Mini Red Roadster – Stanley’s Mazda Miata – Part II

Finally a follow up to Stanley’s shoot. All that was missing was rollers from the last set because I hadn’t gotten my wide angle yet. Then, after getting my wide angle – our schedules just never seemed to match up… Either he was busy, or I was busy, or there was a severe thunderstorm watch with hail included on the day we planned LOL.

Anyway, not a huge set – just enough to fill in the missing pieces and usually everyone’s favourites. As always, the only real reason I’m even able to get rolling shots is because JC is the pilot and knows exactly where and how to position his car in relation to the car I’m shooting and it always works out well. Shout out to JC !

Just a quick shot before we headed out

Typical sunburst in car photo…

Shooting at sunset is both challenging and rewarding. You have to take into account which way you’re going, where the shadows will be, and which roads you want to be on at the time to make sure everything works out for you.

For example this shot – shooting against the sun isn’t always ideal but it works if you can get the lighting and your settings right so that you don’t blow out the sky behind you or underexpose the car you’re shooting.

I dig the distant rolling shots because it adds a feeling of “space” to it all. Especially when there are no other cars around. Lots of rolling shots I see nowadays are really close and they’re great but you don’t get the feeling of a “fast” rolling shot. In this case, we were actually going pretty fast but the space in the picture helps add to the overall mood, IMO.

On the ramp to go for another run…

Other shots I like to do a lot are parallel rolling shots. A nice side profile rolling shot is always A+.

And ending it with probably my favourite one of the evening was just before we were going to get under the bridge with a little sun flare. I’m not typically a fan of sun flare, but it works well because Stanley’s car is a nice bright red… That paired with a nice open highway… It’s almost like you’re listening to “life is a highway”. LOL

Anyway that’s all for this post. illmotion’s Sunday School Show & Shine is this Sunday so I’ll have a ton of pics after that. If you’re not there, you’re missing out!

Mini Red Roadster – Stanley’s Mazda Miata

A nice hump day read for you all is Stanley’s Mazda Miata. This one took a little while to post because I actually ended up getting tons of great shots of his car that I didn’t know which one to edit/post. I usually take a lot of photos at the same angle just in case something went wrong – shaky hand, something pops into frame that I didn’t want, bad focus… Whatever the case is, but last Sunday almost every shot of Stanley’s car turned out impeccable. I think it was a combination of a car that was a colour other than black or white, the nice bright/clear day, and the vibrance of the scenery around us – hard to fail and doubley hard to look bad.

I’ve never really seen Miata’s around and if I do, they’re usually beat to rust and you’ve typically got an older gentleman driving it. Stanley’s is one of the first Miata’s that I’ve gotten to spend a good chunk amount of time around and I liked it as soon as he rolled into the parking lot we met at. It’s hard not to love a nicely done car with simple, yet bold modifications.

The first thing that caught my eye is the bright red paint. I’ve always said that I loved shooting coloured cars – and most of our friends have black/white/silver cars so I don’t get that option a lot of the time. The only other red car I might typically get to see is Punit’s Integra.

I always seem to get the typical “cleaning wheels” shot. I mean… Clean wheels are important right? Not just at a photoshoot, but at a car show too………………………

His Miata sits on an aggressive set of 15×9.5 Work Meisters – again – one of my all time favourite classic wheels that just never go out of style and never look bad on any car they go on.

The one thing that I was kind of afraid of that day was the full-on afternoon sun. Very little cloud cover and pavement make for a lot of overexposure. Thankfully, all my favourite colours came out to play and helped out in the shoot. All the reds/greens/blues came out to play and resulted in a super vibrant photoshoot.

It also helped that Stan’s brand new paintjob shined clearly that day. Whewwww

Another shot of Stan’s aggressive fitment. Not too much, not too little… Just perfect.

That 90’s style though.

There isn’t an angle on Stanley’s Miata that I didn’t like and I’m generally quite picky. That’s probably why I got so many shots of it – I just couldn’t capture it all!

Another thing I miss from the 90’s is pop up lights. I do favour the pop-up look on cars like the Miata and NSX. It’s a cool feature that makes me a little jelly.

A cool little thing that Stanley showed me was that these were aftermarket replacements. You see those little lines running all through the front of the headlight? Those are heating elements for winter to prevent ice from building up on the headlight. They’re LED inside too – SO COOL.

The classic Smiley Miata face.

One of the funny things that I silently noted to myself while shooting Stanley’s car was the sound the door makes when you open and close it. Some of you might not understand it – especially if you’ve always driven in a car post 2000’s – but it brings me back to the day when I shot Romel’s AE86 (slightly off-topic, but related).

Here’s the link to the flashback if you’re interested: https://lifewithjson.com/2014/01/03/romels-hachiroku-ae86/

That day, we were talking about how Romel just replaced all of the door seals and it felt good as new. I didn’t understand it back then (maybe almost 9 years ago?) because it just sounded like metal hitting metal. Arif had joined me on that shoot and he told me that I wouldn’t understand (similarly to how I just told you up there) because my car was too new and that I’d have to try it to understand. Let’s just say, after opening and closing Romel’s door that day – it was like something I’ve been longing to experience again for a long time and admittedly, Stanley’s car has been the only car that I’ve opened and closed that has reminded me of that day.

It sounds like a silly thing but believe me when I say that it’s truly something different. This is one of those “you wouldn’t understand unless you’re a car-person” things. You feel the weight of the door, it’s solid, it doesn’t have any technological-feel like soft-close or auto-close. OK, I get it – I’m going on about closing a door – I’ll stop. The point is that this is one of those things from the 90’s that we’ve lost and we’re never getting back. Ever. I’ll say it again – you wouldn’t understand if you’ve never opened and closed a door on a well-kept classic car.

