This stunning set of photos are from a 2010 photo shoot to recreate the battle between the Porsche 917K and Ferrari 512S in the 1970 Spa 1000km race. Shot by Steffen Jahn they really create a strong atmosphere and sense of speed. Steffen has a really stunning portfolio of work.
Stuttgart-based Steffen Jahn uses a 56 megapixel Mamiya Leaf Aptus-II 10 to shoot these stunning images, capturing the spirit of the cars he photographs as much as their design and profile.
“I always try to bring inanimate objects to life. A car is all about speed, movement and acceleration and the fascination it brings to the driver as well as to the spectators. This is what I try to emphasize in my images,” said Jahn.
He discovered his passion for photography at an early age and up until recently relied on the traditional virtues of film, “After finishing an apprenticeship in one of Europe’s biggest car studios, I started to assist car photographers worldwide for a couple of years – and this lead straight into becoming a car photographer.”
Last week we spent the day at Goodwood Festival of Speed, near Chichester, enjoying the morning of rain and afternoon of brilliant sunshine. We shot photography of the hill climb practice, paddocks and exhibitions. A major highlight was the display of Lotus cars in front of the house, including the massive sculpture by Gerry Judah. You can see more of the photos on Flickr.
Alongside this central theme, the 2012 Festival celebrated the past, present and future achievements of Lotus as this pioneering British race and sports car manufacturer marks a number of important anniversaries in 2012. Inspired by the incomparable Colin Chapman, this small British company utilised unparalleled technical ingenuity to dominate all levels of motor sport, from club racing to Formula 1, creating a glorious and enduring legacy. A spectacular collection of winning Lotus cars, from F1, Indycars, saloons and sports cars, were a key attraction at this year’s Festival.
Our local expert in architectural photography Paul Raftery has collaborated with director Dan Lowe to create a timelapse film showing the final weeks of construction of The Shard tower in London. It was shot over many long days during the early months of 2012, from locations spanning from Greenwich Park to Hampstead Heath.
The way the building sits in the London landscape and responses to the ever-changing London weather became a central theme, to the extent that we decided that we would frame The Shard centrally in every shot so as to emphasise its form and shape.
My work shooting architecture meant I had a pretty good idea of the best viewpoints and in some cases access to high points in London already arranged. That was a great help – but still the process was painstaking! Slowly through many hours of shooting and waiting for the right weather we started to get some workable footage.
Another beautiful design book by Gestalten. ‘Go Faster’ is a collection of over one hundred examples of racecar design that shows the carefree anarchy in which they were created. In the book, ‘colorful racing cars are featured next to blank, white models. Thanks to this juxtaposition, Go Faster not only takes its readers on a breakneck ride through images of racing history, but also shows them exactly how the graphics modulate the look of the vehicle.’ Gestalten Video in post.
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A really rich portfolio of from French photographer Laurent Nivalle. The Le Mans Classic gallery looks amazing with beautiful depth-of-field and compsition. A great retro feel for a classic Le Mans event. You can check out his most recent work on his blog.
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A couple of weeks ago we were treated to a trip to the Silverstone Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit for some track time behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430. Accompained by a professional race driver we got into 6th gear on Hangar straight and exceeded 150mph. An amazing experience in an astonishing super car, definitely an expereince we would recommend.
“The F430′s light, compact 4,308 cc engine that gives the car its name is completely new ; it punches out 490 hp and delivers a specific power output of 114 hp/l and 465 Nm of torque. Needless to say, performance is outstanding: acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in four seconds flat and a maximum speed in excess of 315 km/h.”
Visit: Ferrari F430 site
Visit: Silverstone Experiences site
The Dark Lens project by Cedric Delsaux has been a work in progress since 2005 and linked many times online. A new set of images has been released which made me revisit the project. An amazing combination of photography shot in Paris, Lille and Dubai combined with elements of the Star Wars universe.
Visit: http://www.cedricdelsaux.com/ and World Famous Design Junkies article
I’ve just been pouring through the past blog entries of Tebe Interesno on his LiveJournal. He’s got a great imagination in his use of abstract characters blended into everyday photographic scenes. They’ve got a weird vibe halfway between cute and evil!
I’ve been following Zhang Jingna’s portfolio for the last couple of years. There’s a really dreamlike quality to her photography. Twenty years old, born in Beijing and brought up in Singapore her commercial fashion photography and personal work has a great edgy feel. Continue Reading
Amazing 360Â° panoramas projected to look like small planets by Alexandre Duret-Lutz. You can check out his massive gallery of Wee Planets on Flickr.
‘The first 48 planets were all shot with my Sony DSC-T5 point-and-shoot camera. The problem of this camera is that there is no way to lock the exposure, so the 50+ shots it takes to make a panorama are all exposed differently… Using PTblender to color correct an entire panorama is as difficult as it is time consuming’