It's no secret to family and friends that my wife and I are attached to Monterey at the hip (we got engaged off 17 Mile Drive). As you may have seen in my previous blog post we also have that magnetic connection with Nissan as well. Up until us leaving SoCal a few years ago for a job opportunity, we had the privilege of organizing multiple meets at the old Cars & Coffee Irvine, a fun project with eBay x Nissan and creating friendships with Nissan Social Media. My favorite event had to the be the debut of the Nissan iDx at C&C where we had. 50+ Nissan GT-Rs at the event to show support. My wife and I made a few stops by the mothership, Nissan NA outside Nashville and a couple Zdayz at Tail of the Dragon while on this side of the US. After a rough travel year for most of 2020 we made the trek out to CA this spring. In 2017 we were lucky enough to get a 370z rental car and put 3000 glorious miles on it driving throughout CA/AZ/UT/NV visiting our favorite National Parks. We didn't have much luck finding any to rent this time, but Nissan came through with this amazing 2020 6MT 370Z Nismo.. Those patient enough will find some pics below of the holy grail Nissan we met up with later in the trip...
Quick swing through LAX and we were off to grab our favorite Vegan Pizza in Hollywood, then headed North! Of course a couple weeks before our trip there was a huge landslide wiping out the lower part of PCH in Big Sur. so we had to take the less scenic route up through Central Cali. A few mind numbing hours later and we were finally on the coast.
After stretching our legs at an overlook, our first stop was to visit and pet the cows, but couldn't coax them over to us.
One of our favorite parts of Big Sur are the Redwood groves on the inlets of PCH. Some of my favorite childhood memories were camping in Yosemite and Sequoia so I enjoy exploring these little pockets in Big Sur.
I forgot how much the redwood groves absorb light so had to conclude day one and head into tow.n. There is a quaint little gas station just before you get into the meat of Big Sur that I had always wanted to capture some pics at. Decided to pull out the lights, but only had a chance to fire off one set of pics before heavy rain.
After enjoying our secluded Big Sur cottage (my wife is the pyro master getting a damp fire going) the leftover vegan pizza hit the spot and I was eager to shoot at a couple low-key locations that I haven't seen used and abused yet by car week visitors.
I am a sucker for negative space/ tiny car pics so this one checked that box for the trip.
Credit to my wife for being a trooper helping me position the car then ducking down (yes, she knows her way around a manual gearbox like a badass).
I was paranoid the whole trip that we were going to miss this one set of cherry blossoms. Thankfully we caught it in bloom for the JDM vibes.
Casual otter watching while enjoying the best authentic vegan Mexican food we've ever had.
Below is probably my favorite snap from the Monterey portion of the trip. I feel it captures the aggressiveness of the front end as well as those trademark black headlight housings on the Nismo and red accents.
That concludes our peaceful three days in Monterey. It didn't disappoint and I will say I've never washed a rental car 3 times in one trip, much less in my life due to the sporadic weather shifts around the peninsula.
Native : Chapter II
Little non Z photo dump of some landscapes before diving into the Los Angeles portion of the post (patience...)
Import : Chapter III
Z getting in some glamour shots while I wait for my good friend Paul and his new baby.
And... Here... We... Go... Introducing the one any only Midnight Purple II BNR34! After experiencing the RHD BNR34 on the mountain turnpikes of Hakone and Fuji in Japan, I knew getting anywhere near another would open the flood gates of bad thoughts. Unfortunately that coupled with the color shifting paint I have obsessed over for the last seven years was in fact an Inception like idea that has stuck with me daily since this shoot.
Can't make a stop in LA without visiting the most overused location known to man. This entire spot must have had 100+ cars so likely will be the last time. Took some natural light pics of the Z waiting for the sun to set.
If the Z mentioned in Chapter I was my favorite of the Monterey shots, this 34 shot below might be the favorite I've taken this year. There is a definite art of introducing light to a color shifting paint. Thankfully my Midnight Opal R35 and Meowclaren taught me what you can and cannot get away with.
Those 100+ cars lost interest quickly and turned the spot into 3 Fast 4 Furious: Race Wars 2021 so was wise to get out of there and onto another SoCal auto landmark that is overrun. I've soured a little on this location after they removed the iconic tube lighting in favor of LEDs.
