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Old 17th August 2008, 21:39   #1
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After almost a year of contemplation and multiple missed appointments we made it happen today finally.

With the long weekend around and nothing to do, last Wednesday I get a call from Rudra asking whats up for the weekend ?

My reply : Nothing !!
Rudra : Why don't we go and do a photoshoot of our cars, you decide the location and I am in.
Me : Ok cool.

We both agree on Hesserghatta.

Call Mahesh and he is game and is all enthu about it. Somewhere deep inside of me I know this friend of mine will back out. I kept pressing myself to believe the fact yes Maggie will make it this time around.

Finally the weekend is here and we catch up at Nandini on New BEL Road. Vikram and myself meet up 1st and while we are done with the 1st round of beer Rudra joins us with his colleague Deena( hope I spelt it right) and driver Ramalingam(?) .

At the table the usual talk is about cars and rallies. Well what else can motor heads speak about ? We finish up with lunch and I see the Amby.

Rudy my compliments to you for that awesomely maintained car. With 12 years of rain and sunshine , the car still gleams. Yes Rudra said it was painted 12 years back, I was like awwww .

We move on and decide to take the interior road via Jalahalli East to reach Hesserghatta which turned out to be a blunder. I need to bang myself up for that since the road was in shambles.
I don't know how many times would have Vikram and Rudra cursed me.Sorry chaps was unintentional, I had no clue the road was so bad.

We finally reach Hesserghatta and decide to drive to the exact same location where Sanjeev(hellcat) had shot Spider77's baleno.
Deena and Ramalingam headover to My Native Village to buy water and in the meantime Rudra has already decided where the cars needs to be parked and shot.

Rudra gets his gear and starts off with giving his driver directions on how to clean the car. All done Rudy is busy shooting.
I managed to click a few too.
Dont expect wonders out of my pics, since all were shot handheld without a tripod.

Then why this thread ? Well to me it looks like Rudra has gotten a few excellent shots and as usual I am sure they would be the best.

Let the single malt flow and see the man wield his magic wand. Until then a few pics from my end, please dont expect much coz am a noob when it comes to shooting pictures of cars unless its sportscar photography.

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The best things come last , so here is what I learnt.

1 - Drive and drive till you find the right location.
2 - Ensure that you find a location such that no reflections from the surroundings fall on your car.
3 - Carry a tripod always and shoot in AP mode.( I shot programmed mode since I never carried a tripod)
4 - Carry a can/bottle of water to clean the side of the car which you intend to shoot.

I hope the man has his single malt soon and posts his pictures.Ciao for now.

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Old 17th August 2008, 21:47   #2
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Riju,

Looks like you had some good shootouts this weekend.
The pictures have come out very nice. They look really good for an absolute newbie like me. (Really liked your K-1000 pics also)

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How does one know that 'it's' the right location? Any pointers or does it come only with experience?

Can't wait to see Rudra's pictures and his magic.
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Great photos RJ!

Cars are looking great! Great location and wonderful photo sense.

The Amby was painted 12 years back??? Rudra - how, just how do you maintain it?

And looking forward to what Rudra has to offer. Am sure it is also going to be smashing! :-)

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The pics have come out very well RJ. We will wait for Rudra's and then do a comparo of both the photos. Hope you do not mind it.

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Thanks all !!

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Riju,
How does one know that 'it's' the right location? Any pointers or does it come only with experience?
Yeah you said it, comes only with experience.

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The Amby was painted 12 years back??? Rudra - how, just how do you maintain it?
Absolutely gorgeous. I dint wanna mess up shooting his amby and hence refrained from it.

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We will wait for Rudra's and then do a comparo of both the photos. Hope you do not mind it.
Ever tried comparing a V8 with a G16B ? No right , so don't go there .He plays in the big league.
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4 - Carry a can/bottle of water to clean the side of the car which you intend to shoot.
You can also use Vodka, I know one of the folks on the shoot would!
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Nice pictures Riju. My favourite is the Optra with muddy sand coated tyres. The next one is the second last picture of your car.

Waiting for Rudras snaps.
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Riju swamigale,

I feel terrible that I could not make it. And I feel even more terrible that I let you down on my word. I am sorry and wish I could do better. But these large corporates have their timelines that they believe is inviolable and the hands of an employee are tied.

To make up for this, I was hoping to meet up all you together for drinks in the evening. And I certainly would have loved it if you could have joined us in Rudra's house. I ensured I made up for what little was left of my so-called weekend there.

Anyway, I am extremely happy that you guys had a quality evening as these pics prove. We will make this shoot once more when you're back in Bengalooru - and that, is a word of honor, server cutovers be damned.

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Riju good captures mate (must say you did a good job with the shots hand held), sad I couldn't join you guys.

Looking at your shots it seems the light was perfect for the shoot, I am sure Rudra has got some amazing shots to share with us.

P.S. Let me know when you need the tripod, will keep it in office.


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@hellcat - I do not even know the basics of good photography, but according to Rudra the lighting was perfect and so was the location.
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Nice pics Riju, I wish i could have come too, next time you have a photoshoot, i would like to join you if its ok.
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Nice Pics Riju ! How about some draught beers for you from me to pix my ride some time in future ,Ofcourse I owe you for the pics that you captured during the Just Dirt rally . Nice pics once again.
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Nice pictures vj.
So, this is what you were up to this weekend Ok.
That Amby is awesome. Painted 12yrs back and still deserves a WoW.
Waiting for the next set of pictures from Rudraji.
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Riju, nice pics there.
Looking forward to Rudra's set of pics.
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Nice pictures vj.
So, this is what you were up to this weekend Ok.
That Amby is awesome. Painted 12yrs back and still deserves a WoW.
Waiting for the next set of pictures from Rudraji.
Maheshwaran Sir! Me pixing wish i could do it. Hope you are not mixed up with me and Riju and we are poles apart both in looks and rides .
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