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optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:48 AM

Autoscale Studio
 
Hello all,
This month I started a blog about my Autoscale collection.
I wanted a studio lighting so I use my trusty Nikon D800 with a micro 105 f/2.8, lighting being a sole iphone4s LED.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-73toMsNPVC...P214T-9168.jpg
MZP214T Nissan GT-R SUPER GT GT500 Test Car 2008

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:49 AM

MZP416SV Formula D Impreza No.12 Cooper Tire / Crawford PERFORMANCE
 
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TzXcnt2FSO...416SV-8944.jpg
MZP416SV Formula D Impreza No.12 Cooper Tire / Crawford PERFORMANCE

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:53 AM

MZP415KM Formula D RX-7FC No.99 Kyle Mohan Racing
 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hCYEHA0iXq...415KM-8997.jpg
MZP415KM Formula D RX-7FC No.99 Kyle Mohan Racing

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:54 AM

MZP409M Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Mitsubishi Motors Dealer team PWRC 2008
 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OHoC5ntCUz...P409M-9036.jpg
MZP409M Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Mitsubishi Motors Dealer team PWRC 2008

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:54 AM

MZG302MP Motul Pitwork Skyline GT-R R34 JGTC 2003
 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WxI8nL7GlJ...302MP-9092.jpg
MZG302MP Motul Pitwork Skyline GT-R R34 JGTC 2003

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:55 AM

MZG302CS Calsonic Skyline GT-R R34 JGTC 2003
 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hQvUeN7_K0...302CS-9079.jpg
MZG302CS Calsonic Skyline GT-R R34 JGTC 2003

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:56 AM

MZP201W Ferrari Enzo White
 
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-weETYxYNC_...P201W-8906.jpg
MZP201W Ferrari Enzo White

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:56 AM

MZP220BK Enzo Ferrari GT Concept
 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rHV7sl8CdD...220BK-8868.jpg
MZP220BK Enzo Ferrari GT Concept

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:57 AM

MZP214YH YellowHat YMS Tomica GT-R 2008
 
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EBAj8I-Gop...214YH-8784.jpg
MZP214YH YellowHat YMS Tomica GT-R 2008

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:57 AM

MZP213YC Yellow Corn McLaren F1 GTR
 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-U9aima3EDh...213YC-8821.jpg
MZP213YC Yellow Corn McLaren F1 GTR

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:58 AM

MZC31RL Chrysler Dodge Viper GTS-R Team Larbre Competition Chereau
 
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xnVcoEH7pW...C31RL-8714.jpg
MZC31RL Chrysler Dodge Viper GTS-R Team Larbre Competition Chereau

optimaforever 2012.12.20 04:59 AM

MZC24AU Toyota Supra au Cerumo JGTC 2002
 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZXOD4M3zLJ...+5)_resize.jpg
MZC24AU Toyota Supra au Cerumo JGTC 2002

dbsteve 2012.12.20 05:14 AM

Very nice pictures Optima, you drive mini-z ?

Steve ;)

NoBrainer 2012.12.20 05:45 AM

Awesome pictures!
Love it

ScoobyPete 2012.12.20 05:49 AM

fantastic pics

optimaforever 2012.12.20 06:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dbsteve (Post 439591)
Very nice pictures Optima, you drive mini-z ?

Steve ;)

Thanks.
Yes, I began with a MR01 and a Z8 body yeaaaaaaars ago.

arch2b 2012.12.20 07:31 AM

fantastic photos! have you thought about doing 3d rotational compilations? a new site popped up recently offering this for GI Joes. while a formal studio collection for autoscales is a first, rotational compilations would be a great asset as well.

again, great photography. :cool:

Bodom 2012.12.20 07:47 AM

Great job!

optimaforever 2012.12.20 08:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by arch2b (Post 439597)
fantastic photos! have you thought about doing 3d rotational compilations? a new site popped up recently offering this for GI Joes. while a formal studio collection for autoscales is a first, rotational compilations would be a great asset as well.

again, great photography. :cool:

Hello and thank you dear moderator :),

Actually I take pics of each model from 8 angles but the lighting is different for each angle (I move my phone in the dark, checking the pic after each exposure, so it's changing all the time) so it would be difficult to make rotoscopic images. For this I would need a static lighting setup and a rotating plate/background.

arch2b 2012.12.20 08:57 AM

you get a very similar effect once you click to enlarge the image and scroll through the images back and forth. absolutely wonderful!

optimaforever 2012.12.20 09:03 AM

Btw all angles aren't always beautiful per se, so I have to find a good-looking lighting for each shot. It takes time, typically 30-40 shots by car, but once the shooting is done, I bring the pics in Lightroom to enhance the lighting and select the best pics.
When uploading, I now try to sort the shots in a rotating order to keep a certain coherence. :D

optimaforever 2012.12.22 08:49 AM

MZG40BG Lotus Europa Special British Green
 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HXfaxoew_V...G40BG-9202.jpg
A rarely seen body, the Lotus Europa Special.:)

optimaforever 2012.12.22 08:51 AM

Mzc12ws warsteiner amg clk
 
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TP8shxAWGF...C12WS-9186.jpg
I had lots of difficulties to get this one. I had lots of wreck but no pristine one. :p That's the lot of numerous race cars :D

