The Return: Punit’s Acura Integra

I think the most epic weekend for photoshoots happened this past Sunday for me. Based off of my previous post – I was banned from the house pretty much all day so I had to find something to do. Luckily JC wasn’t working and the rest of the gang were also game to show up. Also interesting because there was a diverse line up – super exciting. If you follow me on Instagram then you would’ve seen the line up… If not, then it’s going to be a good surprise for the upcoming shoots 🙂

I’m juggling a lot of balls right now with the wedding since we’re just about a month away – to be honest though, I should start focusing more of my time and energy on finishing up that stuff rather than do photoshoots…….
Ha what the heck am I talking about? As long as I have my camera and a few free hours on the weekend, I’ll be shooting cars!

Anyway – the first shoot of the day was none other than Punit’s Acura Integra. If you recall my post of Punit’s Lexus GS450h, I mentioned that the last time I shot his Integra was years ago when I had first met him. Between now and then I’ve taken random shots of his Integra parked here and there but never a proper shoot and as I write this, I’m still wondering why I never got around to it.

The day has finally come though! Punit just recently finished up his Integra and brought it out for a long overdue photoshoot.

IMG_2088 copyI took Diana’s Fit because I had just polished and waxed the FRS and I didn’t want to ruin the finish because it was set to rain.

IMG_2090 copyAnd just when I thought I would’ve been the most stock car at this photoshoot, Derrick goes and brings his Corolla. He is currently working on an engine swap on his Integra so it was a legitimate reason to bring this.

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IMG_2093 copyPunit showed up shortly after and he had a level one decal to throw on before we started the shoot…

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Derrick and JC placing it appropriately.

IMG_2100 copyOf course Punit just sits in the damn car while we do all the work. Doesn’t even undo his seatbelt.

IMG_2103 copyFinally got it on… Most of the credit goes to Derrick lol

IMG_2106 copyAnd here we go… It’s been a while since I’ve had this through my lens.

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One of the biggest changes to Punit’s car is his new wheel set up. In particular – he’s now rocking a 5 lug conversion with a rare set of slightly concave white TE37’s. The set up is now more functional than his Regamasters were with the crazy camber and this set up is way better IMO.

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IMG_2135 copyThe rear end hasn’t changed much. It’s still my favourite gen Mugen wing.

IMG_2146 copyBreaking necks and snapping iPhone pics

IMG_2147 copyPunit himself snapping some pics…

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IMG_2165 copyIf you take a closer look, you’ll see that the 5-lug conversion Punit went with also came with NSX brakes…

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IMG_2189 copyThe interior is also a little treat when you get inside. In the back you can see the S2000 cluster conversion…

IMG_2193 copyAnd if we take another closer look – you’ll see that his full hatch is carbon. A little attention to detail goes a long way if you know how to look for it.

IMG_2201 copyQuick shot filling up before moving onto the next location.

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IMG_2211 copyA closer look at his Te37’s and fitment. I love this look so much.

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IMG_2218 copyA quick shot of the full interior. Still looking mint.

IMG_2221 copyJC and his dirty ass mirrors again. That guy just can’t get his shit together (LOL)

IMG_2222 copyGetting ready to rollout

IMG_2223 copyDerrick creepin…

IMG_2270 copyAnd I will be the first to admit that I was not on my A-game for this shoot. While I do enjoy shooting overcast, I’m now better adjusted to shoot in direct sunlight. Overcast (IMO) just doesn’t make rollers pop like I want them to. Who knows – that’s probably my weakness that I need to work on but this happened to be the only good rolling shot I got of Punit’s car.

In my defense, we didn’t have much space to work with but I did promise him one more shot at more rolling shots the next weekend to get something even better!

Hopefully I’ll get more shots at the same time too – either way… That’s another shoot in the bag!

BIGNJPN: Giuseppe’s Nissan Skyline

A little late on this post… Had a bunch of things come up over the last week and have just been swamped. I originally wanted this post to go up last Friday but I think Monday is an even better time to post as a pick-me-up for those of you that dread Monday as much as I do. The only worst way to start the week is if your iPhone breaks and you have to wait 3 days to get a new one – exactly how mine is starting. That’s what I get for jailbreaking the phone and losing the Modem Firmware. Probably not going to do that again…

However – let’s move onto the latest and greatest – Giuseppe’s Nissan Skyline. This is by far my favourite photoshoot this year – first because of the new location, but primarily because Giuseppe’s car is a rare piece of art. Ever since Skyline R32’s were permitted in North America, there has been a whole wave of them being modded by fanboys left, right and center. Once in a while, a star is born when it comes to making Godzilla something special. Giuseppe did just that.

