Mugen FK8 – Completed

An unofficial and quick shoot of the rest of the car with the Mugen tail lights. I didn’t venture too far for these – I just wanted to get some full car shots of it all together and I must say that I’m pretty damn satisfied right now and that doesn’t happen often. It’s nice when things come together like you envisioned/hoped for… All this started because Diana and the guys got me a Mugen button…

I will say though that although Mugen FK8’s exist all over the place, it’s nice to be able to say that I have one of them. It’s a little different seeing one that you’ve put together yourself versus all the ones on social media. There aren’t many options for exterior cosmetics for this platform and there are a few big ones that have been released recently such as Spoon and Varis, but they just weren’t up my alley as much as I had hoped Varis would’ve been. Ever since my 8th gen days, I’ve always dreamed about putting together a Honda x Mugen build and I’ve finally done it. There’s just something about Mugen that invokes this really good feeling that you’re putting literally the best on the car because it’s literally the child of Honda. From the fitment to the quality – there’s just nothing that comes close to that compared to all the other brands I’ve used.

Anyway – I hope to do a proper photoshoot when the weather gets a little better and I have a little more time in the evenings. Until then, enjoy!

Finally the side profile looks complete. No more empty rear end!

Probably my favourite angle on the FK8 right now…

The Thanos rear chin. Like I mentioned in my last post – I love how the vertical lines in the Mugen lip pair up with the horizontal lines in the tail lights and how those lines match up with the trunk lines. It’s pretty hard these days to find cosmetic mods that fill and continue the stock body lines. It’s also a rear that I love without a GT wing and prefer the stock wing instead. I know, I thought I’d never say that but the stock wing is bulky enough to match the whole car whereas I find the GT wings just feel too small and out of place.

More shots of the rear… The addition of the red pin stripe on the lip is a nice accent to tie it all together.

Last shot back at home. I am in love with how this turned out because I didn’t think I’d get to this point this soon (or at all) but man… There’s only a little more this needs before I call it complete to me.

illuustrations X lifewithjson: Capturing Mugen

Now that the Mugen kit is on, it’s time for Ricky to get working on finishing the final version of the video he’s been wanting to make! It’s been an anxious little break from the few sessions we did for the teaser because he’s been wanting to get out and do video and I’ve been wanting the parts to arrive faster.

Yesterday, we hit up a few parts of downtown again and started it up again. I must say that it feels like looking at and shooting a brand new car with the Mugen kit. I feel like it’s not so naked and “stock” looking LOL. Sometimes all you need is a little change to be able to find new ways of shooting it again – and I think Ricky feels the same.

Again, just a few BTS shots while Ricky runs around and captures video… I try to help with suggestions but I don’t know shit about moving a camera around – I just know how to take stills so that’s all you’ll get from me LOL. I can barely get good video of my exhaust note…

We decided to stroll through China town and see what was up and nothing was definitely up. It’s a ghost town there and parking was all ours. This spot above is usuallyย never available, yet there we were…

As you can see behind the car, there’s not a soul around… It’s funny because Ricky was wanting some cars to pass by for a few specific shots, but no cars ever rolled through. When you want cars, there are none and when you want to be left alone, everyone just comes and gets in the way haha

Doing some more wandering, we found a really dope spot that was out of the way of any traffic and the security guard there was super chill. We just waved our cameras and he said “no problem”. The complexes around us were all residential units so we were super careful not to make a lot of noise or get in the way.

I know it’s a fox, but I’m gonna call him Hachiko just cause.

I wish we could’ve gotten closer to this for some shots…

We got there just in time for a bit of golden hour in the background. The foliage in the distance was nice and yellow still.

Ricky doing his thing once again…

After that, we decided to take a drive around to see if we could find any other spots. This was a funny shot because as I stood in the bushes, a cop van drove by. I don’t think they saw me but it’s enough to make the butt pucker a little… LOL

Right now, around 930ish, we get this really dope light that creates a blue/orange tint downtown. I know I talk a lot about those colours, but man it’s just too good not to capture them… Just gives such an awesome feel.

Street shots at night with street lamps is my vibe now.

Didn’t take out the blues here…

Found a dope alleyway as well – also with a chill security guard hahaha. I mean, if no one has come through in the last several hours, might as well just let us shoot for 5 minutes amirite?

Boom.

Going out for more footage tonight so I’ll probably have another set soon!

Impromptu Mugen Showcase

It was a cold day after installing the lip kit but I was also itching to get some pictures… Just some quick ones because I was feeling a little lazy and I couldn’t find a good spot to take some nice photos, so some half-assed ones will have to do for now.

Also I apologize in advance for all the quirky edits… Still playing around LOL

Loving how it all flows so well with the grill garnish.

From the side, the rear looks lacking… I’m still undecided with the Mugen rear cause it’s just so damn busy… I’ll wait a bit to see if anymore options come out.

The front just looks sooooo good now.

I would say this rivals the front end of the FRS for me… I really loved the look of the Arise kit and the JDM headlight swap on it, but the Type R just looks super aggressive now.

Same road, different colour grade LOL

As you can see, I drove around to a bunch of random places but just couldn’t settle on a good spot.

Then just one last one when I got home. I’m super satisfied with how this all came together. I know there are a ton of Mugen FK8’s out there, but just seeing my own come out like this makes me so stoked.

More Editing Exploration… The Endless Journey

Decided to go out at sunset last night to try some different lighting for photos. I usually go out during the day which starts to make me feel a little complacent. Like I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been playing around with editing again rather than my usual. I’ve been shooting and editing the same way for the last 6 or 7 years and while I don’t have an issue with it, I just feel like it needs to evolve a bit more.

A big part of shooting and editing for me comes from the location and the subject. If one or the other or both are uninteresting to me, I just can’t find the inspiration to shoot. Luckily for me, the Type R still intrigues me enough as a subject that all I have to do lately is find a good location – which is also a tough thing to do LOL

Anyway, played around with a few different types of angles and colours/edits to see where it would take me… Quite happy with the end result on most of them. I think next time I’ll try going out when it’s totally dark out to see what I can do.

This was probably one of my favourite edits. Part of the editing process for me is deciding what tone I want to move forward with and then start weeding out the colours that don’t belong. In this particular example, I wanted to move towards the warmer side of the spectrum so lots of orange/yellow remains but with the weather also being a cooler day with some clouds, I left some of the complimentary colour (teal) in as well.

The sunset was perfect for this shot IMO.

For this one, I took the same approach except I took out the complimentary colour and went straight with a warm tone. Again, something I don’t always do because I like to keep my colours natural but I like the look here.

About the same edit as the one above. I left a little more teal in but orange/yellows still dominate the picture.

And the opposite of above – I took out more of the warmth and left more cool tones in only because the sunset was no longer directly in the photo.

I moved to a new location – similar to the one from my previous post – and I was just trying out different angles. I’m not much of a vertical shooter, but this one turned out decent. Works well as my phone background too ๐Ÿ™‚

Another vertical shot with a little desaturation.

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Gas station pic…

I spent a lot of time on this one believe it or not… Trying to get the colours and the feel of the photo right. I ended up playing with some custom smoke/fog brushes and added a bit here that you might be able to slightly see. Not sure how I feel about adding artificial effects yet… But we’ll see how I can learn to play with it more.