Jag Blog

S2k Rigger

A few days after doing the Sti shoot it was time to get the camera out for an other one. ! Got the opportunity to shoot an awesome S2k that was also this years Honda Fest best of Show. 

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For this shoot I was only doing some rig shots so I wanted to make sure they came out great! First thing I had to do was think of a great location for the car.  With the cars green themeI had the perfect spot in mind! So I set up a night to get the shoot done and got all my gear all ready to go. 

For the first shot I wanted to do something "simple". With the car being on bags I wanted to get a super low mean looking shot with the car pretty much scrapping the ground. 

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Super happy with how this came out. Once issue I did have was the car was coming out too dark in the photos. When I had originally chose the location I thought that the light coming off the street and surrounding buildings would of been enough to lite the car...I was wrong. So my solution for that was to have my assistant Gary park his car at a diagonal to the 2sk with his light on to just give that extra pop of light needed. 

For the next shot I wanted to try something I had never attempted before.. A see through hood rig shot. Doing the see through hood shot is as old as dirt and I have done it many times in the past for magazine feature but never had the chance to do a rigged one. With how clean the engine bay of this car is I figured it was the perfect chance to try it out. 

 

First issue! 

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To be able to pull the shot off the rig would have to be set high up and could not be anywhere close to the hood. Normally that would not be an issue and I would just mount it to the roof of the car but no no.. this was a convertible! 

My solution as you can see in the photo was the ratchet strap and bungee cord the end of the rig to the cage of the car.  This looked super ghetto but along with the suction mount on the windshield of the car, the set up was super solid. 

So after some back and forth with Gary pushing the car and shots with the roof on, roof off, lights on and lights off I got all the pieces I needed to build the image and I could not be happier with the results!

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For my last shot I wanted to really get a mean shot of the rear that would show off the wing and stance of the car. 

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You can see in this BTS photo just how far off the rig was on the car!( thanks to the owner of the car for the pic )

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And thats it! 

 

Thanks 

JAG

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STi Shoot

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Besides my usual shoots for either Guide de L'auto, Propulsion , Toyz Auto Art..etc that take place during the daytime, I don't really have the time to do photoshoots for regular clients. The main reason is that with the amount of events that I shoot on a weekly basis it is hard to find the time to set up, shoot and edit the photos. 

How ever I do try and book a few every season so that I can try new things or use techniques that I cant during other shoots.  So I jumped on the opportunity when none other then Massimo of SoClean asked me to shoot his STi. 

I was excited to shoot his car since it was Autoflexed a crazy chameleon color that I knew would be awesome looking when using flash. So day of the shoot we ( me and my trusty assistant Gary ) met Massimo in Montreal and headed off to the first spot. 

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First spot was a place I had done a shootat  years ago but had then been used for a storage lot for construction vehicles so was off limits. While driving home one day from a shoot with Toyz Auto Art I saw that the parking was now vaccant again I knew I had to get a shoot done here again. 

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I set up my two Alien Bee 800 flash's and got to work! 

You can see me in the corner testing my lights.

You can see me in the corner testing my lights.

This spot was fun because it actually let me have two different backgrounds all in one.

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This spot was fun because it actually let me have two different backgrounds all in one.

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At this location I took the time to get the detail shots done. 

I often like to stand back and include some foreground element into the photos. 

I often like to stand back and include some foreground element into the photos. 

An other example of foreground element. Nothing but an old tire can sometimes make a shot more dynamic. 

An other example of foreground element. Nothing but an old tire can sometimes make a shot more dynamic. 

I had pretty much all I needed form this spot so I packed up my stuff and we headed to the next spot. The next spot was chosen for one main reason....Doing Rig Shots! But before pulling out the rig I still wanted to fire off some stills .

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Love how these pics came out! 

Love how these pics came out! 

Now it was time to whip out my pole! ( yes I know how that sounds..lol ) 

Sometimes you just gotta lay down in a dirty parking lot to get the shot.

Sometimes you just gotta lay down in a dirty parking lot to get the shot.

Setting up rig shots is a pretty time consuming process. Making sure the rig is on properly and that your framing is perfect is what takes the most time..The other is editing but the actually picture part of it is pretty quick. 

For this shot I wanted a low angle. Since the car was on bags we had to find out what height was the lowest the car could go and still be able to roll

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Super happy with the results of this shot. I like how you can see the mud flap scrapping the ground. I still wanted to get one more rig shot so we pulled off the poll and reset. 

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For this shot I wanted a higher angle.. Usually Iwould just mount the rig on the roof or sun roof BUT Ihad worries of putting my suction cups straight on the roof of the car since the car was dipped. Last thing I wanted was to peel all the dip off the roof... But Massimo was like just go for it!  So thats what we did! 

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To Include a bit of dimension to this shot I started the shot with my camera almost touching that pillar. I like how it gave a extra swooping motion to the shot.  With that shot done it was time to call it a wrap! 

