in 2005, Topaz labs is a company consisting of a dynamic team of developers, managers and specialists. Each member of the Topaz team is armed with a unique skill set which allows them to make key contributions to the company. The Topaz team is comprised of veteran software developers, imaging specialists, media specialists, professional photographers, photography connoisseurs and Photoshop experts.

Check out the new Topaz line up of products here

Kelby US interview launch - The Inspirational side of Tim Wallace

In the US Scott Kelby described Tim recently as one of the most influential car photographers in the World today and a one hour interview that Tim gave with host Larry Becker in the US was today launched live in the US where Tim talks frankly and openly about his life, his attitudes and brought him to where he is today. He is now a regular guest at Kelby and continues to build on the catalogue of training videos available through his dedicated area on the Kelby site where he is one of the 8 featured instructors in the World alongside some of the biggest names in the photography today such as Joe McNally and Jay Maisel. 

Join Larry Becker as he sits down for a very open and inspirational interview with Tim.
You may have seen some of Tim’s amazing automotive photography classes, but you probably have not heard the stories that shaped who he is and his approach to the craft of photography. Over the course of an hour Tim and Larry touch on topics ranging from getting started in the business, to how to get your head in the right mindset before a shoot, the importance of living an interesting and meaningful life, and the role of gear in the creative process. You’ll learn about who Tim turns to for inspiration and come away with an even deeper appreciation for Tim’s work and who he is as a person.

Kelby Training - The Inspirational side of Tim Wallace 

Check out the new interview here right now.

Working closely with their filming and production crew produced a brand new series of video tutorials have been produced that cover subjects such as the aspects of the lighting cars with limited equipment, complex multiple pro lighting setups for shooting motorbikes as well as a special class that Tim shot with Scott himself taking him through lighting a car interior using pro heads step by step, all of these classes also include the post production element in Photoshop as Tim takes you through to the final image. You can also find 2 in depth interviews lasting over 1 hour each with Tim talking about the business side of the industry from setting up and first things to think about, through to client strategies and effective quoting as well as a second 1 hour video interview where Tim talks about what inspires him today and talks through the journey that led him to where he is today.

If you would like to watch how we worked with these cars and made the best use of our lighting then please join us online at Kelby Training where you can review and enjoy all 9 video classes, each of which is around a 1 hour in duration. 

Kelby Training with Tim Wallace Checkout our online classes here at Kelby Training

NFT Mercedes Shoot - UK

This week saw commercial photographer Tim Wallace working with one of our long standing clients ‘NFT’ to create new work for marketing, brochure and corporate use. Recently NFT made some changes to the ‘livery’ of their fleet and given the size of the operation through out the UK and the hundreds of vehicles that involves this was a perfect time to bring up to date their commercial photography library of images and make use of the new livery. Our client ‘NFT’ contacted Ambient Life photographer Tim Wallace to assist in this project, and commissioned a series of photographs to show their new branding in a dynamic and modern style and this week Tim worked with the company shooting on location at one of their largest warehouse sites in Daventry as well as on the a proving ground to allow him to capture the new Mercedes tractor - trailer units in the new livery.

The project was completed over just one day and was not without its challenges, not least how to shoot multiple large vehicles moving at speed in a safe and controllable environment. This was achieved with the help of the proving ground facility who we contacted to assist with the project. The facility offered photographer Tim Wallace the perfect opportunity to capture some dramatic images that would normally not be possible on the open road. Safety was a paramount concern through out the shoot and a great many of the shots that Tim produced were achieved by using a modified open back chase car to shoot from with of course the use of a full body harness that Tim designed for just this sort of work.

NFT Distribution provides Primary and Secondary Chilled Distribution services to all major retailers and manufacturers through their transport, warehousing and logistics solutions and is a specialist in both chilled and fresh food, although they also deal with ambient, frozen and grocery goods. When a food item has a short shelf life, it has to get from the factory and into the store in the shortest possible time, so that the consumer is able to enjoy it at its best.

