pardon me

April 11, 2020 /// issue no. 102

I haven’t touched my automotive to-do list this week, which should change at least a little as we head in to the weekend. There are so many distractions and, to be honest, I would rather spread out three brake fluid flushes across more than one weekend. If I was willing to leave the house I might actually pay someone to take care of a portion of those to-dos so I could be investing time in fun. And if you know me, my idea of fun is often learning a new skill.

Porsche gets me. This week they announced they’re publishing a series of automotive masterclasses, the first of which is with professional photographer Richard Pardon. Pardon walks quickly through the concepts of equipment (or apps for your phone!), speed, composition, and light.

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If you want to go deeper and are willing to shell out the dough, pro photog Easton Chang’s class is half off at $99. I became familiar with Easton’s work two decades ago when he homebrewed boom rigs and mounted them to his Australian-spec Integra Type R for motion blur shots. Since then he has made more than a name for himself with his unique style.

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If truly sheltering-in-place is your goal and you want to really nerd out, I have a backlog of options for us too. High Performance Academy has a trio of courses that cover engine tuning, engine building, and wire harness construction. HPA has trained a plethora of pro-tuners and can train us too. I have also been dying to take ex-F1 aerodynamic engineer Scott Beeton’s AeroDesign courses. Aerodynamics has always seemed like a black art I would like to shed light on. Here’s to improving ourselves so we don’t go crazy.

Coffee time,
Steven

P.S. I might drop some coin on Mike Crawat’s Lightroom presets. If you can handle your camera and compose it’s a great way to cheat light.


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