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I am super happy with the shoot! From start to finish I had a great time shooting and editing the photos. Thanks again to Massimo for getting me to shoot his car in the first place and thanks again to my friend Gary for always helping me with my pole. ( yes I know how that sounds ) 

Gear Blog: Pusher Labs Pfixer Mini Mall

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Funny enough I only started using LightRoom a few years ago, I used to just use photoshop camera raw to do all my quick editing.  LR is awesome itself but I found a lot of the keyboard shortcuts were badly placed especially when you wanna edit a lot of photos in the quickest time possible.  I started seeing a few different possibilities to speed everything up. One of my good friends editing studios used a special program that would turn your normal keyboard into a proper controller for LR. I also saw hardware options like Loupedeck or Pallet that are custom made controllers that are customized to control the functions in LR. These looked really promising but they were all sorta expensive for what they do and some reviews indicated that they were not the fastest for editing quickly.  Anyway in my search I found out about Pusher Labs. They pretty much take a Behringer midi controler for music/dj'ing slap it together with their application and boom a custom controller for LR. 

What really drew me to this product is the options. They have a bunch of different models to choose from but I also really liked that they were not super expensive and they were also fully customisable . 

I have only been using it for a few weeks now but I love it. It really sped up my workflow. I changed a few buttons around to better suit the LR functions that I use on a daily basis. My only complaint is I find that if Im switching from one photo to the next sometimes the dial resets as Im turning it but I don't know if that is really a pfixer issue or a LR issue. 

Overall Im super happy with this product and would highly recommend it .

Thanks :):)

JAG

 

 

Ferris Wheel Fun

Ive always wanted to do a shoot with a ferris wheel in the background and it worked out well that one of my best friends also wanted shots of his car at a amusement park. 

When a traveling fair had set up not to far from us we made plans for the shoot. So one night we headed out. We got super lucky that where the ferris wheel was set up there was actually a little parking lot right behind. It was also super cool that the ferris wheel was a new one that uses all LED lights. 

I had my buddy position his car how I wanted. I had to have him park to give good sight to the ferris wheel but also to hide two parked cars. 

For the shoot I was using my trusty little Olympus OMD EM5 with a 12-40 2.8 lens mounted on my Mefoto travel tripod. 

The first shot I had framed up was not doing it for me so I quickly recomposed and started firing off frames. I was shooting at a very slow shutter speed in order to get the movement of the ferris wheels. To light the car I was light painting using two small video lights. It was a bit of a pain because the ferris wheel would only spin a few revolutions and then stop. I had to time everything properly because my EM5 MK1 does not have a remote release so I would have to release the shutter hobble over ( I was dealing with a bum knee at the time ) do the light painting and get out of the way before the shutter closed.  Took me 4/5 shots to get the light the way I wanted. 

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Having one composition in the bag I decided to do a vertical shot to tighten up the framing.  I quickly set up my cam and with pretty much the same settings I started shooting. 

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This time it only took a few frames and I was happy with what I had. I was also in a lot of pain and not to mention where my tripod was set up was right infront of a dumpster that lets just say was due to be emptied.  So with that we decided it was good for the night. With the photos done we decided to go check out the amusement park since both our wives were with us but pretty much as soon as we walked around the corner into the fair everything shut down! So we literally finished the shoot with like 2 mins to spare before the ferris wheel was shut down! From the time we showed up to when the lights were shut off was less then 10 minutes so we get super lucky. 

Super happy with how the pics turned out tho! 

Thanks :):)

JAG

Marc Landreville End of season recap presented by Perry Performance & Competition

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The 2017 Formula Drift Canada season is officially over. The final half of the season flew by and when the dust settle Marc Landreville was the 2017 FDC Champion!!! Here is how it went down.

After wining both FDC RD1 and 2 as well as doing pretty good during the Formula D USA/Canada event the next stop was more of a fun one. FDC put on a drift demo at the Grand Prix Trois Rivieres. It was a no stress event where drivers could come out and put on a show for fans and it was also a great place for sponsor visibility . 

After wining both FDC RD1 and 2 as well as doing pretty good during the Formula D USA/Canada event the next stop was more of a fun one. FDC put on a drift demo at the Grand Prix Trois Rivieres. It was a no stress event where drivers could come out and put on a show for fans and it was also a great place for sponsor visibility . 

Marc chasing Jonathan Guitard... I hope that corner worker got a good shot..lol

Marc chasing Jonathan Guitard... I hope that corner worker got a good shot..lol

The GP3R event was a nice way to have some fun before the second half of the season. Marc was in the lead for the championship and had his eye on keeping that lead. 

The GP3R event was a nice way to have some fun before the second half of the season. Marc was in the lead for the championship and had his eye on keeping that lead. 

RD4 took place at Autodrome Montmagny . Before going out for the first practice session of the event Marc took some time to go watch the ASE Drift Club Pro Am guys run. 

RD4 took place at Autodrome Montmagny . Before going out for the first practice session of the event Marc took some time to go watch the ASE Drift Club Pro Am guys run. 

