So I’ve been to quite a few drifting events including Formula Drift at Wall Township in NJ 2 times before this event. I do have to say if you aren’t familiar with drifting it’s incredibly exhilarating, you MUST get out to a drift event as soon as you can! I’ve shot a few drift events before. One of them being East Coast Bash, also known as ECB. This year was the first time I was able to get a media pass and shoot on the track, where all the action is happening. I was so happy, big thank you to Leo at www.stateofstance.com for getting me the media pass. So I got to the track at 8am. Keep in mind, the doors didn’t open to vendors or media till 10. I was a little antsy standing around! After being the 3rd car in the parking lot I saw a few friends of mine, as well as the www.canibeat.com crew. After getting into the gates, I started shooting a lot of the cars in the pits till about 11:30 when the media meeting was to start.
After the 15 minute briefing about not running in front of moving vehicles and making sure you don’t run onto the track while its hot. Were pretty much kicked to the track, the moment we all were waiting for. At around 12:00 practice started, it was amazing seeing these cars up close and personal and being so close to the action. When I say close I mean close. At one point this Viper spun out and came within 5ft. of where I was shooting.
Did I move? Nope. I have the photo sequence to prove! (will post at a later date)
After Practice rounds came the top 31. Following came all the finalists. At this point we were told by track officials we are able to run onto the track when the cars are lined up to get some shots of the drivers with their sponsor “models”.
At this point all I saw was a swarm of orange media vests running to the center of the track. I found my spot and started shooting. At this point we had about 3-4 minutes and then hurry and run back to your bunker, kind of like I was in a paintball tournament, except I was running with $5,000 in equipment in my hand.
Well the finals round came around and that’s where the magic happened, everyone went all out! I have never seen a track eat up so many cars at one event!
Well the event came to an end. I do have to say that it was an amazing experience to see this action first hand. To view more from the event scope out the gallery and also go HERE for all the high-resolution pictures!
- Vaughn Gittin, Jr., unimpressed with drifting “world record,” suggests raising the bar (autoblog.com)
- Drifting Mustang goes back to the future [Video] (jalopnik.com)
- Video: Motorsports photogs stranded at DFW airport get creative (autoblog.com)
- Two guys stuck at airport create hilarious video (cbsnews.com)
This past Sunday I shot my friend Nicks 1946 Chevy Pick-up. This thing is so mean!!! It looks so innocent but packs a huge punch! This truck is packed with a big block Chevy 540 Block and a very rare EXPENSIVE set of Valley head service- thunder power 32 valve heads. This truck is fully customized out of his very own shop with his dad. no words can describe the time, patience, and sweat put into this car. To make life easier he has provided me a list of modifications and specs, hold onto your chair.
To reach Nick or Nick Sr. at Nicks Customs for any work please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
To see more pics from the shoot please go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/guitarplaya7/sets/72157626786104679/
Now for some pics!
- 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. (chevyaccessorie.wordpress.com)
“Yo dude, I’m getting a Z1000, think you’d want to shoot it?”
“Yea sure, but what the shit is a Z1000?!”
Well that’s how the conversation between me and Tony started a few weeks ago. Tony is the webmaster and page designer of my official website at www.joedantone.com if you would like to inquire about any website work shoot him an email at email@example.com
Oh yes, back to our scheduled blogging.
So the Z1000 is a Kawasaki. It’s a pretty interesting bike. From the factory it has “alien like” side mirrors on it. Kind of weird looking, assuming that is why they were replaced with Ride It Forever Bar End Mirrors. This bike also has a really short wheel base. It takes on the stance of a Buell XB9SX, the wheelbase of this bike is 56.7in. It looks so much fun to throw around on the streets. This bike in specific has a couple more mods other than just the mirrors. This puppy has all the goodies.
- Vance and Hines Urban Brawlers
- DDM Tuning 35W 6000K HID Kit
- Puig Windscreen
- Tuner X Intergrated Tail Light
- OES Frame Sliders
- Z1000 Logo’d Adjustable Levers
- Ride It Forever bar end mirrors
On to the pics!