I first met Giuseppe in 2008 when I entered my first car show with my Civic FG1. At the time, I thought my car was pretty decent – coils, Work Emotion XT7’s in some weak sizing, a carbon trunk, a minimalistic audio set up and a lip kit. Giuseppe rolled up beside me in his Skyline and I immediately knew I couldn’t compete. He had a GT wing before I even knew I had a love for them, bucket seats that I didn’t even think worked in a street car (I was a noob at the time)…

Mercedes Terrell - Nissan SkylineHere’s a picture of what his car looked like at DTP 2009. A year later and once again I had the privilege of parking beside him – you can see my car to the right of his.

Ever since I’ve known Giuseppe, he has never had anything bad to say about anyone’s car. He loved my Civic in 2008 – the stage I hated the most. Giuseppe is a rare type of car guy – one that you don’t see too much of anymore. He truly loves cars and has a passion for all things cars – Japanese, Domestic, Italian – you name it. He comes from a family of car lovers – his dad, his brother – Marco, who also has a bad ass 350Z (staying in the Nissan family). Not only that, but his Fiance – Lexie, supports him in every way possible without holding him back.

Ultimately, It’s the respect that he shows to fellow car enthusiasts that really just make you want to continue doing what you’re doing in the best way that you can – big or small because we all motivate each other. To this day, nothing has changed and Giuseppe is still focusing on his car and just doing him. We need more people like him in this scene… People that can appreciate everything and anything even if it’s not part of his taste palette.

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Let’s start off with my favourite shot of the shoot. Giuseppe’s car has undergone quite a few changes since the picture I posted above and even more changes since I shot it for illmotion a few years ago. He’s gone bigger and badder and you really won’t see anything like it. This picture makes me wish it was my car because it’d be the first one I’d print to go on canvas for my living room 🙂

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The meeting spot – Country Hills Toyota. Giuseppe ended up getting there early so Diana and I rushed down there to meet him to try and start the shoot a little earlier.

IMG_1443 copyTook a few shots while waiting for JC and Rich to show up. Giuseppe’s paint is the wettest paint I’ve ever seen.

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IMG_1462 copyGiuseppe requested to try out the new Airport tunnel for some shots and that’s where we went. It would’ve been the first time I’ve ever shot in there so it was exciting for me. Here’ a shot of Rich off to the side.

IMG_1463 copyAnd more importantly – Giuseppe’s car. The lights and everything just make his car shine.

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IMG_1504 copyAnd my favourite view – from behind. Giuseppe killed it with this set up and it just looks so deadly from the back.

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Side profile of his rear. SSR Sp3’s – a great choice for Giuseppe’s Skyline.

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Shining lights.

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Maybe I lied a bit – this might be my favourite rolling shot ever 🙂

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We made a few passes through the tunnel until I got exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want this shoot to go to waste and I wanted to make sure Giuseppe’s pictures were as epic as I could make them.

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Look at that shine and reflection!!! Giuseppe – you did a great job – I can’t tell you that enough throughout this post.

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Moving onto some static shots to take in more detail. A lot of detail in Giuseppe’s car is in the bodywork. Devon (I shot his EG a while back) and John worked their magic with all the work into the body and made it into what you see in these shots. Quality work pays!

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I’ve done this a few times and I try not to abuse it, but I couldn’t resist with Giuseppe’s car. Every angle is too good not to take.

IMG_1681 copyA nice shot of the fitment and the amount of lip in his SP3’s. I posted a photo a few weeks ago to my Instagram and it was a teaser shot of his rear fitment without showing the wheels at Zero Limit. Jackie was able to fine tune his suspension to get rid of all the rubbing in the rear that Giuseppe was experiencing. Those rear tires are 275 wide – too good.

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A picture I posted on my Facebook page a few days ago. Thanks to Jimmy and Ryan at VEX Performance – Giuseppe was hooked up with his first set of real baller wheels ever. (That’s quoting Giuseppe haha)

IMG_1690 copyBeautiful finish.

IMG_1692 copyA typical sun flare shot. You need one of those in every car shoot, right?

IMG_1694 copyThe crew chillaxin while I’m running around shooting. Don’t get me wrong though – without these guys, the locations, rolling shots, and even the actual photoshoots themselves wouldn’t happen for me.

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IMG_1715 copyAnother detail you might have noticed is his retrofitted Rocket Bunny wing. Sits right at home with Giuseppe’s Skyline and it looks perfect!

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IMG_1735 copyGiuseppe’s interior is still mint as can be.

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A quick engine bay shot for those of you that want to see the heart of Godzilla.

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IMG_1745 copyRich’s WRX.

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IMG_1749 copyAnd finally we will end it here with Giuseppe – the man himself – getting ready to leave.

Huge thanks to Giuseppe for letting me be the first to shoot his Skyline in its completed form. We have been talking for a few weeks about getting together but he was just waiting for the finishing touches to be done. Giuseppe is super low key, but if anyone is looking for the next big thing – it’s right here.

