Material Tube Photoshoot

Every now and again I try and squeeze in a photoshoot that’s not work related. Something creative and fun. Last year I worked with 2 great dancers Kirsty Clare and Fern Maia on a flour shoot. I was really pleased with the shots I got from the shoot and was already thinking of collaborating again with them. The material tube photoshoot was born.

Fern in material tube,
Fern in a long thicker material tube

I wanted to do something that would take advantage of their knowledge of both body position and  flexibility. So I decided that using stretched material would make for some interesting shots.

Kirsty Clare from our material tube photoshoot.
Kirsty in a full length thinner tube.

I bought a few different types of material as I had no real idea of how stretchy it would be or if it did stretch would it become too see through. After buying the material I had them sewn into varying length tubes. The idea being to get Kirsty and Fern to squeeze into them and then create shapes from there.

I had a variety of tubes made, long, short, open one end, open both, cream, white and different thicknesses.

B&W photo of Fern in a thin shorter tube.
B&W photo of Fern in a thin shorter tube.

On the image above I really wanted to try and emphasise Fern’s physique. So by lighting her with 2 strip boxes set slightly behind, one on on either side has created a few lovely shadows that have brought out her tone. I lit it with 2 Bowens Gemini 500’s each fitted with a PhotoSEL 140×35 strip box.

As I did on the flour shoot, I had in mind the idea of having the tubes coloured to give a different look to the images, so I added a 2 tone gelled effect in post.

Kirsty in a coloured tube
Kirsty in a coloured tube

Thinking up and creating different poses was made much easier, as I was able to give suggestions to either Fern or Kirsty  and whoever was out of the tube could help with physical direction. This further helped the model inside the tube as their vision and mobility was vastly reduced.

Sometimes and by chance you spot a shadow, shape or angle that reminds you of something. A good example is the image below, which reminds me of a Polar Bear.

I call this one 'The Polar Bear'.
I call this one ‘The Polar Bear’.

One of my personal favourites from the shoot, is the image below of Kirsty. I think the pose is superb and love the way the material has stretched. I do have a love of monochrome photographs, to me giving the image a very classical feel.

One of my favourite images of Kirsty from the material tube photoshoot
One of my favourite images of Kirsty from our material tube photoshoot

In contrast here’s another very colourful edit, this time of Fern.

Pink and Blue Fern
Pink and Blue Fern

I always listen to what the models would like from a shoot. Fern was happy if a few body details could be seen through the tubes. So I took a few shots of Fern within the tubes made from the thinnest material. I love the fact you can see the outline of Fern’s body inside the tube, yet it’s soft and diffused by the material.

Soft contours within the tube.
Soft contours within the tube.

Here’s one more of Fern within the thin tube, this time with a touch of blue. Again I love the fact that the material allows the viewer a glimpse of Fern’s body through it, but diffuses enough to leave intrigue.

Fern inside the thinnest material tube.
Fern inside the thinnest material tube.

This was another really fun shoot with Kirsty and Fern, we were laughing throughout the shoot…it’s hard not to laugh watching a woman wiggle around like a Penguin in front of you.

The last picture from the material tube photoshoot is another one of my favourites. I love the shape that Kirsty has made, really stretching the material to the maximum. Again, it might just be my interpretation but it reminds me go the film ‘Alien’.

Kirsty striking an 'Alien' like pose.
Kirsty striking an ‘Alien’ like pose.

I hope you enjoyed reading about and looking at some of the images from our material tube photoshoot. I’ve already worked again with Fern on another project, so watch this space. If you would like to find out more about Vivid’s video and photography services, please visit our what we do page. Alternatively call a member of the Vivid team on 0161 477 2404.

Stunning Icelandair Video – Vatnajökull – Time-lapse video and Aerial Footage

Time-lapse Video

It was an honour to be invited back to work with Icelandair on their follow-up time-lapse video to their original Northern Lights video (please see below).  Icelandair is the main airline of Iceland offering it’s services to 39 cities over 16 countries. The Vatnajökull glacier video was to celebrate their 80 year aviation history.

The excitement comes from working with a company who really like to make a statement with their promotional materials and branding. They do not rest on their laurels and go to great lengths to produce memorable videos. These videos really show off the company, their brand and their home country. It is a privilege to work with such a proactive company.

The Concept


In a similar execution, the concept was to take a normal Icelandair 757 and to paint the Vatnajökull glacier on both sides of the plane. Their video would encompass the production process and the focus on the stunning aerial footage captured above the actual glacier. This concept would be inline with their promotional objectives of branding. More importantly the video would showcase the natural splendour of Iceland.

The Process

Icelandair Vatnajökull time-lapse video - Sanding

In terms of the livery production, this was a long process. The job started off like most of the airplane livery time-lapses we have produced in the past. The plane is inputted, scaffolded, sanded and stripped to base metal. The primer was applied and then the blue was applied across the plane. This stage of production is now the divergent point from the norm.

As Soon As Possible

A specialist company was then employed to create the glacier. ASAP Aviation are from Germany. Working with the biggest brands in aviation they provide a comprehensive service that includes design, layout and special paint jobs. This was certainly a special paint job. The team had 10 days to accurately recreate images from the glacier on both sides. This was from the nose of the plane stretching all the way to the underside of the fin. This is not an easy task, fortunately ASAP have a wealth of experience in this field and produced the Northern Lights for the previous Icelandair commission.

ASAP Icelandair Vatnajökull time-lapse video - Mapping glacier

They got straight to work, mapping out the dimensions and providing the blend from the sky to the main blue colour. Next the mountain skyline was applied and a complete white colour applied to this area. After this the team painstakingly added all the details to the mountain over a 4 day period. Referencing from very small sections of the main image, the team work together to create a perfect match. If you thought that sounded difficult, they then had to do the same process to create the more complex glacier itself.

ASAP Icelandair Vatnajökull time-lapse video - Spraying

Vivid’s role was to of course document process through the time-lapse technique and traditional filming. We set up 10 cameras over the whole period and used camcorders and DSLR cameras to record the footage. Once the plane was finished, it was sent over to Iceland to produce the stunning aerial shots you see in the final film.

The Result


Well it is there for everyone for to see. ASAP really brought the glacier to life on the plane and it looks stunning. This plane will now have so many practical and promotional uses. Apart from the main video that has gone live, there are news/print reports and photographs and video of the plane arriving at each destination. This promotion will continue for the life of the plane’s livery. The level of detail shown in the final paint is incredible and the likeness to the original source image is outstanding.

ASAP Icelandair Vatnajökull time-lapse video -Finished and outside hangar

Northern Lights #MyStopover

If you would like to see their previous video, please find it below.

Final Thoughts

It was a privilege for Vivid to work on such a commission. We have worked on numerous time-lapse video commissions and it was amazing to be part of a real effort to produce a stunning video. I think we can all agree they achieved their objectives.

Please click on the Icelandairair blog to find our more about the commission. Please click on the link, if you would like to find to find out more about Vivid Photo Visual’s time-lapse video service. Our time-lapse blog details more information about the time-lapse production process and the benefits of the time-lapse video promotion. If you have any ideas you would like to discuss, please call a member of the Vivid team 0n 0161 477 2404.