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Practice was great and Marc had the track down perfect. 

Practice was great and Marc had the track down perfect. 

For qualification Marc does what he usually does and put down a killer lap getting him the number one qualification spot. 

For qualification Marc does what he usually does and put down a killer lap getting him the number one qualification spot. 

During the break the team tried to fix a throttle body problem that had started given some issues.  

During the break the team tried to fix a throttle body problem that had started given some issues.  

The weather was perfect and with his mom by his side at the Top 16 drivers introductions. 

The weather was perfect and with his mom by his side at the Top 16 drivers introductions. 

The Pro Am guys ran first so when it was time for the FDC Pro's to get on track it was already night time. With Marcs qualification position it meant he had a by run in Top 16

The Pro Am guys ran first so when it was time for the FDC Pro's to get on track it was already night time. With Marcs qualification position it meant he had a by run in Top 16

 As luck would have it the clouds opened up and soaked the track just in time for Marcs Great 8 battle against Tyle Nelson.

 As luck would have it the clouds opened up and soaked the track just in time for Marcs Great 8 battle against Tyle Nelson.

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The rain surprised the team and the cars setup was not that great in the wet not to mention the moisture started causing the throttle body issues to come back. Tyler got the win leaving Marc finishing 5th over all for FDC RD4 and maintaining his championship lead. 

The rain surprised the team and the cars setup was not that great in the wet not to mention the moisture started causing the throttle body issues to come back. Tyler got the win leaving Marc finishing 5th over all for FDC RD4 and maintaining his championship lead. 

The season finally was going to be a big one. The labour day drift event has been going on for 10 years and this year was going to be even more intense as it was going to be a double header weekend. RD6 was going to be the Sunday and RD7 the monday or thats how it was set to be.....  

The season finally was going to be a big one. The labour day drift event has been going on for 10 years and this year was going to be even more intense as it was going to be a double header weekend. RD6 was going to be the Sunday and RD7 the monday or thats how it was set to be.....

 

With the warning of tropical storms ( yes we are in Canada..lol ) and an unbelievable amount of standing water on the track the decision was made to postpone the RD6 till tomorrow. So that meant RD6 in the morning/afternoone and then RD7 right after as a evening night event and not to mention they would be changing the course layout to keep things spicy. 

With the warning of tropical storms ( yes we are in Canada..lol ) and an unbelievable amount of standing water on the track the decision was made to postpone the RD6 till tomorrow. So that meant RD6 in the morning/afternoone and then RD7 right after as a evening night event and not to mention they would be changing the course layout to keep things spicy. 

So take two for the final event of the year and thankfully it was nice out. With such a tight schedule there was only one practice session before going right into qualifications.

So take two for the final event of the year and thankfully it was nice out. With such a tight schedule there was only one practice session before going right into qualifications.

To start off the day FDC was running the same layout that they had ran when FD USA had been here earlier this year so that the drivers would be somewhat familiar with it. 

To start off the day FDC was running the same layout that they had ran when FD USA had been here earlier this year so that the drivers would be somewhat familiar with it. 

Marc did not waste any time and got the layout down. 

Marc did not waste any time and got the layout down. 

With Marc sitting in the number one spot it let him have a chance to watch his fellow competitors do their qualifiaction laps. 

With Marc sitting in the number one spot it let him have a chance to watch his fellow competitors do their qualifiaction laps. 

With some pretty high scores on the board Marc knew he had to put down one hell of a run and thats he did! Locking in the top qualifications spot. 

With some pretty high scores on the board Marc knew he had to put down one hell of a run and thats he did! Locking in the top qualifications spot. 

With that top spot Marc had a bye to the Great 8. 

With that top spot Marc had a bye to the Great 8. 

Into the Great 8 and Marc won against Doug Van Der Brink in his bad ass turbo mustang. 

Into the Great 8 and Marc won against Doug Van Der Brink in his bad ass turbo mustang. 

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Final 4 Marc went up against Dave Briggs.. This was a great battle between two long time rivals and in the end Dave was awarded the win. With Marc's high qualification position he would get the 3rd podium spot for RD6!

Final 4 Marc went up against Dave Briggs.. This was a great battle between two long time rivals and in the end Dave was awarded the win. With Marc's high qualification position he would get the 3rd podium spot for RD6!

And just like that it was FDC RD7!!! The Layout they were running for this round is one of the coolest with a high speed initation. 

And just like that it was FDC RD7!!! The Layout they were running for this round is one of the coolest with a high speed initation. 

Again with the short time the drivers had a quick practice session and it was straight into qualifications.

Again with the short time the drivers had a quick practice session and it was straight into qualifications.

It seems mother nature hates us since half way through qualification it started to rain. .The rain didnt faze Marc and he put down an other killer lap once again earning him the number one spot. 

It seems mother nature hates us since half way through qualification it started to rain. .The rain didnt faze Marc and he put down an other killer lap once again earning him the number one spot. 

