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!

Accuair E-Level Installed! Thanks @j_tong_

Just wanted to give a huge thanks to Jackie Tong over at Zero Limit Automotive for hooking up the e-level sensors on the LS. You might remember that a while back when he first finished the install, time was not something we had and so I told him to leave the sensors alone until we had more time. Another reason was because of the way the LS arms were, it was a bit more complicated to find the correct angle for the sensor arms to pivot without breaking when it aired down or aired up.

That meant manually using the controls on my own until they were hooked up – which wasn’t really an issue, it just didn’t air up to the driving height every time I started the car or automatically adjust ride height when it sensed weight changes.

Now it works like a dream and I don’t have to worry about getting out of the car to make sure of the height.

I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again – if you need anything done with your car, hit up Jackie at Zero Limit and you’ll leave a happy camper. Nothing but good things coming from his shop and it’s only going to get bigger from here.

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Shot of the remote now without the red arrows.IMG_4588 copy

Placement. Now I’m not embarrassed to post the remote cause it doesn’t have the red error arrows hahaIMG_4591 copy

And just one shot for good measure. Sorry – I haven’t washed it for 3+ weeks and the weather has been shitty. Still awesome to look at though.

Thanks Jackie!!!

LS460 Air Install: Part IV (COMPLETE)

Finally. The day has come. The car has now been completed and is finally down on the ground with the new shoes and everything.

Here’s my second round of shout outs:

Huge huge huge thanks to Jackie Tong at Zero Limit and Brad Atkins for helping out with taking on this project. We knew it was a big task to take on, we just didn’t know it was going to be THAT big. The amount of work and time that the two of them put in over the last week is awesome. Fitting my car in during the day in between appointments and continuing to work after your own job is something I really appreciate. Each time a roadblock was passed, there was another one and another one and another one. Eventually it finished. I messaged Jackie last night telling him I was forever in his debt. I know he doesn’t want to see another Lexus or air suspension install again for a whole year.

Second thanks to everyone that came out during the week that the LS was on the hoist willing to lend a hand. Last night was a perfect example of a few of us working vigorously to get the car back together. The amount of parts and panels would’ve taken forever to put back alone. Thanks to Steve for rolling my rear fenders to get those rear wheels to fit! Just another roadblock…

I feel like this is the Grammy’s.

Finally, when I think about it – there’s been so many names and hands in this week long project that has helped along the way. From rides to the shop and back home because I had no car, to cutting, wrapping, and supplying materials and tools to get pieces of the car done. I love it.

Anyways – let’s move onto the pics. I saved the pics from Tuesday night to add into here because it wasn’t worth making a post. This is the finale.

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Jackie working on finalizing the trunk board.

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Brad sorting out the array of wires to get everything powered and working.

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Something I wouldn’t have been able to tackle on my own, that’s for sure.

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Still up…

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Re-wrapped after the holes were drilled and mounted everything down.

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This was last night. The sun was setting and we were all working on multiple parts of the car to get it done as fast as we could. Gopesh and Steve working on getting the fender liner in on the passenger side and Punit and Aldo working on the driver side.

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Here they are. So many damn clips just for a fender liner. Peep those 285’s. I wish I could’ve done 295…

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With the sway bars reconnected and the bags finally all set up correctly, we slapped the wheels on in anticipation of getting it on the ground.

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Blue tape still on there. I was contemplating being asian and leaving them…

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Outside – the party. Brad and Andrew.

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Shitty blurry picture. Sorry guys. Steve, Aldo and Gopesh way in the back.

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JC finally got his car back yesterday evening and it was nice to see. Even slapped on the Mode Luxe sticker. SICK.

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Here, Jackie and Brad were finalizing the trunk once again since we had to take it out to clean up the wires.

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And voila. Backed it out, pulled off the asian blue tape and dropped it. The rears can go lower, but at this point I think it’s best we leave it alone. I don’t want to deal with the car anymore and I don’t think anyone else does either. It’s show ready for the most part.

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Front shot. Those on instagram probably saw this already and I posted this on FB as well. As Brad said – This picture doesn’t do it justice. With the roll in the back, the wheels just fit so perfectly.

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Once I dropped it, everybody had their cameras out. hahahaha love this shot.

Anyways – thanks again to everyone who came and helped. This is what the car scene is about – hanging out and putting in work. It’s the last stretch before Driven and I know Punit still has work to do on his GS. Looking forward to seein that.

Tonight will be a full detail for tomorrow’s roll in. I’m still stressing… Anyways that’s it! Stay tuned for roll in pics!

LS460 Air Install: Part III.5

Well – the reason I called this Part 3.5 is because it’s not good enough to be a part IV and I want so bad to make sure that part IV is the car dropped on the ground and part V to be the finale, the creme de le creme, the cherry on top – the wheels finally on the car and ready for Driven. Jackie is aiming for tomorrow night for it to be done. I stopped by quick with Diana to see if we could help wrap the trunk piece all over again since it had to be ripped off to bolt everything down. The fabric was catching and in retrospect, we should’ve glued it down. Those of you doing air installs – remember that haha.

Anyways here are some quick pics I snapped.

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The rear. These wires are so damn long for some reason…IMG_2354 copy

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A shot of the front where Jackie replaced the 90 degree angle air valve to a straight one to prevent rubbing on the inside wells. Love it.IMG_2358 copy

The board with the tank tied down and the compressors bolted down. The VU4 and ECU need to be bolted down as well. Holes have been drilled to route the air lines and wiring as well. IMG_2360 copy

On the way home. Got a shot of Diana’s car randomly. We slapped her wheels on finally today and it looks great. The Meisters were meant to be on the Fit. So good.

Anyways – tomorrow my sister is dropping my wheels off at Urban X South for Gary and Cort to mount them because my tires came in today. In the evening, I’ll be going to pick them up and then heading over to Jackie’s. I’m hoping that we’re on time and I can drive it home tomorrow. I know Jackie doesn’t want to look at another air suspension set up again and I don’t want it hanging there anymore so it’ll be a win win. I hope to have a good update tomorrow for you guys. Instagram will probably be the first place I update – so check in the evening!