It’s been a quite year on the photography side of my life. I’ve had lots of personal events happen to me throughout the year, not to go too much into detail but I almost died do to some issues with my liver. But here I am, alive, strong, and ready to get back to what I love doing. For this year’s Simply Clean it would be 11 months since I’ve done anything with my camera. Had to break in the new year with a good piece of glass to rent. I’ve always wanted to try out Sigma’s Art Series Lenses, so I picked up their 35mm Art Lens and wow it is amazing! I wish I had the USB lens dock to further calibrate the lens to my 1Dmark3 but it worked really well out side of the box. Sadly the weather didn’t play 100% so it kept wanting to focus on the clouds on the paint of the vehicles. Plus being almost a year out of practice it took a few dozen shots to get back into groove of things.
The event itself though was amazing, I think this year I saw more friends than ever. I can’t thank Nickoli enough for creating this event and making it better and better every year. Since the first event I always felt I was home surrounded by friends with one passion. Enough of me blabbing, expect one more coverage next month for Wekfest. Again, enjoy the snaps!
Flickr Hi-Res Simply Clean Nine Set
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A great start for 2016 for my photography portfolio, I covered my first major Motorsport event for Enjuku Racing and S3 Magazine. To nail the coverage even more than my previous photos at the Rolex I decided to rent out the mack daddy of lenses. A Canon 300mm 2.8L behemoth of a lens was acquired along with a Canon 24-70 mark 1 for the closer action shots. It was such an awesome experience to earn, to finally be a photographer at a major Motorsport event. Hopefully you guys enjoy the pictures, it definitely took awhile to sort though over 6000 photos and edit them. I really had time to do Sebring this year, but with finishing up my Audi and S2000 for the upcoming shows I’m close to broke. Until the next Rolex!
Flickr Hi-Res 2016 Roar of the Rolex Set
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Well it’s that time again, for gorgeous cool weather, smell of fresh wax and tire shine and of course la brujha. If you don’t know what the brujha is, you’re lucky. Apart from the drinking, Simply Clean goes deeper than the average car show. If we go back a few years back Nickoli always stressed the importance of Family. With social media getting bigger and bigger so does your friend circle. Simply Clean with how big and popular it is, brings everyone under one roof. Thankfully this year the rain stayed away and everything felt even more organized than the previous years. It was great talking to old friends and meeting new people. Always taken back when I’m walking around taking pictures and someone new stops me to say what’s up cause they follow me or know of me because of my car. That’s what keeps me coming to Simply Clean shows, you are always guaranteed and awesome time. Big shout-out to all of the staff at Simply Clean, much much love!
Full Flickr Set – Simply Clean 7
I saved a few snaps for my family over at Highwaystar Garage’s Rolex Coverage, so head on over there, enjoy the awesome pictures by Patrick, hit up our store for the latest HSG Gear and rare Steering Wheels from the JDM land.
The weekend of the Rolex is finally here! Well, was, but my ears are still ringing from being so up close to brutal machines driving for 24 hours. This brings a total of 3 years straight coming to Daytona and camping out in the infield getting cold, wet, hot, and sleep deprived. Yes, it was amazing and I will do it all over again next year.
If you want to skip the boring reading part you can go here to view the full gallery on my flickr. Full Flickr Set Here – Rolex 2015
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So many photos I’m going through, I forgot how much fun and pain it is. I should have all my editing done by Sunday…hopefully. Here’s a quick teaser of what’s in store.
Finally was able to finish my photos of the Rolex 24 2014, can’t wait till next year to do it all over again.
The 2014 Rolex 24 came and went this past weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. This year I camped out in the infield for the full experience and it was awesome. Race cars, camping, friends, food, beer(lots), I mean what more could you have wanted. I’m still editing pictures but I had a chance to finish a few, here are some teasers for now so enjoy and expect tons more within the next few days.
Next week is the 52nd Rolex motorsport event. For 24 hours dozens of race cars invade the Daytona International Speedway with more than just turning left. Last year was my first Rolex and I was hooked! Can’t wait for some racekor noises next week, burnt burgers, beers, and camping out with friends in the in field. Tons of pictures and videos next weekend.
2013 Rolex 24 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/djdorifto/sets/72157635381540003/