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Big Boxes

September 30th, 2008 by admin


Now I know MX-5′s are small cars, but in my day to day driving I don’t really feel it. I can fit a surprising amount of camera gear in it and rarely ferry passengers. In helping out a friend with some video work, I took my car into a container yard. Driving along side a constant stream of massive trucks with equally massive containers on their trailers sure made my car feel like a toy. The fork lifts that pick up and move the containers around are huge, so tippy toeing my roofless MX-5 around the yard with huge heavy metal boxes 10 meters above my head felt a little unnerving.

Super GT

September 29th, 2008 by admin

For Auto Salon Magazine Issue 55, I photographed TRD’s Super GT Supra. This was quite an interesting car and shoot. Usually for even the most modified of cars, we can use go-jacks that fit under each wheel and allow the car to be moved in the studio easily, without marking the pristine white floor. This car’s bodykit and massive slicks meant that the go-jacks were useless. The width of the rubber and super low aero package meant there was no possible way to fit them under the car. Being a proper race car, the Supra has a steering rack which is designed to work well at 200km/h+, meaning one turn of the steering wheel, moves the front wheels what seems like 5 degrees. So to position the car in the studio required a 25 point turn.

TRD Super GT Supra
Canon 5D, 1/80th f18, ISO50, EF24-70 f/2.8 L at 70mm.

The studio we used was Mammoth, located in Sydney’s western suburbs. It’s the biggest cyclorama in Australia and is easy to use. I shot the car using two lighting styles, an even and diffuse light which clearly showed each and ever detail of the car. As the title of the story was “Anatomy of a Super GT car”, the shoot was to be almost like a blueprint diagram.

TRD Super GT Supra 2
Canon 5D, 1/50th f13, ISO125, EF24-70 f/2.8 L at 24mm.

The second style was a more dramatic directly lit lighting setup, which made the car stand out even more. As it was a white car in a white studio, the second method worked better with the background turning to a neutral gray, giving the car more depth.

TRD Super GT Supra 3
Canon 5D, 1/50th f13, ISO100, EF24-70 f/2.8 L at 38mm.

The full story is can be found on TRD’s website.

Dirty Works

September 27th, 2008 by admin

Dirty Work

If there is one bad side to owning a set of deep dish wheels, it’s that they look terrible with lots of brake dust on them. With our weather the way it has been recently, and the amount of travelling I have been doing of late, I haven’t had a chance to clean my wheels for a few weeks. I had a trip to Newcastle in the rain two weeks ago and drove to Oran Park last weekend, which also involved some driving on dirt. With a bit of time up my sleeve and an understanding wife (love ya babe) it was time to make the Equips shine again.

Dishy Goodness

I use Mother’s car wash, a sponge and woollen mitt to clean them, it takes a bit of time and elbow grease, but it’s really the only way. I also gave them a coat of some good wax, so hopefully the next time they are covered in brake dust, it will be an easier process to make the dish bling.

Old Favourites

September 26th, 2008 by admin

Grado SR60

I have had, at a guess, about 10 pairs of headphones in my time. This pair of Grado SR60′s have been with me the longest. Back in the day I remember my Dad purchasing a pair of Sennheiser’s for a Christmas or birthday present, but they disintegrated after about 10 years. I have had the Grado’s for over 10 years now, and although I don’t use them that often these days (they aren’t good for travelling) they still impress me with their clean and open sound. I’ve heard ‘phones more expensive, newer, and in some ways better, but I wouldn’t give up the Grado’s. About 8 years ago I replaced the original foam pads with Yellow Sennheiser pads, which are more comfortable and slightly better sounding. Their retro look (they remind me of old B&W photos with WWII or 1950′s Radio operators) is part of their appeal. If I could afford it, I would love a pair of high-end wooden Grado’s to compliment the SR60s. Honestly, I can’t say too much about these headphones, sure if you want something to block noise they are next to useless, but for the price, they are impossible to beat.

Can’t lose

September 26th, 2008 by admin

Occasionally in the ASM office, we when aren’t on another deadline or feel a need to de-stress, we have the odd game of Poker. The buy-ins are generally quite small, as we try to keep it friendly.

Royal Flush

The other night William hit the best possible hand, a Royal Flush. It was a pity for him that only one other player was in that hand, we were all thankful that we folded early.
I find it amazing how popular Poker has become recently, my family has been playing cards for as long as I can remember. We occasionally played 5-card Poker, however more serious games like Canasta and Macau were more commonly played. So to have cards and a game like Poker become so mainstream is a pleasant surprise, but does take a little of the nostalgia away.

Toughest FD

September 26th, 2008 by admin

Pro-Duct FD RX-7

Anyone involved in motor racing in NSW should know this car. It’s Bob Pearson’s Pro-Duct FD RX-7. Evolved over the years to be one of the fastest cars in its class, this FD is all business. This shot is one of the simplest from the shoot, but it says everything about the car. Super light weight Enkei rim, Dunlop slick, massive Harrop brakes and the riveted metal plate graphics. Hardcore.

Canon 5D, 2.0sec f6.3, ISO100, EF24-70 f/2.8 L at 24mm.

Carbon CRX

September 26th, 2008 by admin

In case you are wondering where the image in my banner came from, it’s this image:

Carbon CRX

I shot this during the Auto Salon show on the Gold Coast earlier in the year. The location is at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, which is currently undergoing a major expansion. Walking around the venue I spotted this area through some no go barriers, but with a little persuasion I was able to take a few pics of the car. Pressed for time, the shoot was rushed and I ended up completing it in around 40 minutes, including the eventual cover image for Auto Salon Magazine Issue 70. Everything seemed to fall into place, the torrential rain had stopped, the sky remained cloudy and the water on the concrete was dead still. I like it when that happens.

Canon 5D, 1/320th f3.2, ISO400, EF24-70 f/2.8 L at 30mm.

Buena Comida Mexicana

September 26th, 2008 by admin

As Charles wrote on emptywrapper.com, good Mexican food is a rarity in Australia. For some reason, it just hasn’t become popular. If I was to guess which foreign nations cuisine would be the most popular in Australia it would have to be Chinese or Thai. I don’t think there is a town anywhere in Aus without at least one Chinese restaurant.


The Sydney suburb of Newtown is filled with possibly the widest variety of restaurants anywhere in the world, so you would expect to find at least one decent Mexican place. We have, and it’s called Guzman Y Gomez.

Guzman Y Gomez

Apart from the funky design and communal table, the food is actually very tasty. It’s completely different to fast food style Mexican we usually get in Aus (Taco Bell closed up here a few years ago), and I guess that it’s also quite healthy.


Just take it easy on the Extra Hot sauce.
All photos taken with a Nokia N95.


September 26th, 2008 by admin

M5 Tunnel

Sydney’s traffic is becoming bad on a global scale. The M5 tunnel is one of the worst culprits and it forms the bulk of my daily route to the office. I do have the luxury of starting a little later than the worst of the morning peak, but it’s still not a nice place. There’s no way I’ll go through the tunnel with the roof off, as this pic illustrates.
Photo taken with a Nokia N95.

First R35 GT-R

September 25th, 2008 by admin

R35 GT-R

I spotted this just outside the Newcastle Entertainment Centre during the recent Auto Salon event held there. We think its the first Registered (at least in NSW) Nissan GT-R.
Even the security guard at the gate was impressed.
Photo taken with a Nokia N95.

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