Marc had a bye for his Top 16. 

Marc had a bye for his Top 16. 

Marc ended up also having a bye for his Great 8 since his competitor got disqualified. It at least gave him a chance to test out the track conditions that were getting worse and worse. 

Marc ended up also having a bye for his Great 8 since his competitor got disqualified. It at least gave him a chance to test out the track conditions that were getting worse and worse. 

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Final 4!! And the conditions were horrible. Marc battled Martin Langlois who has been killing it this year in the wet. It was a close battle but Martin got the win but that still gave Marc the 3rd podium spot for RD7 and locking in his 2017 Championship win!!!  

Final 4!! And the conditions were horrible. Marc battled Martin Langlois who has been killing it this year in the wet. It was a close battle but Martin got the win but that still gave Marc the 3rd podium spot for RD7 and locking in his 2017 Championship win!!!

 

RD6 Podium

RD6 Podium

RD7 Podium

RD7 Podium

2017 Formula Drift Canada Champion

2017 Formula Drift Canada Champion

TEAM MLR 

TEAM MLR 

It has been a crazy season and taking home the overall championship could not of been done with out the hard work of the team and support of all the sponsors.

Perry Performance

Pink paradise

Garage MLR

Vp Racefuel

Scale suspension

Castrol Canada

National Performance

Interstate Batteries

Advanced Clutch Technologies

Brian Crower

Turbo by Garett

Affichage.ca

Precision efi

Pbkreation

Hjc helmets

Remorquage ss plus

Manson Design

Mt custom light

Joliette Toyota

Nick b média

Jag imaging

Shortedfused photography

Technocraft

Riggy Diggy

Been so busy this season with all the event coverage and with my wife being pregnant I have not really at the time to do some proper shoots. With less events going on due to the end of the season I finally had some time to go out and shoot. First was a sweet MR2 and since I had my rig out I went out and shot one of my best friends awesome CSX/FD2..

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Marc Landreville Formula Drift Recap Presented by Perry Auto & Competition!

The biggest drift event of the year is with out a doubt the weekend Formula D rolls into town. The event consist of Formula D Canada RD3 and Formula D ( US ) RD5 and it all goes down at the Canadian House, Autodrome St-Eustache.  To make things even more insteresting, Marc was competing in both FD and FDC events! 

On the Thursday all the teams rolled in to set up and for practice sessions. 

The original plan was for Marc to run FD Canada with his V8 S14 and run FD US with his 2JZ S14 but after some damage suffered to the V8 car at a DMCC event the weekend before the decision was made to run both series with the 2JZ car. 

With the pit area set up and drivers meeting completed it was time to head out and burn some tires for the first practice session of the day. 

Even tho it had been 8 months since Marc drove his 2JZ car and to add to the fact that the car only got finishing fine tuning its engine and suspension the day before, Marc was looking strong right off the bat.

Marc even has some great practice runs with a certain mustang pilote. 

After the FD US practice session it was time for the FD Canada practice session. Marc made use of all the time he could to get the car dialled in.  

After the FD US practice session it was time for the FD Canada practice session. Marc made use of all the time he could to get the car dialled in.

 

Friday:  Qualification day for both FD Can and FD US. 

 

Marc locked and loaded wating to head out for a short practice session. 

Marc locked and loaded wating to head out for a short practice session. 

Those Achilles tires sure can smoke! 

Those Achilles tires sure can smoke! 

Quick bite to eat before qualification.

Quick bite to eat before qualification.

FD Can qualifications were up first. Marc put down two great runs despite having it start to rain on his second run and he locked himself into the 3rd qualifiing position. 

FD Can qualifications were up first. Marc put down two great runs despite having it start to rain on his second run and he locked himself into the 3rd qualifiing position. 

FD US qualifying was an event all on its own. The track was super wet in some areas and drying in others and being the first out Marc had some of the worse conditions but never the less he put down some solid runs and got into 12th place. 

FD US qualifying was an event all on its own. The track was super wet in some areas and drying in others and being the first out Marc had some of the worse conditions but never the less he put down some solid runs and got into 12th place. 

Saturday: Event day!

 

With the sun out and the grand stands packed it was time for a quick practice session before the FD Canada Top 16 event. 

With the sun out and the grand stands packed it was time for a quick practice session before the FD Canada Top 16 event. 

Marc really started pushing but the engine started having a few issues so the team had to deal with that instead of being able to get the suspension dialled in the way they wanted.   

Marc really started pushing but the engine started having a few issues so the team had to deal with that instead of being able to get the suspension dialled in the way they wanted.   

FORMULA D CANADA Top 16

Marc won his battle against Francis Doyon in his bad ass S15. 

Marc won his battle against Francis Doyon in his bad ass S15. 

In the Great 8 Marc faced off against Tyler Nelson. It was a great battle between both drivers and in the end the judges sided with Tyler for the win. Tyler would end up  going on and winning the event.   