The color shifts in this 20 year old classic are absolutely breathtaking. I cannot wait to link back up later this year and capture it in some equally breathtaking locations.
One final stop with the 370z Nismo before heading back to the airport.
Whenever we travel I'm always bummed that we don't have. a more photogenic car to document the trip. Honestly having something of this caliber enhances the trip ten fold. We can't wait to get back out on the road for more adventures!
We have since sold my wife's 2015 6MT 370Z Nismo and are foaming out the mouth in anticipation of the Z Proto going into production. 3.0TT x 6MT x Retro design with a digital dash has our expectations sky high. We cannot wait to secure one which will be our 10th Nissan purchase in the last 15 years.
Big shoutout to Dan, Tamura-san and Kevin for the incredible hospitality.
Just hit my 15th year of Nissan ownership this month. Felt like it was just yesterday when I was obsessing over the Nissan Skyline V35 and fortunately found a way to make it a reality. I attribute this dedication to my brother-in-laws continued gushing about Nissan and his grandfathers Maxima throughout my childhood.. He got his own Maxima a few years before my V35 so we both had a blast sharing our modifications and the rest was history. In the last 15 years I have since infected my wife with that same passion for the hamburger (I am also fanatical about vegan hamburgers as well lol) and as you'll see develop, an odd pattern of owning two of the same model over time. Not only did I want to share my journey throughout my ownership, I'd also like to add in events with Nissan and other companies I've enjoyed along the way.
I will warn you, the evolution below is fun to see the progression and also hysterical to see what passed early on (both mods, photography and videography).
Kicking it off is the aforementioned V35 in 2005. Yes it's a USDM G35, but it was 2005, this was our first Skyline so I fully committed to that. Bare with me as I was 19 and 2 Fast 2 Furious / Tokyo Drift were dominating my headspace. I formed a small car club with a couple friends I dubbed SKYZLMT (Skyline, 350Z, 6MT). This was one of the first pictures I took in '06 with a digital camera my brother in law gave me (I've since stopped shooting in Applebees parking lots).
Vertical doors (cringe), Skyline/ GT-R Badging (semi-cringe, but this was before the R35 was a thing), Vortech Supercharger., red underbody lights (tastefully cringe). I still miss the Vortech/Greddy BOV dump flutter everyday.
G35 met it's demise on a very slippery day (RIP). Right around the time the V36 (USDM G37) had been announced and was nearing production so took a brief hiatus and dove in around 2008 with an early production unit.
2008 was a great year for me personally as I had met the future love of my life and she endured my incessant talking about purchasing the V36. I had matured a bit and the F&F impact had cooled off. There were R35 rumblings and the GT-R Proto on deck so felt like the Skyline rebadging would be retired in place of the classic Mt Fuji (more below on Fuji) Infiniti silhouette. The V36 only saw some short ram intakes and Stillen cat back.
I vividly recall listening to Nine Inch Nails opening song on Year Zero named "Hyperpower!" in 2010. After educating myself more on the meaning of the title and song I felt hyper would be heavily used in the next 5-10 years just like "epic" was at that time. I decided to ditch the SKYZLMT moniker (that plate was taken in SoCal so it was a bummer) and transitioned with a cheesy hype video recalling some puzzled feedback when I dropped that GT-R 2011 in there.
Enter the (first) Nissan GT-R in late 2011. My wife's beloved Toyota Corolla was a trooper lugging us up to a snowy Big Bear Mountain where I picked it up from the previous owner. Instagram was just starting to blow up so my newfound photography hobby consumed much of my free time running around with an iPhone, overkilling every edit with 6 filters and uploading 30 pictures at a time to Instagram (if you dig deep enough on my page @hyprpwr you'll find some gems).
Shortly after purchasing I dove headfirst into the SoCal GT-R group making some lifelong friendships in the making. Paul (@airforcegtr) was a pillar of that community. We went to neighboring high schools and graduated the same year. He was stationed at Edwards AFB who had quite the airplane parking lot. I just bought my first camera and was using my dads lenses trying to learn what the hell I was doing..
