Category Archives: Drifting

A look back at 2013

This year was such an enjoyable experience. I am nothing short of proud of the fact. My original goal of traveling to different events was exceeded. Including taking on a wedding solo with little time to plan or meet with clients. I haven’t planned much for ’14 so far. I want to stray from Formula D and drifting for the most part. The not most part? Detroit and Lime Rock. Lime Rock for the friends, and Detroit…well because there is something great about that city. Looking back at it, I had no idea what to expect. Sure you hear nothing but bad things about it, but once you’re there you forget all the negative. I need more time to explore, more time to meet random friendly faces. (Yes everyone, be it downtown or the surrounding wasteland, everyone was friendly).

This post is going to have a part 2. I’m being hard on myself and not just throwing a bunch of photos up. The ones below and part 2 are only the photos that came out exactly how I envisioned them. Some aren’t great by any means, but to me they have me grinning from ear to ear.

Enjoy, because 2013 fucking rocked…

 

Some images have links. Check them out.

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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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Formula D Preview Photo

Had a blast this weekend. Drove down to Atlanta to shoot Forumla D and hang with some friends. Such an amazing experience. However I did make a really stupid mistake. Always format your cards before you start over! My workflow is heavily affected by this. Oh well, here is a preview of Conrad Grunewald.

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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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Quickie Post

Travelled up to Connecticut to hang with some friends and photograph sexy cars. Heres one of my favorites.

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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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Portraits From Formula D The Gauntlet

Drifting is cool, but the people at these events are way more interesting. I can’t post photos of the driving until they go live on Tristate Tuners, but here are some portraits I shot at FD.

Here is Justin with a smile on his face. I swear he is always the happiest looking dude ever.

Larry Chen and Ryan Davis fooling around with their big L canons. If you don’t know these guys, you should check their work out. It’s some of the best you’ll find from any drift event.

Media is a hard job, but the track workers have it worse. Running around the track fixing the clipping points and picking up car parts, yea they can keep that job.

Yoshioka on his phone. Maybe twitting or facebooking?

Pop enjoying the view of this random field he found randomly by the track.

NOS Energy drink girl. I can only imagine how her shirt got wet.

Brody wasn’t having it and just wanted to relax in the shade.

Nick D’licious D’Alessio possibly farting. In all seriousness, congrats to him for making Top 32 for the 2nd time this season.

Chelsea after his crash with Tyler McQuarrie. Best vid of the crash CLICK

And one of my favs from this event. BG looking like a gentleman. Check out his site here.

Here are some more below. Check back for more shots I’ll be putting up soon.

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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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Club Loose Opening Moves and Spring Moves

Spring is finally here! Along with nice weather and longer days comes the drift season. Its a nice way to dust off the camera gear and get the creative mind going again. The opening event “Opening Moves” from Club Loose takes my 2nd sentence and throws it out the window. It was cold, miserable, and wet. Regardless of the conditions, drivers still came out to rip. I didn’t stay long since I had to work, but still got some decent shots. Now before I post the images, I have to say this. The people on media have to be dedicated. It is not a fun job to do at times, especially this event. Like I stated before, it was cold and wet. Not just wet, but raining. It was horrible. At one point my 70-200 wanted to give up on life. So next time you drivers get sweet shots, just remember what we media people had to go through to get it. I would be lying if I said I had fun because I didn’t. I wasn’t going to go after waking up at 7am to a downpour. However I wanted to see my friends I don’t regularly see. It was nice seeing them, even if it was just a hi/bye moment. Anyway here are some shots from Water…I mean Opening Moves.

Now skip ahead to a month later. Sunny skies, warm(ish) weather, leaves on the trees, hell yea this is what I’m talking about. Spring Moves was more like it. Liora and I got there early so we could get some pit shots and bs with people. After the media meeting we got out on the track and got to work. After a bit of looking thru my previous shots, Sal got a lil to greedy and spun into the jersey barrier before the 2nd turn. He hit pretty hard and smashed up his e36 m3 pretty good. Luckily it wasn’t too bad and he drove off. He’ll be back soon ripping again. I had to peace early again for work and missed hop driving like a maniac into the bank. This might also be the last event I shoot photos at. I’m trying to move into video and been buying equipment to better assist me. I have no idea how to use an video editing software so we will see how it goes haha. Wish me luck.

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