In the Great 8 Marc faced off against Tyler Nelson. It was a great battle between both drivers and in the end the judges sided with Tyler for the win. Tyler would end up  going on and winning the event. 

 

Even tho Marc did not podium in FD Canada his is still in the lead of the championship by 105 pointa over second place.

Even tho Marc did not podium in FD Canada his is still in the lead of the championship by 105 pointa over second place.

FD US Top 32

Marc was against Kyle Mohan in his 3 rotor MX5.  Marc put down a good chase off the bat. 

Marc was against Kyle Mohan in his 3 rotor MX5.  Marc put down a good chase off the bat. 

On his lead run Marc put some serious distance but due to a few bobbles the battle went OMT.  

On his lead run Marc put some serious distance but due to a few bobbles the battle went OMT.

 

On the OMT Marc was focused on the win and put down  a pair of great runs. 

On the OMT Marc was focused on the win and put down  a pair of great runs. 

And with that Marc got the win and was on to the big show! 

And with that Marc got the win and was on to the big show! 

During the half time break his team worked feverishly to get all the bugs worked out of the car. Marc was facing  Chelsea Denofa in the  Top 16 so the car had to be on point .  

During the half time break his team worked feverishly to get all the bugs worked out of the car. Marc was facing  Chelsea Denofa in the  Top 16 so the car had to be on point .

 

Perry Performance and Competition always proud to support Marc! 

Perry Performance and Competition always proud to support Marc! 

With the Top 16 intro's about to start the event was literaly sold out! 

With the Top 16 intro's about to start the event was literaly sold out! 

With the sun starting to set it was time for the main action to start. Starting with a bang you might say...

With the sun starting to set it was time for the main action to start. Starting with a bang you might say...

As soon as both cars initiated Marc felt something was off and slacked pace a little and boy was he right. Denofa went hard into the wall. 

As soon as both cars initiated Marc felt something was off and slacked pace a little and boy was he right. Denofa went hard into the wall. 

Not the proximity Marc was going for!  The hit was so violent that it ripped the right wheel and suspension right out of the Mustang. 

Not the proximity Marc was going for!  The hit was so violent that it ripped the right wheel and suspension right out of the Mustang. 

Denofa actually tried to fix his car but did not have enough time so all Marc had to do was complete his "lead" lap and he locked in the win. 

Denofa actually tried to fix his car but did not have enough time so all Marc had to do was complete his "lead" lap and he locked in the win. 

Top 8 was not an easy one! Marc was going up against none other then Aasbo

Top 8 was not an easy one! Marc was going up against none other then Aasbo

Right away Marc was on him! The crowd was going crazy! 

Right away Marc was on him! The crowd was going crazy! 

It was insane to see Marc sticking right to him the entire course! 

It was insane to see Marc sticking right to him the entire course! 

Marc had a great lead run but  Aasbo stayed with him pretty well..  It was looking like this could be going OMT. 

Marc had a great lead run but  Aasbo stayed with him pretty well..  It was looking like this could be going OMT. 

Despite the crowds chants for a OMT the judges sided with Aasbo. Marc still  put up a hell of a fight and a great show for the fans.

Despite the crowds chants for a OMT the judges sided with Aasbo. Marc still  put up a hell of a fight and a great show for the fans.

Overall it was a great weekend. Marc learn a bunch and now the new car is running perfect, Already cant wait to get back out on track!  

Overall it was a great weekend. Marc learn a bunch and now the new car is running perfect, Already cant wait to get back out on track!

 

Marc would like to thank all his sponsors who with out this would not be possible:

Perry Performance

Pink paradise

Garage MLR

Vp Racefuel

Scale suspension

Castrol Canada

National Performance

Interstate Batteries

Advanced Clutch Technologies

Brian Crower

Turbo by Garett

Affichage.ca

Precision efi

Pbkreation

Hjc helmets

Remorquage ss plus

Zestino

Manson

Mt custom light

Joliette Toyota

Nick b média

Jag imaging

Shortedfused photography

Technocraft

Marc Landreville FDC RD1/2 Presented by Perry Auto

Finally it was time for the start of the 2017 Formula Drift Canada season.  To spice things up it was going to be a double header event so RD 1 was taking place on Saturday and RD2 on the Sunday and it was all  going down at Autodrome MontMagny that is just outside of Quebec City.. 

For this weekend Marc was using his back up car which is a V8 powered S14. His 2JZ car and the one he won his Formula D Pro 2 Championship with was not ready in time for this event as it was getting battle ready for the upcoming Formula D USA event at Autodrome St-Eustache. 

For this weekend Marc was using his back up car which is a V8 powered S14. His 2JZ car and the one he won his Formula D Pro 2 Championship with was not ready in time for this event as it was getting battle ready for the upcoming Formula D USA event at Autodrome St-Eustache. 

