The advantage of having a studio setup for photography can yield masterful results that are only limited by one’s imagination. For Felix Hernandez (Hernandez Dreamphography) imagining new and creative ways to conduct studio shoots isn’t a problem, which is clearly visible in his latest project called “The Dukes of Hazzard”. That name might sound familiar to you, and that’s because it is drectly related to the two iconic cars – 1969 Dodge Charger (General Lee) and 1974 Dodge Monaco (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane) from the American action-comedy television series – The Dukes of Hazzard. These cars are miniature models of the Dodge Charger and Dodge Monaco which were a part of the television series. The show was aired from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985 having 147 episodes spanning across seven seasons. The Dukes of Hazzard series was inspired from the film – Moonrunners which was released in 1975. It casts similar characters and concepts which were created by Gy Waldron, the writer to the film and television series.
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“Famous movie cars is my first personal project of the year, it’s a tribute to my childhood to all those cars of TV series and movies that make me happy in my youth.” Says Felix. Both of these cars are 1.18 in scale and are highly detailed. To give a realistic background, Felix made use of dust effects on the miniature models and shot it over a simple background, using two to four studio flashes. Off course digital manipulation like adding light effects, colour grading in Adobe Photoshop and combining multiple shots completed the photo shoot.
“Combining the best of my two worlds; photography at studio and digital manipulation in Photoshop, I bring to life my ideas thoughts and dreams… At the end, photography for me is not to portrait what there exists but to portrait what exists in me.” Added Felix. Coming to the point about this project, I think he has done a fantastic job in capturing these two beauties and has clearly infused a lifelike cinematic appeal in them from every perspective.
All images courtesy: Felix Hernandez