July 10, 2014 Administrasian

Desert Touge : Fiat 500 Car Rental

I recently took a break from life and visited Arizona with my girlfriend Sarah Terranova aka Cucina & Camera. We flew in from KC and arrived in Phoenix late at night and the first thing we had to do was pick a rental car.

 

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Since it was already night time most of the cars had already been picked out of the selection. Since I am only 24 years of age we could only pick from the compact/economy cars. Just the way I like it.

After looking through the twelve or so cars I decided on the most ridiculous and most fun looking car to drive. This car was the Fiat 500. A european super compact coupe. 40 miles to the gallon and extremely and surprisingly spacious on the inside.

After hitting up the desert canyon side I felt pretty confident in the Fiat’s maneuverability. It was real go-karty. Tightest turn radius in the world and just overall completely ridiculous.

But driving around I wanted to take advantage of the desert backdrop and the only things I had to shoot was this Fiat. So, what the hell, let’s make a car shoot out of the trip while Sarah and I are exploring. After every scenic stop we made, she went and photographed the amazingly gorgeous sites and I got wrapped up in looking how I could shoot the car.

The lack of shadows in Arizona was nothing I’d ever encountered. I’d say 90% of the world there was in direct sunlight and there was nowhere to hide a car with shade. So I decided to use it to my advantage and use the harsh Arizona sunlight.

The results were surprisingly awesome. This is also one of the first times I’ve shot a car during the day without light painting and I actually really enjoyed myself.

That Arizona sunlight. Awful for portraits. Pretty awesome for cars.

Definitely reminded me that all you need is a good location, attention to light, and a clean car. You don’t need a million lights and five hundred lenses. I didn’t even have a circular polarizer filter. I was on vacation. One camera. One 50mm lens. One 28mm lens. Arizona desert. Fiat rental car. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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Red rocks, son. Clean and simple.

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Faking rig shots. Definitely cheesy but experimentation never hurts.
Ghost ride the whip, son!

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That harsh Arizona sunlight. <3 Arizona adventure photos coming soon. I'm out. #asiandowork

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