Hump day post!!
Last weekend we finally got out to shoot Arif’s car, and it was in the plan for a while but by Arif’s request, he wanted more of a “Fall-y” shoot so we waited a little longer until the leaves got a little more yellow and the weather was less “Summer-y” I guess you could say. Also wanted to give Arif a shoot because he hooked me up with the sweet JDM mirror for my FRS – so that just goes to show you if you buy me a mirror, you’ll get a photoshoot.
I think the last time I shot Arif’s car was wayyy back in 2009 or something like that when I also still had my Civic. He had just got his TE37’s, and I was really just getting into photography. Most will probably recognize his car because it’s been in the game for a long time and he’s changing pieces here and there to change it up every year. He’s one of the few that have stuck with the same platform and has built it up to something that everyone knows today. The only other person that comes to mind right now as I write this is Ryan O’Hara and his EP3 that I posted not too long ago.
But back to the point about Arif wanting a “Fall-y” shoot – I decided to try something a little different this time with the photos. When I shoot and edit, I usually try and stick to a natural look – meaning that I don’t really do much except maybe try and make the wheels pop a little more or clone out a sign if it’s distracting. Other than that, many of my photos are untouched because I am a fan of working as best as I can with the environment and light to get a good picture. That’s not to say that I’m not a fan of highly processed photos (not HDR) because that’s cool too… I just never tried to do it. Anyway, what I’ve done for this post is I’ve edited a few of the pictures twice – the first one you’ll see is straight from the camera in terms of colour, contrast, etc. The second picture I tried to go a little more processed – I “made” it look more like Fall, I enhanced the contrast and shadows while making the whites pop a little more. Keep in mind, I don’t usually do it and I want to try to see if I can go that route to see if it’s something that I like… But I thought I’d explain first before you scroll through the pics and wonder what the hell is going on.
Bonus pictures for Arif and his choosing too…
I’ll start with a shot from the last time his car was seen through my lens.
White on white – TE37’s with the CTR wing on Paul @ Garage Box’s wing brackets/risers.
And let’s bring it forward to today with some slight changes…
The day started off with JC picking my ass up again. (Thanks sir)
The same cockpit I take a picture of every photoshoot. The only difference is that he actually opened the Junction Produce Hello Kitty air freshener this time and it doesn’t smell as good as you’d expect… Oh well.
While waiting in the lot for Arif to arrive, we decided to try and get some shots near the birds but they kept moving away as we got closer so that was a bust.
Random shot. I like the look of the front bumper here.
And off we go – Arif right behind us.
So here is where the dual pictures will start. Let me know what you think of the before and after and which ones you like better!
Arif has always <3’d the haters.
A shot requested by Arif to send into Red Bull… Some Bokeh action.
Side profile shot. I’m digging the look of the Seeker wing now even though I love the riser look on the CTR wing.
More wheel pop. More Pumpkin Spice Latte colours.
Here’s a good shot of another one of his new additions – newly retrofitted headlights which look quite good.
I ended up liking this picture more and the more I look at them, the more I like the second, more processed pictures… Gives it a good look, especially on white.
We decided to have a Instagram competition… Didn’t know what we were really competing on but we had one. Here we see a wild Arif furiously adding hashtags to his Instagram post.
And over to your right, we see a wild JC picking the best filter for his photo.
Then over here, because we’re in the middle of butt-fuck-nowhere, I’m trying to send my shit to Instagram and it’s not sending because I’m not on Canada’s largest network. Took me a good 5 minutes to send it.
In the meantime, Arif has already got 5 likes, JC still can’t decide on a filter and I’m pissed because my shit won’t send.
That’s not a fake sun BTW. I don’t do fake sun flares.
I do enhance them though. I like this one more.
JC still can’t pick a damn filter, Arif is reading all his hashtags and I’m wondering why the hell there’s no coverage out here.
A close up look of his CE28’s
With #PSL filter. (Kidding – I don’t call it that).
By now, my picture sent and we were good to go. JC still hadn’t picked his filter.
I like this shot and in both edits, it looks like his hood is Carbon-Kevlar, and it’s not so don’t be confused.
Shot of his engine…
Some work that Screamin’ Paintworks did for Arif a while back was get rid of the “D” and the “C” to make it say “OH VTEC”. Not something you would generally notice if you didn’t look carefully…
Closer shot of the Seeker wing.
With the edit…
I was indifferent about this edit – but that doesn’t matter right now, look at Arif’s car.
This shot just makes it look so warm… Which it was. This was also one of the last rolling shots down that strip. I got a few more but I decided not to post them just yet (sorry Arif) and I’ll save them for a little later… 🙂
On the way home, JC got the feels as we saw a kitted Corolla roll up but then we saw that it was clearly confused. Hard to tell in the picture but the tail lights looked like Swarovski’d out (which isn’t cool).
Then we got in front and saw that he was trying to be like a Mazda 3 up front. Ah… I’ll never understand…
Happy hump day!