Moonflare
Mount Haleakala // Nikon D800e + Zeiss 21/2,8
On a second trip up to Mount Haleakala, we decided to try shooting in the bright moonlight. The lens flare, milky way, clouds, and the road were a perfect setting for the evening.
This was one super long exposure, minor white balance edits, and Issa driving the rental down the road from the summit for us to capture the shot.

Moonflare

Mount Haleakala // Nikon D800e + Zeiss 21/2,8

On a second trip up to Mount Haleakala, we decided to try shooting in the bright moonlight. The lens flare, milky way, clouds, and the road were a perfect setting for the evening.

This was one super long exposure, minor white balance edits, and Issa driving the rental down the road from the summit for us to capture the shot.

Tree Shadows
Mount Tamalpais, California // Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G
Found a good line of trees where the fog was just above, and waited for the sun to get into position. I absolutely love it when you have a vision of what the photo will turn out to be, but still completely blown away when it happens.

Tree Shadows

Mount Tamalpais, California // Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G

Found a good line of trees where the fog was just above, and waited for the sun to get into position. I absolutely love it when you have a vision of what the photo will turn out to be, but still completely blown away when it happens.

Tiberon Engagement
Tiberon, CA // Nikon D800e + 85 1.4
Downtown Tiberon is just too photogenic. Perfect setting for a city photo for this engaged couple. Always great hanging out with Virginia and Donald.

Tiberon Engagement

Tiberon, CA // Nikon D800e + 85 1.4

Downtown Tiberon is just too photogenic. Perfect setting for a city photo for this engaged couple. Always great hanging out with Virginia and Donald.

  • Legion of Honor - Engagement Shoot
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA // Nikon D800e, D700
One of the nicest couples you will ever meet. It is really amazing that I have the opportunity to photograph these two. It’s not only great to take photos of them, but just hanging out was so much fun.
Legion of Honor is such a great place to photograph. Beautiful white columns, great lines, side lighting, and security is pretty relaxed (just no light stands or tripods and equipment that touches the ground).
Looking forward to the wedding!
  • Legion of Honor - Engagement Shoot
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA // Nikon D800e, D700
One of the nicest couples you will ever meet. It is really amazing that I have the opportunity to photograph these two. It’s not only great to take photos of them, but just hanging out was so much fun.
Legion of Honor is such a great place to photograph. Beautiful white columns, great lines, side lighting, and security is pretty relaxed (just no light stands or tripods and equipment that touches the ground).
Looking forward to the wedding!
  • Legion of Honor - Engagement Shoot
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA // Nikon D800e, D700
One of the nicest couples you will ever meet. It is really amazing that I have the opportunity to photograph these two. It’s not only great to take photos of them, but just hanging out was so much fun.
Legion of Honor is such a great place to photograph. Beautiful white columns, great lines, side lighting, and security is pretty relaxed (just no light stands or tripods and equipment that touches the ground).
Looking forward to the wedding!
  • Legion of Honor - Engagement Shoot
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA // Nikon D800e, D700
One of the nicest couples you will ever meet. It is really amazing that I have the opportunity to photograph these two. It’s not only great to take photos of them, but just hanging out was so much fun.
Legion of Honor is such a great place to photograph. Beautiful white columns, great lines, side lighting, and security is pretty relaxed (just no light stands or tripods and equipment that touches the ground).
Looking forward to the wedding!
  • Legion of Honor - Engagement Shoot
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA // Nikon D800e, D700
One of the nicest couples you will ever meet. It is really amazing that I have the opportunity to photograph these two. It’s not only great to take photos of them, but just hanging out was so much fun.
Legion of Honor is such a great place to photograph. Beautiful white columns, great lines, side lighting, and security is pretty relaxed (just no light stands or tripods and equipment that touches the ground).
Looking forward to the wedding!

Legion of Honor - Engagement Shoot

Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA // Nikon D800e, D700

One of the nicest couples you will ever meet. It is really amazing that I have the opportunity to photograph these two. It’s not only great to take photos of them, but just hanging out was so much fun.

Legion of Honor is such a great place to photograph. Beautiful white columns, great lines, side lighting, and security is pretty relaxed (just no light stands or tripods and equipment that touches the ground).

Looking forward to the wedding!

Old Golden Path
Mono Lake, CA // Sony RX1-R
While trying to keep from sinking into the mud, I came upon this trail of golden light and beautiful grass here at Mono Lake. I was initially trekking towards the tufa in the water, but this scene had a soul I couldn’t ignore.

