If You Jump In Muddy Puddles, You Must Wear Your Boots…

… Peppa Pig quote for those of you blessed with children who love to watch that terrible show. LOL

Anyway, first time in the rain for the CTR after CQuartz and Gliss combined. I’ve been waiting for this day – just to see how well they hold up and it was awesome. Most of the time it usually just drizzles for a few seconds and then it ends up just messing the car up but this time it was pouring hard and fast. Perfect for a quick rainy day shoot to test the coating and to get some cool pics!

The only thing I wish I had was a rain jacket… Otherwise it was perfect weather for reflections and some cool effects. The only thing that sucks about this pic is that I caught the damn wipers LOL

Just some quick test shots in front of the house at first…

Really loving the way this sits right now. The cool thing about shooting in the rain – especially at f.14 is that you can capture the rain droplets suspended in the air and if you zoom in, you can see them. It was also misting at the same time so it creates this haziness that allows you to play with some masks and filters if you want…

Reflections reflection reflections!

It’s hard to tell how hard it was raining in the pics but I was out for literally 5-10 seconds and was pretty drenched, so I had to be quick with the shots. It was also pretty windy so it was pushing all the rain onto the lens, so I had to find the right angles to avoid that.

Most of my shots in the past were of the front because it was my favourite but… Now all you’ll see is the rear LOL.

A better example of all the rain falling and captured at f1.4. Soo good.

I wasn’t out long because I was drenched in the few seconds that I was out each time to grab a shot but I needed to get a shot of the car after the drive. Water beading perfectly and after it all dried, it looked like my car was never outside. GOD, I will never not praise ceramic coating. The sad thing about it all is that 99% of people will never notice. LOL

NSX x FK8 Social Distancing Photoshoot

Last night was a pretty random night for me – Jotham was taking his NSX out for the first time this year and wanted to cruise so of course I accepted! It was supposed to just be a pretty chill cruise around town, stop for photos here and there and then call it a night. As we were heading downtown, we passed by the most random car meet that we ended up joining for a little bit to chat it up with some friends.

I didn’t get many shots of the meet as it was kind of random and crowded… For the most part, just shots of our cruise and quick photoshoot.

Jotham up front

I really wanted to shoot with some greenery and play around with some edits and Jotham ended up finding a pretty decent spot in Eau Claire…

It’s been a while since I shot an NSX… I think the last time and only time was Jackie’s red NSX years ago…

Stunning in white.

I’m sure you’ve all seen enough of the front end of my Type R by now haha

The trees were too good though. Peep that line up back there for ice cream though haha… It was beautiful out last night though so I don’t blame them.

Not enough of the Mugen rear though! Ah I can’t get enough.

I really love the way it looks now. I am sorry I doubted Mugen, but at the same time, their promotional pictures of the rear didn’t really do it justice either lol.

Two different types of cars and generations…

Captured a couple taking a look at the cars and doing a walkaround lol. They were super nice though.

Funny thing is where we are is a no parking zone, obviously by the signs… But there were some cops walking around either patrolling or looking for food – not sure. But we were a little apprehensive that we might get in trouble or they might tell us to leave but they just smiled and walked on by. I joked with Jotham that right now is a sensitive time for racial profiling so maybe they just decided not to say anything LOL!

The more I photograph the CTR, the more I start to really enjoy the sharp lines of it. It was a little odd at first, but all angles are starting to grow on me.

My perfect pairing… Fujitsubo x Mugen

I have to say, I’m happy with how it sits now. There are still a few bits missing but nothing I can’t live without for a while.

Jotham’s NSX sits so low compared to my car LOL… Obviously because of the super low profile of the NSX but even if mine was aired down to the ground, it would still look high as hell.

At the random meet, Giuseppe was there and this was my first time seeing his S15 in person. Looks great on the new SSR’s.

Giuseppe never fails to build an impressive looking car.

Endless BBK peaking behind.

Alex Yoon and his IS-F on ZE40’s also there. Hadn’t seen this since the show and shine last year and he’s got some headers/exhaust awaiting install too… A pretty rare thing on IS-F’s but I’m excited to see/hear it!

Just some rollers on my own with my 35mm – turned out pretty well LOL

Adios!

Mugen FK8 Rear Lip Kit

I finally said “F it” and went ahead and ordered the rear Mugen piece and I’m glad I did afterall. I was on the fence about it for the longest time because I wasn’t sure if I liked how it looked. Some pictures just made it look really gaudy and bulky and some just didn’t show how well it flowed, no matter how much I looked at it. At the same time, when I looked at the car from the side profile without the rear lip, it was missing something and didn’t flow properly… My OCD was getting hit big time LOL

Anyway, I ended up ordering from King Motorsports and they shipped it to me within a week. Super awesome service from them as expected. One of the other things I did in preparation for the rear lip is I added the red stripe back to the kit. I felt it would look weird without it and it complimented the front red garnish nicely. Not too much red, not too little…

Anyway, below are some quick unofficial pics because it’s been rainy and nasty all weekend… I might go out this week if the weather permits for better pics!

