Sunday, October 4, 2009
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Yep, that is pretty much every exotic you could ever want. Here is the kicker, all of them are owned by one person! That Ferrari F1 in the back is Michael Schumacher's 2002 F1.
The story behind this photo is actually pretty crazy. This was the final shot of the 2007 Festival of Speed that I was covering. My client came up to me at the end of the day and requested the shot; I only had a few minutes to prepare. I walked over to the area and security had cleared everyone out. Right away I knew this was going to be a challenging shot to get all the automobiles in. There was no high vantage point around me but I knew the shot would have to be taken up high to get all the automobiles.
Security brought over a golf cart and I claimed up on top of it. The roof was very flimsy so I could only stand on the very edge with four people holding the cart for support. The camera was on a monopod extended all the way up and I was holding it as high as I possibly could. I am very fortunate that the Olympus camera I was using had both live view and a LCD screen that came off the camera and flipped downward so I could frame the shots. The camera was controlled via self timer. With the sun racing down behind me I was concerned about shadow movement, I had only 12 seconds to get the camera in the right position for the next shot before the shutter clicked. I did three passes of six shots to make sure everything was covered for the panoramic stitch.
In post it took nearly 14 hours to correct shadow movement, blend the shots together and remove a few people in the distance who had snuck into a couple of the frames. This photo for me was a technical milestone and perhaps my most memorable moment as a photographer.
The car collection left to right:
Ferrari F430 Spyder
Ferrari F430 Spyder
Ferrari 599 GTB
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Ferrari 575 Superamerica
Ferrari F1 2002
Ferrari 360 Challenge
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
Rolls Royce Phantom