S.I. Abarths Garage Meetup

A new Fiat group has emerged from the ground! We were short one member because he couldn’t make it out, but nonetheless the group is finally coming together. Featuring @WickdBlu, @mikey_turbos, and @joeycannolii, expect to see a lot more of the group around Instagram and the website as we try to organize meetups and shoots. I’m happy to be apart of this group (Wickdblu is my car) and I can’t wait to see how this group grows and expand as more Abarths have been showing up on Staten Island.

Shot on Nikon D3400 (Lens 50mm prime 1.8g)

The Reunion Shoot (standard_e46)

It’s been five months, and that meant it was time for a reunion with @standard_e46! Nothing has really changed with his build. Actually nothing has at all, except that it’s on winter tires currently. But meeting up to just hang around and shoot the car is always a good time when our crazy schedules allow for it! I’m not sure when there will be more of his car, but given the 2 mile difference between our places of work, it should hopefully be soon!

Shot on Nikon D3400 (Lens 50mm prime 1.8g)

2015 BMW 435i xDrive (maya_f32) S.I. Shoot

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Shoots with the main man @maya_f32 are most likely going to become a seasonal event. Once some snow really hits in the Tri-State area, we’ll definitely be out shooting again. I’m really liking how this prime 50mm 1.8g lens is turning out. I’m noticing I really need to replace my polarizer soon, as it’s really not good enough.

I really tried to go all out with a lot of these shots with proper depth, or reflections (The centered shot on the parking garage for example. The car looks pastel flat black almost). I made sure to really communicate with the owner of maya as well to make sure that everything they wanted, I was able to fulfill.

Shot on Nikon D3400 (lens 50mm prime 1.8g)

Lightning M4 Reveal Event

I want to start off here by giving a congratulations to everybody involved with this build. So to @LightningM4@moemodz@corsaautodesign and everybody else involved, you guys killed this build! The reveal event was a huge success. I'm completely floored by how this car turned out. All of the little details on the exterior are absolutely insane. The headlights are my favorite part of the build. I've seen many M cars in the past from my previous job, but none of them compare to this build. Huge props to everybody involved. I cannot wait to see what the future hold for this car!

Shot on Nikon D3400 (50mm prime 1.8g lens)

Euro Kult / BMW Of Springfield Cars & Coffee (Full Event Coverage)

I want to personally thank @euro_kult and @bmwspringfield for organizing this meet. We were able to raise 300 turkeys to donate to the less fortunate! I'm playing around with a new format for this post, since it is 191 photos. i'm sure i'll slowly make revisions in future formats, but for now, this is much better than endless scrolling. I'm stoked at how well the meet turned out. I saw some amazing cars and was able to see some people I didn't expect to show at all. The car show season is pretty much at its end for the year, so this was a great way to close out the season! I specifically bought a new lens for this meet. As you can tell, I'm still learning and playing with it. The quality is stunning all through its range! Oh, yes I know there's a dog. I couldn't help it. The little guy was everywhere, I just had to include the one shot under the grounds of "Full Event Coverage". 

Shot on Nikon D3400 (50mm prime 1.8g lens)

2015 BMW 435i xDrive (maya_f32)

It's new car day! The owner of this car is none other than the owner of the E46 Staci. What an amazing upgrade. I'm extremely happy no cars overheated this day (Sorry Staci). The sharp angles of the front of the car really make it aggressive for fly by shots. Yet the round rear bumper from the 4 series adds do much to the car. I definitely want to do another shoot one day on the road for some rollers. Nevertheless, congrats to @maya_f32 on his new 4 series (Maya).

Shot on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm)

Porsche 911 GT3 RS RedBull Cup Car (No.Goode)

I still have more cars from the Cars & Cigars event, organized by @The46ers.Tristate. This is the most absolute monster of a Porsche I have ever seen. Huge props to @no.goode on this build. I caught these shots as he was leaving the meet. Luckily I was able to get a decent amount of shots in before the car blasted down Route 17. I really hope I see this car again someday. It's the most beautiful Porsche I have ever seen.

Taken on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm)

2003 BMW M3 (E46) (PARDNM3)

Huge thanks here for being invited out to this Cars & Coffee event organized by @The46ers.Tristate. Here we have the TriState chapter President @pardnm3 with his absolute stunner of an M3. I'm so glad I had the chance to take some shots of this wicked car. Wish maybe there would have been a chance to capture some fire spitting pictures, but it was freezing outside. I can't wait for the next event, I'll definitely be there again with my camera!

Taken on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm)

2017 BMW M2 (F87) (sue_f87m2)

Another album here from the Cars & Cigars event, organized by @the46ers.tristate. This one is of @sue_F87m2. This has got to be the most stunning M2 I have seen. Those BBS rims are absolutely stunners. I'm in love with this M2 build. I'm hoping one day I have a chance to get some more shots, as this car is a beauty.

Taken on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm)

2004 BMW M3 (E46) (M3BlackShadow)

I want to start off here by thanking @M3BlackShadow for inviting me out to this Cars & Cigars event, organized by @the46ers.tristate. I met a ton of great people there, and I had the chance to see a lot of great cars and take shots of them. There are still a ton of other cars I shot that need to be edited and uploaded, but for now please enjoy this gorgeous E46 M3 (Manual of course)!