Even tho Marc was not using his main car this V8 S14 is no slouch. It had been race prepped from A to Z to be set on kill for this weekend. Everything was ready to go besides a alternator bracket that failed on the car the night before the event  causing the team to scramble and have to rush out to a shop that was over an hour away in order to get it fixed. Getting to bed at 5am the night before a event is standard stuff right? 

Even tho Marc was not using his main car this V8 S14 is no slouch. It had been race prepped from A to Z to be set on kill for this weekend. Everything was ready to go besides a alternator bracket that failed on the car the night before the event  causing the team to scramble and have to rush out to a shop that was over an hour away in order to get it fixed. Getting to bed at 5am the night before a event is standard stuff right? 

With the car now 100% ready it was time to head out for the practice session of the day. 

With the car now 100% ready it was time to head out for the practice session of the day. 

On Marcs very first run he went in a little too hot and took the very high line...Its ok he didnt need that bumper anyway.. 

On Marcs very first run he went in a little too hot and took the very high line...Its ok he didnt need that bumper anyway.. 

But it didn't take him long to have the track down and was putting down some solid runs. 

With the car and marc dialled it was time for a little break before going out for qualifications. 

With the car and marc dialled it was time for a little break before going out for qualifications. 

Marc went out  and killed it.  Putting down the top scores of the day and getting the #1 qualificaion spot. 

Marc went out  and killed it.  Putting down the top scores of the day and getting the #1 qualificaion spot. 

Top 16 introductions with his #1 fan!

Top 16 introductions with his #1 fan!

Marc was ready for battle. 

Marc was ready for battle. 

Right off the bat Marc did not have it easy facing Dave Briggs in his Top 16 bracket. Dave and Marc have a long history of intense battles over the years.  On Marcs lead run Dave came in a tad too hot made contact and then spun. The contact didnt phase Marc and it pretty much confirmed the win. 

Right off the bat Marc did not have it easy facing Dave Briggs in his Top 16 bracket. Dave and Marc have a long history of intense battles over the years.  On Marcs lead run Dave came in a tad too hot made contact and then spun. The contact didnt phase Marc and it pretty much confirmed the win. 

Top 8 Marc faced Jonathan Nerren in his bad ass v8 Supercharged S14. Contact was made on initiation  causing Jonathan to pretty much loose drift but Marc was able too hold it down and finish his run. Marc takes the win. 

Top 8 Marc faced Jonathan Nerren in his bad ass v8 Supercharged S14. Contact was made on initiation  causing Jonathan to pretty much loose drift but Marc was able too hold it down and finish his run. Marc takes the win. 

Next up Marc was facing Tom Tom.. Coming into the first zone contact was made yet again. Marcs wheel was badly damaged and caused his tire to come off the bead. Marc was able to power through it and finish off his lead run. Sadly Tom Tom's car got damaged enough that even after a 5 min his team was not able to repair the car. Marc moves on to the final battle of the night. 

Battling for the first place on the podium Marc was going against Troy Maners in his 1JZ S13. 

It was an epic battle! Marc put down a great lead run but Troy also had a good chase. On Marcs chase run he put the pressure on. Troy went wide going into the infield and touched the outer wall. He was able to save the car from disaster but caused him to spin.

Marc takes home the win at Formula Drift Canada RD1 !!! And after all that we still have RD2 tomorrow!

After taking home the win last night it was time to get focused for a completely new day of competition. 

After taking home the win last night it was time to get focused for a completely new day of competition. 

The day started off with a huge open practice session. 

The day started off with a huge open practice session. 

The course lay out was not changed between the two RD's so Marc already had the car dialled. After a few hours of practice it was time for qualification rounds to begin. 

The course lay out was not changed between the two RD's so Marc already had the car dialled. After a few hours of practice it was time for qualification rounds to begin. 

Like a machine Marc put down a almost perfect run earning him once again the top qualification spot. 

Like a machine Marc put down a almost perfect run earning him once again the top qualification spot. 

With some crazy thunder storms on the way the usually top 16 drivers intro's were skipped in order to get the be able to get the event done in dry conditions. 

With some crazy thunder storms on the way the usually top 16 drivers intro's were skipped in order to get the be able to get the event done in dry conditions. 

Crazy how drifting works some times, Last nights final pairing were now facing each other in Top 16. 

Crazy how drifting works some times, Last nights final pairing were now facing each other in Top 16. 

Marc put down an excellent chase and made up for his little dirt drop action on his lead run getting the OMT call. 

Marc put down an excellent chase and made up for his little dirt drop action on his lead run getting the OMT call. 

This time Marc put down two great runs and was on to the Great 8.

This time Marc put down two great runs and was on to the Great 8.

In his Great 8 match up Marc face Babu. Babu drive great but Marc was out for blood taking the win and moving on to the Final 4.

In his Great 8 match up Marc face Babu. Babu drive great but Marc was out for blood taking the win and moving on to the Final 4.

In the Final 4 Marc faced Youri Levesque. He pushed way to hard on initiation and went pretty much off course. Even tho he didn't lift Youri took the opportunity and passed Marc.. Was not looking good at this point. 

