Shooting Militaria Part Three

Post three about an epic weekend shoot of a car boot full of military objects. The opportunity to shoot so many graphic subjects took two days and was a real test as they all had to be back within 48 hours.

First, a communist era Red Star cap badge between two converging shadows.


Next a Royal Air Force cap badge – strange how the stitching in the wings looks more ‘feather like’ in close up.


Finally a real challenge – how do you take a photo of a (deactivated!) WW2 hand grenade? This was my best effort but I wasn’t really happy with the result. A layer might have helped.


All shots taken for the book market, hope you like them.


Shooting Militaria Part 2

This is a second post about shooting militaria, the result of an epic weekend of shooting as I worked my way through boxes of deactivated bullets, cap badges and weapons.

These are all regimental insignia – designed to be graphic and eye-catching so an excellent subject!


The gauntlet of the Royal Armoured Corps.

It’s not until you look closely that you notice small touches – I hadn’t noticed the grass when taking this shot.


King’s Own Hussars – the contrast between the brass regimental name and the silver horse and grass is very good.

Some of the designs are very abstract.


And others are more self explanatory!


Machine Gun Corps – a World War One

Thanks for looking , hope you like them. As always these shots are taken for the book cover market.

Shooting Militaria Part 1

A while ago I had a chance to shoot some military artefacts – a friend’s father collected them and I was generously given as many as I wanted to photograph for a weekend (thanks Andy). Quite an exciting challenge though I’m glad the police didn’t pull me over and inspect the boot of my car on the journeys there and back… It turned into one of the busiest weekends I’d had.

First a WW2 gas mask – I tried various lighting but this seemed to work best, split between light and shadow and rather disturbing.


Next is a cap badge of the 17th Lancers/Queen’s Royal Lancers – the motto led to the phrase ‘death or glory boys’ . Very graphic and quite fascinating!


This one is a military sword, but the shadow adds something to the dynamic of the shot.


Finally a few bullets illuminated with tungsten light. Given a handfull of (deactivated) bullets, it’s surprisingly difficult to come up with a composition.00029069

As always these shots are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

Thanks for looking!