It’s funny how sometimes the shoots that seem to go the worst still turn out alright. My recent meeting with RJ DeVera at the Meguiar’s facility in Irvine to shoot this Wraptivo CR-Z he was commissioned to build was one such instance. The shoot caught me in the middle of possibly the busiest week I’d had yet at 2NR, time was limited, we were forced to shoot mid-day, and Irvine doesn’t exactly present many picturesque locations to the automotive photographer.
So this is what I’m living with these days: The Miata on jackstands, the Integra on its last leg (making some sort of knocking noise—either a dying rod bearing or timing belt tensioner), a garage full of parts for both cars, and the neighbor’s cat who loves to climb all over it all. Go me :-/
I grew up skateboarding. From age 12 until 26, it was my life. The friends I made along the way are still the best I have today, many of whom, sadly, I left when I moved out here from Pittsburgh, PA, 3 1/2 years ago. On top of that, I’ve never fully recovered from the broken wrist I suffered two years ago (failed feeble to fakie), and with work regularly kicking my ass, I don’t get to skate as much as I’d like to. This weekend was a perfect break from all that.
Google Earth/Satellite is a godsend for photographers. Doubly so for those of us who engage in landscape photography for fun. Finding a good location is the most important aspect of creating an impressive shot, and also the most exciting. Google makes it better. While Google Satelliting the Laguna coast for rocky outcroppings sometime last year, I came across this large, round, apparently man-made object on the coast. I knew I had to investigate.
I made it down to Laguna amidst all the shitty weather of the past cpl days and lucked out in finding this shot.
This one’s from today. I was looking up some filters to buy earlier and started thinking back to when I first discovered the magic of neutral grads and got my first set — just about a year ago. For nostalgia’s sake, I decided to revisit the very same spot where I first used them, as seen in this post. It’s definitely going to need a little more attention in post, but this is pretty close to how I’d like it to look.
I found a new spot the other day. It’s in Laguna Beach, just south of an old favorite spot of mine I discovered last year. Pretty sweet too — a bunch of moss-covered rocks that make for awesome wave breaks during high tide. Only problem is that you get pretty wet trying to shoot them.