Toronto S15 Shoot

This past week I was in Toronto and met up with Mike Martino (@vsmartino) for a quick photo shoot of his beautiful Nissan Silvia (s15). Originally I was planning on strobing the car, but unfortunately I forgot my backup batteries.  Anyways, here are some shots using natural light. Look out for this car at Final Bout in a few weeks.

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Richy Contreras ’77 Datsun 280z

Back in January I received an email from Richy Contreras. He simply said that his s30 was nearly done and he hoped to have it for our season opener.  At first read; I was like “cool,” but I didn’t expect much.  To be honest with you guys, I didn’t know much about his car or build. Many of the local s30’s may be very clean, but lack some character in my opinion (one exception is Christine’s Z).  I think the main reason for this is the fact the Datsun Z was introduced to the American public in the early 70’s- Many of the older owners have a more conservative approach in terms of modification and style.  With that said, Richy attached some photos and I was left in awe.   I love older Japanese cars, especially when they are executed in a shakotan/kyusha style.

I immediately knew this car was going to get alot of attention. Sure enough, it become a social media darling after hitting the Instagram explore page.  I mentioned to Richy that I thought his s30 may have a shot for a print feature in Super Street Magazine.  He was humbled by this possibility and interested in pitching the car.  Sam Du (editor of SS) probably gets tons of submissions on a daily basis, so I never bother him unless I feel a car fits the SS mold.  Sam agreed, and the car was slated for the “back in the day” feature in the October 2017 issue.   Here are some of my favorite shots from the feature.  Although the print version doesn’t come out for a few more weeks, you can ready Richy’s story online here.

Please click on the photo for a higher resolution version of the shot!  You can also head over to the SS feature listed above for some more additional photos.

Mini Meet

It’s hard to believe that it’s mid July, and this was our first mini meet this  year.  What people don’t realize is that setting up meets isn’t as easy at it seems. As the organizer you have to take responsibility for finding a good location,  making sure management approves, and possibly securing permits.  We also tend to lose locations fairly often and this is why this entire process is exhausting. The worst is when we do all the ground work and other random groups come in and piggy back on our location. I mean, it’s not our location per se, but people lack originality these days and don’t want to put in any effort. These other groups tend not to enforce any rules and we end up getting blamed if something bad happens. It’s been a constant revolving door and then we have to move on to the next spot. 

With that said, I’ve been getting some texts from multiple friends asking when we are planning our next meet, FNL’s, etc. My schedule has been pretty crazy this year, but I really want to get back to our roots and organize more of these “mini meets.”  As you guys know, we don’t advertise all over the place and we try to make these meets fairly low key. People find out about these meets from the forums (not as popular like the old days), word of mouth, or my private posts on Facebook.  Even though maybe 300+ cars showed up on a random Wednesday night, everything ran super smooth.   Be on the lookout for another mini meet later this month! 

If you got to the meet early, it almost looked like an NSX gathering.  This was actually no accident. There was already a pre-planned NSX meet at the neighboring Portillo’s.  I invited the guys over to the JDMC meet and we had about 15-16 NSX’s in attendance. This was probably the most amount of NSX’s I’ve seen at one place in years.

Everett with his always revolving set of wheels..

Danny with his bagged ISF / RSF front conversion…

Fish with one of the first Rocket Bunny kits came out with some bronze Rotiforms…

AJ brought his rare IS300 wagon with manual transmission.

WRX with JZ/RWD? wow… this was something I didn’t expect to see and probably wasn’t easy to do.

Not sure if this was a debut, but Ilia and Josh from Team Proceed brought their new cars to the meet. Knowing these guys, expect some big changes to the FD and S14….  

New JDMCHICAGO Pocket T’s & Stickers

New for the summer are some high quality pocket t-shirts and stickers. Click here to access the store. We ship world wide! Click on the  image for a higher resolution look! 

Twice As Nice- 2003 Acura RSXs for Super Street Magazine

I had the pleasure of shooting these two cars for the July 2017 issue of Super Street Magazine.  The issue is out now,  so please support print and consider picking up an issue.  The shoot actually took place in Toronto, Canada in the fall of 2016.  I took awhile to edit/process these pics, but luckily I was finished in time for these cars to appear in the annual “Honda Issue.”   

Jason and Brian were really cool guys and super laid back/easy to work with.  After checking with a few friends, we found this location fairly close to where I was staying.   I didn’t bring any of my lighting equipment to the shoot, so I used natural light and multiple exposures for this particular set.  The early morning hours gave us some really nice light, but unfortunately things got a bit more harsh as the morning progressed.  Eventually I had to move to a shaded area at this location to get some additional shots of Jason’s car.  

As you guys know, I like to re-post pics from my editorial shoots after a feature drops.  For some reason, the resolution and quality is sorta degraded on Super Street’s site, but you can still go there to check out the full article and feature by clicking here.  Enjoy the pics below (click the photo for a higher res image)!