Today we will embark on a new journey that encapsulates photography and cars. We will be calling this segment, “IEPR’s Garage” where we photograph “cool” cars and talk about the gear that we used. We hope that in turn, this will help new photographers get an idea for what camera and lens combinations look like. We will stay as objective as possible and bring you the facts. The images have been edited (we need to have a little fun) and will be posted up at 800px wide. No drama. Just cars and photos.

To keep things simple, we will be shooting all the cars right in front of the shop. We will have to keep things interesting in the future to make sure the style doesn’t get too redundant, so we will do our best. Please send us ideas, we are all ears!

Our first entry to the blog is Jordan Mo’s 2001 Lexus IS300. Super clean… the IS is wrapped in a HKS kit and driven on HRE 540’s.

Canon 5d Mark III | Canon 35mm 1.4 L | ISO 4000 | f/3.2 | 1/160th

Equipment that we used in the shoot today as are follows: Canon 5d Mark III, Canon 7D, Nikon D600, Canon 24mm 1.4 L Mark II, Canon 35mm 1.4 L, Canon 135mm 2.0 L, Canon 60mm 2.8 EF-S Macro, Nikon 10.5mm fisheye and Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR II. All shot in RAW

Canon 5d Mark III | Canon 24mm 1.4 L Mark II | ISO 100 | f/16.0 | 1/10th

I (Andrew Manley) love the Art Colony in downtown Pomona. There are so many various types of artists, students, characters that roam 2nd St. Never a dull moment here, so I wanted to incorporate the lifestyle here in the photos. As we started the shoot, two bikers were excited to see the Lexus and started to ask lots of questions. I asked if they wanted to be in the photos and it was all smiles from there. With the camera set on a tripod, I lowered the shutter speed down just enough to get the effect I wanted above. It took us a few tries but got it right with the shot below. We tried to block the sun as much as we could but it was just in the “right” spot and it was too hard to avoid but we aren’t complaining.

Canon 5d Mark III | Canon 135mm 2.0 L | ISO 100 | f/2.0 | 1/800th

Jordan quietly walked over to the bench as I started shooting and this was another opportunity for a “lifestyle” shot. I liked the idea of him “admiring” his work on a park bench. Shot this with the Canon 5d Mark III and Canon 135mm 2.0 L. I wanted to make sure to shoot this at a higher shutter speed due to it being more “difficult” to shoot sharp because of camera shake.

Nikon D600 | Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR II | ISO 250 | f/2.8 | 1/640th

If I shoot the front, I have to shoot the back… lol… Loved what the Nikon D600 is about so shot this one at 200mm open wide and got some clean results. Custom LED’s and the back HKS bumper with the valance…. <3

 Canon 7D | Canon 60mm 2.8 EF-S Macro | ISO 800 | f/2.8 | 1/160th

The Canon 60mm 2.8 macro is a new lens for us. Wanted to check this EF’s lens out on the 7d and got some good results. Shot open wide and focused on the HRE logo. Shot this one about 8 feet away. Cranked up the ISO a bit because this was on the darker side of the car.

Canon 7D | Canon 60mm 2.8 EF-S Macro | ISO 400 | f/4.0 | 1/160th

Shot this one at f/4.0 because I wanted to increase the depth of field and get in a bit more details on the spokes and lugs. Focused on the tire size @ 245. Shot one at f/2.8 but depth of field was too shallow.

Canon 5d Mark III | Canon 35mm 1.4 L | ISO 100 |  f/1.4 | 1/200th

Once again the focus was on the HRE logo with center focus and recomposed. Even though this was shot on the darker side of the car, shooting at f/1.4 allowed me to shoot this one at ISO 100 for a clean photo.

 Canon 5d Mark III | Canon 35mm 1.4 L | ISO 400 |  f/1.4 | 1/200th

For the exhaust, I just increased the ISO from 100 to 400, which is an increase of 2-stops (ISO 100 to 200 is 1-stop, 200 to 400 is 1-stop, for a total of 2 stops). Since it was darker underneath the car from the right side of the car

Canon 5d Mark III | Canon 35mm 1.4 L | ISO 100 | f/1.4 | 1/800th

A little semi close up of the backside. Shot open wide on the 35L.

Canon 5d Mark III | Canon 35mm 1.4 L | ISO 100 | f/1.4 | 1/800th

Just a long shot of the side of the IS300. Focused on the tire and fender intersection. Shot at f/1.4 to get just the wheel in focus.

Canon 5d Mark III | Canon 35mm 1.4 L | ISO 100 | f/1.4 | 1/800th

Shot half of the IS300 with the 35L (Can you tell which is my favorite lens) wide open. At this distance, the is some barrel distortion and the sideskirts of the car starts to warp a bit. It’s not too bad but still noticeable.

Nikon D600 | Nikon 10.5mm fisheye | ISO 800 | f/2.8 | 1/160th

Always loved the interior odometer of the IS300… haven’t seen it in person for over 10 years but here she is… Decided to give the fisheye a spin and it has some great results.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this segment. Since this is just the start, we will be improving on what we bring you. You can always email us suggestions ( or put comment below. We read all of it :). We also look forward to bringing you guys behind the scenes video as well. Til next time IEPR fans!

6 Responses

  1. Benny

    Love the entry. Can’t never go wrong with cars + photography. Looking forward to more.


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