EMPI Beetle

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EMPI Beetle

Been a while since shooting for Octane and this was an interesting Beetle. An original EMPI Beetle restored sympathetically retaining character, a few dints, faded decals…. and for me looked fantastic and gave me more than enough details to focus on and capture.

The day was bright and decided to shoot this natural light. The light paint colour and the brightwork were all nicely light on this overcast but very bright day.

I tried to keep the post processing a little muted…. no real reason, just liked to keep it subtle.

The owner had a vintage jacket in the Beetle that he found in some store and bought it….. way to cool not to try and get it into a shot.

The interior was fantastic and a visual feast…… The above image I shot a few different angles but liked the wooden locks on the doors and just liked the retro feel of the cabin.

The image above was included in the article and I remember seeing it once we opened the engine cover and didn’t really give it much more thought than …. ‘thats cool’. I shot the engine images and just before we shut the engine lid I took a quick image of the badge, again trying to capture wider than just being tight on the detail in question…

Just goes to show you just don’t know what will be used so its always with anticipation when I open a magazine for the first time and seeing which images are used of mine…

Seeing things through, in a different way. Walk around the car, open doors….. keep looking. A car is a car at the end of the day and so pushing yourself in finding a new angle, new way to look at this or capture details is what keeps the creative juices from drying up or getting in a rut.

The decals that have warn over time gave a great feel to the car and the EMPI badge above was one of the most intact ones. Just liked the iconic shape of the light cluster and simple framing…

Liked the EMPI details and little hidden ones as well…. (above)

Simple clean tracking images of what we could get on the private single track we used…

As we had some time I wanted to rig the EMPI and see what we could get. With the owners consent we rigged just the windows which then limited us on what we could shoot. I really wanted to see an EMPI badge in the frame.

These are the few variants to the finished opening image. The sun was dropping in and out so had to play about a bit as I shoot these images at least 2 seconds… Played just a little with focal length as the first one was elongating the Beetle too much…

Just a little photoshopping to take out the rig…

The final image below which was used as the opener.

 

Pleased with the article and my mind as ever was thinking could I have done anything better……

 

A great car to shoot and pleased with the results….. : )