SECRET'S OUT - THE TOP SECRET SUPRA IS STATE SIDE

At the end of 2017, my friends at TR4P TEAM told me that they were going to bid on 2 very special cars at an auction in 2018. One being a car that we'll see next month (May 2018) and the other being the legendary Top Secret V12 Supra that was previously owned by Smokey Nagata himself.

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I knew that the car was coming to South Florida 3 months prior to it's arrival. On Tuesday, April 4 2018, I was out with some friends after the Tuesday meet cruising and having some fun. On the way to Sunoco, we actually passed TR4P TEAM on the highway. I saw a spoiler and realized it belonged to an R34. I looked a little harder and saw the boys on the side of the highway. The R34 unfortunately had a tire blowout. We pulled it up to Sunoco and my friend Anthony gets a call from TR4P asking where we were and that they were on the way.

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A half hour goes by and I hear something in the distance. So I look and I see a blue GS that I recognized. A few seconds after, another car rolls up behind it and I start freaking out. Nobody else but me and my friend Anthony knew what it was. We got a lot of "wtf" stares until they pulled in and we told them what they were looking at. 

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They picked it up that night and brought it through. I still get goosebumps thinking about it rolling up. The Toyota Supra has always been a dream car for me and I think it's safe to say that it's a dream car for all of us. But this Supra, if you, you know. There's plenty of articles out there about this car and the man behind it. To keep it short, it's a Supra with a twin turbo'd Toyota Century V12 that did 197mph on public roads in 1997 and 222mph in 2007.

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The fact that this thing still exists is one thing. But the fact that it's stateside and my friends bought the damn thing?! Un-f*cking-real! I told them I was coming to the warehouse the next day to shoot it. I was so far beyond excited. I almost left pretended to be sick to leave work early!

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The clock struck 5pm and I finally clocked out! I called Anthony, he met me at my house and we made our way to TR4P to shoot the car. The car ride there felt so long. Im so happy I now have an E90 M3 because my 04 Camry would've made the trip feel like forever! Palms were sweaty, knees weak but no spaghetti sadly. We go to the original warehouse and the car wasn't there. I was confused and asked "where's the damn car?!". The boys at TR4P TEAM like to troll me. They said "oh we sold it" and a bunch of other stupid jokes. Can't lie, I was getting emotional LOL. Eventually, they told me it was at a secret location which turned out to be where they were relocating. When we pulled in and I saw the Supra sitting in the warehouse by itself, I almost shed a tear. It was perfectly set up. A dream come true. I grabbed my stuff and got to shooting.

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To say I'm honored and still in disbelief that I got to shoot this car is an understatement. As I type this blog post, I still can't believe this happened. The magnitude of it (especially for me personally) is too much. The car is gorgeous and in great condition. Literally, left me speechless. It has so much character in person. I did my best to capture it all.

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My favorite feature of this car is the original Japanese tag that is sealed to the car. As awesome as the car is performance wise and cosmetically, that little piece of history tops it all off. At least for me.

I'm going to end this blog post here but not before saying thank you to TR4P TEAM for giving the opportunity to be the first person to shoot this car. Thank you probably isn't enough in all honesty but I am so grateful. Below you'll find the full set of photos. Enjoy!

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Oh, and if you share these photos, please give photo creds and don't forget to tag @TR4PTEAM @TOPSECRETSUPRA please/thanks!

 

iPHONE X CAMERA REVIEW

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The iPhone X and the Nikon D850 are pretty similar. As far as obtaining them goes. I had to do more than I should've to acquire both of these expensive little gadgets. However, I am more than pleased with how both the iPhone and D850 perform. But we're here to talk about photography and how these two devices stack up against each other. Ready? Here we go.

Let's start with the iPhone. Not much to say about the D850. It's a more than capable DSLR that has been the best DSLR to date. So it really speaks for itself. Especially in this comparison. After having the iPhone for just about a month now, I love it. I'm absolutely impressed by Apple with this phone. The way it looks, they way it performs etc. you get it. But being a photographer, the most important thing for me was the camera and how much better it is than my previous 7 Plus.

The first photo I took with it was a shot of a wheel on a friends M6 (left/above on mobile). Crazy right? That was shot with the standard iOS camera app. When I took the photo it really blew me away. It was flawless. As I started to take more photos with the iPhone X, I realized that not every photo was coming out well as the wheel shot I took. After more shooting, it eventually made sense. The wheel shot was perfect because the sun was hitting it spot on. There was A LOT of light hitting the tiny little sensor inside my iPhone and as a result, you get the photo you see to your left. There are other photos I took that look great for them being phone taken photos. But I knew there was more potential in the camera.

The default camera app is pretty much just like shooting JPEG on a DSLR. Useless and destructive.  Don't get me wrong, I've taken some pretty awesome photos with the default camera app. Knowing I was shooting JPEG, I just threw them into VSCO, applied filters and tweaked the settings to my hearts desire. You can see those shots HERE. But like I said before, nothing came close to the shot of the wheel. 

Today, I was scrolling through Facebook like usual and I came across an ad for a camera app for iPhone. I'm always interested in things like this so I click the link and it brings me to a page where I'm introduced to an app called HALIDE.

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Reading through the features, I had to get my hands on it and test it for myself. Now, I have tried alternative camera apps with similar features before but none of them pleased me. The biggest thing for me was just getting a RAW photo and other apps made that more complicated than it should've. So I spent the measly $4.99 and went to go take some photos.

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Halide is PERFECT. It has both auto and manual controls. The manual controls are very simple and very cool but too much for me to control when trying to get a shot on the go on a touch screen. I prefer a DSLR for that since it's got all the buttons and command dials to control things individually. Leaving it on auto is just like using the default iOS camera app but you have the option to shoot RAW. That's all I needed. You just touch to focus, slide up or down to adjust exposure and click the shutter button to capture your photo. The DNG files are instantly saved straight to your camera roll and ready for import to any mobile app with RAW support. You can even upload these to your computer and use desktop apps like Lightroom and Photoshop without any loss in quality (I use AirDrop to transfer files). It also supports portrait mode which is called "DEPTH" in the app. 

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The shots you above are the RAW file captured straight from HALIDE (left) and the final version after I edit it in LR (right).

 The DNG from HALIDE is a world of difference from what you get out of the default camera app. There a lot of data and way more detail. It's pretty obvious that this app is incredible and that for just $5, you can get the most out of your iPhone's camera.

Below is a shot I took with my D850. 

Here's a better look at both shots compared to one another. 

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Crazy to see how similar both images are to one another. It almost made me mad. But let's face it, a phone can't replace a DSLR (not yet at least). For now, we photographers who spend thousands of dollars on gear are safe. There are still tons of things our phones can't do that our pricey DSLR's and mirrorless cameras can. 

However, the iPhone is too damn good. It's honestly too good to be true, but it is. 

In conclusion, I'm happy as hell that I discovered Halide. I now have a very capable camera that I can fit in my pocket and take everywhere with me. Taking beautiful photos on the go is now less of a hassle. No need to buy a compact camera or carry around my cumbersome D850 with me. I can keep my D850 safe and sound out home while I use my iPhone X . 

I highly suggest everybody buy Halide on the app store! It's more than worth it.

 

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