Not much more can be said about Stanley’s Miata other than it’s clean as hell. I’ve alluded to my liking towards the 90’s era car period but there’s something about a lot of the JDM sports cars from the 90’s that just doesn’t seem to age. Yes, todays cars have sharper lines and generally bigger bodies, but you take a car made in the 90’s and plop it right smack dab in the middle of cars like my FRS and an EVO X – which btw are also two very different classes of cars – and the Miata would still draw attention and it would still hold it’s own.

I’m not sure the same can be said about the cars made today. The styling has become so radical and extreme that maybe that styling can only last while the people can stand it? When big grills and multiple vents become outdated – will the cars that came with them become outdated to? Will we think the same thing about cars like the FRS, Type R, and the new NSX in 20 years? Maybe not…

One for you phone wallpaper fanatics…

And to end the post – one last profile shot overlooking the Rocky Mountains (which you don’t really see, but trust that they’re there). We’ll be going for another shoot shortly with some new gear I hope so stay tuned if you want to see more of Stanley’s Miata!

Pre-Show: Driven 2013

Yesterday afternoon was the beginning of roll-in and this is by far the most exciting part of the whole show for me. It’s exciting because we’re all able to form a big group of some great quality cars, all cleaned up in one place for one long day. It’s the one place where we can all hang out, show our cars and all the work we’ve all put into them over the months or even years leading up to the show.

Roll in for illmotion in particular is huge because the booth is usually quite big and it’s quite a handful of work positioning the cars and waiting for people to come – maybe they’re late or coming from out of town… tons of stress. Props to Ryan for taking care of most of it and setting the booth up nicely.

I’ll be taking a bunch of pics this year because I know every year before I’ve always taken far less pictures than I could have taken and I regret it. It looks like it’s shaping up to be a great show once again. I love that everyone is starting to step it up and doing more than just carbon wraps and cheap wheels with no suspension. People pay $15 for a ticket to see good shit, so I think it’s only fair we give them good shit. Not the one car you’ve seen for the last 8 years with no changes. Painted white dash and neon lights was cool back then. Not today.

Anyways – another mini rant of mine. Here’s some pics of what you can look forward to. See you guys later today! Stop by and say hi!

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JC’s CT back in action.

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With the Junction Produce Hello Kitty air freshener to boot. So sick haha

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My big booty sedan. Regina George.

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Setting up. Maybe a quarter of the cars had show up at this time.

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Derrek cleaning up his Integra… fitted with new mag blue TE’s

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Corey’s Civic. And he’s f***ing selling the Meisters because he says he can’t fit them on his S2000. Someone convince him not to sell them because those are too awesome.

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Andy’s Skyline.

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Didn’t meet this fellow but his RX7 was bad ass with Michaels’ Mazda3 sitting right beside it. Made the trip from Edmonton for this.

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Arif’s Civic

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Phil’s AE86. This thing is still so gangster and it’ll never get old. In person, it’s just way too awesome. One of the best for sure.

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Lester’s new Mini Cooper. So awesome haha

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Another shot of Michael’s Mazda3

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Justin’s TSX. With Justin and Barb in the way… GOD don’t people have any consideration for people taking pictures?!

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Ryan’s Ep3

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Steve’s RSX

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Aldo’s S2000

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Another shot from the opposite corner. Not many cars here yet.

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Didn’t meet him either but he’s got a nice Silvia on Work 3PC Meisters

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Mike Salek’s bikes.

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Rich’s WRX.

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Duncan’s boosted Civic

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Devon and his EG. He polished the whole car at the show lol. Crazy guy.

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A shot of the mean girls. I’m biased but this looks gangster as f***.

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Nikki and Adam

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Front shot.

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Punit’s GS. Freshly finished – if you weren’t at the roll in, this is probably the first you’ve seen since Jackie at Zero Limit finished it a few days ago. Dumped on coils, pulled fenders in the rear and cambered in. Looks gangster with the dish in the rear.

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Random shot of my trunk set up since I finally got it cleaned up.

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Punit cleaning up.

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Aldrich setting up his DJ equipment for the show.

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Giuseppe and his bro cleaning his bro’s 350z. Giuseppe’s Skyline is in the VEX booth this year if you’re wondering.

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Lined up front.

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Ass ass ass ass.

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Another awesome shot. Killed it.

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Detail shots. Another of my trunk.

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Last one of Adam’s Meisters in the rear. Love the dish in Meisters.

Anyways – that’s all I got for the pre-show. The next few days will be tons of pics of coverage. I will try to take pictures of all the cars I can and post them up day by day. Stay tuned! Like I said above, if you’re showing up to the show – come by and say hi!

Titanium Bolts!

The ricer in me needed to get Ti bolts for the license plate again. Since I had them for the STI and thought they looked awesome, I thought I’d replace the rust dealer bolts on the LS too.

Thanks to moddiction for these bad boys!

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Sick teal color.

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On!

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Close up.

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And I also said goodbye to these last night. Simon came by in his FRS to pick them up for his friend in Vancouver. After talking for a while, I realized he was the owner of the yellow FD that I first saw at DTP in 2011. Gangster car – I asked that he send me pics when it’s good to go but there are a few things he has to work out before they’re on.

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The tires are also gone. Instagram is a great marketplace lol.

A few shots of Matt’s FD from Canibeat