In the Final 4 Marc faced Youri Levesque. He pushed way to hard on initiation and went pretty much off course. Even tho he didn't lift Youri took the opportunity and passed Marc.. Was not looking good at this point. 

Having his new baby at the event must of brought him some good luck since on Youri's lead run he spun it right infront of Marc.... This battle was going OMT! 

Having his new baby at the event must of brought him some good luck since on Youri's lead run he spun it right infront of Marc.... This battle was going OMT! 

This time it was a great battle between both drivers.. 

This time it was a great battle between both drivers.. 

Marc was awarded the win! Onto the battle for the top of the podium.. 

Marc was awarded the win! Onto the battle for the top of the podium.. 

We could not of asked for a better final pairing. Marc VS Dave Briggs. 

We could not of asked for a better final pairing. Marc VS Dave Briggs. 

Marc didn't take any chances and turned it up!  Put down two great runs..

Marc didn't take any chances and turned it up!  Put down two great runs..

And with that Marc Landreville takes home his second win of the weekend and of FDC RD2. 

No better then to celebrate a win then with your dad on Fathers day. 

No better then to celebrate a win then with your dad on Fathers day. 

Next event will be a big one! Marc will be running with the FD Pro's in his 2JZ car but also competing in FDC RD3 with his V8 car... Going to be a hard core weekend running two events at once. 

Marc could not make this happen with out all of his great sponsors;

Perry Performance

Pink paradise

Garage MLR

Vp Racefuel

Scale suspension

Castrol Canada

National Performance

Interstate Batteries

Advanced Clutch Technologies

Brian Crower

Turbo by Garett

Affichage.ca

Precision efi

Pbkreation

Hjc helmets

Remorquage ss plus

Zestino

Manson

Mt custom light

Joliette Toyota

Nick b média

Jag imaging

Shortedfused photography

Technocraft

 

Xclusive Winter Drift 2

Xclusive Winter Drift Part 1

Not much really goes on during the winter interms  of car events. One of the recent events that I have been looking forward too have bee the winter drifting events done by the same guys that put on the Exclusive Mondays car meet. 

MTL AutoShow

The MTL Auto show is always a fun event to cover. 

One of the best parts is the awesome free breakfast! 

Its also always fun because I get to see media friends that I havent seen since fall. 

The crowds around the new cars sometimes gets so thick that its easier to just shoot the back of an other photographers screen..lol 

The Performance Zone this year was pretty impressive this year!

Overall I enjoyed my time at the show! It was actually the first time in years that I attended the show pretty much for myself. I was supposed to be shooting it for a client but due to budget restraints it did not pan out...oh well! 

 

Thanks

JAG

Gear: Grippy Dippy

With the addition of my D500 I wanted to pick up a vertical grip for it.

I ended up going with the Meike brand Grip. As much as I would of liked to get a Nikon one they are way to expensive for just a grip. On my old D300/D700 the Nikon Grip would increase your FPS when using either AA batteries or the D3 batterie.  But since on the D500 you dont get any extra benefits I did not see the real need to spend the extra money.

One very nice feature of the grip is that it comes with a remote control. The remote works very well too!

Mounted on the camera the grip looks great. It feels very solid too and all the controls work as they should. The only thing I will have to look out for is this grip is not as weather sealed as the actual Nikon ones but again for the price I am super happy. 

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JAG

Rally Cross

The rally cross events have been going on for years at Autodrome St-Eustache. It is probably one of the oldest events I have been constantly covering over the years.

These events take place over the course of a weekend and is pretty much a rally training event on the Saturday and on the Sunday it is the Rally Cross/Time Attack day. 

Back when I first started shooting these events, they had 3 different dates during the winter but now they only come to ASE once a year so I always make sure not to miss it. 

Even tho it is not a true rally it still lets me get my rally fix. The competitors have a twisty layout to follow around the track.  This year we got lucky and had some snow on the ground but I have shot it a few times when they were driving on dry pavement.. Still fun but not as exciting to shoot. 

Most of the people competing are using somewhat normal street cars. It is still a ton of fun to see them rip around in the snow. 

A few purpose built rally cars do come out aswell and they are always a blast to see in person. 

One of my media buddies was also competing in the event. He actually films for one of my favortie YouTube shows "Launch Control" 

With the icy contditions and drivers pushing to beat the clock sometimes a snow bank or two would get in the way. 

Its also neat to see how my home away from home takes on a tottaly different look during the winter. 

Ya the traditional pile of parts and accesories does not change. 

As always I had a great time shooting the event and I am glad I brought out my snow shoes! You can check out the full gallery here : Rally X

 

Thanks

JAG

Gear: Little things!

Too go along with two other of my latest gear posts I ordered a few goodies from B and H!

So nothing too crazy but hey! new stuff is always fun.

With the addition of my new D500 I picked up a new spare battery.. Will also work with my D750 so thats a plus!