Sponsord by Duracell: Punit’s VIP Lexus GS450h

Finally got around to shooting Punit’s GS450h since he’s finished with it (for now). I mentioned once before that I always find it funny how I hang out with these guys quite often but they’re the only ones that don’t have proper shoots. It’s always behind the scenes or just a half assed shot cause we were chillin’ somewhere. No one ever really asks for a shoot and I never really think about it because I’m busy trying to get another photoshoot done.

One of the reasons I bring this up is because I think about the last time I shot Punit’s Integra and that was back in May of 2009. I just started shooting, didn’t know much about dSLR’s, had my Canon XT with one lens and just pointed and shot things. Here’s one of the shots from when I just met Punit and saw his car… At the time, this car was a big deal locally. Real wheels (the meisters that are now purple and on Diana’s Fit), mint paint, low for 2009 standards and OEM plus. Hell, even by today’s standards his Integra would be considered clean. No where near aggressive but just comfortable enough for a daily driver during those nice summer days. Lots of things have changed since 2009 and I’ve had shots of it here and there but not a proper shoot. My hope is that Punit gets it all good to go this year and we can get a proper shoot going for him.

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Noob status.

But I digress. Let’s move onto bigger and better things – Punit’s GS450h. Punit picked up the GS450h shortly after I picked up the LS460L and JC picked up his CT200h – the VIP bug was biting hard and we all wanted to do something different. For me, it came and went quickly – as you can tell, but my story can be saved for another day. However for Punit, he had the luxury and privilege to own a race car and a luxury daily driver. He takes care of his cars and it shows. Punit was quick to get on board and quickly bought a set of AME Shallen LX’s in a perfect fit for the GS body and of course with big wheels means getting the car as low to the ground as possible.

Punit started off with just coils and going as low as he could and drove that way for the first season of ownership. Finally over the winter he worked on getting the car on air suspension – the way a VIP car should be set up. There’s nothing more to say about Punit’s GS – it’s clean, functional, and it breaks necks. The GS is a popular platform and with that, you have a fine line between a half assed car with replica wheels and looks to be built by a former Honda owner OR a proper VIP-inspired car with attention to detail and care which also looks to be built by a former Honda owner. The latter here applies to Punit – I’m also glad to have played a small part in his build and decisions as he’s gone through it to what you see today.

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One of my favourite shots of Punit’s GS. The fitment is fire and everything just flows so well.

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Lets start off with a few rolling shots…

JC – clean your damn mirrors.

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Clean.

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Blue skies, green grass, Lexus. What more could you ask for?

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Of course – snapped a shot of JC’s car off to the side.

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A better shot of the fitment. Tight and tucked.

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Anything you can spot here…?

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The Mode Luxe side decal looking good. Originally I had created the image and placed it on Punit’s car as a test.

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Rear quarter shot. The GS looks good from every angle.

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What would a VIP car be without chrome?

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A better shot of Punit’s fitment. All that dish in the back too. I love it.

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Remember how I said it looks to be built by a Honda owner? Punit just couldn’t resist hanging Asimo with the Junction Produce items… LOL

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Rolling to a new location…

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Right by the lake. Seemed fitting.

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Punit’s tank set up. I personally love love love the look of this. Looks so good in his trunk. Super simple and clean.

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Chillin’. I need to get them to hold equipment or something…

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Let’s finish off with the rest of the rollers. Looks HDR-ish, but I swear I didn’t touch anything… Polarizer works wonders.

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One last one. Blurry – but I liked the concept lol.

Another one in the bag! Hopefully that Integra wakes up soon…

Tim’s Honda CBR: Farewell

First shoot we did this weekend was pretty last minute. It was of Tim Lee’s Honda CBR – he posted it up for sale on Friday and it sold immediately. The new owner wanted to pick it up yesterday but Tim asked to hold on a little longer because he wanted to take one last rip in it and also get some rolling shots before he let go. So that’s what we did!

If you recognize the name, then you might recognize the car. I shot Tim’s EG here: Tim Lee’s Supercharged Honda Civic EG

He still has it but he still wants to sell it probably by the end of the year. If you’re looking for a mint EG with absolute mint everything – hit Tim up or contact me and I can get you in touch with him.

We started off in Chestermere since it was close to where all of us already were, so we worked with what we had.

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Met up by the lake. It was a beautiful day yesterday so I’d be crazy not to do any shoots… Punit’s car also looking damn good after being polished and waxed.

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JC’s CT200h always looking clean. He just got his headlights and tail lights freshly smoked to give it a more aggressive look.

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And my stock POS. X_X

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Tim’s CBR

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Took some quick shots before we headed out on the highway to get those rolling shots.

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Quick up close shots…

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As you can see – super awesome day yesterday afternoon.

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And we move on to exactly what Tim wanted…

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Peace.

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Some from the rear and down low…

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And off it goes! Bikes are especially challenging for me… It’s not really like shooting a car because angles are a little different.

Thanks for letting me shoot the bike before you let it go, Tim!