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SEMA 2016

If you need any excuse to walk more than 100,000 steps in a handful of days, SEMA is as good as any. This year, we headed out West to take in the sights of the infamous automotive convention, take some meetings, and get some shooting done. It also turned into an opportune time to bust out our newly acquired DJI Osmo camera. One of the days, I put down the SLR and piloted the mini cam around to some exciting results. Check it out below:

At any rate, it was an amazing time catching up with old friends, making new ones, flexing our creative muscles behind the camera, and probably dropping about 10lbs overall from walking adventures. I found myself gravitated towards Rob Ida’s INCREDIBLE Porsche 930 Turbo—and apparently, so did some of my friends.

IDA Automotive Porsche 930 Turbo

IDA Automotive Porsche 930 Turbo

Scott from Renown USA installing a new 100 Motorsport steering wheel with pride into Rob’s 930.

IDA Automotive Porsche 930 Turbo

IDA Automotive Porsche 930 Turbo

Arslan from Speedhunters snapping photos of the Porsche for a car feature.

Stanceworks Ford Focus RS

I loved the livery scheme on the Stanceworks Focus RS. It continues to amaze me at how they continually bring something fresh to the table after all these years—so many companies nowadays don’t continue to innovate and have fallen into routine—Stanceworks continues to be THE definitive exception.

Griot's Garage "DetailWagen"

Maybe it’s because a large part of me is much more interested in vintage platforms versus anything new, but my goodness this “DetailWagen” was an incredible surprise. I’m pretty sure I was dragging my jaw across the concrete seeing the immaculate V8 under the hood amongst all its perfect proportions.

Chris Marion's KW Classic Porsche 911

Another refreshing sight was this KW-equipped Porsche 911. Everything about it was so properly executed…period correct if you will, but with modern touches and nods that make me thoroughly pleased with the end result.

BMW Moto GP M2 Safety Car

I was actually surprised that there weren’t more M2’s at the show, but I suppose its limited production numbers may have something to do with that. At any rate, the safety car was one of my more preferred examples—it’s always great to see a manufacturer putting together a car to perfect spec right from the factory. And as Clarkson said, this is “the best M car BMW has ever made”. I’m not sure I wholeheartedly agree, but of the modern lineup, it’s the easy choice.

Ferrari-Swapped FRS "4586"

On the complete other end of the coin is this Ferrari-swapped Scion FRS. I’m not sure what else needs to be said…there’s a FERRARI ENGINE in an FRS. Pretty cool.

AirLift Performance 964 and E30 M3

As far as booths were concerned, AirLift actually hooked up their new controllers to the 964 and E30 M3 so that visitors could actually raise and lower the cars to their liking. Pretty cool to see such an interactive demo on these iconic cars.

There was plenty more to see, so if you want to check out our entire gallery, click here.

Get Out of Dodge

Dodge ACR-Extreme Viper

It’s not often you get a chance to photograph a car that is literally one of one. Okay, of course there are more than a fair share of Dodge Vipers rolling off the assembly lines (well not anymore), but this particular ACR was special ordered in a bold red that makes every curve, louver, and aero component just scream aggression. Here are a handful of photos from the set:

Dodge ACR-Extreme Viper

Dodge ACR-Extreme Viper

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Dodge ACR-Extreme Viper

BTS: Drift Edit Progression

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Haven’t done one of these in awhile, but I wanted to post a little behind the scenes look at how a “drift” image comes together in Photoshop. I’ve been doing more of these “rollers” of late since lots of times I’m on location without anyone else to help drive the car for legitimate rolling shots (let alone someone able to drift it towards my face), but I really like how they’ve been coming out. I’m hoping each stage is self-explanatory, but if you have any questions on how to achieve this effect, please shoot us an e-mail! Anyway, the top image is the image straight out of the camera and (as you may have guessed) the bottom is the finished product.

Cheers and happy editing!

2016 Automotive Demo Reel

We’ve been feeling a little nostalgic of late and while a few of our hard drives were getting backed up, we thought it was a good a time as any to celebrate our proud video and animation work within the automotive industry! Admittedly, it’s long overdue (like every video reel), but we feel incredibly luckyContinue Reading

Pumpkin Spice

I had the pleasure of shooting this gorgeous BMW 1M—one of 332 made in Valencia Orange for the North American market—for one of IND’s clients from the east coast. Although that might deter most from modding, such a potent platform was too hard to resist and accordingly, this example was outfitted with Stoptech brakes, aContinue Reading

Video: Carbon and Smoke

After shooting mass market release photos for Carbon Revolution, we had the opportunity to put together a video to tease the new carbon fiber CR-9–the wheel for the incredible Ford GT40. Up until recently, this very special all-carbon fiber wheel wasn’t available to the mass market, but they have begun to slowly roll them outContinue Reading

Pomp and Circumstance

The IND F85 X5M is, in a word, loud. The flash of the Long Beach Blue paint is duly matched by a bellowing roar from the Eisenmann exhaust system, a set of KW V3 coilovers, and intricate, 22″ directional wheels from the boffins at Velos Designwerks. It’s a menace, this—one that I had the opportunityContinue Reading

Dream Wheel: BBS RT88

BBS is no stranger to producing some of the best wheels on the market and of late, it seems they’re on a mission to cement themselves at the forefront of the industry in case there was any doubt. Pictured here are a set of RT88’s and if that sounds vaguely familiar, it should—this wheel featuresContinue Reading

A Lightweight Revolution

Carbon fiber isn’t new by any means—it has been used in automotive applications for over 25 years in some way, shape, or form. That’s not to say that there’s nothing new to say about it and wheel manufacturer Carbon Revolution is making a case for exactly that. Whatever they’ve been up to has certainly beenContinue Reading