Hennessey Corvette Grand Sport in my sights…

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Behind The Scenes

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A quasi self portrait taken earlier today using a Hennessey Corvette Z06 as a prop. More photos of the car to come later…

Cover feature for Robb Report Collection, August 2011

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in Published Work

rrc-august-2011Just got word from the great folks at Kahn Media that one of my photos was featured on the cover of Robb Report’s Collection in the August 2011 issue. This one came as a surprise, since I took the photo in September of last year. The photoshoot was originally done for Classic Recreations, the builder of the car.

Publication: Collection (Robb Report)

Client: Classic Recreations

Car: 1967 Shelby GT500CR

Spectre 341 Challenge photos featured on CarandDriver.com

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Published Work

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After spending three days in Virginia City, NV as one of the official photographers for the Spectre 341 Challenge, this is just about the first set of photos I’ve seen published from the event. Car and Driver’s Aaron Robinson was in attendance and drove a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon up the 5.2 mile course, and I managed to get several photos of him tackling the hill. You can see the photos and the story at Car and Driver’s web site.

New Singer 911 photos released to the world

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Published Work

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Back in April Singer Vehicle Design hired me again to take photos of their second customer car. I don’t think the White and Olive paint scheme is as photogenic as the previous Green and Orange car, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. To make it even better, Singer was going to have both cars on hand so I would have the opportunity to photograph them together.

With Singer issuing their press release regarding the new customer car and their partnership with Cosworth, the photos have now appeared on many of the leading automotive web sites around the world including Autoblog, Autocar, and Top Gear:

Hopefully the images will be in print in the next few months.

The photo that wasn’t published…

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 in Behind The Scenes

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It’s always interesting to see which photos are selected for publication in a magazine. For the most part, I’ve always felt 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords has done an excellent job in choosing the photographs for an article as well organizing them on the page in an attractive manner. When I see an article with my photographs for the first time, almost always I like which photos they chose and how the article is laid out.

For the recent feature on the Raceskinz Mustang, however, I was disappointed by the absence of one particular photo, seen above. It was by far my photograph I took of the car, and one that was a mix of good timing and a bit of luck. I was sad that it didn’t make it in to the magazine, but at least you can see it here! Follow the jump for another bonus photo.

Featured in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, September 2011

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Published Work

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First off, let me just say that drag strips are not my favorite places to photograph cars, at least in California. They just aren’t photogenic. But where else are you going to photograph a 2,500 horsepower Mustang built to pull off six second 1/4 mile runs? The one redeeming factor are the burnout and wheelie shots, the latter of which I was hoping would be used a lead or even a cover shot. Alas, they went with the standard front 3/4 photo, and I can’t really complain. Besides, another one of my photos made it on the cover of the September issue anyway.

The photos aren’t exactly portfolio-worthy, but they got the job done and look good in the magazine. Follow the jump to see screen shots of the whole article.

Publication: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords

Client: Source Interlink

Car: 2011 MMR Shelby GT500 Race Car

Cover feature for 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, September 2011

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Published Work

50-mustang-september-2011The September 2011 issue of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords came out today, and I was fortunate enough to have my photo selected for the cover. The car is a 2011 Mustang 5.0 built by a company called Raceskinz. I first saw the car at SEMA last year, and it was by far my favorite Mustang at the show. Originally I had done a photoshoot of the car without any driving shots, but I knew the car was cover-worthy, so I set up another time to photograph the car in action. Thankfully, the extra effort was rewarded. Follow the jump to see screen shots of the complete article.

Publication: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords

Client: Source Interlink

Car: 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 by Raceskinz

History is made (and captured) as the ten minute barrier falls at Pikes Peak

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in On Location

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The summit of Pikes Peak can be a harsh environment, even in June. It’s also not necessarily the best place to take photos at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, especially considering the scenery available on the rest of the mountain. So why would I spend 10 hours dealing the thin air at 14,000 feet, near-freezing temperatures and 40 mph winds for ten hours? To capture history.

It was inevitable that the ten minute barrier would eventually be broken at Pikes Peak, and with the extra pavement added this year, it was almost certain that one of the top contenders in the Unlimited Class would break the mark. Reigning king of the mountain Monster Tajima was up to the task, smashing his own previous record with a time of 9:51.278. I was there to witness him cross the finish line, with camera in hand to capture the historic event. It was worth it.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb photos, Practice Day 3

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Published Work

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Pikes Peak will be completely paved over next year, and since I’ll be on the summit for race day, this was the last time I’ll ever photograph the cars on dirt. Such a shame, as the dirt adds such a wonderful element to photographing the cars go up the mountain. I made the most of it, catching the cars come up around a turn with the sunrise in the background, and hanging out on the inside of a hairpin to see (some) drivers skillfully drift through the turn. The pavement might make for fast times, but the dirt will surely be missed.

See all of the photos from Practice Day 3 over at Autoblog.com.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb photos, Practice Day 2

Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 in Published Work

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Day two at Pikes Peak. Last year this section (the upper third) was still dirt, and it was strange to see the cars charge up the hill on the new pavement. The scenery isn’t quite as special as the middle section, but there was still some good photos in the making. The sun hitting off the rocks near the bottomless pit between mile 16 and 17 was pretty spectacular for just a few minutes. You can see all the photos from today over at Autoblog.com.