A Crazy Day with Big Bird

Photographing the Track-ready, Street-savvy BGB Motorsports Porsche 911 GTS for Panorama

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When we got a call from the good folks at Panorama to photograph a Porsche 991.2 GTS at Daytona International Speedway, it would be fair to say I was more than a little excited. When I learned I would have the car for the morning to drive around the infield and photograph, it was even better! And when I found out that our photos of the aptly nicknamed ‘Big Bird’ would be featured in the 750th edition of Panorama, I was ecstatic! Here’s just a few of our favorite images from this epic shoot. Be sure to check out the full article on page 90 of the September issue of Panorama.

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The Avis Grand Circle Tour – 5,600 Miles in a BMW 328i

Exploring the Highways and Byways of America in a 2016 BMW 328i

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Beginning late last month, we had the pleasure of setting out on a 10-day, 5,600-mile road trip, photographing the BMW 328i for the fine folks at Avis.  Our epic trip began in Jacksonville,FL – setting off on a two and a half day, 2,500 mile sprint to Scottsdale, AZ.  We spent a few days in and around Scottsdale, photographing a corporate event for Avis, and then spent four days on a rather circuitous 3,000 mile route back to Jacksonville, hitting several national parks and scenic drives in our BMW 328i along the way.

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All in all, the trip was a wonderful adventure – the BMW 328i, as I have come to expect from Avis, was generously equipped with tech and comfort upgrades from the base BMW 328i.  Perhaps the best upgrade was the integrated navigation system that made navigating the cell-coverage-deficient western expanse a breeze.  The BMW 328i provided a great combination of lively performance, comfortable ergonomics, capable tech and frugal fuel economy.  The 240hp Turbocharged Inline 4 was surprisingly peppy – offering a largely lag-free experience, even under hard acceleration.   The posted 0-60 time is just 5.8 seconds – which in itself isn’t a spectacular number, but when combined with the 34.0 mpg combined mileage we recorded (including a generous amount of stop and go, vigorous mountain driving, and ample idling to take photos) it’s a pretty impressive mingling of performance and economy.  The on-board tech was also impressive, with a slew of BMW connected apps, metrics, diagnostic tools, and a powerful real-time GPS system.  As far as comfort goes, the upgraded leather sports seats provided a good balance of support and comfort – even during those long 6-hour, non-stop legs between fill-ups.

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The Avis Grand Circle Tour – 5,600 Miles in a BMW 328i

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The Yellow Rocket – A Sunny California Week With Ford’s EcoBoost Mustang

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This past week, we had the pleasure of traveling out to California to shoot an event for one of our automotive clients – and with the blue skies and relatively mild, dry temperatures to boot, it was an awesome week!  Adding to the excitement, the fine folks at Avis offered me a free upgrade to the 2015 EcoBoost Mustang you see above – a perfect driving companion for the circuitous mountain roads I would find myself exploring over the coming week.  So, with a fun car in a great color, needless to say I found myself photographing the vehicle quite a bit, including experimenting with a few boom shots (above) and some time exposures (below).

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All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the combination of performance and economy that this car offered – providing me with 33+ MPG on the highway and plenty of get-up-and-go.  Even with a healthy amount of fun with the throttle and lots of carving in the mountains, the car returned a rather astonishing 27.1 MPG average over about 800 miles of driving – which is good when you consider California hasn’t yet gotten the memo that gas prices in the rest of the country are nearly half of what you pay there. Also noticeably improved over previous versions of the Mustang was the rear independent suspension.  Gone are the days of the live axle, and with the improvement, the car tucks into even the sharpest corners with much improved confidence and precision, all-be-it with a little less drama.

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As with previous Mustangs, the interior was comfortable and intuitive – offering everything you need for an extended road trip.  Both technology and luxuries in this specific trim were turned up to 11, with Ford’s latest version of Sync displayed on a generously sized touch screen and a surprising list of features you wouldn’t expect to find on a pony car, including heated and vented seats.   So, given the choice between this and the GT, which would I pick you ask?  I’m afraid my desire for power does still outweigh my need for economy, but where the gap between the two was a mile wide prior to this experience, the combination of a lesser impact on my wallet (both purchase price and fuel consumption) as well as the surprising amount of fun the EcoBoost Mustang provides, brought the gap down, to say, maybe 100 yards.

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The Yellow Rocket – A Sunny California Week With Ford’s EcoBoost Mustang

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Fumbles and Foibles along the Road of Automotive Rig Photography

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Have you ever seen a photo like the one above and wondered how in the world a shot like this works?  I know I have!  I wondered, is it all CGI, maybe it’s just a whole lot of fancy photoshopping, or perhaps even some ultra-expensive specialized chase car? Turns out, my guesses were all wrong!

THE PROBLEM
Up until relatively recently, there were two ways to get shots of vehicles in motion – either with a stationary photographer, a quickly moving car, a panning shot, and a relatively low shutter speed (like many of our photos at the Rolex 24), or the second option is to use a chase vehicle, again with the vehicle at speed, where both cars match speed and direction.  However, neither of these options provide a way to capture a photo like the one above.  A chase photo like this would be all but impossible because of the tight turn and relative position of the vehicles.  Likewise, a panning shot, if you’re lucky, may get the center of the car in focus, but the front and back of the car (traveling at different velocities in relation to the camera) would have a significant motion blur.

THE SOLUTION
However, thanks to the good folks at Car Camera Rig out of the UK, shots like the one above are now possible.  The technique is really rather simple and employs a set of super-heavy-duty suction cups, a series of clamps, and a modular carbon fiber boom.  I would also highly recommend a ND filter to help you sufficiently slow your shutter speed. These tools provide the ability to cantilever your camera at a fixed location relative to the vehicle – essentially making the whole thing one with the car.  However, there is a bit that is counter-intuitive.  See me pushing the car in the pre-edited photo below? (BTW – whether you push the car from the front or the back, it still looks like it is going forward, so be sure to push the car from the the opposite side of the camera to minimize your post work – this image was just to illustrate my point)  Yeah, well, that’s how you’re supposed to get these shots – at almost a snail’s-pace – with the car off, to minimize vibration, and a steady but smooth push.  But that’s not quite what I did the first time…  Having a traditional automotive photography background, I assumed speed was a key element of capturing such photos, and so my first test shoot I performed at speeds up to about 15 MPH – the result was almost acceptable, but certainly not ideal.  As it turns out, I was risking the very structural integrity of the carbon boom segments, but thankfully the owner of Car Camera Rig (who is super-helpful – thanks Justin!) set me straight, shared a great tutorial video with me, and this second test shoot turned out great! Check out a few more of the finished shots below, as well as several behind the scenes images!

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Fumbles and Foibles along the Road of Automotive Rig Photography

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