Spotlight: David De Borja (@Deborja) x Lexi x FRS x BRZ

Well that was a mouthful.

Anyway, David finally sent me all the photos from the photoshoot we did a few weeks ago that I did the BTS shoot for and he gave me his blessing to share on here with everyone else. As you might have already seen/read – the shoot was an amalgamation of a whole bunch of other shoots – Jason Tang’s BRZ, Steve’s GTR, some rolling shots, and some of Lexi with the cars too and the below is the result of all that.

I mentioned many times before as well that it’s interesting to see another photographer work their craft – you only get to see where they’re standing and what they could potentially be taking a picture of, but you’ll never really ever get to see what they see through the viewfinder at that moment in time. When I photograph and when I look through the viewfinder, I try to envision the endgame or the result that I want to end with the photo. Before going into a photoshoot, I like to imagine the location, the car, the colours, the time of day and the lighting and put it all together in my head to know exactly how I’m going to colour-grade the photo, what look I’m going for, what angles will look best and when I finally get to shooting and looking through the viewfinder becomes an easy task – it just comes down to pointing, aiming and shooting. The idea and the way the photoshoot is going to turn out has already solidified in my head and I “know” what it will look like before it’s even done. I know – it sounds like blasphemy and crazy shit – but that’s truly my way of preparing for a photoshoot.

With that said, being an observer at a photoshoot almost causes me a small level of anxiety – only because I don’t know what’s going to happen, I don’t know what it looks like through the viewfinder and the always-prepared-photographer in me wants to know! And so after bugging David a few times – he finally got around to doing the photos and I know he’s a busy guy – the guy is doing a photoshoot every hour of the day it seems. I’ll be eating lunch and he’ll be shooting one car and when I hope on the gram again, he’ll be shooting another car before I’ve digested my last meal. Anyway, I was stoked when he sent me the photos today and I was stoked to share them with you. I was particularly excited to see the photos with Lexi because my car has never been shot by many people other than myself, let alone with a model. In short – it’s a different perspective for me and it’s refreshing to see my car in a different set up than its usually in. The mood and tone of the photos paired with the colours of Lexi’s outfit turned out great!

Check out David’s instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/deborja/

Video: MDMVisuals x lifewithjson

At long last (not really – Mike busted that out pretty quick IMO), the video I’ve been teasing through photos for the last little while is done! Mike sent it late last night and boiiiiiiii is it sweet. I can’t do video myself nor do I really want to after seeing how much work it actually is, so watching Mike and Ricky do their craft is something else. Ricky still needs to get some additional clips before he finishes his video, but in the meantime – Mike’s video can help fill that void.

He’s got a really chill vibe going on throughout the video and it’s super relaxed. I’m a fan of it because it doesn’t involve any type of DDR song, it doesn’t require a bass drop or any funky shaky visual effect to present itself well. Mike incorporates a few voice clips, some exhaust sound clips and music in-between. I’m no pro, but the transition of the video from meeting up with him and saying “what’s up” to ending with the take-off and Ricky yelling “am I in your clip?!” ever so faintly makes this a really feel like a homegrown and personal video to me.

Anyway, watch the video and enjoy. Give Mike a follow/like as well. It’s nice “working” side by side with someone who is like-minded in the photography game, so I’m happy he was able to do this for me.

Rooftop Shenanigans?

I guess every photoshoot that I’m not actually doing is just a shenanigan now cause I don’t know what else to call it lol. Yesterday, David had a few of us come out to do a quick photoshoot downtown. He’s been wanting to do some urban/downtown rollers for a while now and he got his chance! I met up with Steve in his GTR to get our cars washed and we rolled out to the top of the parkade downtown. I’ve never actually driven all the way up to this one before since I’ve never had the need to but it ended up being a really nice spot.

There was a bunch of things going on yesterday afternoon – between Steve getting some shots of his GTR before he sells it, some model pictures, a BRZ and FRS duo shoot, and rollers – we were all just following David’s lead. It’s a weird thing to not be the one coordinating the shoot since that’s what I’m used to.

