Kyle Carbert’s Bagged Nismo Nissan Juke

Back on that photoshoot train again – trying to fit in what I can before winter comes. I still have a few more to do but it’s been so hard fitting things in with all these weekend plans lately. This shoot alone took a week of going back and forth with Kyle to schedule properly and to find time that would work for the both of us.

We settled on an afternoon shoot just outside of Calgary and although the BC fires aren’t a good thing – the smoke that drifted over that afternoon gave a nice hazy look to the sky and also filtered out the sun a little bit so that it wasn’t so glaring. I was pretty stoked to shoot Kyle’s Juke as I’ve never shot one before and it was nice to shoot something a little different this time around. Sometimes all you need is a totally different platform to give some inspiration to new angles or shots.

Take a look see…

One of my favourite rollers of the day was this sunset cliff shot.

JC providing me with his companion service once again. Honestly, 99% of my rolling shots wouldn’t be possible without JC. Almost every single one of them that I’ve done over the years has been with him. He knows where to go, when to speed up and slow down… He’s my rolling shot soul mate.

Some more rollers…

 

Kyle’s interior was also a pleasant sight as it was clean and well kept. Sometimes you get to photoshoots and they just completely forgot about cleaning the inside. His steering wheel was also customized where he had the bottom flattened to be a D-shape and then got it wrapped to be thicker. A very nice and minimalistic touch.

Kyle also traded his stock seats for a pair of Nismo Recaros – a very nice pair of seats in person all while retaining all the stock air bags and sensors.

A few more very clean and interesting touches was the hardline/tank set up in the back. Again, very minimalistic and clean. Kyle did the work himself on this and after having air myself and knowing some of the headaches it can have – I applaud Kyle for getting this all done on his own. Nice little Baymax sticker to finish it off as well.

Way before we got the Rav4 Hybrid, I was contemplating the Juke but it just didn’t have enough room in the back for stroller and kid things… That’s partially why I was excited to be able to shoot this. Living vicariously through Kyle’s build, I suppose.

The sun was just at the right spot for us that smoggy evening…

Me and JC posted up. Dynamic duo.

Kyle’s Juke retains a lot of it’s stock simplicity with a few additional touches here and there. It looks very good on it’s own but the red accents stand out well against the white and black.

I know the front of the Juke is quite different than most cars but that’s kind of what I like about them. It looks wicked IMO.

One of my dilemmas when trying to pick a location for Kyle’s Juke was whether I wanted it to be in urban/cityscape or nature. I opted for nature because I think it just suits the car well – it’s a compact cross-over and although it’s bagged and not really meant for any type of nature trek, it’s still it’s natural habitat despite its’ ‘equipment’ lol.

A very well-fitting set up with the Rotiforms.

A further shot of his tank set up

One other thing you might notice is that his over-fenders are paint matched – which is not usually done on the Juke until you get to the higher models. Something I personally didn’t notice until Kyle aired out. It’s much more noticeable when the body gets closer to the wheels that they’re paint matched as it flows much better this way.

That’s all folks! Thanks for watching!

#uptonohood: Jack’s LS Powered 240SX

Sort of getting back into the groove of things, last week we were able to get out and do at least one photoshoot that I’ve been wanting to do all year. You might have already seen the video below of Jack’s burnout that I ended up getting some static shots of at the end of the shoot before we parted ways.

Like I mentioned before, I saw Jack’s car at the illmotion Sunday School show and it’s just one of those cars that catch your attention because it’s so unique and well done. I’d say over the last year or so, I’ve really been liking the idea of an LS-swap over a lot of the other swaps happening. Of course, the infamous 2JZ swap is another one that you can’t really dispute, but the idea of putting American muscle in a Japanese chassis is just too cool. If or whenever it came down to it, I would choose an LS to swap into the FRS… But that day is so far out (and potentially never going to come) that I’m not even going to mention it again.

Anyway, I think the whole shoot was kind of set up by chance and coincidence. I had never met or talked to Jack before this shoot. This is starting to sound like a love story, but I assure you, it is not. I posted my coverage of the Sunday School show and shine like I do every year, and every once in a while, I’ll see a car that I just have to shoot. When I posted Jack’s car, I casually mentioned that I wanted to shoot it because it was so bad ass. Steve saw it, mentioned me in one of Jack’s pictures saying “This is the car you want to shoot!”. Next thing you know, Jack slid up in my DM’s saying let’s shoot. Fast forward to last week and I can say another bad ass car is in the books.