Old Golden Path

Mono Lake, CA // Sony RX1-R

While trying to keep from sinking into the mud, I came upon this trail of golden light and beautiful grass here at Mono Lake. I was initially trekking towards the tufa in the water, but this scene had a soul I couldn’t ignore.

Evening Moon
Highway 1, Big Sur, CA // Nikon D800e + 85 1.4
After photographing the Bixby Bridge for sunset, I noticed the crescent moon right above this telephone pole. I set up for a slightly long exposure, and got a pretty dynamic shot.
The road trip I was on was definitely epic. Three of our cars are actually pictured in the shadow.

Evening Moon

Highway 1, Big Sur, CA // Nikon D800e + 85 1.4

After photographing the Bixby Bridge for sunset, I noticed the crescent moon right above this telephone pole. I set up for a slightly long exposure, and got a pretty dynamic shot.

The road trip I was on was definitely epic. Three of our cars are actually pictured in the shadow.

Dreams Below
Bolinas-Fairfax Ridge // Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G
Being at the top of Mount Tamalpais never disappoints. It’s always epic in some way or another from this vantage point.

Dreams Below

Bolinas-Fairfax Ridge // Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G

Being at the top of Mount Tamalpais never disappoints. It’s always epic in some way or another from this vantage point.

Bridge to Summer Fog
Yerba Buena Island, California // Sony RX1-R
After seeing the fog roll in, right on cue for the summer here in San Francisco, we decided to head to this spot on Yerba Buena Island to photograph the scene.
The fog was light enough to still give us glimpses of the city’s skyline.
Great night of sliding down sand cliffs with a great group of photographers: Melissa, Lawrence, Darlene, Karen, and Austin.

Bridge to Summer Fog

Yerba Buena Island, California // Sony RX1-R

After seeing the fog roll in, right on cue for the summer here in San Francisco, we decided to head to this spot on Yerba Buena Island to photograph the scene.

The fog was light enough to still give us glimpses of the city’s skyline.

Great night of sliding down sand cliffs with a great group of photographers: Melissa, Lawrence, Darlene, Karen, and Austin.

  • Process Time
Kikkerland Retro Clock // Sony RX1-R
New addition to my home office, the Kikkerland Retro Clock + Alarm. Walked through Nathan and Co in Rockridge before dinner and saw this clock, and knew it would be a great addition. Sits perfectly on my Herman Miller Airia desk.
  • Process Time
Kikkerland Retro Clock // Sony RX1-R
New addition to my home office, the Kikkerland Retro Clock + Alarm. Walked through Nathan and Co in Rockridge before dinner and saw this clock, and knew it would be a great addition. Sits perfectly on my Herman Miller Airia desk.
  • Process Time
Kikkerland Retro Clock // Sony RX1-R
New addition to my home office, the Kikkerland Retro Clock + Alarm. Walked through Nathan and Co in Rockridge before dinner and saw this clock, and knew it would be a great addition. Sits perfectly on my Herman Miller Airia desk.

Process Time

Kikkerland Retro Clock // Sony RX1-R

New addition to my home office, the Kikkerland Retro Clock + Alarm. Walked through Nathan and Co in Rockridge before dinner and saw this clock, and knew it would be a great addition. Sits perfectly on my Herman Miller Airia desk.