My overcooked iPhone filtering and bad edits using GIMP (I'm extremely cheap so no way I was paying for photoshop at the time) were taking over on instagram. With that respectable growth on social media, in the SoCal GT-R community and incessant nagging the Nissan USA instagram (lol) I connected with Max on the Nissan/Nismo Social team. SoCal owners had an impressive turnout for the meet and rally through Orange County and Long Beach. A few of our previous meets at the old Cars and Coffee pulled in 40-50 various GT-Rs.
Ebay was launching it's eBay Motors campaign by giving away an R35. This was one of the more fun collabs I took part in as an owner. The grassroots approach driving organic excitement was amazing..
My still soon to be wife, then fiancé, and I purchased a house and had the need for something slightly larger. Fortunately the '07 FX35 was an addition to the fleet and not a substitute for the V36. Since I was very familiar with the VQ35 platform as it was shared across many in the Nissan line, this was a no brainer.
Again peak iPhone filter editing
Late 2012 my wife's dream of rocket powering her Toyota Corolla was coming to an end (Should start calling her SHElon) and the Nissan infection was taking hold. I was gently trying to coax her into a 6MT, but she was hooked on a Magma Red 7AT. and she got her first taste of power.. Didn't take long before we started doing some light modifications. First up were Stillen long tube intakes.
Keeping with the hypr theme she, with the help of Top Gear branded it HYPRZED. We then linked up with the premiere Z exhaust and turbo kit manufacturer Fast Intentions in Simi Valley, CA for their unbelievable Carbon Fiber Exhaust.
This was around the time I made a concerted effort to push my photography quality and experimentation through practical effects. The behind the scenes and making of tidbits from movie extras are one of my favorite things and directors who still appreciate practical effects are ones I'm most interested in. This was a test shot before a Fast Intentions shoot with their shop R8 and customers Gallardo.
Then was able to acquire some Black Edition GT-R Wheels for it from a friend in the GT-R community with a touch of chameleon plasti dip.
My 2009 R35 was amazing. Full bolt on (by Master GT-R Tech in SoCal, Chris Heimburg) and tuned by the wizard Jon Drenas at 5150 Racing. Then Nissan has to go ahead and announce a Midnight Opal special edition for MY14. I had never purchased a new car before (again with the frugalness), but it being limited to 50 upped my sense of urgency (I'm a sucker for anything limited) so put all my eggs in that basket and made it happen right after SEMA 2013. After hearing through the grapevine that the HYPER Titanium wheels were not available if damaged so they were preserved immediately in storage in place of some SSR Wheels with an LMGT4 vibe.
My wife loves to Easter egg herself into many photos (below)
Can't forget to mention our first baby as a married couple. This is Nizmo as a baby. Nizmo is special. That is all
Right around the Midnight Opal being announced, Tamura-San was taking over the reins from Mizuno-San and I was invited by the Skyline encyclopedia himself, THE Sean Morris, to dinner while Tamura-San along with other members from his team were stopping in LA on their way to NA HQ... Naturally it was the one day a year it rained in SoCal so didn't get the chance to completely gush about my excitement in the parking lot so we chatted over some amazing Japanese food near Nissan's old HQ in Torrance, CA. Before we departed I had to get a keepsake to document the night. Tamura-San was gracious enough to sign the VIN plate cover in gold, to match the Opal specific VIN plate.
Early in 2015 I was asked to move East for work in Atlanta. We decided it was a good opportunity and jumped on it. We still kick around if it was a good idea or not often, but as time goes on, we feel it was. We made new friends and one of them was crazy enough to let me use his flamethrower (shoutout Do It with Dan). My wife had a destructive themed 30th birthday so it was only natural to borrow it for that. I snuck out in the early morning hours to get some pics.
Yes, that's me holding a flamethrower with a gallon of gas in it with one hand while firing the trigger for the camera with the other while not destroying my car. It made it through unscathed. Gave the above the Atomic Breath Godzilla treatment while going full Dracarys on the below (that's also one of our newer cats names).
