Ogle Models and Prototypes brings to life the Mars Rover
You may have seen the Mars Rover in the news recently. Astronaut Tim Peake is leading the hunt for a great new name for the robot. The machine is part of the ExoMars programme which will soon be exploring the possibility of life on Mars.
Another moniker is needed for the wheeled robot that’s a bit more engaging and inspiring for when it lands on the Red Planet in 2021.
So…where does BJP Photography fit into this?
Back in November 2016, at their facility in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, I was asked to photograph a model of the Rover by Ogle Models and Prototypes. Famous for their work on heritage projects, Ogle are now supplying top automotive design departments in OEMs such as Bentley and McLaren. They use state of the art model making methods, such as industrial 3D printing and bench modelmaking to bring designs to life for the prototype and creative market.
Mars Rover Prototype – photography begins
In the Ogle facility, this image was shot with a wide-angle lens to give drama and then lit hard from one side to mimic a low Mars sun.
On returning to the studio I delved in to the props store and gathered together rocks, sand and gravel and set about building a ‘Mars’ style landscape. Recreating the lighting the same as when I photographed the model, I ‘flagged’ (with black card hung from a boom) the light to create shadows that the Rover would have made if it were actually in the scene. For example, by placing cut out bits of card in the sand I could form the shadows of the wheels.
Next, to make a starry night sky, I punctured hundreds of holes in a black paper backdrop, using various sized implements from sharpened pencils down to needles. That was set in front of a brightly lit white wall and photographed using a black stocking over the lens and with a blue gel over a Profoto Monoblock flash. By lighting the bottom of the black background I created a space horizon ‘glow’.
Finally, I made a Photoshop composite of the 3 images to create the final photograph.
For more information on the Mars Rover and Ogle, jump over and see them on the link below: