Two Type R’s // Two Different Worlds Photoshoot

It’s been a minute since I’ve been on an actual photoshoot… Haven’t been doing a whole bunch lately since we’ve been focusing a lot on life outside of cars. I know right? It exists. With COVID and working from home the last few months, it’s really given me a lot of time to just do things I wouldn’t normally prioritize. Focus on art and drawing, focus on family time, focus on making life better. As a result, the car gets less road time and I’m perfectly fine with that right now.

Anyway, enough with the boring… Tiegan messaged me earlier in the week asking if I was down to do a double shoot. I really didn’t know much about Tiegan – we are what you call “instagram friends” as I’m sure most of you are familiar with. I figured this would be a good chance to take the Type R out somewhere to get some good pics finally and get some shots of Tiegan’s car while we’re at it!

You’ll notice pretty damn quickly that Tiegan’s car and my car are of two very different vibes. While mine is pretty simple and just Mugen spec’d to be a family friendly hauler, Tiegan on the other hand has hers looking ready to hit the track and/or even an anime convention! She’s put a lot of personality into her car and you’ll see it through the pics for sure.

I was even able to convince the almighty @Deborja (AKA David) to come out and take some pics as well. David is and has been one of my favourite all-around photographers in the past year and he just seems to keep leveling up and creating awesome content. I won’t say much now about him and I’ll save it for when he sends me his shots from the shoot and I’ll post it at a later date. In the meantime, you get to see my ghetto shots and look forward to his in due time…

David brought us out to some awesome spots to get some of the Fall colours and it didn’t disappoint. It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to set the mood on the photos with Tiegan’s car versus my car. Two different colour cars set two different moods and for Tiegan, I decided to go with a “Pumpkin Spice Latte” look to really expose the Fall colours to match the red of her Type R.

We shot in the middle of the day with some harsh sun coming down giving it a really bright and sunny look to things. The red pops nicely in front of all the fall foliage.

She’s currently sitting on stockies until her new wheels get here…

A shot of her Nero Claudius livery from the Fate/Grand Order anime.

My go-to lately is really trying to take advantage of the foreground to bring in some extra textures to shots. I really dig using perspectives to give a different feel.

Here is where you’ll kind of see evidence of my colour manipulation – something I’ve really been trying to play with and master this year. Also something that can easily be abused to the point that pictures look too fake. I’m teetering on that medium and I decided not to remove all the green in shots of my car because the green made it work better.

The umber bronze on the Advan GT’s was enough to compliment the Fall colours and I thought that was enough to balance it all out.

Here is where I played a little less with the colours as the trees in the back did look pretty good as is. Very October-ish.

This was a first. Tiegan, took a quick polaroid snapshot of my car. Her version of a photoshoot, I suppose! Pretty rad.

Out in the middle of nowhere

Some more PSL colours for you

As David was taking shots of Tiegan’s car, I ended up just taking random shots over in the corner…

Same here lol

Tiegan’s Type R sunbathing…

This was interesting because there’s just so much going on in this shot but the colours intrigued me enough to keep it.

David directing…


One of the more unique pieces in Tiegan’s car were the custom forged carbon and 24k gold flake interior trim pieces. These were made specifically for her as a one of one I believe at first, so she would be the first to have them until others order them again.

Close up shot of the detail…

Paired with a red carbon Mugen knob.

Looked really dope!

David capturing a shot of the two…

My take on the double shot…

With Tiegan up front this time…

Really loving these colours right now – probably won’t last long…


And one last rendition of the two – where I shot at something other than f1.4 LOL

Bada bing bada boom!

illuustrations X lifewithjson: More Behind the Scenes

More behind the scenes shots as well as some extra shots that I take here and there… This is kind of the first time Ricky and myself are doing something a little outside of our comfort zone in terms of video. Just to clarify – Ricky does really great video on the “lifestyle” side of things and cars are new to him, but the “people” aspect and “humanizing” a video is not. He captures emotions and everything that’s alive really well. On the flip side, I’m comfortable with photographing cars and writing passionately about my hobbies (as you can see with my blog) but not so comfortable with humanizing it and bringing the “realness” to it all.