One of the more exciting aspects to living in North Georgia is we are four hours away from the mothership HQ. . Doesn't hurt when you get your next cat "Waffles" from nearby and the greatest Vegan Bakery on the planet is also in Nashville... Here's Waffles (momma to Drogon and Dracarys) when we got her.
Our FX35 was approaching 200k miles and after experiencing the magic that is cooled seats in my fellow Nissan loving brother-in-law's QX56, it was time to upgrade the daily. Enter the Iridium Blue FX37 (very similar to the R35 DBA Deep Blue Pearl).
We were still getting settled in GA and was a bit down, not shooting much so 2016 was a low point for output/creativity. My wife was using her Magma 370Z 7AT as if it was a manual car so I knew it was time to throw her in the deep end with a manual. After our first Tail of the Dragon run for ZDayz, we found a smoking deal on a 2015 370Z Nismo 6MT with the revised facelift in Charlotte. She did trust me enough to validate its mechanical soundness, the trade in went smooth and I happily made the three hour drive home.
Craving her own identity she retired the HYPRZED title and converted over to NIZME0W with a fresh GA plate.. We converted over her Fast Intentions Carbon Fiber exhaust, intakes and GT-R wheels to the new Nismo. I removed the chameleon plasti-dip and we opted for the traditional machined lip w/ Black Edition GT-R wheels. With an insane used car market and the Z proto upcoming we have recently sold her precious Nismo and eagerly await the new Z release date!
The FX37 left some excitement to be desired as a daily driver so decided to stay in the family with a Nissan Juke RS 6MT. After years of looking (only 6-10 6MT Nismo RS available at any given time) I finally got a deal on a '15 in Tampa. A fun 6 hour road trip later and I was back in ATL. Just finished DIY epoxy garage floors so wedged it in the garage for this shot. To this day it is still the best bang for the buck daily I've seen. 6MT, Turbo, Recaro Race Seats, storage, easily tunable.
Similar to Fast Intentions in SoCal, I happened to live close to another premiere specialist for our latest toy. 2J Racing are the nationwide go-to for the Sentra/Juke platforms offering a wide variety of branded parts. Joe and the best shop cat ever, Basil, made my poor mans Juke-R come to life.. Need to get some shots with my 370z sport brake package upgrade (gold paint, JUKE-R branding, obnoxious as expected).
Karakuri House wide fenders, RSR coilers and 2J side exit exhaust for the added performance (20" R35 wheels surprisingly aren't that obnoxious).
Had a golf trip with the boys to Hilton Head February '21 so got some shots around Savannah and HHI with my new Nismo carbon wing. One doesn't go to Savannah and not take creepy, Spanish Moss, graveyard pics.
I sat in this infinity edge pool for hours and never saw a single car on this damn boardwalk. Of course as soon as I start running around for sunset pictures, I had a lively discussion with a retiree who made it their life's mission to police that particular section of wood (THINK OF THE CHILDREN). I did not see a single car on that boardwalk for the remainder of the trip...
If you've followed me on IG long enough, you know I love me some baby car pictures.
That concludes my rabid love for the Nissan brand family. More additions planned on the horizon both past and future.. Feel free to check out my other blog posts (Japan, Photography and upcoming Cali Trip entry).
Doing some Memento posting out of order so hopefully this backdates itself in chronological order to please my OCD. Felt I needed to share these Iceland pics, because that place is unreal. It's a new planet every 30 minutes. We kicked off the tour straight into a four day road trip around the island followed by a more chill wrap up to the trip in Reykjavik. This is mostly a photo dump, but I'll add some bits in there.
Diamond Beach at sunrise, definitely a top 5 day for me.
The best part of Iceland is you can see the worlds craziest waterfalls just walking 100 yards to the parking lot. Svartifoss was the exception and it was only a two mile roundtrip hike.
A wild Land Rover appears
Shoutout Black Badger for the craziest custom jewelry
Cats cheered us up after our first flat tire of the trip. Thankfully we were pulling into the last town for hours.
Hulk horses were one of the only non-human things embraced on the Iceland. They were unreal.
My biggest regret traveling is that I don't usually have a photogenic car to match the insane landscapes. Iceland is very hard to source anything photogenic so will definitely try to bring a car over in the future.