As per usual, Diana and I meet up with JC and we get this show on the road…

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I think we all got super lucky with the timing on this shoot. You’ll see why as we go, but when we started, there was just enough light – no glare, and the temperature was decent.

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Jack mentioned that he wanted a Fall-looking shoot with leaves and all that fancy stuff. We met in Bowness and there was more than enough leaves to satisfy the criteria as you’ll see later…

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A few hours before the shoot, Jack asked if we wanted the hood off or on. In most cases, I’d say leave it on because it completes the look of the car. In Jack’s case, JC and I agreed to keep it off because #uptonohood. lol

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Why would you wanna cover this anyway? 5.7L LS1. So cool.

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Jack’s car sports a very clean and aggressive set of WORK VS-KF’s in burning black with a Wilwood BBK behind it on an S15 5-lug conversion. I think this is the most spotless wheel/brake combo I’ve ever shot. I’ll admit, most times I’ll clean up the wheels and brakes a bit, but no lie – I didn’t touch a thing here. I love it.

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That was it for the warm-up shots. I like to just have the car somewhere random so I can just get a feel for things. It sounds weird, I know – but I always find that when I shoot, my first couple shots are mediocre until I actually get into it. Jack’s car looks great either way though.

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Next, we moved into the actual park. The gate blocking it was unlocked so we just pretended we didn’t know and lifted it up to drive right in… 🙂

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Just in case you were wondering why the title of the post was #uptonohood…

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Super clean.

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This makes me want one so bad lol.

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Falling leaves. My assistant (AKA wife) was behind the tree throwing leaves while I took some shots. lol

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The scenery here was perfect – super low key, nobody around to really bother us and we didn’t get in the way of people either.

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The white really pops with all yellow/orange as well.

Some of the rare parts you see include the JDM aero bumper from JDM Source paired with a Chargespeed front lip.

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A set of Bride Euroster’s sit inside a very clean interior.

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I think a few days after the shoot, Jack changed his wheel out for a Personal Grinta wheel.

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I loved this particular shot…

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Peep the falling leaves again. This time, all three of them were chucking leaves everywhere…

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And here we see them cleaning up after their mess. Jack ended up throwing leaves near the front of the car and it ended up all in his engine bay. LOL

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Cleaning up the last few bits of it…

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Got dish?

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Rear.

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A few more before we left the trail…

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A better look at Jack’s super clean bay. All of the fabrication work was done by Jack himself over the last two years. His friend Jay provided the garage space and did the necessary welding.

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We moved closer towards the water for a few more shots just to take advantage of the unlocked gate… A good shot of the S13 Circuit Sports LED tail lights and the Bomex bonneville rear valence.

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JC and Diana on the sidelines providing support…

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A portion of Jack’s bumper was black before this shoot. After comparing the two, I’m kind of torn on which one I liked better. The all white is super clean, but the black toned bumper he had on for the show was a little more raw looking. Both looked very good.

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One more shot of the rear fitment

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The gold JDM Source sticker fit in nicely with the fall theme…

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Next up, we decided to head under the bridge. If we were already trespassing, we might as well take advantage of it 🙂

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Here we see JC the doorman moving the gate for us while Diana photobombs the shot. JC also not looking too impressed that I was taking a picture…

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Jack driving out and JC closing the gate again…

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Walking back to the cars.

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Next, we did some rolling shots and as I said earlier – it was the perfect time to do it. The light and sky were perfect and the white pops beautifully.

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One of my favourite shots – the colours blend well here. It overlooks the city perfectly. It almost doesn’t look like plain ol’ Calgary…

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Next, we stopped at a nice stretch of road for burnouts… The first attempt was a little off. I was not prepared properly so I didn’t get much besides smoke and tire marks…

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The aftermath of the first burnout. I asked Jack to turn around again and do it one more time…

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This time I was prepared, and we got to it. You can see the tires starting to smoke up slowly…

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A little more…

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And some more…

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And he peeled out of there.

