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Walking onto the show floor at SEMA is like being dropped into the bottom of a rugby scrum. All five senses are abused at once, and if you're not careful, you could be caught listening to a 20-minute sales pitch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at KickingTires
and Arni, i think the luggage is extra... which is a bummer.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2011 on 2012 Ferrari FF Shows Up in Chicago at KickingTires
Mike, these are awesome. i'm glad the 400mm lens could be put to use on something other than sports. The rocket-smoke-trail-through-the-sun photos is nothing short of spectacular. Cheers.
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As 2010 comes to a close this weekend, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on how this year was truly awesome for the car industry. I'm not talking about corporate bailouts, green technology or F1 racing in America.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at KickingTires
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Almost 20 years after McLaren launched its first car, the elusive F1, the British automotive company that's best known for its racing technology is ready to release a second car, the MP4-12C. In 1993, the F1 was a stunning vehicle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at KickingTires
Hey othree, shoot me an email at imerritt@cars.com i'll see what i can do about some desktop shots for you. thanks for looking!
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What do you do when you're given access to the new 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar for an afternoon of photography in Chicago? Well, I decided to pair it with one of the prettiest cars ever built, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at KickingTires
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Last night, I did something remarkable when I got home from work. I opened the garage door, parked the car and plugged the car’s charger into an electrical outlet in my garage. Mitsubishi is allowing Cars.com to test-drive its all-new... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at KickingTires
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Hey K, I know this is a month late, sorry about the slow response! Thanks so much for the kind words. To answer your questions, I use a Canon 5D with a 24-70mmL f2.8 Canon lens. I do not use a filter when I shoot and I do minimal post processing of the photos in Photoshop; exposure, color correction, etc. Shiny cars in the sun are tough to get right but I've been doing it for long enough that I can find the right shots and hopefully, get some quality pictures out of it. Thanks for checking in. -Ian
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2009 on 2011 Hyundai Equus: First Drive at KickingTires
Hey Dan, I actually don't use a polarizing filter. The gleam you are referring to is due to 1. the cleanliness of the car 2. the age of the car (brand new car = brand new paint and clear coat) 3. the lighting conditions i work within (daylight, no studio) and 4. how i expose my photos (i tend to exposure for the darks/mids and then push the exposure when processing them). After all is said and done, I use Photoshop to color correct and batch the photos. It's an efficient process that sometimes works efficiently. But then again, have you seen the weather in Chicago?
H, it was actually ER, IM, and MR. -Ian
Nic, The navigation screen actually flips out from behind the analog clock as the whole panel rotates. It's pretty slick in theory but the graphics were less than desired. They were not as bad as Bentley or Jaguar but no where near as classy as Ford and BMW. -Ian
now eric, THIS is how you kill your photographer. gas on the right... brake on the left. always ignore your left.
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