I received a phone call last week from 360|Forged about photographing a Nissan GT-R in Tampa owned by one of their clients. They make custom wheels and wanted a shoot of the GT-R focused on showing the wheels. They saw my Lexus IS F shoot and liked that Ybor City location so the whole GT-R shoot came together quickly. (view Part 2 night strobist images)
I had done three previous car shoots at this particular Ybor City location that I found on my own during a scouting trip a few years ago for the IS F client. I never like to repeat myself when I go out shooting, but having already made close to three dozen car photographs in this spot, I had to really look to find some fresh angles and backgrounds. Luckily, there were still plenty of new setups to mine from that Ybor City location as the above shot I had never done before. I utilized the ONE WAY sign in the shot, pointing in the opposite direction of course to create a more rebellious nature to the look of the image.
I knew for the photo above I wanted to make just a front quarter panel composition of the Nissan GT-R in a long shot using an 80-200mm lens. I shot from downhill to further exaggerate the angle. Quite a bit of distraction was cleaned up from the backround leaving just the white Nissan GT-R on red brick framed by white clouds.
I often shoot with a lot of extra space around the intended subject. This was the case in the above photograph. In the uncropped version the sky was visible as well as the intersection down the street. I liked that shot as it was, but I decided to crop in and put more of the focus on the car and the red brick background.
Thank you to the GT-R's owner and his friend for assisting in lining up the car for these shots. This collection of Nissan GT-R photos is just part one, all in daylight. Part two will feature strobist twilight images.