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After this, JC and I booked it. When we were running, we noticed a car that wanted to come down this road but looked like he was scared. He backed up slowly, then stopped, then continued backing up… I think he was a little nervous cause we were running at him at the same time. LOL

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One last roller to end it off like usual… Another good shoot in the books. I’m usually not a fan of late night shoots, but whenever I do drag my butt out to go do one, they end up turning out better than I expect LOL.

Check out his IG @boostinfested to follow more of his build!

Sometimes a guy just wants to Netflix & Chill in the evenings, man! (PS, when you’re married – Netflix & Chill actually means Netflix & Chill).

Video: Jack’s LS Swapped 240SX Burnout

It’s been a bit dead this past week due to a wedding we had to attend and some family coming over so I haven’t had much time to do anything. We’re slowly getting back into our groove again and with the colder weather on its way, I’m on a mission to get as many photoshoots in as I can again. No surprise, really – I always procrastinate till the end when it’s almost too late.

Anyway, last night we went out to shoot Jack’s LS Swapped 240SX – one of the cleanest builds in YYC right now. I think the first time I saw this in person was at this years illmotion Sunday School show and I just had to shoot it.

As a teaser, here’s a little clip taken from my 6S Plus with the 4K video option enabled. Not sure if it makes any big difference on a monitor that can’t display 4K, but it’s there. JC took the clip while I took some shots… I’ll try to have the photos all edited by the end of the weekend and have it up early next week. You guys are going to love these shots!

PS – I believe you have to go to the site to view HD…

The Return of BIGNJPN: Giuseppe’s Nissan Skyline – Round 2

It’s been a few weeks now since I shot Giuseppe’s Skyline again with Diana, JC, and Punit – this would now be the second year in a row that I’ve shot Giuseppe’s car – and I’ll tell you right now that this isn’t a bad thing. I’m pretty sure I mentioned it in my last post with his photoshoot, but I would gladly shoot his car at the drop of a dime because it’s just that good.

Oh, and for those of you who haven’t happened to see the last shoot, check it here: https://lifewithjson.com/2014/06/16/bignjpn-giuseppes-nissan-skyline/

Anyway, the reason I’ve been holding out on the shoot is because the shoot is originally for Farm of Minds (which you can also check out here – http://www.farmofminds.com/giuseppes-r32-gtst/). I just wanted to give them the chance at posting it first before I posted up my own rendition of the photoshoot. The difference is more that I have a lot of the back end story, behind the scenes, etc rather than a spec list and full fledged feature. It’s not my style anymore… Plus, I enjoy doing the back story edition 🙂

I know Giuseppe has been DYING to see the pictures. I would send him edited teaser pics from my monitor so he wouldn’t have full res shots. I’m the type of guy that goes for a photoshoot and probably has the pictures done the same night with the full post up the following night. Even for me, I was anxious to share the pictures with all of you. Anyway, you all probably know about Giuseppe’s Skyline… And if you didn’t, now you do. Let’s get on with it…

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Diana and I carpooled with JC just so it was easier to get everywhere.

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While waiting for Giuseppe, I just took some randoms.

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JC didn’t want anything to do with it…

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As we were waiting, the train came passing by and at that moment, I was wishing Giuseppe was around to get some snaps. He actually did end up showing up at the right time, parked quickly and let me get some shots. As I’m writing this, I’m wondering why I didn’t edit any… But I’ll save it for the “winter blues” post when all the fluffy, cold white stuff starts taking over…

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We moved on and finally got to work on the actual subject. As always, it’s not hard to make Giuseppe’s car look good. If anything, his car makes my pictures look good…

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Looks like it came right off the showroom…

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The difference in this shoot was that Giuseppe asked for it to be a night time shoot. I was down for a challenge since the last time I shot at night was years ago. We met up a little earlier – as you can see – so that I could capture some sunset shots…

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It’s almost like we were in Japan in this shot. So JDM…

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That bright red Bride bucket…

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Heading over to the next spot… I love shots like these…

As I said above, this would be the first time I’ve done a night shoot in a few years. And since it would be a few hours until sundown, this would’ve been one of the longest photoshoots we’ve had. So I took the opportunity to take some more “journalistic” looking photos and you’ll see some throughout the post. This is one of them…

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You’ll see those wide SSR’s under the flares from last post, but you’ll also spot his biggest and newest addition in this photo as well…

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Ohh la la

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But wait! A wild Punit appears…

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Just some engine bay shots…

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Cusco

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Giuseppe made a point to clean the engine this time 🙂

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And an overhead shot of the power plant.