Taken on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Dover Gander Outdoors 400

Bear with me here, these are basically my first ever pan shots. I wish I had gotten shots from Sunday, I'm kinda bummed I missed action shots from the wreck on the final few laps. Also, of course I'm sad I missed a shot of #9 Chase Elliot doing his celebratory burnout. I've never shot a motorsport before. Now that I have, I must say the experience of being that close to the cars, while trying to catch one moment of them is exhilarating. Not ever shot it perfect and I know that (I'm still not sure how that photo of #42 Kyle Larson came out the way it did) but I still want to post as much as I can to keep track of progress. I can't wait for New Hampshire, Pocono and Watkins Glen next year. Hopefully by then I'll have a better lens for distance, I'm currently working a remedy for my distance issue with my 70-300mm lens. Until then, I'm relieved I got some good shots I can be proud of. Enjoy!

Shot on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm, 18-55mm)

2001 BMW 330ci (Standard_E46)

Reshoot of @Standard_E46! Also as stated on the Instagram page earlier today, the logo and watermark has been updated to a new version I worked on! I'm very late on this upload due to scheduling and having to re-edit to switch to the new watermarks. A couple things to note here, the last photo is the first vertical shot. The owner wanted something that would be good for an iPhone screen, so I went ahead angling the logo. It's always a pleasure working with the owner. I'm also starting to feel very confident in my shots. The first shot I'm really proud of actually. I was planning on leaving it full color but my creativity got the best of me (good thing it did!). All in all I couldn't of asked for a smoother shoot (just hope next time there's more time to pick up enough shots to do around 30 edits. The next upload coming is something I've never done before and I'm extremely excited to upload it on Wednesday!

Shot on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm, 18-55mm)

2003 BMW 330i ZSP (Staci_e46)

Some new work here! I have to give a huge thanks to the owner of this car for giving me the chance to shoot his car. Unfortunately, partway through the shoot, his car had a cooling issue and I wasn't able to get all the shots we wanted. Still though, I'm thrilled with how the shots we DID get, came out. I spent as long as possible working with the owner, making sure that what I was producing he was happy with. I'm grateful that we were able to make the shots work, and I am absolutely thrilled that the owner is happy with how the shots came out. Hopefully as more work gets done to the car, I will have another chance at a photo shoot with the car.

Shot on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm)

2018 BMW M3 Competition Package (F80)

Another revisit being done here with the DSLR. Pennsylvania is surprisingly home to many parks. It was certainly difficult to find our way to this spot. Took us around four wrongs turns before we finally found the spot we were actually looking for. I'm extremely happy with how all of these shots came out. Working with a Tanzanite Blue color is always fun because it's very vibrant when it comes to reflections. With my CPL missing i have to work hard to make sure that I'm not caught in any reflections, though I did fail on one with the Miata somewhat peeking in (The place was crowded, really didn't have a spot to hide the Miata). In the end I'm very happy that I was able to revisit this stunning car. Definitely improved the shots of this car using a proper body and lens'. 

Shot on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm, 18-55mm)

2016 BMW 550xi (F10)

Little revisit to this car now that I'm with my DSLR. It was honestly pretty difficult to get any good shots as it's a dark color (Carbon Black) and there wasn't much light (Still waiting on my prime lens with a bigger aperture). So unfortunately I only had front shots that I could use. But still, I'm learning and maybe in the future I would have been able to figure out how to use the shots that really were just too dark (That prime lens is an f / 1.8 50mm). I'm still proud of these shots regardless. The rainbow just happened to turn up as I was thinking of a better angle. It isn't the most present rainbow, but it does add a nice touch to the photo. Hopefully in the future I can add a new shoot of this car with either some rollers or panned shots. It's pretty hard to get those in the area I live, so a trip out to Pennsylvania is in order soon.

Shot on Nikon D3400 (lens 70-300mm, 18-55mm)

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth (Wickd Blu) (Practice Shoot)

Alright so first I want to note the "(Practice Shoot)" text in the title. Also I want to note the sudden increase in picture quality. No I have not paid somebody off, I've picked up a new camera. That's why I posted this as a practice shoot. I spent time in my mall's parking garage playing around with the new DSLR, seeing what I liked and what I thought I could work with. The iPhone may still make rare appearances, but from now on it will mostly be the new DSLR. I'm extremely proud of myself for working up to being able to have this camera. I'm also very happy this car is still interesting enough that I can just sit and practice with it for the time being. All in all, I can't wait to see what the future holds. Life has a way of making very sudden and unexpected turns.

Shot on Nikon D3400 (lens: 70-300mm, 18-55mm)

2007 Mazda Miata (NC)

Okay listen, I know that it says grass shoot. I know that two shots are from the loading docks. I know that these are discrepancies. We all make mistakes. I'm very happy that I was able to bring out the Miata for a shoot out on a grass field and especially to the loading docks. You know, until somebody says something and I can't shoot there anymore. But for now, I love these loading docks. I also love this Miata!

Shot on iPhone X

1999 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)

This is a new ground for me. I never photograph "trucks" let alone a Jeep (never been a huge fan of Jeep) but this one I'm okay with. Good friend of mine owns this Jeep. After his 3 series yesterday, he wanted to go back out for more with his Jeep. Aside from the fact half the locations involved gravel so I was doing donuts in the Miata, his Jeep turned out to be very fun to work with because of all the angles that I could get. The best part is each angle shows a completely different part of the truck. I'm especially liking the two desaturation edits in this upload (I'm falling in love with desaturation somebody help me). I'm also really liking those loading docks, but who knows how long it will be until the owners notice and I have to go find a new set of semi-abandoned loading docks. All in all, still wouldn't really own one, but I would definitely go off-roading in one, and it's pretty fun to be a tiny Miata next to this giant lifted Jeep.

Shot on iPhone X