optimaforever 2012.12.23 02:38 AM

Mzg35cs calsonic skyline 1990 (r32)
 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HCEjW65K7G...C35CS-9219.jpg
calsonic again

color01 2012.12.23 04:43 PM

Very cool. Do you generally leave the LED near the top of the frame, pointing downwards? Really clean lighting for a single point source (and I assume no diffuser box providing secondary, indirect lighting). Please teach us. :)

herman 2012.12.24 02:06 AM

superb pics… truly studio like quality work! went to your site, always wanted to do something like that, incorporating some history behind the cars, i recall posting one merc c9… thanks for sharing :D waiting for pics on honda's hsv10

optimaforever 2012.12.24 02:34 AM

Mzg105uj unisia jecs skyline 1993 (r32)
 
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-H2SPmjVnFR...105UJ-9418.jpg
I'm doing R32 series this week because I wanted to have a look of these bodies with some wheels :D

optimaforever 2012.12.24 08:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by color01 (Post 439753)
Very cool. Do you generally leave the LED near the top of the frame, pointing downwards? Really clean lighting for a single point source (and I assume no diffuser box providing secondary, indirect lighting). Please teach us. :)

As I don't want a complex studio set-up, I use a technique called light painting.
Basically, very slow shutter speed, cam on tripod in a darkened room, and a bright light moving around the subject to hilight what you want to focus on. (in my case, an iphone, but it could be a lighter, a torchlight, whatever creates a strong contrast with darkness). You can test a lot of different lightings quickly.
I use shutter speed of 6-30sec, an apertures ranging from f/22 to f/32, depending on the angle and the color of the body.

optimaforever 2012.12.24 08:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by herman (Post 439761)
superb pics… truly studio like quality work! went to your site, always wanted to do something like that, incorporating some history behind the cars, i recall posting one merc c9… thanks for sharing :D waiting for pics on honda's hsv10

Thanks for the compliments.
I have so many bodies now, and they all are hidden in closets, so I don't see them usually... What a pity isn't it? Hence the idea of taking pics of them, to be able to see them when I want, and putting them online, so I can see them from any mobile device too, and besides, if anyone else than me would be delighted to see a (kind-of) visually uniform mini-z gallery... I always have been so frustrated by the official Kyosho website... uncomplete infos, uncomplete list, errors in the descriptions, etc. etc. I'd have loved a website explaining why Kyosho choose to make a body instead of another, how they choose the colors or liveries, short stories behind the makers, etc.

arch2b 2012.12.24 08:37 AM

there are some pictures floating around on how they make them, the molds used and glosscoating the bodies. i recall there being at least 2 brief interviews of sorts that have occurred over the years. all of it should be here on the forum as well. i have copies of the pictures of the molds if you want them for a background page.

HaCo 2012.12.25 05:26 AM

Very, very nice pics! Posted you link on my FB account.

Also thanks for your photograph pics, will try a bit on my own too. I would like to combine it with a garage diorama.

optimaforever 2012.12.25 05:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by arch2b (Post 439766)
there are some pictures floating around on how they make them, the molds used and glosscoating the bodies. i recall there being at least 2 brief interviews of sorts that have occurred over the years. all of it should be here on the forum as well. i have copies of the pictures of the molds if you want them for a background page.

Thanks for the info.
Actually I read from time to time the official mini-z blog but it mostly depicts the mini-z cup and this doesn't interests me :D Though this subject indeed is very interesting, the pics are sooooo small it's really a pity!

arch2b 2012.12.25 08:42 PM

yeah, i wish we had the opportunity to interview a kyosho product developer about mini-z history, production, etc. i don't have those contacts or level of resources to reach those kinds of people though.

optimaforever 2012.12.26 04:02 AM

I don't understand why Kyosho publish a yearly catalog for diecast and nothing for autoscales??? They could easily publish a yearly catalog for mini-z as they did in 2005 with the small one they gave away with autoscales.

optimaforever 2013.01.04 06:03 AM

MZM404BP BP Oil Trampio SKYLINE JTC 1993 (R32)
 
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DVRkioU3g0...404BP-9339.jpg

optimaforever 2013.01.04 06:04 AM

MZM404C1 Calsonic Skyline JTC 1991 (R32)
 
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C1xaciLpu1...404C1-9237.jpg

optimaforever 2013.01.04 06:05 AM

MZM404FE FET Sports SKYLINE 1993 JTC (R32)
 
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DhjK9dqCsF...404FE-9262.jpg
As you perhaps noticed I'm focusing the R32 now :D

optimaforever 2013.01.04 06:06 AM

MZM404KS Kyoseki GP-1 Plus SKYLINE 1993 JTC (R32)
 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y_MGzIMqRh...404KS-9305.jpg

optimaforever 2013.01.04 06:07 AM

Mzm404nl skyline gt-r napolex 1991 jtc (r32)
 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-S_MSk3EEax...404NL-9300.jpg

optimaforever 2013.01.04 06:09 AM

MZM404RB Reebok Skyline No.3 1991 JTC (R32)
 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BAdPonN8Au...404RB-9423.jpg
The Reebok... Funny to see the Union Jack on a japanese car :D


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