Jackie Tong’s Acura NSX Edits

Just to take a little breather from all of the features and stuff, I thought I’d post up an edit again like I used to. Been getting a few questions on how long it takes to edit with all of these shoots that I’ve been doing. Honestly, it can take anywhere from an hour to several hours, depending on how many shots I took or the type of look I’m going for. One of the biggest reasons for long editing times – as those of you that shoot and edit may know – is shooting the car in a distracting scene. For example, a shot in the downtown area will often include other cars, light posts, signs and other things that you really don’t want in the picture. So you end up cloning them out of the picture to put more emphasis on the car rather than distracting elements.

Other times, it’s really just making the car pop and making sure everything is aligned. For the shots of Jackie’s NSX, we shot in a fairly secluded area where there weren’t too many things that needed to be taken out. The red also does a good job of standing out so little has to be done…

The before shot – straight off the camera. No editing done except for resize and watermark. The original picture itself is already good – and most of that is credited to all of the colours working well together. This is one of the reasons I love shooting coloured cars – it’s easy to make them pop. Black and white are particularly more difficult. The only things that need to be “fixed” is that the picture is off level just a tad and there’s a utility box over to the left that needs to be cloned out.

After processing. Since it’s Fall, I wanted to give it a warm touch and the leaves and grass were already starting to turn orange/yellow, so I thought I’d help expedite it. I changed the hue of the grass and trees to a more yellow and orange colour and left the darker greens. I darkened the skies a bit and removed the baby blue hue to keep the colours warm. I cloned out the utility box to the left and rotated the picture 0.3 degrees counter clockwise and re-cropped it to level everything out. Lastly – I did some dodging and burning on parts of the NSX to make it pop just a bit more. I spent more time on the wheels in particular – getting that graphite to pop more, got the brake discs to shine through and removed the “rust” orange colour to them. I lightened up the front bumper and the side of the car a little to make the red pop.

All in all, I generally like the warm tone over the cooler tone for most pictures – it gives it a more natural feel, especially for a scene and car like this. This process didn’t take me too long, but in other photos that have poles and wires in the back or rock chips and cracked bumpers on the cars, it can take up anywhere from half an hour to an hour to fix it all. All in a days work, I suppose!

Sunday Funday: Jackie Tong’s Acura NSeX

Yesterday was another great day of shooting and this time, it was none other than Jackie Tong’s Acura NSX – The Japanese Ferrari. The NSX may be old, but the lines and design still make today’s automobile designs look dated. This is the reason the NSX will be one of the most legendary cars ever built and I’m personally glad that I got the opportunity to shoot one.

On a more personal level – Jackie has done incredibly well for himself over the past few years. Since the day I met him, he was driving a slammed Integra on gold Advan RG’s and was getting around that way. Up until just last year, he opened up his own shop – Zero Limit Automotive and now drives the wicked machine you’re about to see here and a gangster off-road 4Runner on the side. I guess you could say Drake’s song can apply to Jackie here…

If you haven’t hit up Zero Limit for your car related needs, you need to do so! Jackie does it all – from installing and setting up air suspension (my LS) to your regular alignments and oil changes. Jackie has worked on a lot of our cars and all of us has ended up leaving happy so you know he’s doing it right. Let’s get to the pics!

Please note: Lots of rollers because the NSX looks amazing while rolling.

Looks great on the dark gun metallic Advan RS’s – a fairly new upgrade from his previous set: Advan RG-D’s in gold.

The red on the NSX also shines nicely and hits your eye with a bunch of different shades in different lights.

This was probably my favourite shot from the shoot – looks great in the Fall setting.

Perfect fitment out back and a nice shot of his downforce side skirts.

Another roller down low.

Excellent lines from the rear quarter as well.

Head on shot – I don’t think there is a single angle of the NSX that doesn’t look good. I know I’ve mentioned before that some cars just don’t look “great” at some angles. The NSX doesn’t have that problem..

For some reason, this shot just gave me a “Nurburgring” feel.

Rich and JC also came along for the shoot. Good company as always.

Super meaty in the rear. Jackie moved up from 245 (I believe?) to a 285 in the rear. An awesome size on the NSX body.

Shot of the NSX power house.

Uneven ground on the front driver tire, but it was too good of a shot to leave alone.