What do I mean by all of this? Well, Ricky had this crazy idea to take some shots of my car to let him practice and I agreed. I’m always down to have someone other than myself take pics/video of my car. Halfway through it all, he throws a bomb on me that literally makes me shake down to the bone… He goes “can you talk for the video? Like answer some questions to make it more personal?”

At first I was totally against it and told him straight up “NOPE”. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy public speaking and I have no issues standing up in front of a room of people and presenting or talking… But to be pretty much interviewed and to answer questions that will forever be encoded into a video – that scares the living daylight out of me. I’m sure some of you understand – hearing your own voice is weird, right? Imagine hearing it while watching a video of your own car LOL.

Anyway – Ricky has been extremely persistent. I would shut the idea down one day and he’d be like “haha OK” and then the next day he’d hit me with questions to answer. I finally caved and agreed and have been putting it off for so long… But I finally sat my ass down and got it done. Just to be clear – it’s no full interview so I know it’s not a big deal but it’s a huge deal for me! I think the video is going to be new and different for the both of us and I’m glad Ricky has invited me to partake in the making of the video. I think I finally see his vision of what he wants it to be and it’s got me super excited and nervous for everyone to see it.

He’s working on the teaser for now and until I get the rest of my parts, we won’t go out and film the rest of it for the final video… Stay tuned for that! Onto the pics!

Ricky doing his thing while I try to stay out of the way…

I’m super glad I decided to go out sooner rather than later to these empty spots because they’re definitely not so empty anymore. I’m noticing tons of people now heading to these locations and even when we were out on this occasion, there was definitely larger traffic count…

When I first got here, I stayed here for almost 20 minutes and literally not a single car came through. On this occasion with Ricky – which was just my second time here after posting the first set – we almost couldn’t catch a break!

We stuck around that night just to wait for the sun to go down and for the street lights to turn on. I’m glad we did because we got some awesome captures. I’m super stoked on how the stills came out – it definitely gave a nice and peaceful ambience.

Again, you’ll notice that I start to play around with edits as we go – sorry to those of you that like consistency LOL. Don’t worry – I like consistency too but the need to experiment outweighs my OCD to be the same…

Probably my favourite shot of the night. This one just had perfect lighting for me…

Started to get really dark at this point but luckily the lights under the statues started lighting up. They change colours so that might explain some of the differences in all the pics.

Lately, I’ve really been digging the addition of cyan/teal into pictures and then trying to pair it with its complimentary colours of red/yellow. Gives a cool night-time vibe.

Just some shots of Stephen Ave while we’re actually shooting. The only cars that really come through here are SkipTheDishes and UberEats drivers to pick up food from the nearby restaurants.

A shot of those statues with the changing lights. It’s a cool scene but a little hard to work with.

On the way home, I played around at an empty FasGas cause there was some good lighting LOL

Gas station shots will never not be cool.


illuustrations X lifewithjson: A COVID Video Production

Some other things that’s been happening during this isolation is the beginning of a video that’s been in the works for years. I say “years” because Ricky has been wanting to do a full video for my car since I had the FRS. He even had a bunch of clips all ready to go for the FRS and only needed a bit more then my jerkass decided to sell it and get a CTR instead. As a result, the FRS video never really made it beyond a teaser video. 😦

Now that I’ve got the CTR to a better-looking state than stock, he’s at it again. This time, I don’t think I’ll be selling the CTR before the video is done so it’s something to look forward to.

With all this time on our hands in the evenings, we’re taking advantage of all the dead space I’ve been going on and on about in the last several posts to get some cool footage. Ricky has this vision of how he wants to do the video which (spoiler alert) includes some voice over and talking featuring yours truly… Not going to lie, I was (and still am) a little intimidated about it all because I’m usually the one on the back-end of the camera, so my face is rarely in photos – let alone my voice.

After thinking about it and trying to build upon his vision, I think it’s going to turn out super cool. He’s going to continue taking footage and piecing it together and make edits until it’s where it needs to be. I’ll be the first to admit that I probably will never do video after seeing how much work it is just to get the footage. I can’t imagine editing it LOL.

Anyway, here’s just some behind the scenes shots when we made a trip back to the airport. I’ll be taking a lot of BTS shots that lead up to the final video… Enjoy!

I thought it only fitting to wear the fresh blazers that Ricky helped me get for this video shoot. I’ve had them for almost a month but since we haven’t gone anywhere, I haven’t been able to put them on. Had to get them in the shot lol

Ricky doing his thing… Most of the BTS shots you’ll see are just of Ricky doing his thing LOL… featuring my car.