This weekend I decided to call up a few friends with sport bikes, “crotch rockets”, and do a shoot. I typically don’t shoot bikes at all. I will say, shooting a motorcycle is a lot harder, it forces you to be more creative. A car has many different areas to focus on, so it allows angles and creativity to flow. Car’s are also drastically different in shape, style, and purpose. A motorcycle on the other hand is a little more interesting. Besides the fact that you can fit one inside of a doorway, there’s really not much to them. Yes they can be different in style, from sport bike to choppers and such. When talking about sport bikes though there is really only one purpose, go fast, corner, and don’t get dead.
With this shoot I wanted to take a new approach. Since I have shot a form of transportation in a while I figured I would experiment a little with editing technique and shooting set-ups. All the photos from this shoot were done with 2 Canon 580exII speedlights wirelessly and they were processed to give that dark and sharp grungy feel. We were limited with location at the time of day but over-all I felt pretty comfortable with the spot.
In the photos we have Matt’s bike which is a modified Kawasaki ZX-10R. I previously did a shoot of his E36 here. The Honda F4i is modified as well and that belongs to Ryan. On with the pictures and to veiw the rest go to my Flickr
- kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja 2011 (motorcyclegalactica.wordpress.com)
- Kawasaki unveils new Ninja ZX-10R (autonetinsurance.co.uk)
- Running Gear Headed Down The Sprocket Drive (missbusa.wordpress.com)
- MotoUSA Rides The Ducati Diavel (ridelust.com)
- Kawasaki ZX-10R (lifeswaytooshort.wordpress.com)
- Buying Your First Bike (motorcycleinsurance.org)
- Man Gets Out Of Big Trouble By Claiming His Throttle Got Stuck at 130mph (chicagonow.com)
Every year I set out to go to the “wonderful” Philadelphia Auto Show. I like going because I usually take quite a few pictures and being that I am an automotive technician, I like seeing what other companies are putting on the road these days. It seems as if every year the show gets more and more crammed. Not just with cars, games and demo’s, but ignorance as well.
So my day began, got up early and headed to the car show. I had to utilize the oh so wonderful parking garage right next to the Philadelphia Convention Center. My “wonderful” annual car show experience started here. As you all know I own a 2006 STI. It’s loud and obnoxious. Recently i had the motor fully built from crank up to the valves. I was coming up the last level and a kid no older than 18-19 years old stands at the back of this rusted pickup truck with his father about to walk down the ramp. Well the son laughed at my car and says “look at that piece of…”, well you know the rest. This day started out great.
Well I was in line waiting to pay for my ticket, just like respectful do…right? Wrong. I had about 5 people cut me in line. Saying something to these people didn’t matter, they are so zoned in on getting their Toyo Tire posters and being first one to sit in and destroy the interior of the new Subaru Sti. Nothing was going to stop them!
Long story short now that I’ve dragged this post out longer than I intended too, I stayed at the show for 35 minutes. I didn’t take 1 picture, at the show at least.
After leaving the show I couldn’t just leave Philadelphia, especially after getting a huge snow storm. So i set out to find a nice quiet place to shoot. I started my way up Kelly Drive to Fairmount Park. Perfect spot. I parked at the closest parking lot and jumped out with my wide-angle and Circular Polarizer and had a field day! Let me know what you think!
This weekend I got really riled up over a series of commercials. These commercials were from Panasonic, and they were based on their new series of Lumix cameras. The message being portrayed in each of these commercials is the “you don’t have to be a great photographer to take great pictures“. Heres the first video.
As you all know I made a post about this in August, to view click HERE. Through reading that post you should understand how much these commercials piss me off. Not only me, but they should aggravate the world of photographers as well! We are no longer going to be able to get credit for taking great pictures. Now the public is starting to think more and more that it’s the camera that’s taking those great pictures. Here’s the second commercial, as much as I’d hate to give Panasonic the free advertisement, this has to be seen.
To be honest I’ve been going through a lot of these Panasonic commercials on YouTube. While the may be funny commercials they are actually going against Dslr‘s with their point and shoots…doesn’t Panasonic make a Dslr? This confuses me as well because its like they are going against a form of product that they make. Here’s a short YouTube video that I made with the XtraNormal software.