  • Roads in the Sky
2014 Audi S5 at Mount Tamalpais, CA // Sony RX1-R and Nikon D800e
Spontaneously headed up to Mount Tamalpais with the 2014 Audi S5. I have been working on this car for a couple of months now, with the help of awesome friends like Lawrence and Melissa, as well as specialized shops for doing the really crazy work like Elite Auto Films and Griffin Motorwerke.
Many years ago, I fell in love with the Audi brand and the beautiful intricate details of their cars. Everything seemed so classy, and the design just lead itself towards being incredibly photogenic. I knew that eventually, I would get one when the time came.
Alas, my trusty 2003 Honda Accord V6 6spd Coupe never had a single problem. It was in mint condition at 125K miles and 11 years. There was no way to justify it, but then the new S5 came out, and I knew it had to be mine.
I ordered the car early January 2014 to be built and shipped from Germany. In the meantime I researched, collected, and planned the first stage of work to be done on the car.
I’m an engineer and a photographer, and because of that combination I had an urge to tinker with the car’s performance as well as the aesthetics inside and out.
Before the car even had a ship date, I already had a garage full of modifications, a brand new automatic glass garage door (for the natural light and photos!), and a big road trip planned out with friends.
After 3 full months, I took delivery of the car. That day was pretty epic. 30 minutes after I got in the car, and having less than 30 miles on it, I dropped it off at Elite Auto Films in Fremont to get a full XPEL Ultimate wrap. This film is completely transparent, but adds a layer of protectant film that auto heals. So take metal key, and carve your name. It’ll be gone in an hour. Kind of crazy huh? Well it was pricy, but worth it. I also had them install a very light 3M Crystalline tint, just to keep the heat out but kept the classy transparent look.
A week later, I picked the car up, and started working on the car. Fast forward two weeks and still less than 200 miles on the car: it was ready for the world.
For those who are interested, here’s the specifications and modifications:
2014 Audi S5 Prestige 6 speed Manual CoupeBrilliant BlackBlack Optics PackageSports Differential w/ QuattroFully loadedOther stock specifications
Modifications:
DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser/ValenceRoc-Euro Intake3M Crystalline 50% Tint with EliteAutoFilmsXPEL Ultimate Full Wrap with EliteAutoFilmsWeatherTech FloorLiner, Sunshade, and Trunk LinerTunerDomes Interior LED KitBilstein Ride Control Coilovers (PSS10 + Electronic Controlled Dampening)Tein Spring Silencers (2 medium, 2 large)Eurocode Meisterwerk Adjustable Short Throw Shifter (1/2 height, shortest throw)Apikol Rear Differential Mount (cleaner and tighter shifts)034Motorsports Transmission Mount (even tighter)Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain StabilizerEurocode ÜSS Adjustable Stabilizer Bars (sway bars)Eurocode ÜSS Billet Aluminum Adjustable End LinksSPC/EuroCode Adjustable Control Arm Kit (Motorsport Edition)Hawk HPS Brake Pads (less fade, better braking)Stoptech SS Brake Lines (less slop in braking)Motul 600 Brake Fluid (better heat performance)Milltek Resonated Exhaust (polished quad tip)RS5 Grill + Foam + Trim (looks way better)BlackVue Dashcam DR550GW-2CH (russian dash cam basically, front and rear cameras)
Big shoutout to Eurocode Tuning for the majority of the parts. They have top-notch products and have the most helpful and straightforward service I’ve encountered in the world of car tuning. If you have a German car, especially an Audi, definitely go to them for the world’s most quality and performant parts.
Overall, this car rocks. Chasing light will never infinitely more fun and comfortable. Having AWD and plenty of power gives me the confidence I need to get the shot.
I’ll write more about it soon. Hope you enjoy the photos!
  • Roads in the Sky
2014 Audi S5 at Mount Tamalpais, CA // Sony RX1-R and Nikon D800e
Spontaneously headed up to Mount Tamalpais with the 2014 Audi S5. I have been working on this car for a couple of months now, with the help of awesome friends like Lawrence and Melissa, as well as specialized shops for doing the really crazy work like Elite Auto Films and Griffin Motorwerke.
Many years ago, I fell in love with the Audi brand and the beautiful intricate details of their cars. Everything seemed so classy, and the design just lead itself towards being incredibly photogenic. I knew that eventually, I would get one when the time came.
Alas, my trusty 2003 Honda Accord V6 6spd Coupe never had a single problem. It was in mint condition at 125K miles and 11 years. There was no way to justify it, but then the new S5 came out, and I knew it had to be mine.
I ordered the car early January 2014 to be built and shipped from Germany. In the meantime I researched, collected, and planned the first stage of work to be done on the car.
I’m an engineer and a photographer, and because of that combination I had an urge to tinker with the car’s performance as well as the aesthetics inside and out.
Before the car even had a ship date, I already had a garage full of modifications, a brand new automatic glass garage door (for the natural light and photos!), and a big road trip planned out with friends.
After 3 full months, I took delivery of the car. That day was pretty epic. 30 minutes after I got in the car, and having less than 30 miles on it, I dropped it off at Elite Auto Films in Fremont to get a full XPEL Ultimate wrap. This film is completely transparent, but adds a layer of protectant film that auto heals. So take metal key, and carve your name. It’ll be gone in an hour. Kind of crazy huh? Well it was pricy, but worth it. I also had them install a very light 3M Crystalline tint, just to keep the heat out but kept the classy transparent look.
A week later, I picked the car up, and started working on the car. Fast forward two weeks and still less than 200 miles on the car: it was ready for the world.
For those who are interested, here’s the specifications and modifications:
2014 Audi S5 Prestige 6 speed Manual CoupeBrilliant BlackBlack Optics PackageSports Differential w/ QuattroFully loadedOther stock specifications
Modifications:
DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser/ValenceRoc-Euro Intake3M Crystalline 50% Tint with EliteAutoFilmsXPEL Ultimate Full Wrap with EliteAutoFilmsWeatherTech FloorLiner, Sunshade, and Trunk LinerTunerDomes Interior LED KitBilstein Ride Control Coilovers (PSS10 + Electronic Controlled Dampening)Tein Spring Silencers (2 medium, 2 large)Eurocode Meisterwerk Adjustable Short Throw Shifter (1/2 height, shortest throw)Apikol Rear Differential Mount (cleaner and tighter shifts)034Motorsports Transmission Mount (even tighter)Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain StabilizerEurocode ÜSS Adjustable Stabilizer Bars (sway bars)Eurocode ÜSS Billet Aluminum Adjustable End LinksSPC/EuroCode Adjustable Control Arm Kit (Motorsport Edition)Hawk HPS Brake Pads (less fade, better braking)Stoptech SS Brake Lines (less slop in braking)Motul 600 Brake Fluid (better heat performance)Milltek Resonated Exhaust (polished quad tip)RS5 Grill + Foam + Trim (looks way better)BlackVue Dashcam DR550GW-2CH (russian dash cam basically, front and rear cameras)
Big shoutout to Eurocode Tuning for the majority of the parts. They have top-notch products and have the most helpful and straightforward service I’ve encountered in the world of car tuning. If you have a German car, especially an Audi, definitely go to them for the world’s most quality and performant parts.
Overall, this car rocks. Chasing light will never infinitely more fun and comfortable. Having AWD and plenty of power gives me the confidence I need to get the shot.
I’ll write more about it soon. Hope you enjoy the photos!
  • Roads in the Sky
2014 Audi S5 at Mount Tamalpais, CA // Sony RX1-R and Nikon D800e
Spontaneously headed up to Mount Tamalpais with the 2014 Audi S5. I have been working on this car for a couple of months now, with the help of awesome friends like Lawrence and Melissa, as well as specialized shops for doing the really crazy work like Elite Auto Films and Griffin Motorwerke.
Many years ago, I fell in love with the Audi brand and the beautiful intricate details of their cars. Everything seemed so classy, and the design just lead itself towards being incredibly photogenic. I knew that eventually, I would get one when the time came.
Alas, my trusty 2003 Honda Accord V6 6spd Coupe never had a single problem. It was in mint condition at 125K miles and 11 years. There was no way to justify it, but then the new S5 came out, and I knew it had to be mine.
I ordered the car early January 2014 to be built and shipped from Germany. In the meantime I researched, collected, and planned the first stage of work to be done on the car.
I’m an engineer and a photographer, and because of that combination I had an urge to tinker with the car’s performance as well as the aesthetics inside and out.
Before the car even had a ship date, I already had a garage full of modifications, a brand new automatic glass garage door (for the natural light and photos!), and a big road trip planned out with friends.
After 3 full months, I took delivery of the car. That day was pretty epic. 30 minutes after I got in the car, and having less than 30 miles on it, I dropped it off at Elite Auto Films in Fremont to get a full XPEL Ultimate wrap. This film is completely transparent, but adds a layer of protectant film that auto heals. So take metal key, and carve your name. It’ll be gone in an hour. Kind of crazy huh? Well it was pricy, but worth it. I also had them install a very light 3M Crystalline tint, just to keep the heat out but kept the classy transparent look.
A week later, I picked the car up, and started working on the car. Fast forward two weeks and still less than 200 miles on the car: it was ready for the world.
For those who are interested, here’s the specifications and modifications:
2014 Audi S5 Prestige 6 speed Manual CoupeBrilliant BlackBlack Optics PackageSports Differential w/ QuattroFully loadedOther stock specifications
Modifications:
DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser/ValenceRoc-Euro Intake3M Crystalline 50% Tint with EliteAutoFilmsXPEL Ultimate Full Wrap with EliteAutoFilmsWeatherTech FloorLiner, Sunshade, and Trunk LinerTunerDomes Interior LED KitBilstein Ride Control Coilovers (PSS10 + Electronic Controlled Dampening)Tein Spring Silencers (2 medium, 2 large)Eurocode Meisterwerk Adjustable Short Throw Shifter (1/2 height, shortest throw)Apikol Rear Differential Mount (cleaner and tighter shifts)034Motorsports Transmission Mount (even tighter)Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain StabilizerEurocode ÜSS Adjustable Stabilizer Bars (sway bars)Eurocode ÜSS Billet Aluminum Adjustable End LinksSPC/EuroCode Adjustable Control Arm Kit (Motorsport Edition)Hawk HPS Brake Pads (less fade, better braking)Stoptech SS Brake Lines (less slop in braking)Motul 600 Brake Fluid (better heat performance)Milltek Resonated Exhaust (polished quad tip)RS5 Grill + Foam + Trim (looks way better)BlackVue Dashcam DR550GW-2CH (russian dash cam basically, front and rear cameras)
Big shoutout to Eurocode Tuning for the majority of the parts. They have top-notch products and have the most helpful and straightforward service I’ve encountered in the world of car tuning. If you have a German car, especially an Audi, definitely go to them for the world’s most quality and performant parts.
Overall, this car rocks. Chasing light will never infinitely more fun and comfortable. Having AWD and plenty of power gives me the confidence I need to get the shot.
I’ll write more about it soon. Hope you enjoy the photos!
  • Roads in the Sky
2014 Audi S5 at Mount Tamalpais, CA // Sony RX1-R and Nikon D800e
Spontaneously headed up to Mount Tamalpais with the 2014 Audi S5. I have been working on this car for a couple of months now, with the help of awesome friends like Lawrence and Melissa, as well as specialized shops for doing the really crazy work like Elite Auto Films and Griffin Motorwerke.
Many years ago, I fell in love with the Audi brand and the beautiful intricate details of their cars. Everything seemed so classy, and the design just lead itself towards being incredibly photogenic. I knew that eventually, I would get one when the time came.
Alas, my trusty 2003 Honda Accord V6 6spd Coupe never had a single problem. It was in mint condition at 125K miles and 11 years. There was no way to justify it, but then the new S5 came out, and I knew it had to be mine.
I ordered the car early January 2014 to be built and shipped from Germany. In the meantime I researched, collected, and planned the first stage of work to be done on the car.
I’m an engineer and a photographer, and because of that combination I had an urge to tinker with the car’s performance as well as the aesthetics inside and out.
Before the car even had a ship date, I already had a garage full of modifications, a brand new automatic glass garage door (for the natural light and photos!), and a big road trip planned out with friends.
After 3 full months, I took delivery of the car. That day was pretty epic. 30 minutes after I got in the car, and having less than 30 miles on it, I dropped it off at Elite Auto Films in Fremont to get a full XPEL Ultimate wrap. This film is completely transparent, but adds a layer of protectant film that auto heals. So take metal key, and carve your name. It’ll be gone in an hour. Kind of crazy huh? Well it was pricy, but worth it. I also had them install a very light 3M Crystalline tint, just to keep the heat out but kept the classy transparent look.
A week later, I picked the car up, and started working on the car. Fast forward two weeks and still less than 200 miles on the car: it was ready for the world.
For those who are interested, here’s the specifications and modifications:
2014 Audi S5 Prestige 6 speed Manual CoupeBrilliant BlackBlack Optics PackageSports Differential w/ QuattroFully loadedOther stock specifications
Modifications:
DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser/ValenceRoc-Euro Intake3M Crystalline 50% Tint with EliteAutoFilmsXPEL Ultimate Full Wrap with EliteAutoFilmsWeatherTech FloorLiner, Sunshade, and Trunk LinerTunerDomes Interior LED KitBilstein Ride Control Coilovers (PSS10 + Electronic Controlled Dampening)Tein Spring Silencers (2 medium, 2 large)Eurocode Meisterwerk Adjustable Short Throw Shifter (1/2 height, shortest throw)Apikol Rear Differential Mount (cleaner and tighter shifts)034Motorsports Transmission Mount (even tighter)Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain StabilizerEurocode ÜSS Adjustable Stabilizer Bars (sway bars)Eurocode ÜSS Billet Aluminum Adjustable End LinksSPC/EuroCode Adjustable Control Arm Kit (Motorsport Edition)Hawk HPS Brake Pads (less fade, better braking)Stoptech SS Brake Lines (less slop in braking)Motul 600 Brake Fluid (better heat performance)Milltek Resonated Exhaust (polished quad tip)RS5 Grill + Foam + Trim (looks way better)BlackVue Dashcam DR550GW-2CH (russian dash cam basically, front and rear cameras)
Big shoutout to Eurocode Tuning for the majority of the parts. They have top-notch products and have the most helpful and straightforward service I’ve encountered in the world of car tuning. If you have a German car, especially an Audi, definitely go to them for the world’s most quality and performant parts.
Overall, this car rocks. Chasing light will never infinitely more fun and comfortable. Having AWD and plenty of power gives me the confidence I need to get the shot.
I’ll write more about it soon. Hope you enjoy the photos!
  • Roads in the Sky
2014 Audi S5 at Mount Tamalpais, CA // Sony RX1-R and Nikon D800e
Spontaneously headed up to Mount Tamalpais with the 2014 Audi S5. I have been working on this car for a couple of months now, with the help of awesome friends like Lawrence and Melissa, as well as specialized shops for doing the really crazy work like Elite Auto Films and Griffin Motorwerke.
Many years ago, I fell in love with the Audi brand and the beautiful intricate details of their cars. Everything seemed so classy, and the design just lead itself towards being incredibly photogenic. I knew that eventually, I would get one when the time came.
Alas, my trusty 2003 Honda Accord V6 6spd Coupe never had a single problem. It was in mint condition at 125K miles and 11 years. There was no way to justify it, but then the new S5 came out, and I knew it had to be mine.
I ordered the car early January 2014 to be built and shipped from Germany. In the meantime I researched, collected, and planned the first stage of work to be done on the car.
I’m an engineer and a photographer, and because of that combination I had an urge to tinker with the car’s performance as well as the aesthetics inside and out.
Before the car even had a ship date, I already had a garage full of modifications, a brand new automatic glass garage door (for the natural light and photos!), and a big road trip planned out with friends.
After 3 full months, I took delivery of the car. That day was pretty epic. 30 minutes after I got in the car, and having less than 30 miles on it, I dropped it off at Elite Auto Films in Fremont to get a full XPEL Ultimate wrap. This film is completely transparent, but adds a layer of protectant film that auto heals. So take metal key, and carve your name. It’ll be gone in an hour. Kind of crazy huh? Well it was pricy, but worth it. I also had them install a very light 3M Crystalline tint, just to keep the heat out but kept the classy transparent look.
A week later, I picked the car up, and started working on the car. Fast forward two weeks and still less than 200 miles on the car: it was ready for the world.
For those who are interested, here’s the specifications and modifications:
2014 Audi S5 Prestige 6 speed Manual CoupeBrilliant BlackBlack Optics PackageSports Differential w/ QuattroFully loadedOther stock specifications
Modifications:
DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser/ValenceRoc-Euro Intake3M Crystalline 50% Tint with EliteAutoFilmsXPEL Ultimate Full Wrap with EliteAutoFilmsWeatherTech FloorLiner, Sunshade, and Trunk LinerTunerDomes Interior LED KitBilstein Ride Control Coilovers (PSS10 + Electronic Controlled Dampening)Tein Spring Silencers (2 medium, 2 large)Eurocode Meisterwerk Adjustable Short Throw Shifter (1/2 height, shortest throw)Apikol Rear Differential Mount (cleaner and tighter shifts)034Motorsports Transmission Mount (even tighter)Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain StabilizerEurocode ÜSS Adjustable Stabilizer Bars (sway bars)Eurocode ÜSS Billet Aluminum Adjustable End LinksSPC/EuroCode Adjustable Control Arm Kit (Motorsport Edition)Hawk HPS Brake Pads (less fade, better braking)Stoptech SS Brake Lines (less slop in braking)Motul 600 Brake Fluid (better heat performance)Milltek Resonated Exhaust (polished quad tip)RS5 Grill + Foam + Trim (looks way better)BlackVue Dashcam DR550GW-2CH (russian dash cam basically, front and rear cameras)
Big shoutout to Eurocode Tuning for the majority of the parts. They have top-notch products and have the most helpful and straightforward service I’ve encountered in the world of car tuning. If you have a German car, especially an Audi, definitely go to them for the world’s most quality and performant parts.
Overall, this car rocks. Chasing light will never infinitely more fun and comfortable. Having AWD and plenty of power gives me the confidence I need to get the shot.
I’ll write more about it soon. Hope you enjoy the photos!
  • Roads in the Sky
2014 Audi S5 at Mount Tamalpais, CA // Sony RX1-R and Nikon D800e
Spontaneously headed up to Mount Tamalpais with the 2014 Audi S5. I have been working on this car for a couple of months now, with the help of awesome friends like Lawrence and Melissa, as well as specialized shops for doing the really crazy work like Elite Auto Films and Griffin Motorwerke.
Many years ago, I fell in love with the Audi brand and the beautiful intricate details of their cars. Everything seemed so classy, and the design just lead itself towards being incredibly photogenic. I knew that eventually, I would get one when the time came.
Alas, my trusty 2003 Honda Accord V6 6spd Coupe never had a single problem. It was in mint condition at 125K miles and 11 years. There was no way to justify it, but then the new S5 came out, and I knew it had to be mine.
I ordered the car early January 2014 to be built and shipped from Germany. In the meantime I researched, collected, and planned the first stage of work to be done on the car.
I’m an engineer and a photographer, and because of that combination I had an urge to tinker with the car’s performance as well as the aesthetics inside and out.
Before the car even had a ship date, I already had a garage full of modifications, a brand new automatic glass garage door (for the natural light and photos!), and a big road trip planned out with friends.
After 3 full months, I took delivery of the car. That day was pretty epic. 30 minutes after I got in the car, and having less than 30 miles on it, I dropped it off at Elite Auto Films in Fremont to get a full XPEL Ultimate wrap. This film is completely transparent, but adds a layer of protectant film that auto heals. So take metal key, and carve your name. It’ll be gone in an hour. Kind of crazy huh? Well it was pricy, but worth it. I also had them install a very light 3M Crystalline tint, just to keep the heat out but kept the classy transparent look.
A week later, I picked the car up, and started working on the car. Fast forward two weeks and still less than 200 miles on the car: it was ready for the world.
For those who are interested, here’s the specifications and modifications:
2014 Audi S5 Prestige 6 speed Manual CoupeBrilliant BlackBlack Optics PackageSports Differential w/ QuattroFully loadedOther stock specifications
Modifications:
DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser/ValenceRoc-Euro Intake3M Crystalline 50% Tint with EliteAutoFilmsXPEL Ultimate Full Wrap with EliteAutoFilmsWeatherTech FloorLiner, Sunshade, and Trunk LinerTunerDomes Interior LED KitBilstein Ride Control Coilovers (PSS10 + Electronic Controlled Dampening)Tein Spring Silencers (2 medium, 2 large)Eurocode Meisterwerk Adjustable Short Throw Shifter (1/2 height, shortest throw)Apikol Rear Differential Mount (cleaner and tighter shifts)034Motorsports Transmission Mount (even tighter)Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain StabilizerEurocode ÜSS Adjustable Stabilizer Bars (sway bars)Eurocode ÜSS Billet Aluminum Adjustable End LinksSPC/EuroCode Adjustable Control Arm Kit (Motorsport Edition)Hawk HPS Brake Pads (less fade, better braking)Stoptech SS Brake Lines (less slop in braking)Motul 600 Brake Fluid (better heat performance)Milltek Resonated Exhaust (polished quad tip)RS5 Grill + Foam + Trim (looks way better)BlackVue Dashcam DR550GW-2CH (russian dash cam basically, front and rear cameras)
Big shoutout to Eurocode Tuning for the majority of the parts. They have top-notch products and have the most helpful and straightforward service I’ve encountered in the world of car tuning. If you have a German car, especially an Audi, definitely go to them for the world’s most quality and performant parts.
Overall, this car rocks. Chasing light will never infinitely more fun and comfortable. Having AWD and plenty of power gives me the confidence I need to get the shot.
I’ll write more about it soon. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Roads in the Sky

2014 Audi S5 at Mount Tamalpais, CA // Sony RX1-R and Nikon D800e

Spontaneously headed up to Mount Tamalpais with the 2014 Audi S5. I have been working on this car for a couple of months now, with the help of awesome friends like Lawrence and Melissa, as well as specialized shops for doing the really crazy work like Elite Auto Films and Griffin Motorwerke.

Many years ago, I fell in love with the Audi brand and the beautiful intricate details of their cars. Everything seemed so classy, and the design just lead itself towards being incredibly photogenic. I knew that eventually, I would get one when the time came.

Alas, my trusty 2003 Honda Accord V6 6spd Coupe never had a single problem. It was in mint condition at 125K miles and 11 years. There was no way to justify it, but then the new S5 came out, and I knew it had to be mine.

I ordered the car early January 2014 to be built and shipped from Germany. In the meantime I researched, collected, and planned the first stage of work to be done on the car.

I’m an engineer and a photographer, and because of that combination I had an urge to tinker with the car’s performance as well as the aesthetics inside and out.

Before the car even had a ship date, I already had a garage full of modifications, a brand new automatic glass garage door (for the natural light and photos!), and a big road trip planned out with friends.

After 3 full months, I took delivery of the car. That day was pretty epic. 30 minutes after I got in the car, and having less than 30 miles on it, I dropped it off at Elite Auto Films in Fremont to get a full XPEL Ultimate wrap. This film is completely transparent, but adds a layer of protectant film that auto heals. So take metal key, and carve your name. It’ll be gone in an hour. Kind of crazy huh? Well it was pricy, but worth it. I also had them install a very light 3M Crystalline tint, just to keep the heat out but kept the classy transparent look.

A week later, I picked the car up, and started working on the car. Fast forward two weeks and still less than 200 miles on the car: it was ready for the world.

For those who are interested, here’s the specifications and modifications:

2014 Audi S5 Prestige 6 speed Manual Coupe
Brilliant Black
Black Optics Package
Sports Differential w/ Quattro
Fully loaded
Other stock specifications

Modifications:

DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser/Valence
Roc-Euro Intake
3M Crystalline 50% Tint with EliteAutoFilms
XPEL Ultimate Full Wrap with EliteAutoFilms
WeatherTech FloorLiner, Sunshade, and Trunk Liner
TunerDomes Interior LED Kit
Bilstein Ride Control Coilovers (PSS10 + Electronic Controlled Dampening)
Tein Spring Silencers (2 medium, 2 large)
Eurocode Meisterwerk Adjustable Short Throw Shifter (1/2 height, shortest throw)
Apikol Rear Differential Mount (cleaner and tighter shifts)
034Motorsports Transmission Mount (even tighter)
Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain Stabilizer
Eurocode ÜSS Adjustable Stabilizer Bars (sway bars)
Eurocode ÜSS Billet Aluminum Adjustable End Links
SPC/EuroCode Adjustable Control Arm Kit (Motorsport Edition)
Hawk HPS Brake Pads (less fade, better braking)
Stoptech SS Brake Lines (less slop in braking)
Motul 600 Brake Fluid (better heat performance)
Milltek Resonated Exhaust (polished quad tip)
RS5 Grill + Foam + Trim (looks way better)
BlackVue Dashcam DR550GW-2CH (russian dash cam basically, front and rear cameras)

Big shoutout to Eurocode Tuning for the majority of the parts. They have top-notch products and have the most helpful and straightforward service I’ve encountered in the world of car tuning. If you have a German car, especially an Audi, definitely go to them for the world’s most quality and performant parts.

Overall, this car rocks. Chasing light will never infinitely more fun and comfortable. Having AWD and plenty of power gives me the confidence I need to get the shot.

I’ll write more about it soon. Hope you enjoy the photos!

  • Explore with those you love
Aptos, CA // Sony RX1-R
Make memories with the ones you love. Words I will live by and take further into all my explorations.
Life is full of inspiration, especially from the lovely Melissa Ta.
  • Explore with those you love
Aptos, CA // Sony RX1-R
Make memories with the ones you love. Words I will live by and take further into all my explorations.
Life is full of inspiration, especially from the lovely Melissa Ta.
  • Explore with those you love
Aptos, CA // Sony RX1-R
Make memories with the ones you love. Words I will live by and take further into all my explorations.
Life is full of inspiration, especially from the lovely Melissa Ta.

Explore with those you love

Aptos, CA // Sony RX1-R

Make memories with the ones you love. Words I will live by and take further into all my explorations.

Life is full of inspiration, especially from the lovely Melissa Ta.

  • Center Console
2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r
There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.
I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.
As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.
More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.
  • Center Console
2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r
There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.
I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.
As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.
More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.
  • Center Console
2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r
There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.
I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.
As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.
More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.
  • Center Console
2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r
There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.
I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.
As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.
More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.

Center Console

2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r

There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.

I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.

As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.

More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.

  • Light in the lighthouse
Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r
The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.
Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!
  • Light in the lighthouse
Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r
The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.
Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!
  • Light in the lighthouse
Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r
The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.
Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!
  • Light in the lighthouse
Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r
The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.
Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!

Light in the lighthouse

Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r

The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.

Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!

  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.
  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.
  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.
  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.
  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.

Linda and Dan - Engagement Session

Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700

Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.

The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.

Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.

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