And every now and then, I’ll sneak in a few shots while trying to stay out of the way. BTW, have I mentioned how much I love that grill garnish? Phewwwwwww

Video is so much more different than photos… Panning, zooming, and whatever else you do during video. LOL too much for me to handle.

After a good 20 minutes at the airport, a guard came and asked what we were doing. Ricky replies “just taking some video” and the guard goes “… Of what?” as he proceeds to roll his eyes up like there’s anything else to take a fucking video of.

Ricky replies “his car”. Meanwhile I wanted to ask him “what does it look like we’re taking video of?! the airport signs?!” Some people are just so purposefully ignorant, it pisses me off. Then he goes “you guys are being recorded – there are cameras everywhere”. Thanks Karen – we better stop harassing all the people around here and get out. UGH

Anyway – I get it. It’s technically private property and we shouldn’t be loitering but there is literally not a single soul around except me, Ricky and his dumbass and he’s still gotta be an asshole about it. If any of you do end up going to the airport and see a tardy, Dwight-looking couch potato, you know what he’s gonna do.

We ended up heading up the road a bit to overlook the city a bit and captured sunset nicely again. I’ve been getting some good luck with the light lately…

Especially this shot. I call it the COVID-distance shot. Plenty of those to be had lately…

Isolation Photoshoot – Part 2

I’m basically going to be going on photoshoots for the next little while as I try to experiment more on style and composition. I know, I’ve talked about it lots in my last few posts but each time I go out, I’m finding something new and I’m loving it. I don’t know what it is – perhaps it’s because I haven’t actually had anything interesting to shoot in the last little while, or maybe the small little mods make me excited to shoot again…

I think it comes down to being able to go where I haven’t been able to go before. I’m trying to think of all the places that were usually considered “forbidden” or difficult to get into and I’m giving it a shot. So far, it’s been amazing because I’m shooting with no distraction or worry.

In this set, I went out after installing the OEM grill garnish and I’m seriously loving how it looks. It looks great on champ white and adds a little more aggressiveness to the front. Also adds some nice extra colour to the photos. This time I went downtown to see if I could get onto Stephen Ave…

It was still fairly bright when I got there so the lights that usually light up Stephen Ave were not on but that evening sun lately is providing some nice, soft light.

I parked off to the side of the road just in case… But didn’t really need to. Not a soul around except for some walkers but that’s about it.

A close up of the grill garnish. Some might think it’s a ricer mod and under certain circumstances, if I were to have seen this anywhere else, I would think so too but man, I just love the look of it.

The beauty of downtown is all the glass you can get…

The other beauty of downtown is that the lighting can change in an instant. As soon as the sun sets a little more, you start to get a little more gloomy with a cooler light.

I circled around to get onto another part of Stephen Ave… Which was also dead. You can see at the top of the pic, there’s hanging lights that hang from one side of the street to the other. Those are usually on as the sun sets, but I was too early… Next time.

All by my lonesome.

I’m not joking when I say there’s literally no one around… Take a look down the street. Not a single soul to be seen. Again, it’s a little eerie but peaceful at the same time.

So, I decided to move to the center of the road. I was there for probably 15 minutes and no cars came to drive through either.

I think a little later in the evening once those lights are on, it would give a nice feel.

I decided to roll by the Hotel across from the Calgary Tower to see if I could get in to shoot. The last time we were here, I was in my STI and we were able to get in. The reception at the time said we weren’t allowed but we convinced them that we were just going to take some quick pics and we would be on our way.

Typically, this alleyway is full of cars and valet, but as expected – it was dead.

As I rolled up and looked into the window of the hotel, no one as at the reception desk. Initially I thought that it was closed so I was home free. After about 10 minutes, a lady showed up at the desk – she was probably doing some rounds. I made eye contact with her and signaled my camera and just mouthed “I’m just taking some pics” and she waved and mouthed back “whatever!” Score. I mean, if you got nothing going on here, and harmless little old me is just taking pics, what does it matter?

I think if I rolled through here a little later at night, it would provide some cooler pics as well.

That’s it for this chapter in “Isolation Photoshoots”. More to come soon, I hope!