Thanos chin achieved.

I like how it continues the black downward and adds some continuity to the rear.

A closer look at it all.

The kit consists of 5 pieces. 2 white garnishes right on the backend of the wheel well, the 1 full black diffuser piece, 1 half black diffuser piece and 1 half of the black diffuser piece. The left/driver side is split into two for the piece that comes off for a tow hook if required.

A bit dirty in this pic, but I honestly can’t get enough… Just a few more pieces for the exterior to be complete for the most part!

Isolation Photoshoot

If there’s one good thing that comes from this isolation, maybe it’s that everyone now has some time to improve themselves and do some self-reflection? Before, those two things were an option for me whenever I had time but lately it seems like it’s almost coming naturally because all I have nowΒ isΒ time. When you’re forced to stay home and do nothing, I think it’s natural to go and seek out some other form of therapy/activity that falls within the realm of acceptable practices.

For me, now that the weather is nice and I can finally drive my car – it’s given me a ton of time in the evenings to go out when the kids are asleep to just shoot. The added benefit (not sure if this is the right word) of this isolation is that literally anywhere I decide to go, it’s completely dead and empty. It’s given me tons of new opportunities to go to places that I normally couldn’t go and just shoot in peace. I love not being under pressure to shoot fast before someone comes and tells us to get out or having to move because a car is trying to come through.

I also find that by shooting in these areas in peace and quiet, it gives me time to be a little more objective with my shots and it gives me time to think about how I want to compose the shot. I know, it sounds super lame especially if you don’t really shoot – but having that freedom means a lot for me to be creative and thoughtful. At the same time, I’m thinking about how to edit the shot and how I want it to look. Everyone has their own way ofΒ  relaxing and enjoying the moment and this is mine.

Yesterday, I went out and decided to try some spots that I’ve been wanting to shoot at but never had the chance. I wanted to try a bunch of different tones again and as you scroll through the pics, you’ll see where they change drastically – I edited them based on which tone I felt suited the setting best. Some, I edited a lot more than I usually do – and others just tried out different hues, curves and tones… Either way, they’re just more content for you and more relaxing practice for me πŸ™‚

This spot was right near my work and just on the edge of the hill, it overlooks Deerfoot Trail, so you get a nice view of the sun as it sets with no other buildings in the way.

Also – depending on what monitor you’re looking at these first few pics on, it may look a bit off with the light flare and the red ribbon wrapped around the steel tubes. On my calibrated monitor, it looked fine but on my cheaper work monitors, it almost looks too fake. The light flare is not fake btw – just the way the aqua/orange are portrayed I guess.

One thing I’m starting to enjoy more of is shooting right at sunset. I never really did that in the past, but it provides way better colours to set the mood.

I always loved trying different perspectives as well. Using foreground to my advantage to bring a different view to it all. Having the car as the main focus is always great, but giving the eye some slight distractions sometimes provides a different feel too.

As I was leaving, I decided to try driving by the airport to see what it was like. Whenever I drove through arrivals, I always passed the newly constructed section with a bunch of glass and wanted to take some photos, but there was no way I’d ever have enough time to park, get out and get a nice shot without being harassed to move if I wasn’t picking anyone up.

Last night was my chance… As I drove up, it was like a ghost town. It’s actually kind of creepy how quiet it actually was… The airport as I knew it was always bustling – cars in and out, cabs lined up waiting to be called forward, people crossing… Last night, it was like the entire population had been wiped out and I was the only one there. As I drove in further, there were a few cabbies standing outside waiting for what seemed like nothing and as I got to the newer section and parked, it was so quiet that you could hear a coin drop.

As I parked, I naturally hurried and got my camera ready and hopped out trying to get as many pics as I could. But very quickly I realized that maybe nobody was coming? Maybe there was no one around to tell me to leave and if there was, I’d just ask if I could take some quick pics since no one was here anyway. I had my alibi ready but I didn’t have to use it once LOL!

That’s when I started taking my time… I kept looking through the windows and down the road but nothing. Nada. No one walking inside the airport, no security speed walking my way… It was nice. Eerily peaceful.

As you can see – not much in terms of any living souls. Only big windows, nice light, me, myself and my camera.

With these pics, I loved the look the cool blue tones gave off. The same feeling as I had when I was there… Quiet, cool, kind of creepy…

On the other side, where you’d usually see rushes of people walking across with their luggage – not a single one last night…

The sun started to set quickly as I got there and when it did, I decided to switch up the tones a bit. A little warmer, a little darker… Look how damn empty it is!!! You had to be there to appreciate it.

On the stretch home, the sunset looked good. I stopped off on the side of the road and took one last shot. I’m itching to go out again and shoot some more!