"You know nothing John Snow"
Wife surprised me for our anniversary and took us to the only volcanic chamber in the world that you repel down into.
This was the volcano pet. Cutest fox ever.
Random find during our anniversary photoshoot session at the secret waterfall.
The fastest (rental) car in the world.... Five Speed Dacia Duster. Wife definitely sick of me channeling my inner James May yelling "IT'S A DACIA SANDERO!" multiple times on the trip.
Most Majestic Horses in the Universe
Weather on the South side of the island is notoriously violent. Fortunately we had amazing luck where I could pull the drone out to capture this plan crash site from the '70s after a US Navy plane ran out of fuel.
Magic. That's the only word for experiencing this the first time (soaking wet because we ran out of the Blue Lagoon).
After growing up collecting Die Cast cars in spurts and playing any car video game I could get my hands on (Ridge Racer, Gran Turismo, Need for Speed), my love for the Dodge Viper evolved into a love for iconic Japanese cars. This was in part due to The Fast and the Furious craze that blitzed me (and every other pimple faced high school car aficionado kid) as a teenager along with my sister's boyfriend (now husband) incessant talk about Nissan's. Gran Turismo opened my eyes a little to the Silvia/Skyline lore, but TFatF kicked the door in. Around that time in 2004 the 350z/G35 platforms were clawing Nissan out of the dumps, I was graduating high school and Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park was my idol (kind of still is). For those that aren't familiar with Mike, he is half Japanese and heavily infuses that culture into his art and music. Three Japanese cars later in 2008, I met my future wife. Once I came to terms with the mountain of cats and clothes that greeted me up front in the relationship, I discovered she was a closet super nerd with deep ties to comics and anime (video games, reading and drawing). We always dreamed of going to Japan and thanks to her Grandfather (also a fan of Japan) were able to make the trip possible.
Now that you've got the background, I'm going to hold you in suspense while I tease you with some non-automotive aspects of the trip (that comes later)
...and here, we, go. (click on pictures for larger pop-outs)
View from our spacious 250 sq ft room in Shibuya after landing. In a few hours I will experience JDM vending machines and their sweet, sweet jet lag curing Dr Pepper.
Spent the second half of day two in Enoshima. It had an odd similarity to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California with it's massive heavily wooded hill featuring shops and attractions, except with an Amazon forest worth of spiders.
Takeshita Street provided Hollywood Blvd type attractions. Now that I think of it, that's probably a more fitting name for Hollywood Blvd
Condomania off in the distance (use your imagination). Unfortunately our rooftop breakfast went long so we had to bump that from the travel plans from the day.
My guy Domo-kun. My favorite poop themed character! Apparently he's not very big in Japan (I was beside myself). He's actually one of the mascots for a large TV Station in Japan. So basically neck and neck with that Fox Football Transformer guy...
Gotoku-ji Temple. You'll see why we were here in 3 seconds. No, it's not for the amazing temple....
WE CAME FOR THE ARMY OF CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I did a little research on the temple beforehand. Along with being what some to believe the origin of Maneki Neko (lucky cat), they have these prayer boards where you can write wishes to loved ones, etc. I surprised my wife by printing out some pictures ahead of time and laminating them so we could give future visitors a "face to a name" with our boards. Needless to say, you can see our now FIVE cats are our pride and joy.
Every hour, on the hour a 30' Godzilla head roars above the Shinjuku skyline. at the Toho Building
On our final night in Tokyo we capped it off with a visit to Roppongi Hills observation deck in the very upscale business district. Our visit was somewhat impacted by a very odd infomercial-like exercise exhibition on the helipad. Something we did not expect 54 stories up.. The Tokyo Tower made it tolerable.
My homage to "Gladiator" while on a pit stop for what was probably a top 10 day so far in my life. (that post coming soon)
After passing through Mount Fuji for the day we experienced our first Shinkansen (Bullet-train) which was somewhat of a letdown. Not because it was dirty or noisy, but because it was seemingly perfectly executed in every way. There was plenty of storage for baggage, the seats had tons of legroom, power outlets everywhere, dead silent (both people and mechanical) and absolutely no sensation that you were hurling towards your end destination at 320kph (200mph).
