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Ferrari Poster Project

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I recently had the opportunity to shoot some photos of a 2003 Ferrari 360 as a personal project. I wanted to create a poster to put on the wall and use the rest of the images for my portfolio. The car owner agreed to let us shoot the car in exchange for 1 of the posters.  The final poster was 24″ x 36″. We brought the car into a warehouse space that one of my friends let me use for the shoot. READ MORE

The Porsche Project

A closeup of the front grill of a 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe Yellow /  Photography Nick Nieto / Copyright  2014 / (541) 941-0195
I’ve been waiting with anticipation to share these images on the blog. I shot these photos back in November as part of a Christmas Gift that my Mom wanted to give my step-Dad. He’s been restoring this 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe over the last 9 months and the major portion of the project is finally coming to completion. I shot these photos in the garage where the car was being stored. We were supposed to take the car out and drive it up into the hills for a more picturesque style image but one of the original engine components finally went out and the car was out of commission for the week while I was down Southern Oregon. As an alternative plan I shot the car more detail oriented with a studio-like setup. The majority of the images were shot by using a speed light to bounce light upward off of the white ceiling to make for a large soft box effect. There was a ton of clutter in the background so I masked out the edges of the car and burned down all of the edges to black for a clean look. If I had more time and more preparation I would have brought black reflectors to hide the areas in the background and clean up any reflections. I’m really proud of how these images came out and would love to shoot some more pristine classic cars in the future.

Once the images were shot and edited we designed the poster. I decided to make a grid out of the favorites from the shoot. I wanted a real commercial look for the poster so instead of printing on standard photo paper I had this printed on 120# McCoy Silk paper which has a great smooth finish and commercial look. We sheet fed the paper through a wide format digital paper press and cut it down to 24″ x 36″. The ink in the wide format machine has a raised effect and looks awesome on the final print and should be really durable and long lasting!

If anyone is interested in having their own classic cars photographed, I’d love to discuss options to turn your own cars into beautiful posters and prints too! This gift got great reception and if anyone has someone in their life who has spent the amount of time it takes to restore a car and would be interested in a similar poster, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]

The back of a yellow 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe - Copyright Nick Nieto

Detail photo of the back of the restored Porsche 1969 911E

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A closeup of the final poster design (Click on the image to view it large)

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The finished poster print turned out great! This is me just after opening up my delivery from the print shop

Zoom Zoom

20130906-091848.jpg Happy Friday! Here’s a couple of fun Car detail shots I took of my Mazda CX5 and my Wife’s mini cooper. I’ve been using these photos as a fun test of lighting with my new Lumopro LP180. I really like the new LP180 design and have been using it for a bunch of corporate headshots at my office. It’s been a nice upgrade from the old LP160. One of my favorite improvements is the fact it remembers my settings when I turn the unit off. I used to have to remember what power level each unit was at when I left the room and powered off, now I just come back right to where I was before :-). Overall the flash is great! READ MORE

Experimenting with flash

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My wife is out of town for work so I took the opportunity to turn our living room into a photo studio space, basically destroying it (not hard in a 585 sq ft apartment)! I just got in a new grid for speedlights and I wanted to try and find a use for that and make a fun image while I am testing it. I came up with an idea of creating a scene of with the Eiffel tower under the stars.

For this image I shot it with my 5D Mark II and 70-200 f/4 lens mounted on a tripod for simplicity sake (See Arrow 1).  I started the lighting process by punching some holes into sheet of construction paper, put a softbox behind it with a blue gel on the flash (See Arrow 2 – construction paper not visible). I then put a small Eiffel tower statue we have on the table in front of the stars and I lit that with a 1/4 gridded speedlight (see arrow 3). The grid kept the light only on the Eiffel tower model and not spilling onto the black table. Lastly, I put a white mini reflector to the right of the Eiffel tower to reflect a little bit of the light back on the right side of the tower (arrow 4), this balanced out the shape and added a bit more dimension to the tower. The flashed were powered high enough to wipe out all ambient light from the room and just let the flashes create the scene.  To finish the image off I added a bit of text to the left hand side just to balance out the space.  It’s one of my favorite quotes from the movie ‘Midnight in Paris’, because it’s true, I can never decide!

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This was a interesting little experiment. Very simple setup, that led to a fun image.

 

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