Car Photography – Ferrari 458 Italia Part 1 – Gentlemen start your engines!

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

As I am working on my business to concentrate more on two things from now on and Portrait and Modelwork is one part, the second will be my automobile work. Cars (and maybe motorbikes) by themselves and motorsports.
You might have seen my motosport work in the past few month and my Nissan GTR shoot.

Just in case this isn’t clear, I am a Gearhead! I’ve always loved cars and most probably always will. I love driving them, I love talking about them and I love looking at them, so the natural thing for me as a photographer is to take a lot of pictures of them.

Funny thing though is, as much as I got a hang of the motorsports part of it, the shooting a car by itself is a totally different beast, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

So after I posted my Nissan GTR photos a friend of mine from the good old days, so to speak, hit me up on facebook telling me that if I ever wanted something more italian to shoot I should let him know. Obviously now very curious I had to dig deeper into that offer and as it turns out the local Ferrari and Maserati Dealership is theirs. Maranello Motors right here in Cologne. This was and still is an extremly generous offer and I am still stunned by it.
We started looking for a suitable date and as we were aproaching winter quite quickly I wanted it to be rather sooner than later. As planning started I had a lot of great ideas and two of those struck me as very important, as I missed doing this last time with the GTR. The first was that  we should most certainly shoot a video, even if just a short one and the second that I wanted to shoot the car while it is in motion. Two ideas that turn a lot of time to shoot a car into quite very little time to shoot a car over four days…

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari 458 Italia

Did that stop us? well… no. was it a great idea? well… depends on the point of view. we for sure learnt a lot in these four days. 🙂 and the most important thing I took away from this certainly was to not plan that much.

I know I know, but shooting cars is something I need to get into much more skill-wise or rather to get the specific photography “muscle memory” for, especially when working with artifical light stuff gets really weird. I have some experience with very large reflective surface objects as I had a job shooting professional kitchens in restaurant, hotels and so on, which are just metallic silver surfaces al over the place. In difference to the kitchens though cars have some very weird angles that make keeping unwanted reflections out even harder, but nothing’s better than a good challenge.

Ferrari 458 Italia

I’m getting carried away here, as this is more of a teaser post I will talk about the specific shoots, the problems and what happened overall  in each of the following blogposts. Hope you enjoy these “teaser” photos and stay tuned!!!

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

All the best,Teymur.

As I am working on my business to concentrate more on two things from now on and Portrait and Modelwork is one part, the second will be my automobile work. Cars (and maybe motorbikes) by themselves and motorsports.
You might have seen my motosport work in the past few month and my Nissan GTR shoot.

Just in case this isn’t clear, I am a Gearhead! I’ve always loved cars and most probably always will. I love driving them, I love talking about them and I love looking at them, so the natural thing for me as a photographer is to take a lot of pictures of them.

Funny thing though is, as much as I got a hang of the motorsports part of it, the shooting a car by itself is a totally different beast, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

So after I posted my Nissan GTR photos a friend of mine from the good old days, so to speak, hit me up on facebook telling me that if I ever wanted something more italian to shoot I should let him know. Obviously now very curious I had to dig deeper into that offer and as it turns out the local Ferrari and Maserati Dealership is theirs. Maranello Motors right here in Cologne. This was and still is an extremly generous offer and I am still stunned by it.
We started looking for a suitable date and as we were aproaching winter quite quickly I wanted it to be rather sooner than later. As planning started I had a lot of great ideas and two of those struck me as very important, as I missed doing this last time with the GTR. The first was that  we should most certainly shoot a video, even if just a short one and the second that I wanted to shoot the car while it is in motion. Two ideas that turn a lot of time to shoot a car into quite very little time to shoot a car over four days…

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari 458 Italia

Did that stop us? well… no. was it a great idea? well… depends on the point of view. we for sure learnt a lot in these four days. 🙂 and the most important thing I took away from this certainly was to not plan that much.

I know I know, but shooting cars is something I need to get into much more skill-wise or rather to get the specific photography “muscle memory” for, especially when working with artifical light stuff gets really weird. I have some experience with very large reflective surface objects as I had a job shooting professional kitchens in restaurant, hotels and so on, which are just metallic silver surfaces al over the place. In difference to the kitchens though cars have some very weird angles that make keeping unwanted reflections out even harder, but nothing’s better than a good challenge.

Ferrari 458 Italia

I’m getting carried away here, as this is more of a teaser post I will talk about the specific shoots, the problems and what happened overall  in each of the following blogposts. Hope you enjoy these “teaser” photos and stay tuned!!!

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

All the best,Teymur.

8 Comments

  1. dude das nummernschild saugt! nasser boden mit blätter, die spiegelungen auf dem auto und allet super gut “komponiert”, aber das olle schild und dazu fast noch mittig aufn Bild…….

  2. very very cool. Die meisten Bilder kommen in S/W echt gut, etwas Farbe wäre, grade bei italo-racern aber nicht schlecht. Aber es kommen ja “vermutlich” noch ein paar Bilder.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Man o man, da hast Du mein neues Auto aber astrein in Szene gesetzt. Danke für die tollen Bilder.

  4. Hey Mario,

    vielen Dank!!! Freut mich sehr.

    Und bisher nicht… abe rich hatte eine Email geschrieben und dann nicht mehr nachgefragt. Ggf. im Spam gelandet, war aber auch recht beschäftig. Werde mich aber nochmals bei Ihm melden, danke dir!

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