Photographing The Terberg DT-series Distribution Tractor

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Photographing The Terberg DT-series Distribution Tractor

Rain stopped play.

Yes, not for the first time this week the rain got in the way. The subject is a Terberg DT-series distribution tractor or tug, around £90k to you sir but by all accounts a great tool for hauling trailers around a yard without the hassle of lifting the jacks; basically a quality time saver. The brief was to achieve a portrait format image to sit on the front cover of the Terberg magazine.

I had already visited the site in South Molton the day before but as I was about ten miles away a huge dank mist spoilt the day. As the previous article notes I’m no stranger to shooting in poor weather but this was meant to be a dry shot. Although re-scheduled for the following week an opportunity arose to shoot on the Saturday morning, and yay, in was scorchio in Exeter.

To be fair as we set off we were notified of the different story in north Devon but it was so hot that it seemed unlikely the rain would not dissipate in South Molton by the time we arrived. My how wrong I was.

(sad face smiley).

Upon arrival the truck seemed fairly busy, they like it, it wasn’t there but as we waited the weather teased with improvement. And then it rained again, teased bit rained some more. I will admit to a slight jazz hands hissy that I’m sure is captured on CCTV.

In the end the only two options were to sack it off again or do a semi internal shot, the one that you see here. We were going to do a lit shot with the Bowens Gemini Pro gear anyway so it wasn’t too far off what I had envisaged, the Travelpack benefitted from the extended cables that I had purchased not so long ago. The cab and cab rear were shot lit with a couple of gelled Nikon SB-910s running from Yongnuo YN 622 radio triggers. The Yongnuo system sits quite comfortably with the Bowens Pulsar trigger although I could just have easily pulled a couple of my older Pulsar receivers from the bag and hooked them up to the SB-910s

The yard though quiet was a working space and although on the face of it seemed like a large playground the options get limited very quickly with subjects of this size.

I may yet re-visit this truck, I feel there’s unfinished work here but hopefully the client has one in the bag.

The ever helpful Trevor offered to haul the truck around the yard after the lit shot but, as soon as he reversed out, you guessed, rain stopped play.

By | 2017-07-06T15:43:31+00:00 July 17th, 2016|Industry, Trucks|0 Comments

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Andrew Butler is a professional photographer and designer based in the South West of England. He has had a long career photographing for clients as diverse as Arts Council England and Motor Cycle News.