NFT estimate that there’s a one in three chance that the fresh chilled food item you have just purchased from the supermarket will have travelled on an NFT truck at some point in its life. To illustrate the tight timescales that NFT are working to, think about that freshly made sandwich you just purchased from a leading supermarket. It’s possible that your sandwich only came off the production line around 14 hours ago, and since then has been wrapped and boxed, has been collected by NFT and brought into one of the NFT depots, where it has been consolidated with other products and delivered to a regional distribution centre. There, it was ‘picked’ for that particular store, and subsequently delivered, unpackaged, put onto the shelf.

'When a product is fresh, NFT ensure that it is keep it that way.'

Le Mans ‘1 VEV’ Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Shoot

Aston Martin DB4GT/0182/R ‘1VEV’ is amongst one of the most famous Aston Martin Racing cars to date and sits beside ‘2VEV’ in the corridors of racing history within Aston Martin. This week commercial car photographer Tim Wallace spent some time with this legend shooting work that is to be combined with his earlier work on its sister car ‘2VEV’ for the 100 Year Centenary Aston Book project that is almost now completed and soon will go to print. In 1990 1VEV sold at auction for £1.54 million GBP with its original engine but today that cars true value runs into many millions if it was ever to enter the auction arena again. 

Both 1VEV and 2VEV was purchased by John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable and both cars became a huge part of Aston’s racing history. In 1961, 1VEV raced at LeMans but retired with head gasket problems. This was followed by a minor victory at the British GP race for sports cars that was absent of any Ferraris. The car’s finest moment came at the 1961 Tourist Trophy when Roy Salvadori finished three seconds ahead of Mike Parke’s 250 GT. During the race, the car was hard on tires and 14 new ones had to be fitted. The mechanic at the Essex Stable has been quoted saying that ‘1VEV never had more than 270 bhp’, and that 314 was only possible with the later 3.9-liter engine. In 2007, the car was comprehensively restored and its rear fenders were reshaped back to the original specs

Although not overly successful, the DB4 GT Zagato was easily one of the most exciting and beautiful British sports cars thanks to its specially built body by Zagato of Milan. It was designed to take a stab at the Ferrari 250 GT roller coaster which was dominating the World Sportscar Championship. It was primarily sold to private race teams, but at least 4 of the 19 cars were built as road cars.

In 1958, the first DB4 was released and received universal acclaim as a successful grand tourer (GT). Much of the DB4 utilized technology from Aston Martin’s earlier race efforts including disc brakes, an independent front suspension and a Superleggra body from Touring of Milan. A year later, Aston Martin was anxious to take it to the track so they introduced the GT model in September of 1959. The GT model had distinct modifications which prepared the DB4 for racing endurance. These included a shortened the wheelbase, less interior and lighter bodies. The huge hood scoop which distinguished the model was hiding a the new improved and potent engine. 

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was introduced in October 1960 at the London Motor Show as effectively a DB4 GT, it was then lightened and improved by the Zagato factory in Italy by the famous Ercole Spada. Initially the factory had plans to produce 25 cars, but demand wasn’t as strong as expected and production ceased after the 20th car rolled off production. 
Nowadays, due to the rarity and popularity of the DB4 GT Zagato, the cars are worth a considerable amount of money, and at auction they can easily reach very high figures in excess of £5 million.

Would you like to learn how to light and photograph cars professionally?
Photographer Tim Wallace has been working with Kelby for the last 3 years and also has produced many video tutorial workshops on lighting, shooting, and post edit work as well as several video interviews both on his attitude and approach to the World of professional commercial business asa photographer today and also an inspired interview looking at his own personal thoughts on life, his work and what lead him on the path into the photography that he creates today. These have proven to be very popular with both professional and amateur photographers around the World and Tim is now one of Kelby Trainings featured instructors along with such house hold names as Joe McNally and Jay Maisel.

Kelby Training full video classes with Photographer Tim Wallace Checkout our online classes here at Kelby Training

'Light It' Magazine Feature and Interview

'Light It' is the first digital photography lighting magazine made exclusively for the Apple iPad® from the KelbyTraining group based in the US and this months edition has just been released and is available through the Apple iTunes store, featuring a in-depth video interview with UK based commercial car photographer Tim Wallace of AmbientLife as well as a feature on his work within the car industry today. 

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The magazine is the brain child of the creator of Kelby Training, Scott Kelby and in his own words “We wanted Light It to have a focus (no pun intended), so our plan is to stick to lighting. There are so many general topic photography magazines out there, we wanted to create something just for this one area, an area so many photographers are struggling with these days, so our thing will always be lighting. Luckily, there’s so much happening in lighting these days, we won’t run out of topics any time soon.”

"I think because the magazine is filled with articles from the most popular instructors in the world today really makes it stand out. The people that our readers will be learning from are all pretty much household names in the world of lighting (and the few that aren’t are about to be)."

"We want to demystify the entire process of lighting so photographers can focus on their creativity, and not get all bogged down in the technical side of things (which we all tend to do). If we can do that, I think we will have really done something worthwhile."

Photographer Tim Wallace has been working with Kelby for the last 3 years and also has produced many video tutorial workshops on lighting, shooting, and post edit work as well as several video interviews both on his attitude and approach to the World of professional commercial business asa photographer today and also an inspired interview looking at his own personal thoughts on life, his work and what lead him on the path into the photography that he creates today. These have proven to be very popular with both professional and amateur photographers around the World and Tim is now one of Kelby Trainings featured instructors along with such house hold names as Joe McNally and Jay Maisel.

Kelby Training full video classes with Photographer Tim Wallace Checkout our online classes here at Kelby Training

Bamford and Martin’s A3 - The oldest surviving Aston Martin

The Bamford and Martin A3 is with out a doubt one of the most significant Aston Martin cars in the World today and also is the oldest surviving Aston Martin known. This week commercial car photographer Tim Wallace spent some time with this amazing look back in the historical roots of Aston to capture the car photographically for the Aston 100 Year Centenary Book that he has been involved in shooting over the last 10 months. The photography that Tim shot of the Bamford and Martin A3 will make up the very first chapter of the Centenary Book that is close to completion now and will soon be moving forward to publication and print as a pictorial celebration of Aston Martin through the years from the very early models such as the A3 all the way through to the very latest models such as the DBS and the new 2013 all carbon fibre Vanquish. The entire book has been photographed solely by Tim as he offers his view and vision of these different models through the years.

Bamford and Martin Ltd was incorporated in 1913 to formalise a partnership between Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. They had been modifying and selling Singer cars from their workshops at 16 Henniker Place, Callow St, Kensington, London. A decision was made to start and build a whole car of their own design and by 1915, the first Aston-Martin, named Coal Scuttle hit the road; more cars weren’t built until 1920 but that was due to the Great War getting in the middle of things. Thank goodness they build them a little faster now.
Following Coal Scuttle, three more prototype cars were built including Bunny (no longer in existence) and the green car, below, chassis number A3 which was the third Aston Martin ever built and the oldest in existence. Despite being modified again and again it somehow survived. It is now owned by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust (AMHT) and will undergo a full rebuild back to 1921 specification including the black paint which lead to it having a pet name that would not be considered suitable in this day and age. All of the Works Cars of Bamford and Martin had pet names, something started by Lionel Martin’s wife, Kate. This tradition continues to this day as many if not most have pet names for their cars.

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Shooting the infamous Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato ‘2 VEV’

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was introduced in October 1960 at the London Motor Show as effectively a DB4 GT, it was then lightened and improved by the Zagato factory in Italy by the famous Ercole Spada. Initially the factory had plans to produce 25 cars, but demand wasn’t as strong as expected and production ceased after the 20th car rolled off production. 
Nowadays, due to the rarity and popularity of the DB4 GT Zagato, the cars are worth a considerable amount of money, and at auction they can easily reach very high figures in excess of £5 million.

The popularity of the original DB4 GT Zagato has resulted in two subsequent waves of cars based on DB4s being rendered into “Zagatos” through the cooperation of Aston Martin and the Zagato works in Italy. They are known as “Sanction II” and “Sanction III” cars. Commercial car photographer Tim Wallace spent some time this week shooting one of these infamous Zagato models known as ‘2 VEV’ for the Aston 100 Year Centenary Book project that Tim has been working on and that is soon to come to completion and final edit before going to publication and print.

Want to know more about photographing cars ?

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