Enter Kyoto. After summoning our bicycles from the pits of robotic bicycle hell (it was seriously an underground labyrinth which this mechanical arm from "The Matrix" then retrieves and spits it out of a refrigerator sized retracting doorway), we took a four mile bike ride to the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. We managed to find gaps in the crowds at the top Kyoto tourist attraction for some clean pictures.
This unsuspecting street vendor selling dried fruits, turned out to be the food highlight of the entire trip. At the base of the shrine we picked up some dried cantaloupe and apples.. They were so life altering I've stalked people I follow on Instagram to see if they'd buy and ship me some. Day 157, still have not found a victim to scratch that itch.
Quick, massively uphill bike ride to Ryozen Kannon Temple
Strolled through Nishiki Market on the way back to the Air BnB (a massive 600 sq ft this time!)
Jam packed quite a bit into the day in Kyoto. The one thing I somewhat regret is we planned so many stops into this vacation, it felt like an episode of "24" with multiple plot lines running around in my head. simultaneously Thankfully GoogleMaps got us through the 4 different connecting trains then we hiked our ramen filled stomachs up this mountain to play with...
OH IT'S A MONKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hopped back over the Katsura River in hopes we could squeeze in one more spot before we were in the dark.
Sagano Bamboo Forest did not disappoint. It wasn't far from the monkey park, but being so close to the densely populated city, my wife and I we're a bit perplexed when the maps had us take a turn down an alley.
Onto the final day in Japan. We head down to Osaka for another full day to check out the Osaka Castle, which similar to the Bamboo Forest, is positioned right in the middle of downtown surrounded by sky scrapers.
To continue the theme of, hard to believe free animal experiences, there's Nara Park. This was a surprise I had planned for my wife and while the deer were playful, there was a certain "The Walking Dead" zombie feel to them when they sensed you had deer CRACKers. My wife's mind was blown when I told her to bow to the deer and they graciously returned the favor. This neat little area had a row of deer themed shops and I couldn't help but think that we had to get my mom there to complete her Snow White evolution!
Yes, in Japan, you can relive your wildest Harry Potter fantasy and play with some owls to hone your owlery skills. They came in varying sizes. Some were able to be handled with a fancy leather glove on, some preferred sitting on your head and some were so massive we were warned they could rip through your wrist like., uh, a giant owl's razor sharp talon through your wrist
At our last stop in Dotonbori, Osaka I FINALLY got to take that trip to flavor town and enjoy some beef from a neighboring town called Kobe. It came in silver dollar sized slices, but I can tell you it lived up to the hype. After collecting another travel mug from Starbucks we explored more of the local eats. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I wasn't brave enough to try the candied-baby-octopus-on-a-stick.
Sad to say we're at the last image we took in Japan with the Glico Running Man battling the Asahi sign on the river..
Overall this was a trip we will never forget. Hell of a place to explore after never leaving the US. Even without the car adventures I intentionally am saving for (near) future posts, Japan will be on the short list as a destination to visit again
I have many car memories with my dad from my childhood, riding the Autopia cars at Disneyland (that gas pedal was so damn hard to push in as a 7 year old), going to the Long Beach Grand Prix and numerous LA Auto Shows (one that is heavily documented with me wearing tube socks and sandals). This is the third Fathers Day without him so I'm still trying to navigate through life. I honestly am stumped as to what he'd think of the Mclaren and the new color scheme. He was more about hitting 200k miles with his heavy commutes to work than having something that would hit 200 mph..
Regardless, he'd be happy that it's one of the things that brings me joy after going on adventurrrrrrres (Ice Tea voice) with my wife and our furbabies (3 at the time of this post, could be 30 by the time I do the next one). Enjoyed a few things this week in the spirit of him with a road trip to see Muse with my nephew and brother (still wish I could've taken him to a show to marvel at the visual and sonic chaos they bring to the table) and capped off today going to a car show with friends followed by a photo and video shoot of the obnoxious unicorn you'll see below..
