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

3 Responses to The Porsche Project

  1. Matt Bolton says:

    As the recipient of the poster, I could not be happier with how it turned out. Also the fact that it was done for by Nick truly makes it special.

  2. kcsaling says:

    Beautiful shots – and what a great gift idea! I would love to do something like this with my dad’s Harley – he’s at the point where he can’t ride it any more, so he’s giving it to us and we’re having it restored, but I’d love to give him a poster to remember the good rides.

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