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Before this shoot I had never heard about this car nor had i seen a picture of it. So it was a delightful opportunity to have it infront of my lens because it is a unique car in every possible way. This is the Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Speciale. There was only one made, ever.
There was never a number two or three, there is just this one and it is in better shape than ever. It was designed by Pinin Farina in the mid fifties, and the whole purpose with it’s existence was to end up in the hands of world famous swedish actress Ingrid Bergman. But, and this may sound a bit strange, she never collected it. Shame on such a beautiful car, i guess they would have made a beautiful couple.
How often do you come across something like this? Well, most of us dont, at least not very often. I guess there is a few of you out there that has seen this one on different car festivities, but very few has actually driven it. Perhaps because it is sort of priceless, the value of this beauty is expected to be in the range of 100 000 000 SEK. That is a lot of zeros. Yes, it´s better to not think about it so much. Anyhow, I photographed this beauty for Classic Cars Magazine and Klassiska Bilar back home.
Here are a few pictures from that day. No cars were harmed during this shoot. And no, there was no rigs used during this shoot. You dont put a suction cup on a car worth more than you would probably earn during a whole lifetime, period.
If you want to see another beautiful Icon, the Ferrari 250 SWB, look no further. I photographed these two the same day.
For those of you that are interested, i photographed both these Ferraris with my Nikon D800´s together with some of these lenses, Nikon 16-35F4, Nikon 24-70F2,8 Nikon 85F1,4 and Nikon 70-200F2,8 with a variety of shutterspeeds and f-stops. All were done on a secured and closed test track. Car to car shots was done from another vehicle, obviously, and i usually go for a shutter speed in the range of 1/10th to 1/15th of a second depending on the tarmac we are on. If it´s smooth as a babys butt, i´ll go for even longer shutter speeds like 1/8th or 1/6th of a second. And here is a little free tip for you, VR is awesome for car to car shots, it works like a charm. It results in a lot more sharper pictures than without. My 16-35F4 has been my workhorse for a long time now, and it is the best combo so far for car to car shots. To me rigs are just a timeconsuming mess, i dont have time to either set it up nor take it out in postproduction. That is why i do it my way, i have developed a workflow for many years that is best for me. Try and find a workflow/balance that works for you, dont just copy another photographers style.
A lot of people stare themselves blind in the chase for the next cool tool, it seems like it´s almost like an addiction to some people. Here is another free tip for you, learn the tools that you currently own and learn them well. Start from the beginning and learn how to do it proper, it will take time, but it is worth it in the long run. And dont give me any excuses, you are all using digital cameras and yes there will be a lot of shitty pictures in the beginning. Use the delete button, and use it a lot. Learn from your mistakes and adjust on the fly, soon it will stick with you. This is not rocketscience, it´s still just a button that you are pushing. You just need to push it at the right moment.
I have said it before and i´ll say it again: Improvise, Adapt and Overcome!
There are no shortcuts or secret ways of doing this and i dont have any special buttons on my cameras. It is just hard work, and if you are up to it, you will learn it to someday.
A wise man once said: – Stay off the Internet and all the forums and all that. You wont learn anything there! Well, you might think that you are actually learning something, but it is only in theory. Second of all, how can you be sure that it is the right way or the best way for you? Get out in the field and do it instead. Otherwise you will just be one of many in a long line that is capable to talk the talk but not able to walk the walk.
It is all up to you.
Until next time!
This right here is a car that few of you have ever laid your eyes on. There is just this one, there is no number two or number three. It was designed by Pininfarina and built in 1955 . And this is a pretty sight, trust me.
There will be more from this one, soon.
In mid november of 2012 me and Linus Pröjtz went to Björkvik, an old airfield strip that we use a lot when we Test cars for Teknikens Värld, to test drive this old but very well restored Porsche 911 that is actually a mix of two different models.
It´s a long story, but I will keep it quite short, if you want to read more about it you can find it in this magazine right here: http://www.teknikensvarld.se/82013/42610/klassiska-bilar-nummer-8–2013/
Anyway, this is a mix of two cars as I said earlier. It consists of an 1965 Porsche 911S and an 1970 Porsche 911T. It started it´s racehistory in the late sixties when Bengt Ekberg drove it successfully, then Dick Biström continued racing with it for some year before it fell into a long sleep until now when the current owner Andris Nolendorf has brought it back to life. Today it is perfectly restored by MTech to it´s original shape that it had in the early seventies when it raced around swedish racetracks. The whole purpose was to make it look exactly like back in the days, and that is something they have done perfectly. Andris has woken up this old racecar and taken it to the tracks once again this season.
The circle is complete.
Here are some of the pictures that I took that day, it was a good day.
I shoot more than just cars even though it is mostly cars in the current form that i´m working in. But i like taking portraits, it´s a bit different than shooting something that is in a way dead materia. A human beeing is a bit more lively if you ask me.
Anyway, Lasse Knöppel is an honorable man and i´ve met him a few times before when we have done other things with him or some of his possessions. This time it was Lasse that it was all about, so i wanted to do a portrait of him in his natural habitat, which is where he does his work with the old Porsches. The thing is that the shop where it all happens is a really cool place, and it´s sort of cut off from the outer world, you cant get any sort of mobile reception down there, so when he is there he can really focus on what he is doing. He gets to spend some quality time with all the old cars that they are renovating in to a magnificent shape.
Lasse is focusing mainly on old 356´s and the like, he is the man to talk to if you got one of those and need some help. His knowledge of these cars is a treasure that i hope will continue to exist for a long time to come.
Anyway, here is the results and some other older pictures as well of an old Porsche tractor that we did a reportage about a year ago or so. Finally there is a advert that we took in his shop as well since i wanted to have a really moody and car related backdrop for this ad that i shot about a year ago as well. I really like this place, there is so much to see and feel.
Until next time!