Category Archives: Cars

Recent: Detroit

Last Thursday I departed for Detroit for a Midwest Drift Union event. This was special because it was being held on actual public streets. I am still working on the photos, and missing the town still. Such an amazing event. Here is a preview of what I captured.

 

 

 

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Recents

I have no idea what has happened over the last month. I have been super busy traveling and shooting. Keeping this short and sweet. Let the photos narrate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super pumped to be shooting a wedding completely by myself with full artistic freedom. I am going to have so much fun shooting this for these 2 beautiful video game developers. We might all nerd out. Lets hope so.

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More of Matt’s 350z

I stumbled upon this location while running around buying parts for my bike. I can’t believe I never looked around that area. All the local industrial parks have been used and used and used. They all look the same, cue the garage doors and concrete ramps. This spot however has none of that. I pretty much forced Matt to clean his car up and follow me to this spot. Weather was amazing that day. Almost felt like a spring day. Man I can’t wait for long days and warm nights.

 

 

 

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Recent: Nismo 350z

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My new daily IS300

With winter mode fully engaged, I’ve been flying under the radar. Trying to set up big shoots in the near future. With my S2000 broken, I needed a more sensible car. Something I can throw all my gear in and not have to shove expensive things in small spaces. Picked up this Lexus IS300 last Friday. I love it. Perfect car for me. Heated seats, 4 doors, useable trunk space, and manual. Haven’t owned it more than a week and most of my stands are stashed away in the trunk. I don’t have many plans for it. Just want OEM headlights and thats pretty much it. I keep telling myself to not dump money into it. We’ll see how long that lasts…haha

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Hanging with the Drift Faction Boys

Last Saturday, I was invited to shoot a drift event up in Connecticut. It was the last event for the season and I knew I had to make it. The last event I was at was Freedom Moves, and to say the least, I wish I never went. Hoping this would make up for it, I headed out at 430am. My GPS told me it would take 3 hours and 45 min. Somehow I made it there in just over 3 hours. I have never been to Lime Rock before and after arriving, was instantly impressed. They had clean heated bathrooms, a lounge area, and most importantly a Keurig coffee maker. I was working on about 3 hours of sleep, so coffee would be my fuel for the day.

After walking around for a bit, I saw Danny unloading his 2j powered s13. Havent seen him since Freedom Moves. Its nice to see people you don’t get to see on a regular basis. We chatted for a few, caught up with each other, and bitched about the traffic getting to the track.

Seriously, it was about 30 degrees out at this point. I luckily wore enough layers and stayed warm. I was more concerned with my battery life in my 700. I rarely shoot in the cold, and when I do, its for less than an hour. This would be the last test for my camera. I know it can handle heat, humidity, rain, snow, but what about all day cold? To say the least, it performed miraculously.

9am rolled around, and the drifting was about to begin. Huy was running late, so the media meeting never happened. So I just wandered around until I ended up on track. No one questioned me, no one told me to get off. It was nice. For once I had complete freedom to get my images. I wish Englishtown and the NJ State Police would take a note or 10. Anyway Kyle and Shane were the first ones out, their cars are perfect examples of style. Even when their body panels fly off, the cars still look sexy.

Usually when I’m at these events, I end up with more portraits than drifting photos. This time I only took a few.

^One of my favorites. So glad I was standing there to capture it.

And the rest from the day…

You can view the rest on my FB Page HERE

 

All in all it was a wonderful event, thanks to Drift Faction for inviting me, and Lock City Drift for hosting an awesome year end event.

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I’m screwing my life up…

But here are some recent and old found photos.

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Formula D The Gauntlet 2012- The Drifting Photos

Let’s see…how can I compare this last weekend at Wall? Well obviously fun, exciting, and refreshing. But maybe if you can imagine the surface of the sun with high humidity and rubber raining on you, then thats how Wall felt. This was my first time shooting FD, and going into it knowing the weather report almost put a damper on my enthusiasm. Maybe its just me, but carrying around a bunch of heavy camera gear in 97 degree and 5000% humidity isn’t exactly the best weekend ever. Those negative thoughts faded fast. I wanted to do this forever. I haven’t even been to a FD event before, how could I not want to go? Especially with having the chance to use my passion of photography? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited.

Like I said, it was about 99 on Thursday. Everyone was trying to stay cool one way or another. Even in the shade, because of the humidity, it was still 99 degrees.

Daigo had the right idea. I don’t want to know what its like sitting in a race suit, in a race seat, in a race car.

Thursday is the day teams get to practice and dial in their settings and for a lot of drivers this year, learn the course.

Friday was just as hot as Thursday. This time I had my media vest and could go on track. I used that day as a scouting day. Trying to figure out where to shoot and get the best shots. The grid was nice, it was shaded and I got to get up close to the cars as they would heat up their tires and do sweet burnouts. Probably took a few years off my lungs though.

I love the Watanabes, they look like huge spooling turbos.

JLowe love tapping the wall. Love him and his car <3. No homo.

Later on in the day, Mother Nature decided rain would be a great idea midway through qualifying. This put a damper on photos. No smoke, no speed, no fun. It was interesting watching the drivers compensate for the wet conditions however.

Points had to be adjusted for the drivers that had to qualify in the rain and after the drivers meeting, the fun started. Top 32 practice. The tire smoke made a return as the track dried and drivers ran hard with some close tandem practice.

Saturday Top 32 battle and onto the finals. Thankfully the rain forest humidity let off and temps dropped a bit. I was pumped. The drivers turned it up to 20 battling for a spot in the top 16 and hopefully more. So many great battles ensued during the day. I’ll stop boring you with my writing and let the photos finish this post off. It was a great time for me personally and can’t wait to go back next year.

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Quick visit to R/T Tuning

Stopped by R/T on Tuesday since some Formula D teams were storing their cars their. Pat Mordaunt was their with his SC430, RS*R and their S15, Tony Angelo and his Scion Racing TC, and local boy Nick D’Alessio and his S13 were all getting things dialed in before practice on Thursday. It was nice to get up close to these cars without the rush of the crew during an event. And I got to see one of my favorite FD cars, the RS*R S15. Its such a good looking car and getting to see it made the day worth it. Make sure you check these guys go all out tomorrow on the driftstream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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