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What makes a Supercar?

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What differentiates a Supercar from a regular car? Is it exclusivity? Is it the price? Is it the sound it makes? Is it the shape? Or is it something else?


Whatever the criteria, I think that a Supercar makes you feel a certain way.


It’s hard to put your finger on how it makes you feel. It’s hard to even articulate in an adult way…


…So why bother trying to be adult about it?


Lets be honest, all of us had posters on our walls of a Supercar. When I was ten, my poster was a black Lamborghini Countach.


I loved every inch of it. It made want to explode with excitement and lust from the merest glimpse of it.


And I think it is the elusiveness of these Supercars that makes excited, makes us feel young, fills us with wonder and lust. For if you saw one every day would you feel the same way? Well maybe…


One thing for certain is they all seem to possess similar qualities. Common styling, familiar details.


They all look angry, like they are ready to pounce on the road in a shouty cloud of smoke and crease the tarmac with their infeasibly wide tyres.


These features, these characteristics make them look like living beasts, with gills and fins. They look like a cross between a Sci-Fi spaceship and a shark…

…but at the same time elegantly beautiful. I could literally sit their for hours and admire their every crease, fold, curve and bump.


I love Supercars because to the ten year old inside of me, they really are Super.



Revisiting work…

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Back in October I shot a McLaren MP4-12C. I had been dying to shoot this car for a long time and I had been waiting 3 Months to shoot it.¬†On the day of the shoot, the weather was threatening to turn for the worst and taunting us with spattering’s of rain. Which finally ended in us being snowed off of the shoot. I got maybe 10 minutes to shoot this car.

Here is the original edit from the shoot.


And here is my re-edit:



I think I know where I went wrong. As I normally shoot portraits, I tend to under expose the background and then light the subject to make them pop off the background. That is what I started to do with the McLaren. Except I made a massive mistake, the McLaren is black.

It seems so obvious now but making a background darker to match a dark car will make them blend into each other.

I went through my exposures and found one where the background was at a better exposure and then used far less exposures to “build” the car. In the end, I had used 3 different exposures. From memory I think I used 5 for the original.
So less really is more.

I think now, the car separates itself nicely away from the background. I am much happier now with the image. I will be going back to visit this car in the summer which will mean a full feature so do stay tuned!

I hope you like it.