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We made our way up to one of the parkades to get some shots over-looking the smoggy YYC downtown backdrop. This shoot was around the time that Washington had the crazy fires and everyone up North had a very smoggy few days…

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That doesn’t really stop Giuseppe’s car from shining through though. The downtown office lights start to shine nicely as it gets darker…

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One challenge in particular when shooting around this time is that you get two very distinct and nice tones. Either the cool, blue tone or a warm, yellow tone. The few photos above this one is where I picked the cooler tone. The photos you’ll see on Farm of Minds for the next several photos also took that same approach. I decided to sit down and re-edit a few using the warm tone… Both look good, and I couldn’t decide which ones I liked better…

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Sorry – enough about photo blabber. Back to Giuseppe’s car… If you hadn’t guessed it, his newest addition was the Rocket Bunny rear diffuser that Giuseppe retrofitted on. Looks great!

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A side view of the diffuser. Giuseppe is a great example of bringing in quality parts and putting a ton of thought and even chance into retrofitting them onto his car… And each time, he executes beautifully. There are other parts you’ll notice that you probably don’t usually see on R32’s – that’s why Giuseppe’s car is so great.

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Loved this shot with the Calgary Tower chillin’ in the back and all the office lights…

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A similar shot zoomed out slightly with a cooler tone to it…

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As we moved down the parkade, I took a few more shots with the typical “parkade lights” and they show the lines of Giuseppe’s R32 nicely.

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In between the last shot and this one, we were confronted by the mighty security guard of the parkade and he told us to hurry up and leave. Kind of dumb because we obviously weren’t doing much… Plus, we paid to get in. Ah well… I got the shot!

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Just a few rolling shots as per usual.

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Mother nature

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Down low. Looks like Hong Kong in the back…

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The night falls upon us… The challenge begins.

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Giuseppe mentioned that one of the spots he’s always wanted to park and get a picture of was under the Core’s overpass in front of Holt Renfrew. I proceeded to tell him to get in line, because everyone and their mom wants a shot there… Specifically, they want a shot in front of Louis Vuitton.

Fortunately, I didn’t turn him down and agreed to get the shot for him. It actually requires a bunch of “right timing” and coordination with a bunch of people. First, it needs to be late so that the valet doesn’t come kick you out. Second, the amount of people needs to be minimal or else they’ll get in the way. Third, a spot needs to be available while another driver drops me off on the other side of the street. And finally, you need to take the best damn shot you can because cars are passing continuously.

Anyway, we didn’t get Louis Vuitton, but we got the main entrance, and we got Hermes. Good enough!

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Some shots that didn’t really turn out how I liked, but once I edited them a certain way, they looked real dark and gritty. Totz cool.

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Here’s Giuseppe backing up into the spot you saw above. That truck was the one that got in the way of Louis Vuitton you can see there as well…

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As we were rolling out of there, I popped my head out of the car and snapped a few quick shots of Giuseppe following behind. This was on Stephen Ave – hence the cool lights on the ground and posts all around.

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Heading out for some night rollers…

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A scene from Fast & the Furious.

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Another dark and gritty shot.

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Through downtown, I got a few shots that worked nicely.

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Check that rearview mirror reflection on Giuseppe’s eyes. Means business.

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And one last one through downtown.

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We ended up at a spot JC had been talking about all night and then we found a spot to drive up onto the side walk and take some dope shots. Long exposure, super small aperture, and you get awesome skies, twinkling lights and nothing but shine…

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Loved this shot too. Kind of like the rolling shot above during the day, it looks almost like a Hong Kong city skyline. (or Japan – whatever you please…)

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And one last one over by some cool lights on a wooden walk way…

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And one last shot – which probably ended up being one of my favourite shots – was this one along Memorial Drive. Giuseppe and I were talking and it reminded the both of us of a shot a few years ago of a yellow R32 that was featured on Stance Nation. That shot ended up being one of my backgrounds during my early photographer years. Little did I know, I’d end up recreating it with Giuseppe’s car almost 6 years later.

Anyway – hope you guys enjoyed! Sorry for the lack of content lately… Weather has sucked lately so I haven’t done anything cool. Hopefully I have some updates soon!