Introducing HYPERSPACE aka Cloverfield aka Xenomorph aka Unicorn aka Meowclaren
I quickly became hooked on the 12C and color shifting Mclarens around my wedding late in '13 when I drove one at Exotics Racing in Vegas for my bachelor party and CJ Wilson collected his Hyperblurble P1 a few months later (still owe CJ an invoice for the usage of "hyper" haha). The 12C purchase had been on the radar for 2.5 years until finally being in the right spot to pick one up. about six months before that in early '16, I had selected and got a sample of this color. I code-named "HYPERSPACE"
Satin wrap removal and color shifting was completed by David at Highline Auto Innovations and came out as I had planned for the years leading up to last weekend. Was a nightmare trying to find a 12C without a colored interior knowing I would go full rainbow. Thankfully found a perfect alcantara/ carbon/ black spec'd interior and was set. Decided to keep the Verde Ithaca calipers to complete the absurdity.
Went with a very England-y feel on this spot with the castle. Shooting to make it over to that side of the pond in '18 with the wife. for the true experience.
Wife was a bit bored driving the quiet automatic to set up the shots.
A couple hours into the drive over to Charlotte I realized the entire state of North Carolina is under construction which made for a tense ride dodging road debris.
After a fun and hot meet at Caffeine and Exotics in Buckhead, GA I had an enjoyable 30 minute drive on the way to the photo spot my buddy hooked me up with blasting through some tunnels to hear the new exhaust/ intake setup my friends at Hypercar Development in NC were able to cook up (We're basically related through the "hyper" usage).
My dad was the inspiration for my photography passion and he loved shadows, so for the 4 seconds the sun was out I definitely had to capitalize on that visual.
This will be called "X-Wing" on a post sometime in the future.
Hipster puddle shot
Also big shout-out to Jay at Stick N Wrap in Lawrenceville for the last second vinyl request. Speed Kiwi's and MP4 tub vinyl came out awesome.
I think the interior touches are my favorite. After a stressful and expletive riddled few days of ripping my interior apart (without too much drama thankfully) I was able to get the powertrain knobs, start button ring, AC Vents, AC/ Iris knobs, D-N-R button surrounds, key fob and cluster surround hit with the HYPERSPACE color shift.
Things were going well, I didn't crash the drone into the car and some Osmo testing went well too. Then it start pouring as I'm over this shot. My inner Usain Bolt shot down the catwalk to get the doors closed and gear out of the rain.
This is a shot I had in my head very early on after selecting the color. Was hoping I could've controlled the timing at which it occurred a bit better, but came out just as envisioned. Macro-porn ensued.
Thanks for reading. I went from a year between blog posts to six months, soooo... progress!
After moving from Southern California with my wife and two cats late 2015, we finally were grasping life in North Georgia and are slowly getting back in the swing of things with cars and weddings (uprisingimagery.com). Here's a look back at HYPRPWR PHTGRPHY 2016.
Up first are our good friends at Unplugged Performance (Tesla branch of Bulletproof Automotive) in Hawthorne, CA. These guys are pushing the bounderies of Tesla modification with beautiful carbon interior and exterior work as well as custom BBS Wheels and a full bumper refresh.
Quicky test shoot with my new Wescott Icelight on my 500e HYPRWAT
Fun shoot with a Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor and a 50th anniversary
My wife traded her '13 Magma 370z in for a '15 Nismo 6MT (she's a badass).
Onto one of my favorite shoots with my buddy AirforceGTR (time for a name change bro) and his newly aquired beautiful Mclaren Orange MP4-12C on a trip up to San Francisco
Quick trip up to Tail of the Dragon with the Atlanta GT-R group. and my Midnight Opal (Came to learn recently it's #44/50 in the US
Then came a shoot for Rohana and a well known Youtuber afficianado (Youtube.com/DoItWithDan) and his Camaro. in Walking Dead country, Central Georgia.
After a shoot with Always Evolving and their GT3 cars in Long Beach last year, we met back up again at Barber Motorsports park in Birmingham Alabama before their race this year.
Another trip out to California for a very special purchase (more to come below). Met up with my buddy Tom and is insane full carbon Alpha 12X and Huracan.