Also with the new camera addition I needed to pick up some more Peak anchors. 

Last but not least is a new USB hub.. When doing my whole office organization thing I realized that my current USB hub was only USB 2 so with the new USB 3 hub my card transfers should be a tad faster! 

I have something else coming in the mail too! hopefully I get it before this weekends event!

 

Thanks 

JAG

QueBash Recap

This year marked the first year for the QueBash event!

QueBash was the idea of one of my good friends Manu! Basically he wanted to put on a Maple Leaf Bash style event ( 2 days of drifting and a party at night in between ) in the Quebec City area.

The event was taking place at Autodrome Montmagny. The morning of the event the crew was up early to get everything ready.

The event was taking place at Autodrome Montmagny. The morning of the event the crew was up early to get everything ready.

Main man for the MLB, David was very comfy in his Toyota Tent.

Walking around the pits you had everything from 4 door skylines, Mad Max Autoworks BMW...

To something that always makes me laugh when seeing it.. Thats a V8 swapped rwd converted 4 door Toyota Echo!

Was also cool to see FDC driver Francis Doyon come out with both his V8 and 2Jz cars.

Sometimes you just need a helping hand to get a pen cap off!

Drivers meeting time..

Cedric HD live and direct! Cedric from WPND took over filming duties for this event.

With the help of Mr BrainDead Media.

With the help of Mr BrainDead Media.

Once the drivers meeting was over it was time to hit the track! The scenery around here was pretty wicked. 

What makes running the whole Montmagny track so special is the corq screw.. 

Seeing Doyons Titian Motorsports 2jz S14 ripping for one of the first times was nuts.

It was a smoke machine.

Little Miata about to drop a tire coming down. 

Track staff making sure the track is always clear!

Always awesome to see this Miata kill tires.

Manu got a little frisky with the blowerpack..

With a ton of track time it let drivers try new things..like offroading..

Sadly with all the track time the tranny in this Skyline decided it had enough. 

FDC Driver Tom Tom was also out having fun in his missle.. 

It was good to see Max make a few runs at the end of the day after he suffered parts failure in the morning and had to scramble to find replacement parts

Quebash was a great event. It was fun to be able to shoot different parts of the Montmagny track that I dont usually get to do when shooting other events here.  

Thanks 

JAG :):)

Getting organized!!

Like most photographers, I love gear! I do have a lot of it from computer stuff to having lots ( and lots ) of camera bags. My office started getting pretty cluttered and disorganized with stuff after a full season of shooting. I had gear and bags everywhere and the back of my computer looked like a rats nest so I decided to take the time and organize everything!

First step was to organize all the plugs and wires for my computer/harddrives and other chargers.

Used a piece of ply wood and zip tied it to my desk and then mounted both my power bars to it. 

Drilled a hole in the ply wood so the cord from the power bar can pas through. This power bar is the one used for my external hard drives and it plugs into a battery back / surge protecter  unit  so keep everything safe incase of a power outage. 

Started getting all the wires mounted and organized. I lablled every plug so I know to what hard drive they go to. 

Here is my other power bar all set up with different chargers for my Ipad, Alien Bee strobes and a few other random things.  ( I dont know why the photo uploaded sideways )

Final Power Set up!  Got everything zip tied down and mounted.. I even cleaned up the mess of wires that was in back of my computer. I am super happy with the results. 

Next up was the organize my gear section. For ever my camera gear lived in my Think Tank AirPort Security V1 .  It was great but with adding gear I ran out of room  and my bag would never really get used since it was serving as gear storage. So I cleaned out one of my old cabinets that had been storing all my random camera stuff and set it up for my proper photo gear.  First shelve is all my off camera flash's as well as my memory card wallets and spare batteries. Second shelve is all my still working DSLR's and my Old Nikon F80.  Last shelve is all my lens. Now all my main gear will stay in its new home and will be easy to access when I have a shoot. 

Last step in my organization process was to get my all my camera bags set up. Yes I am a bag whore!  I do use every one tho depending on what type of shoot I have and now they are properly placed instead of just sitting on the floor!

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JAG : ): )

Spring Enduro

The Enduro races at Autodrome St-Eustache are always fun to shoot.. For those who dont know an Enduro race is an event for "beater" cars to race around on the oval for a set amount of time or laps and pretty much who ever can survive and complete the most amount of laps wins.

The amount of cars that compete always blows my mind.

Unlike most racing, in enduro racing contact is allowed and makes for 90% of the craziness of the event.

And even tho a lot of cars do start the race, not as many will finish. 

But its that hard core aspect that gets the crowd involved.

 

The car of choice seems to be the Sunfire/Cavalere but some big old American cars do pretty well too since they can take a beating.

It is sorta sad to see some of the cars get abused.. This Monte Carlo was pretty clean looking.

While walking around the track looking for spots to shoot I spotted a pair of sick looking Euro's out in the parking lot.

I always leaving these events with way to many photos and a smile on my face!

 

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JAG