Well I understand companies trying to catch every new angle to market their own product in a way no other company has. I do believe this was taking it too far. I feel it takes the credit away from the Photographer. Now that this craze has taken over, the market is flooded with photographers that think shooting in Auto modes are enough to get by. One thing Panasonic won’t be able to offer in “auto mode” is our eye.
The difference between a great photo and a work of art is the ability to see in a way other’s don’t. That is something technology will never be able to take away from us.
Anyone who has ever used a camera that reads this blog please leave a comment. This is definitely open for discussion! I want to know from you photographers as well, am I the only one getting angry about this?!
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Digital Camera Review (brighthub.com)
- Digital Cameras For Photographers At All Levels (forbes.com)
- Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Cameras For Every Budget (huffingtonpost.com)
- What You Need to Know When Buying a Digital Camera (wired.com)
- Panasonic’s No Expert Commercial (laughingsquid.com)
- Average Joe Art Ads – The Panasonic No Expert Commercial Pokes Fun at Pro Photogs (VIDEO) (trendhunter.com)
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2: less evil, more compact (pixiq.com)
Yes, that’s right, I made 2 YouTube slide show video’s. I will say, it’s quite fun but the purpose of me doing this is kind of like having a “Set” in Flickr. I’m making these videos to group different events and or genres of images from my portfolio. For all you photographers reading this I’ll clue you in. I’ve been reading more and more about photography promotion and different ways to market your work. I’ve repeatedly stumbled across the idea of making YouTube slide shows, or even behind the scenes movies. After hearing this I began a search on YouTube, to my surprise I was a little late on this idea. Apparently every photographer and they’re mother read these articles years before I did!
So, that’s what I did. I made YouTube Slideshows…heres 2 and I hope you enjoy them! The image quality sucks on them, I have to figure out why…any ideas drop a comment!
This past weekend I did an “exclusive” shoot with the Silvia S-15. As some of you may know this car has gotten a lot of coverage over the past 1-2 years. After the shoot was over we decided to take a ride on the city, Philadelphia that is. First things first. This car breaks necks like I’ve never seen before. I do understand that when I am sitting in the driver’s seat” and I am not the one actually driving it may look a bit odd. Most of you may know at this point that the car is RHD (right-hand drive), that’s right, it’s here in the US and the steering wheel is on the right side. As we were driving about just looking for a place to get a quick snack and then load the trailer up, Sean wanted a shot of the car in a very different location that said Philadelphia all the while showcasing the car. So we set out on our 30min journey looking for that spot. Putting an image in my head I needed something that screamed Philadelphia but at the same time trying to get that in a spot you don’t see pics of cars in to often.
Well I got the spot. Dead smack in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. I just needed to find a spot and backdrop that said “That is a Philadelphia car”. So we drove a bit and decided to throw this thing in the middle of the median on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and catching a shot of City Hall right behind. Let me know what ya think!
Read up more on this car and the story behind the love and friendships that made it possible at http://www.4udrew.org/
- Awesome NISSAN 200SX SILVIA S14 Video. (ridelust.com)
In 5th grade till about 9th- 10th grade I used to skate. Me and some friends would hit up the local elementary school, we would take the “dinky” into Princeton and skate the university. Not only did we skate but we carried on the whole image as well. You didn’t have to have your skateboard on you because as long as you were rocking your huge Jnco jeans and sporting your Stussy and Alien Workshop shirts, people would know the deal.
We would have people yell at us because we were in the way or they had thought we were too reckless. Cops would chase us down and try to ticket us for things like vandalism and trespassing. Well they never usually caught up.
After I had got out of skating (took on a new interest, cars), I noticed that the skating scene kind of died down a bit. Now maybe thats because i wasnt involved in it anymore, so i never really payed any attention to it. I noticed there were less and less skaters in public places like the parks, train stations, schools, and shopping centers.
