If You Jump In Muddy Puddles, You Must Wear Your Boots…

… Peppa Pig quote for those of you blessed with children who love to watch that terrible show. LOL

Anyway, first time in the rain for the CTR after CQuartz and Gliss combined. I’ve been waiting for this day – just to see how well they hold up and it was awesome. Most of the time it usually just drizzles for a few seconds and then it ends up just messing the car up but this time it was pouring hard and fast. Perfect for a quick rainy day shoot to test the coating and to get some cool pics!

The only thing I wish I had was a rain jacket… Otherwise it was perfect weather for reflections and some cool effects. The only thing that sucks about this pic is that I caught the damn wipers LOL

Just some quick test shots in front of the house at first…

Really loving the way this sits right now. The cool thing about shooting in the rain – especially at f.14 is that you can capture the rain droplets suspended in the air and if you zoom in, you can see them. It was also misting at the same time so it creates this haziness that allows you to play with some masks and filters if you want…

Reflections reflection reflections!

It’s hard to tell how hard it was raining in the pics but I was out for literally 5-10 seconds and was pretty drenched, so I had to be quick with the shots. It was also pretty windy so it was pushing all the rain onto the lens, so I had to find the right angles to avoid that.

Most of my shots in the past were of the front because it was my favourite but… Now all you’ll see is the rear LOL.

A better example of all the rain falling and captured at f1.4. Soo good.

I wasn’t out long because I was drenched in the few seconds that I was out each time to grab a shot but I needed to get a shot of the car after the drive. Water beading perfectly and after it all dried, it looked like my car was never outside. GOD, I will never not praise ceramic coating. The sad thing about it all is that 99% of people will never notice. LOL

Mugen FK8 Rear Lip Kit

I finally said “F it” and went ahead and ordered the rear Mugen piece and I’m glad I did afterall. I was on the fence about it for the longest time because I wasn’t sure if I liked how it looked. Some pictures just made it look really gaudy and bulky and some just didn’t show how well it flowed, no matter how much I looked at it. At the same time, when I looked at the car from the side profile without the rear lip, it was missing something and didn’t flow properly… My OCD was getting hit big time LOL

Anyway, I ended up ordering from King Motorsports and they shipped it to me within a week. Super awesome service from them as expected. One of the other things I did in preparation for the rear lip is I added the red stripe back to the kit. I felt it would look weird without it and it complimented the front red garnish nicely. Not too much red, not too little…

Anyway, below are some quick unofficial pics because it’s been rainy and nasty all weekend… I might go out this week if the weather permits for better pics!

Thanos chin achieved.

I like how it continues the black downward and adds some continuity to the rear.

A closer look at it all.

The kit consists of 5 pieces. 2 white garnishes right on the backend of the wheel well, the 1 full black diffuser piece, 1 half black diffuser piece and 1 half of the black diffuser piece. The left/driver side is split into two for the piece that comes off for a tow hook if required.

A bit dirty in this pic, but I honestly can’t get enough… Just a few more pieces for the exterior to be complete for the most part!

illuustrations X lifewithjson: The Finale

The day has finally come!! And a whole month earlier than expected too! Ricky was initially aiming to release this on July 1st  but I guess he was on a good grind and got it done a lot sooner than he thought. I’m super stoked to be able to share all his hard work with you guys.

First of all, I just want to give a huge thanks to Ricky for finally convincing me to do this. This was all Ricky’s idea and it’s seriously been in the making since the I had my FRS. He’s really been getting into video and the sad part is that he had quite a few videos of my FRS and then I went and sold it, so he never got a chance to finish it. With the CTR looking a little less stock now, he wanted to revisit the idea and start over. Typically, I’d be cool with it but he was trying really hard to convince me to add some of my own voice over in to the video as well. As you already know – I am cool with being on the back side of the camera but not on the other side… So putting my voice in a video was next level for me. LOL

He spent a lot of time convincing me of his vision of how he wanted the video to turn out and eventually I just caved and cursed him a million times and did it. He provided me with questions and/or thoughts to mull over and I answered them. I will admit that it’s a little weird to talk to myself but use a tone of voice like I’m talking to someone so that it sounds natural. Literally all I did was record my voice, handed it over to him and he did all the magic.

Seeing this video all completed with all the footage he captured paired with the music and the emotions it brings to me personally makes me super happy about how it all came together. He was able to bring how I feel about the blog to life and that’s important to me. This blog was never really meant to be about any “one” thing – it was and always will be a place for me to throw all my random thoughts and pictures so that anyone who cared to look or read about it could do so. More importantly, it will literally become an archive of everything awesome I’ve done and managed to capture and I’m stoked so many of you love following along.

I really really hope you guys enjoy the video – if not for my awkward voice over – then at least for the awesome video and music Ricky put together. He put a lot of hours into it and although it will be done for you in 11-ish minutes, I hope you guys feel the same energy I did when I watched it. Enjoy! Please leave some feedback if you have any comments!

Blue Skies & Rainy Nights

Well, it seems like we’re in a never-ending series of filming for Ricky’s video lately… But I don’t mind! He’s getting a lot of good footage and this night was no different. We planned to go out in the rain to get some rainy shots and change the mood a little bit, and change the mood we did.

He had access to a rooftop that looked down over center street, so that was a perfect time to get some footage that you can’t usually get (unless you have a drone lol). Rooftop access paired with near-empty roads makes for some cool shots for sure. I wish I had my camera up there with me when we went to scope it out so I could show you… But I guess you’ll just have to wait for the video.

Derrick joined in that night as well to get some behind-the-scenes footage and some extra stuff that Ricky could use too. The more, the merrier! The only footage I got was when we were parked in Chinatown and they were getting some stills… That night was a wicked night for shots again with the dimly lit sky and the misting of the rain. It wasn’t too cold or too wet…

Ricky getting some footage at the back there. The hotel in the back made for some nice backdrop with the rooms lit up with a heart and a peace sign in the middle.

These shots are super awesome to me because of the incandescent lights and the blue sky.

Just random shots…

Tried to get a puddle shot but not enough water haha

Derrick getting some footage…

Here, Ricky was setting up for a really cool shot where the car disappears in the video. Hard to explain but you’ll have to see when the video is done. I got a little teaser of it and I think it’s so dope!

Last one for the night… The car acts as a model and as an equipment car! LOL