Being the bystander at a photoshoot is a new thing to me… Like, where do I stand? Am I in the way? Should I talk to the photographer or do I shut up? Is it creepy to watch while the model is posing on the cars? I dunno – me and Steve just ended up talking cars anyway and looking away while awkwardly trying to get out of the way LOL. Personally, while I’m shooting – I enjoy talking about the persons car and what they’ve done to it and what their plans are. It might not look like it, but I’m listening and it helps me add a little flair to the write up that I usually do, or if you talk about a certain aspect of the car a lot, it hints to me that it’s something you probably enjoy and like a lot, so I’ll take pics of it. For me – while shooting – the silence is likely as awkward as it is for you standing there watching me LOL!

Anyway, most of the shots below are just behind the scenes shots and random things I took while we were there. I can’t not bring my camera to a photoshoot and take some pics, even if it’s not my photoshoot…

Since these weren’t really serious photos for me, I ended up getting a chance to try out my new polarizer and played around with some different colour gradings to give a different effect. I typically like to stick to a very natural feel with a very minimal post-processing look but sometimes playing around with sliders to give a different look makes it a bit more interesting. I typically tend to favour the warmer and yellow/orange hues over cool tones like the above, but I tried something a little different today…

Which one is the photographer?! Just kidding – Steve just grabbing some shots on the sidelines while David does his thing.

I was able to snap a quick pic of the GTR as well – one for the books I suppose. I never did get a chance to shoot his GTR while he owned it.

A view from the top of the parkade. A nice overcast day with some sun peeking through here and there – perfect weather for pics.

And then me in my creeper mode… David shooting Lexi with my FRS and Jason Tang’s BRZ.

Focus switch…

Me just snapping randoms of my car while Jason T’s car gets all the attention.

Here is where I started getting a little crazy with the colour grading and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m 50/50 on it because I think it gives a cool feel but I think it’s just “not me” that I can’t fully hop on board yet. Lexi was looking off to the left at David while I shot this and it ended up looking pretty good. What do you guys think? Too much? Looks OK?

Another random shot I took just cause David was off doing something else. Sometimes random shots work and sometimes they don’t… Here is when it doesn’t but I edited it anyway.

Another shot of David doing his thing. I’m really looking forward to seeing these pictures as I’ve never been to a shoot with a model with cars while someone else was doing the shooting. Yesterday was completely new and strange to me because it was so out of my element but interesting to watch. Like I said in my previous posts with Mike and Ricky – it’s crazy to see how different shots can be of the same subject once all is said and done.

Another random that I creeped on to take.

And one last one of David taking shots with Lexi.

And finally – something I’m OK at – a shot of Jason’s BRZ and my FRS together with more blue/cool colour grading. Hopefully when David is done I can share some on here for you guys!

Sunset Shenanigans – Part 2

Went out for a second time at sunset with Mike and this time Ricky joined to also get some shots for his video clip. We had some great lighting that night and it turned out super awesome. Of course, with Mike and Ricky running around with their cameras, I felt left out so I took some snapshots. I didn’t do any video because I have no idea what I’d be doing with it anyway LOL. I’ll just leave that to the pros…

We headed back to the same spot to finish up some clips and then went out to another spot to do some rollers. At the end of this, I’ll post some shots that Mike was able to get of the car as well.

Awesome lighting that evening…

The guys doing their thing

Sun flares are great

Behind the scenes…

Ricky getting his video shots

As the sun was setting, the sky was full of clouds and gave us a super awesome backdrop.

Mike getting some shots…

That’s it for my shots… I’ll move onto Mike’s still shots.

We were discussing the shots a few days ago and I mentioned how crazy it is that our shots are so drastically different even though we shot the same subject in the same spot. That’s part of the craft, I suppose – but all you need is someone to look at a picture differently and think it needs something drastically different than you thought it needed. For myself, I was editing the pictures and thought “meh, that’s as good as it gets” and then Mike sent his shots and suddenly I was like “I guess more could’ve been done”.

That’s the best thing about shooting with others with the same approach to photography. They have a completely different perspective.

Rear roller

That stance. I love how the car sits.

Menacing

One of my favourite rollers he captured that night. Shows those yellow brembos perfectly

And the infamous “look back at it” shot. This was completely unplanned but I liked this a lot. I always saw these types of shots but I would always think it was staged… Guess now I know I bought the right car, right?