While a Lamborghini Murcíelago Superveloce kickstarted my career in photography years ago, times have changed. The Murcie will always have a special place in my heart, but it’s successor is a stunner too. So when the owner of this Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce wrapped his car in a Red Bull Racing theme and called me if I could shoot it for him, you can guess my answer.
As a photographer I’m always up for a challenge, actually most jobs have challenging aspects to them. The owner of this stunning car decided to participate in The Challenge. This is a private rally through several countries, similair to the Gumball Rally but without the media circus. All participants wrap their cars in wild colors, designs and themes. As Max Verstappen, the Formula 1 driver, is a local hero, the owner of this car decided to go with a wrap in this theme. The Superveloce received a design mimicking the F1 car of Max Verstappen to the detail. When the car was ready, the company that wrapped it was going to take some pictures of a collection of the cars they wrapped. My client asked me to tag along, and shoot some shots during this photoshoot. Here came the challenging part of this job.
We met up at the wrapping company and left with a group of cars to the location, a large empty hangar. This hangar had a smooth floor, a black wall with steal beams over it and another wall consisted of huge white doors. I quickly saw that this location would be perfect for an idea I had for a while, something the owner wouldn’t expect based on what he saw there. I wanted to go for a high contrast and grungy studio look, and I had all the gear with me to do just that. While trying not to get in the way of the photographers of the wrap company, I positioned the bull so that I would have as much space as possible. After that I quickly lit up the car piece by piece, to get all the material I knew I needed.
Back home I loaded up all images to the computer so the post processing part of the job could begin. As the rally would start in just few days, I needed to get the images done quickly. I pieced together the final shots from the different exposures and cleaned it up a little more where needed. To create the grungy atmosphere I darkened the floor and added a concrete wall in the background. This made a huge difference from what I worked with in the brightly lit hangar. Luckily, the owner was as surprised and impressed with the results as I hoped he would be. I think this gives a clear insight in how I as a photographer see things. It’s not about how it looks, but all about how we can make it look.
There will follow more articles about older and new jobs on my blog soon. I’m thinking of not only showing my work and telling the story behind it, but give a bit more insight in the process of creation too. Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested in my services or have any questions for me. I had a blast shooting this beast of a car, so I’m happy to share the final results with you below.