I went with some friends to go to Poseidon’s temple a little more than a week ago and I thought I would take a page from aussie-AL and take one of my cars for some cool location photos. I took my favorite and only DLM car, my Z4M and threw it in my camera bag. We drove down to Cape Sounio where the temple is and when I got up to the temple to take out the car I couldn’t find it in my bag anywhere. Then it hit me that when I got out of the car I noticed I had left my bag about half open when I went to take my camera out to take a photo of a GORGEOUS Austin Healey that pulled into the parking lot (I also forgot to check the camera settings an they were all washed out and overexposed). I checked the parking lot where we got out of the car and found a snack that also dropped out of my bag, but I had lost my favorite Hot Wheels. Hopefully some kid found it and is having fun with it even though I glued the wheels down so I could take photos of it without rolling away.
So when I got home I jumped on eBay and found another one at a decent price. The seller also had a few other good cars at a good price and he combined the shipping so I got a good deal
I got the replacement Z4M, a 2003 Enzo, 2004 Final Runs Ferrari 308, 2010 Ferrari 330 P4, and a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville 1965 which I may offer up for HWEP.
I also got a lightbox in the mail today. I never get any boxes big enough to make my own so I found this cheap one on amazon. The reviews weren’t great, but mostly about the lights and I don’t really need those.
The reviews about how crappy the lights are were also very true. These lights barely were enough to light anything in the box. My camera settings were pretty bad for a studio setup. They started to smell like they were burning after a few minutes and they are built like crap. I instead used them as modeling lights and got my flashes out. I used to be pretty into flash photography so I have a 580EXII and a 430EXII with a couple pocket wizard Flex TT5’s slaved to a Mini TT1 on the camera. Might be a little too much camera talk so basically I have 2 camera flashes off the camera but synced up with radio controllers.
This is on a pretty slow shutter speed and wide open aperture that should make this look really bright.
This is with one of the 2 flashes on the camera, bouncing off the ceiling at about 1/4 power plus a smaller aperture. Yeah those lamps wont cut it for the light box, plus their color would have been an issue. My camera sensor is also pretty dirty, thats the black dot on the box. I wish I would have caught this while I was shooting....
Much better. The whole lightbox folds up into a nice compact carrying case. Unfortunately this means the inner piece gets these crease lines I’ll have to try and iron out later.
I also picked up a macro filter kit for my Lensbaby Composer. This was significantly cheaper than buying a macro lens since I already had the lensbaby. If you aren’t familiar with the Lensbaby lenses, they are more of a special effects lens that makes a very...interesting focal plane. As you can see in the photo below, the lens rotates, which changes where in the frame you have focus. Examples will be below. One thing about this lens is it is 100% manual. You not only have to focus it manually, you have to change out the aperture rings manually. They’re little magnetic disks that pop in and out. This also changes the strange focal points to bigger and smaller.
This is as close as I can get without the filters
With the +4 filter
With the +10 filter
and with the +1, +2, +4, and +10 filters stacked. This is right off the camera with no cropping. Thats a very close macro shot!
This is what a wide open aperture does with the lensbaby. It’s not the most useful lens, but you see it a lot in commercials or entertainment when doing dream sequences.
Where this shot was with a very small aperture, the effect is minimal.
First up is the Enzo. I’m a little upset with the paint quality on the back here. Almost everything was painted incorrectly and out of place. I know these are just Hot Wheels, but that is kind of sad quality.
There is also a little damage to the front quarter panel, probably from shaking around in the packaging.
The front badge is also misaligned, but the headlights look good. Inside it is hard to tell, but almost looks like there is a stickshift in there!
Next is the 2004 Final Run Ferrari 308.
I’m not super fond of the graphics on this, but I figure is probably part of the special series. I feel like it just takes away from the beauty of this car. This may also be available for HWEP is something good is offered.....
Nice metal base on this car.
The metal extends into the back end of the car too!
This hood graphic isn’t so bad though.
Then we have the Ferrari 330 P4.
This one is a gorgeous casting, and I love the gold wheels.
Very nice view from the top! The chrome engine is pretty cool
There is even a spare tire! Although it does look like its a space saver
The oil pan is even chrome under the car!
I did notice this warped wheel though. She’ll be limping down the track with that
Finally is the 1965 Bonneville. Looks like it’s been lowered and maybe even sectioned or the top dropped a bit too.
I like this color blue, and the flame graphic isn’t too bad
What show car isn’t completely without chroming the underside?
Now that I have these macro filters and a light box I can get some better photos of the Veneno from my last local HAWL
The interior is pretty good for being a 3 Euro toy. I tried to get a photo of the seats, but the window opening is too small
That wonderful backend!