Now, time for the previously mentioned new addition to the family. My HYPRSPC (hyperspace) MP4-12C. Fully carbon spec'd with verde ithaca painted calipers with 20/21" BLK Wheels and full satin Xpel clear bra. The last in person conversation I had with my dad 18 months ago before he passed was about how he attended the first few Long Beach Grand Prix races in the '70s and practiced photographing the F1 cars at various parts of the track (this shot was inspired by the Monaco Grand Prix). He loved James Bond and British cars so he was drawn to Mclaren and James Hunt. While he would likely not be thrilled about my "investment" in one he would definitely be happy I attained a car I had heavily pursued for three years after driving one on my bachelor party in Vegas. I'm looking forward to exploring Atlanta with my MP4-12C and sharing what comes of it with everyone. Hyperspace will soon be getting a refreshed hyperspec in the Spring..
Met up with a Maserati owner shot for Rohana in North Georgia
Had a chance to meet up with Hypercar Development from Charlotte and their Hyper800 Mclaren. I've actually had these guys on my radar due to the hypr/hyper coincidence so I've been following their progress in the years leading up to my 12C purchase. Long story short, the Hyper800 is bonkers. It's unbelievable what they have done with some intake/ exhaust/ tuning and extensive cooling improvments.
And lastly a couple upcoming shoots for Rohana.
Look forward to some upcoming Mclaren shoots in the first half of '17. Stay tuned!
"Madness, as you know, is a lot like gravity, all it takes is a little push." My wife was perfectly content with her '07 Toyota Corolla, that is until I pushed her to test drive a 370Z. A couple weeks later she was terrorizing the streets in a stock 2013 Magma Red 370Z she dubbed "HYPRZED". That honeymoon lasted about a week before she had a decent mod list already compiled (wheels, intakes and exhaust).
Enter Fast Intentions. I remembered Tony at Fast Intentions from my G37 ownership days and after a few forum searches later it confirmed they were still the leader in G/Z exhaust fabrication. She landed on the TDX Cat Back exhaust with Carbon Mufflers, 12" resonators and threw in some resonated test pipes for some extra oomph. At that point Co-owners Tony and Dan embraced us as family and a budding friendship had formed.
We got Tony's personal Nissan GT-R (lets call this version 1.. A v2 blog post is in the works) out for some industrialized chaos around the Port of Long Beach. The FI GT-R "GRAYHZE" v1 featured a full bolt on setup capped by a prototype Fast Intentions exhaust, exorbitant amounts if carbon fiber and ADV1 wheels. After a two hour burst to eight unique locations we called it at day.
While I have never owned a Porsche (I did recently move to the P car capital of the U.S. in Atlanta so that might have to change), I have a huge appreciation for their owner base. They are by far the most die-hard group of enthusiasts I have ever come across. Elizabeth and Andrew from the skyward bound ITSWHITENOISE movement (They had me at all caps everything) were no different. After squaring away a shoot at a Shift S3ctor event where they came, they saw and they figuratively popped our E-cherry with the ITSWHITENOISE 918 Spyder, I knew it was time to put some ideas to work. After a sunset romp in the traffic riddled Hollywood Hills, out came the new lighting toys for some visual experimentation. HYPRCRED to my wife (Uprisingimagery.com) for setting up lighting and her flawless stunt driving. By flawless I mean she didn't kill me.
While along doing some photo work at Shift S3ctor Airstrip Attack 8 in Coalinga, CA I had a chance to peel away a couple friends from hitting 200 mph in the half mile in their 1300hp SP Engineering R35 GT-Rs to shoot their new GT-R Nismos on one of the unused, uninhabited runways. Both colors are rare versions of the already scarce Nismo. The Solid Red was one of only three 2015s produced in the U.S. The Super Silver was one of a mere seven. Both were equipped with the optional and incredibly beautiful Titanium exhaust specific to the Nismo. One of seven wasn't rare enough for the owner of the Super Silver. He now happens to be the owner of the ONLY N-Attack Nismo in the U.S. and it is in the proper Nismo specific Matte Grey. Work was completed by Stillen who is the only authorized N-Attack dealer in the U.S. Hopefully there will be a King of the Monsters Part II post in the future... Now onto the images.