Toyota Sports Car Family Welcomes FT-86

Posted by Joel
The Toyota FT-86 will be remarkable vehicle when it's officially released. With the increase buzz from the media regarding the recalls Toyota needs to find a way to create more passionate vehicles. While surfing the net I came across an interesting photo. The photo depicts a family portrait of the FT-86 in the context of the Corolla AE86 (its most obvious predecessor) as well as the Celica and Supra. I'm quite surprised that the MR2 didn't appear on this photo.


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Posted on: 3/29/2010 at 12:30 AM
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KWIKFILMS presents Ramon's Ferrari 360 Modena

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A few weeks ago we shot a red 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena for a client. The finish product is truly a work of art. Frank Castillo of KWIKFILMS has crafted a remarkable video piece. His editing creativity paired with his videography skills made the Ferrari video one of the best KWIKFILMS has produced so far.

Check out the video and you'll see what I'm talking about!

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Posted on: 3/28/2010 at 2:07 PM
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Creative Inspiration: Car Photography Rig Shots - Part 2

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Building & Mounting The Rig Assembly
The basics of it are simple - attach the cups to the car, roll the car, take a photo while it's moving. I'll go over some of the specifics below.

First of all, attach two super clamps to the end of your cups and then one to the end of the magic arm. The cups should be arranged on the car and positioned. Remember to put as much distance as you can between camera and car so that you don't have to shoot at the widest angle possible - this helps avoid distortion.

You want to find sturdy, flat sections to attach the cups. Try putting the cups close to the edges of the body panels where they are most sturdy, not directly in the center where they have less support. If you aren't careful, you can dent or flex a panel and possibly crack the paint.

Remember to always use the covers on your cups when you aren't using them. I clean the surface with spray on glass cleaner before I apply it. These cups can leave small pressure rings on paint, and if any dirt is on the cup you can cause deep scratches so be extra careful. Warn the owner of the car that a slight buffing may be needed afterwards. Never apply to a freshly painted surface.

If you have it available, the spray on clear bra can help prevent many issues with paint damage if you apply it before you apply the cups!

Next, you'll want to pump your cups up until they grip and the red line is no longer visible. Now you can apply your pipes to the clamps. Tighten every knob on the cup and clamp, and give it a firm tug to make sure everything is sturdy. Now you can attach your sections of pipe using the compression couplers mentioned.

Attach the Manfrotto Magic Arm to the end of the pipe via the super clamp. Position the camera and set it to shutter priority mode, or manual mode. Attach your wireless shutter trigger or set the camera to timed shutter release. Now you're ready to take the shot! Its time to push!

When pushing the car, you'll want to move very slowly. The slower the better, to prevent camera shake. Make sure the engine is off, and if possible lock the steering wheel in place to keep it from moving.

Taking The Shot
The technique to taking the shot is to take a long enough exposure to show a sense of motion while still showing detail in the background. This is really up to you and your own preference - try a few at a slower shutter, and try a few at a longer shutter. You may need to use a neutral density filter to get the exposure times you need - the fastest shutter speed I'd recommend is 1.5 seconds. I've done as long as 20 second exposures.

Set the timer or use your wireless remote, and slowly push the car and take the photo. You may want to take a static shot first so you have a sharp image of the body of the car you can merge and blend into your moving shot if it doesn't come out as sharp as you desire.

Post Processing
Notice you don't see the rig on any of the car shots. You will need to post process the rig away. As far as the post processing goes, it takes a little creativity - practice with your clone tool! Remember, use the biggest and softest brush you can get away with. Practice makes perfect, and never rush the job!

Below is a YouTube video of the rig removal in post production.

Also, take a look at some of James Evins Rig shots on his flickr when you get a chance. His rig photography is awesome..
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Would You Purchase a Porsche 918 Spyder?

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Porsche 918 SpyderThe 718 horsepower hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder created a huge buzz at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. For those of us who are interested in purchasing the 918 Spyder you will need to send Porsche a letters of intent so they can determine if the car has production potential. Porsche CEO Michael Macht stated that Porsche has every intention of building the 918 Spyder – as long as they can build a business case first.

Potential buyers will reportedly have to wait closer to five years, according to company insiders estimating time to get the car to production. The 918 Spyder combines a 500 hp V8 with three electric motors that total 218 hp, for a grand total of 718 hp. According to Porsche the 918 Spyder is capable of 78.4 mpg on the U.S. cycle, and a zero-to-62 time of just 3.2 seconds.

Do you think the Porsche 918 Spyder will sell? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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Posted on: 3/15/2010 at 12:06 AM
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Sticky Pod Pro Racer Kit Product Review

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KWIKFILMS is always looking for that next stand out product, and when we got our hands on the Sticky Pod Pro Racer Kit we knew our videos wouldn't be the same. The Sticky Pod was developed to be mounted on virtually any vehicle, inside and out, with 4 heavy duty suction cups, attached to an military grade aluminum plate with a countless number of extensions and knuckles that can be added. Our kit included the Sticky Pod and a six inch extension, safety tethers, and a quick release Bogen camera plate.

Using the Sticky Pod was straightforward and easy. Positioning the camera on our test vehicle opened new camera angles and positions. The suction cups held up very well on the Lamborghini Gallardo test car. With over 500 horsepower and all-wheel drive, this monstrous bull ripped from a standstill to over 60 mph in just a few seconds. After seeing all the equipment still in place, I was impressed.

The Bogen camera plate was great, providing more stability for our Panasonic HMC-40. They provide tethers are a must for safety and added stability for your shots. KWIKFILMS recommends buying an extra knuckle, and more extensions to really explore more creative shots.

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Posted on: 3/8/2010 at 6:05 PM
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