The natural progression of automotive enthusiasm seems to be something like this. Cheap sport compact > BMW M car > Porsche 911. Among sports cars, they are a dime a dozen (and the engine is in the wrong place), but what about an older one…?
Audrain Automobile Museum
The story for this actually starts back in 2016. While on a family trip to Rhode Island, I randomly came across a small building in Newport that had many exotics inside. Unaware of what was on display, I ventured in to find anything from a Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari Enzo, to gems like this Porsche 911. I had no idea I’d one day be shooting it.
If you’ve never been and are in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Fast forward to 2020, and Larry from AMMO NYC informs me of the amazing work he’s done on a classic 911 in Electric Green. Upon arriving, I noticed the license plate said Audrain – small world.
Now what made this so special is that I actually got to drive the car. I make it a point to usually never drive client cars, mostly for fear of the unknown. But this one needed to be shot outside of the garage, and I knew the fall foliage would make the perfect back drop.
What it’s like driving this Porsche 911
I’m not a big fan of the preoccupation with big horsepower figures. High-powered cars are much to fast to truly enjoy on the road. But this 911 doesn’t have that problem.
It smells like gasoline and it’s loud. The 5-speed manual is notchy, especially when cold. And there was no power steering or brakes.
I loved it.
It’s so cliche to talk about things you can’t measure in a car. Steering feel. Engine response. Clutch take-up. But this 911 had it all, and it was the perfect sports car on a beautiful fall day. Compared to a modern one, it was so analog and tactile, and you really do have to drive the car.
Shooting tip – matching colors
The Electric Green of this 911 was the perfect contrast to fall colors. But it might surprise you to find that the original photo has some surprises…
Look less fall, right? The Green does not pop like it should, and there is a blue hue to the entire image. This isn’t the camera’s fault – that’s simply what it looked like that day.
When adjusting saturation and hue in Photoshop, it’s important to remember not to overdo it. Adjustments in small increments are usually best, otherwise an HDR effect could occur.
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