After my journey to Center City, Philadelphia I learned I was very wrong. Center city was flooded with skaters and bikers. It was incredible how many people were skating. There was a crew going at City Hall and if you crossed the street there was another group at Love Park.
The culture was still the same. The clothes were a bit more expensive though, haha. People wearing ALIFE, 10 DEEP, and fresh NIKE SB‘S. It kind of reminded me of the street races. Everyone met up in thier spots, bikers and skaters started fileing out of nowhere some came equipped with thier coffee, others rolled up with thier red bull. They would all sit around and talk, smoke cigs, laugh and joke. When the cops came around it was a massive scramble and within 10 seconds flat the spot was abandoned.
I sat around for a little bit to warm up to the crowd before i started firing my weapon of choice, 5D MKii. I noticed the scene had grown massivly. There were kids ranging from 11 years old up to adults looking like they were about 30. For the most park the crowd was nice. They didn’t mind me and my friend taking pictures. Others were very stand-off towards us but it was well understood.
Watching some of these skaters I was amazed. The tricks that I would try to master about 10-12 years ago, there were three 12 year olds doing them with ease. It’s like the younger kids these days are trained machines in sports. Tricks were being executed at City Hall that I couldn’t image possible without a ramp about 12 years ago.
Needless to say the title of this post was a sarcastic one. I personally don’t belive skating is a crime. Being an ex-skater I do now that yes you do cross that trespassing line very often, but that’s part of the rush.
To view more pictures visit my Flickr
This past Saturday marked the day Canibeat auto blog put east coast fitment on the map. They hosted an event at Princeton Airport called “First Class Fitment”. The whole purpose: Quality over Quantity, end of story. This show was the perfect example of the meaning behind that phrase.
For those of you in the tuning world, know that for years the west coast tuners have always been “one upping” east coast. They always bring something new to the table. Those of you not into “the game” it’s like Biggie and Tu-Pac, well minus the guns, and all the rivalry. This is more of a setting the mark higher and raising the bar type of thing. Not really a competition or rivalry but more of a bringing something more radical to the game.
Some background, a couple of months back Dave Tormey of Canibeat brought up a great idea. He mentioned having a meet of all the sickest cars in the surrounding area. Well this was talked about over Facebook and there was pretty much no backing out after opening that can of worms.
It started with a pre registration online. This show’s purpose was to showcase 75 quality cars from up and down the coast. From what I know a few hundred cars registered this event and then they were sorted out. Knowing that sorting was done by the guys at Canibeat I’m pretty positive everybody knew the selection of cars was proper and the spectators would not be let down.
Now we are fast-forwarding a couple of months ahead. Announcements were made and emails sent, who was selected to show. During this time a teaser pic was posted of the trophies. Friends from CCW sent these wheel faces. Then they were mounted on wooden stands. The categories were Best JDM, Best VIP, Best Euro, Best Fitment, and finally Best in Show.
Well, the day arrives and we pull in to the show area. Wait…that wasn’t the show area…that was the spectator parking. Well we passed the spectator parking and wrapped around to the airplane hangers. We turned the corner and to my amazement cars were being directed every which way. It was a car “lowasis”. People were cleaning their rides and assembling tents and setting up their spots, all with small private airplanes taking off on a runway 150 yards from the entertainment! Amazing setting!
Within no time, the music fired up and so did the grills! There was so much activity going on. There was not one dull moment. After walking around outside the hangers it was time to go into the main hanger and check out even more cars. I can start naming all the people at this show but i would have a laundry list to type. I will say that i did enjoy shooting Miro’s slammed Honda S2000. It was sitting so pretty.
Through-out this show it was great to see the scene on the rise and just the culture of people who it attracts. One thing I loved was all of the people getting involved with exposure of media. There were people with cameras everywhere. There were people with small pocket video cameras, point and shoots, disposable, HD video cameras, camera phones, everywhere you turn there was a flash or the sound of a shutter.
Overall this event kicked ass. Best event I’ve been to all year. I give a big thanks to Canibeat for making this show happen. It was executed perfectly and I know that people are already waiting to see what next year will bring. Well here are some more pics from the event. If you’d like to see more photo coverage check my Flickr set here