Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I have been one of the official photographers for the Festivals of Speed for a couple years now. It is certainly the premiere exotic automobile and luxury lifestyle event in the United States. It’s organized by a person who is very much an automobile enthusiast and views these vehicles as works of art. I couldn’t agree more and that is why I went from simply attending these events to actually working at them.
I have certainly done some very stylized photography at these events in the past to try to bring out the very best in these exotics. I have done everything from elaborate lighting with long exposures, massive panoramas, HDRI and digital enhancements. I have also learned so many new techniques in automotive photography that I have applied to other projects such as my recent “Most Wanted” gallery. For me this is a couple days in Heaven and every event I look for a way to raise the bar on what I did last year.
This year I decided to not only be inspired by the vehicles but rather some influence from two of my favorite artistic comrades, the master light painter and photo artist Ivonne Bonett as well as my assistant from the “Mirror’s Edge” and “Most Wanted” projects - David Calabrese who’s work helped in perhaps one of my most awe inspiring shots of the ultra rare Jaguar XJ220:
Being that some of the exotics slated to be on display at this event include the ultra rare Ferrari FXX, Bugatti Sang Bleu Veyron (the only one in the world), and one of my very favorites the Maserati MC12, you can bet I will be bringing my creative game to the show along with some brand new state of the art photo gear and lighting
Fans of my flickr automotive photo stream, get ready for some wonderful new images of the worlds most exciting and beautiful automobiles.
More info and previous pictures from the Festivals of Speed can be found here: http://www.festivalsofspeed.com/
Monday, October 5, 2009
Here is the in depth story about a video game themed project I did known as "Photographs from the Mirrors Edge" Be sure to check out the actual photos Here
The short story behind this project: For about a year now I have wanted to do a movie style photo shoot. My background is in independent & documentary film and I have always been heavily influenced by Hollywood films. I chose the Mirror’s Edge because aside from it being a fantastic video game with an iconic character, it was a plausible world to recreate for the camera.
I had brainstormed this project with a fellow Photographer A.J. Pomales for several months. We gathered shot ideas on the Internet based on the video game itself, screen shots and concept art for Mirror’s Edge. We discovered we were not the first to try this: pixelatedgirl.com/2009/02/mirrors-edge-photoshoot-part-2/ had already done this twice (and quite well) but it didn’t discourage us as much as give us some new ideas and inspiration. We were going to try this with our own twist and try some action shots as well.
Faith was played by Yen Ryder a professional model hairstylist who had recently worked with a friend on another photography project. My friend called me and said she had found the perfect person to play the character. Yen was fantastic to work with as a model and I really felt brought the Faith character to life.
Kyle Vest from Universal Studios who is known locally for his exceptional makeup and body painting skills transformed Yen into Faith over four hours. He removed several real tattoos, added the runner tattoo and even painted the red glove on since we were unable to find and exact match.
The S.W.A.T. team outfit was created by Jennie Gritton and many parts were authentic police equipment. Kyle Vest and I each wore this costume to put together some of the bigger group shots (coming soon). For those shots we shot the background and characters separately as elements for a larger composited image in the end.
The weapons were replicas and did make us a bit nervous during the shoot because we were concerned some random person might see them and call the real S.W.A.T. on us even though we shot this at a private location and security knew what we were doing.
This project was done simply to see if it could be done, to challenge all those involved artistically and help me explore some new realms in photography and post processing.
The project gained international attention on several video game forums as well as a feature in a UK Playstation magazine. On Flickr the images racked up a whopping 407,00 views in about four months. In my widest dreams I never thought this project would go so far.
Some of the articles about the project:
Also Check out A.J.'s photostream for the making of "Photographs from The Mirror's Edge"
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