Gem Hunting - Meet & Cruise at Malaga
Updated: Feb 23, 2020
One thing I love (there is quite a few) about Perth that every week it has least 2-3 car meet-ups. I don´t mean like 5-7 cars meet up in parking lot and doing donuts with their half-ass tuned cars. I mean proper cars, proper tuning, proper investment, and proper care. It is a highly saturated environment with all different kinds of models and makers.
Automotive shoots back home went usually two ways - BMW or Audi. They are two big competitive brands. Yeah, we had meet-ups also, but proper meet-ups usually happen in summer (which are 3 months in good luck) and proper ones happen only 2-3 times in a month. JDM CENTRAL MEET & CRUISE IN MALAGA
Beautiful evening, not too hot and just finished one studio shoot with an amazing individual. Luckily Facebook algorithms have figured out that there are only a few kind events I would drag myself out for - car meet-ups is one of them. I have RSVP-d many car meet-up events but only rocked up for a few. I think it is a perfect hunting ground for finding new gems for portfolio and possibly new clients. And as always get some on-scene shots.
On-scene shots turned quickly into reportage photos as police decided to enter the scene and block all exits of the parking lot. So the fun begins - people got bit restless, little bit taunting here and there but it all remained civilized.
Actually the police were really nice there and I met one pro-police officer. He came to my car while I was going through one of those road stops, called me out by name. I was "How the F you know my name mate?" ...obviously database...We had a fun little banter that he has a good memory and how we had a fight in Northbridge. I went along with it and had good fun.
[DISCLAIMER I have never hit on-duty police officer]
Just feel bad about guys who got the yellow sticker. Yellow sticker here in Australia means that you have to go to the pit to get road worthy back - it all costs.
It was a social event, met some cool owners of the cool cars and offer my services. I was walking around my business cards in the back pocket and admiring some creativity and power under the hood. A perfect evening for a fantastic day.
Now, as always some keynotes I have paid my attention for:
Good about this session
I socialized with lots of people
took pictures of police when they were doing their jobs
Not so good about this session
use of light
while shooting manual mode I need to practice faster switching of settings
knowing my rights in public place - I have an idea of it but no certainty
For the next session
tripod for long exposure shots to get movement in
flash or small LED panel light for detail shots
It was a good night out and I enjoyed the view. One of my wishes is to shoot same type of Nissan Skyline that was in the first "Fast & Furious" movie. So if you know anybody, feel free to share this post and they can find my contact info section of this webpage. Just saying that I´ll be willing to do it for pro-bono.
The good news is that I´m setting up two shoots with one of the Perth city fanciest Mitsubishi Lancers. One is gonna be definitely a persona story because I find her fascinating. I´m gonna leave here one teaser of the one the cars I´m going to shoot.