A carbon wing out back. Nice and subtle – doesn’t look out of place at all. Usually carbon wings (not GT) look odd when they’re just replaced or added. It fits right at home on Jackie’s NSX.

And the last shot of the day!

This Weather is a Tease…

Today was the hottest day of the year so far with a high of +19C – it was like summer already… Unfortunately the next 7 days is going to be shitty and we’re expecting flurries again in the forecast and a high of +5C. That’s why Calgary weather is so lame!

Anyways – since we’re saying good bye to the nice weather again, Ricky, Derrick, Diana and I decided to have one last run to Airdrie and have some Menchies again. I think I speak for the rest of us when I say we don’t go to get the yogurt because we actually don’t LOVE it, we go because we just want to cruise somewhere and chill. It’s another good chill spot that isn’t too heaty. Tough to find these days lol.

Derrick said he wanted to arm wrestle Diana and loser pays…

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Gettin’ ready. Girl vs Girl. The outcome was unknown.

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And go! Derrick ended up being the winner. Good effort ladies.

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Then we just wanted to challenge Derrick for fun quickly before we left. Ricky stepped in and he’s left handed. He lost on the right and won on the left.

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Next up was me I guess. Look at his wrist pretty much snapping mine down. Girls play dirty.

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Ours ended up going on quite a while… I took the trophy on this one. As Diana said – the little guys are always crazy at arm wrestling. Watch out for dem buggers.

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Anyways – enough of the shenanigans. We were off! Diana drove again so I could get more rollers. I love ’em if you haven’t noticed.

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Lookin’ like a bau5

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On the bridge. Ricky’s GTI – I think Ricky has the most rollers out of anyone I’ve shot. It’s cause he’s always with us and I just snap pics lol. I wish I had rollers…

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Derrick in his winter beater EG until he’s done painting his Integra and getting it back together.

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Jumped to the back seat to get rollers on the other side.

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Just noticed how much room is at the back when Diana drives. Seat was fully reclined and I could stretch my legs out all the way lol. I’m not bragging or anything cause I’m not like 6’0 or anything, but it’s still way more than you need lol. Almost excessive hahaha

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Got there and there was tons of parking. Derrick’s EG is sick for the winter lol

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Ricky was rubbing pretty bad on the way to my house. Got out of the car and noticed all this – good thing he’s getting the quarters repainted. AGAIN lol.

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He’s gonna hate me for posting this haha

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More shots of Derrick’s EG

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Full J’s Racing titanium catback. So sick haha I always wanted one when I had my Civic, but they never made it for the 8th gen unless you retrofitted it.IMG_1607 copy

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Interior. That Nardi wheel is the same wheel I had on my Civic WAY back that I sold to him when I parted it out. Nice to see it gettin’ around.

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Obligatory group shot.

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There was a comment on the previous post when we went to Menchies that I didn’t take any pictures of yogurt. LOL here’s that picture for you.

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Derrick checking out the LS and pushing all the buttons… Always messin’ with shit.

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Dual roller shot on the way home with the sunset. NICE

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And a single roller of Derrick’s car.

The next few days is gonna be pretty lame with the weather so I doubt anything will happen… I’ll try and find something to post in the meantime.

Enter: Ricky’s GTI

Yesterday was the first day of spring and we had such awesome weather – I think we hit +13C. That’s like shorts and t-shirt weather for us. Unfortunately, over the next few days – even the next week – we’ll be getting snow again. It’s never ending.

Anyways – everyone had the itch to bring out their cars yesterday for a rip. Ricky brought his out and played with his new lens and posted some shots on Instagram and Tumblr. I asked if I could play with some of his shots (btw not because you suck at editing, Ricky) but because I thought they were great shots and I wanted to edit some.

His set up this year hasn’t changed much, but once you change wheels – you can make or break the car. In this case – the SSR/BBS combo is killer. He’s still working on getting the rears to fit right, but as it sits low, it looks insane haha.

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One of my favourite shots with the smoke from the exhaust trailing upwards.IMG_5339 copy

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Spectrum silver. Not easy to capture it but if the light is right, it’s awesome.IMG_5344 copy

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Another one of my favourite shots. Not many cars can pull off two sets of wheels on the front and back. VW’s do it best IMO. You can see the 24K gold bolts on the RS’s and the spectrum silver on the SP1’s.IMG_5350 copy

An example of when the light is not right – it’s simply gunmetal. That rear though…