Civic Generations Photoshoot

Guess we’re on a little roll with photoshoots now lol!

Derrick asked me a few days ago to go for a photoshoot together to get a “civic generations” photoshoot as he dubbed it. With the nice weather we’ve finally been getting, why not! I picked up Ricky and we were on our way. We didn’t really have a plan or anything so we just kind of winged it and shot wherever looked nice. It’s nice to finally do some shooting – after a long hiatus, I was rusty and uninspired for a little bit because I just couldn’t find good angles or get into it but I slowly got the hang of it again near the end when shooting Derrick’s car lol.

Anyway, onto the pics!

Outside of the YMCA. I’ve never actually been here before – always drove by but this place is dope up close.
Derrick’s Mugen converted CSX. Equipped with a Kraftwerks supercharger… Super sick. I really dig that Mugen RR type bumper too. The 8th gen CSX/Civic has always been one of my favourite gens. Maybe cause I had one but probably one of the cleaner stylings in recent times…
Derrick finding some good aerial coverage…
Caught the sun at the perfect time.
The 8th and 10th gen share very similar body lines, especially when the 8th gen is fitted with Mugen pieces. So good.
Derrick’s got a little bit of lowering to do…. But at least his wheels were clean. That’s gotta count for something right? And we’re not even at a show. All he needs now is a candy display. (inside joke, IYKYK)
Derrick taking some video clips…
Dat azz
On the way out, we decided to catch some quick sun
We headed to some secluded baller cul-de-sac and this was right before the sun was peeking through…
And then we were graced with the golden hour light…
I love this shot. I’d say that the house in the back was one of ours but sadly we have not won the lotto yet…
The CSX headlights are also so sick.
Perfect
Booty check. Sunset check.
This.
We headed over to our last spot which just provided some greenery that I’ve been wanting to shoot with. Those trees made a sweet backdrop.
I know, I know. It’s an iPhone. I’m not too entirely stoked on it either. TBH I had a little faith in the iPhone 12 Pro Max but the only good thing about it is the wide angle. Portrait mode is still fail. The phone is totally premium but I’m lowkey hoping the Pixel 6 is something worth jumping to.
It was at this moment that I finally felt a little more inspired to shoot and was getting in the groove.
So clean.
Derrick getting more video
One more ass shot. I don’t appreciate this view enough.
And last shot of the night because why not.

Back to Basics – Shooting with Sai.Jung and a Little Update

Oh man oh man… I’ve really dropped the ball on this lately. What’s been going on?

It’s not that I haven’t had any content, I just haven’t had time (and maybe motivation) to post much on here. A lot of my time in the last several months has been spent really just working on JTooned stuff. I’ve been slammed with toons and I just can’t seem to keep up. It’s not a bad problem to have at all and I’m not complaining, but it’s just one of those things that eat away hours that prevent me from doing much of anything else.

I’ve shut down the store for a little bit – think of it as a hiatus – because of the same problem I mentioned above… I haven’t really had time to work on new merchandise or art for the store so I’d rather not have it sit stagnant. It could be a few months or even forever that it’s on hiatus LOL! One day when I think of something new, it’ll come back again!

Other than that, we’ve been busy getting ready for the new crib – perhaps I’ll make a separate post on that one day. Since we sold last year in August, we’ve been staying with my parents in the basement for the last 9ish months and we’ve got just a little over a month left until the house is completed and we are STOKED. Living at home is great and all – home cooked meals, the nice company and the kids love being spoiled, but at some point – you gotta get back into your own groove and live on your own again.

Now onto a little mini photoshoot! Sam had posted on his story on Friday asking if anyone wanted to shoot and I thought why not! I’ve been inspired by Sam and his shoots lately so I thought that maybe this was an opportunity for me to come out and give the ol’ college try again. I haven’t really shot anything seriously for a looooong time. The most I had done in the last year or so was go out and shoot my own car when the Mugen kit was on but it was just meh and mainly to show off the kit. I never put much thought into the location and it was always just close to home because that was as far as I was willing to travel to do a mini shoot LOL.

We met up and he found this really cool corner that gave off this Japanese/industrial vibe with the way the trees, wood and old tires were piled up. Looked pretty dope. The only challenge was that it was literally mid day with the harsh sun beaming down on us – the car is white, the wheels are dark bronze, it’s like everything that made it difficult to shoot that day was present.

One of the things that I’m all for lately is colour grading – you’ve seen it in my recent posts too and I’m still really digging it. Colour manipulation is a really cool thing but it’s also a really fine line – it’s easy to overdo it but really cool if you can get it right. I might be a little bit of both because I’m still the noob trying to find my way.

Just starting off here. No colour grading here – just gives you a sense of what the colours looked like that day.
Here is kind of where I started. I find when you’re in conditions that don’t really work out, colour grading helps to bring everything together again. In this case, the harsh light can make it tough to get your colours right. Colour grading and enhancing (or removing) certain elements can help. Lately, I’m really digging hue changing the greens and desaturating them giving them a little softer look versus the bright greens/yellows that are normally on display.
I like sharpness but sometimes softness is a good ally as well. Bright harsh sun can be combatted with the softness colours and bokeh can bring.
Here’s one where I left a little more saturation in the green and you can tell it’s a little more in your face but also a little more harsh. Just a tint more and it can change the picture pretty dramatically.
One of the things that I really love is some strong prime lens bokeh. This was one of the main reasons I chose to shoot with a 35mm f1.4. This is my only lens – it works perfect for shooting kids, family, cars, detail shots, etc. When you can get it right, the creamy 1.4 bokeh can really create a softness that you can’t achieve otherwise without artificially adding it. The back is soft and mellow, the desaturated green is calm and light and it really helps the car just be bold and stand out.
I particularly liked the shadows on the green being cast by the tree above.
Might have overdid this one LOL!
Lots of cool reflections here. Another thing that I’ve been playing around with is adding grain/noise to my photos. Not a whole bunch but just enough to kind of give it a retro look. Easy to see here if you look closely enough. Noise is one of those things that I tried to avoid in my early days – it felt like you were a bad photographer if you had noise either because your ISO was way up and you didn’t post process it out or cause it was just a shitty shot. It’s taken me a long time to just barely understand how to use noise to my advantage.
Here’s some with a little bit of a warmer edit.
Still love those FK8 lines…
Now if only we had cherry blossoms, this would’ve been perfect…
Here are two edits with different colour grades that I couldn’t decide on. This one was heavy on the blues and teals…
This one I removed a lot of the heavy blues/teals and brought in the oranges and yellows to make it warmer. The warmer shot really makes it feel like a champ white car basking in the sun while the cooler one is just kind of artificial looking.
Oh I also brought Aria with me because she wanted to tag along lol. She hasn’t been on a “photoshoot” before so she was really curious as to what was going on or what we were going to be doing. Asking if we were going to Sam’s house or where are we going to play. She ended up just playing with the stick and dirt most of the time LOL
God, I can’t get enough of that bokeh.
Harsh lighting…
She also chooses to wear socks with shoes that don’t need socks…
Last one to finish it off. The slope of the wall compliments the cars angle perfectly. I didn’t even notice it until I was editing hahaha

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 – 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.