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!