Photographer Clint Davis recently had the opportunity to visit the Bachman Collection, which houses at least 40 rare Italian ponies, while on his first assignment for Forza Magazine. Lucky bastard. Watch the video above and read below to not only see the how this incredible photoshoot was put together and capture a glimpse of a rarely seen car collection in the process.
As Clint told me:
Ferrari, what many consider the holy grail of automotive bliss, has a special aura about them. Despite my niche being automotive photography, I can count on one hand how many Ferraris I've seen in the South. So when I got my first assignment from Forza Magazine (http://www.forza-mag.com/issues/136/articles/unbridled-passion) to shoot and write about the distinguished Bachman collection, I had to prepare my brain for candystore overload. The Bachman collection consists of at least 40 Ferraris (the family did not disclose the actual number), most of which are yellow, and the final production model in a given series... not to mention a pair of mint F40s, a 288 GTO, the last boxer, and the only original yellow FXX ever built, to name a few.Shooting wise, this was an editorial piece, so I pulled out my lightweight Canon 5DMKIII. Considering the sheer amount of content that needed to be shot, it was crucial that I was able to move around as quick as possible to grab as many shots in a 7hr window... not to mention dedicate time to delve into the minds of the Bachman family to write the article. After taking the standard garage shots, I had to narrow the collection down to 5 yellow cars for some serious shooting outside the garage. Those hard choices were primarily dictated by year and significance:
1967 275 GTB/4 (Classic alloy-bodied car)1984 308 GTS Quattrovalvole (Mr. Bachman's first Ferrari)1996 F512 M (Final version of Testarossa)
2005 360 Challenge Stradale (2000 era)
2007 FXX (Pure Adulterated Insanity)We corralled the Ferraris to some rural country areas, a historic downtown street, and ended at a local airstrip with a ridiculously beautiful sunset. To be honest, taking good pictures of these cars is about as easy as falling into water from a boat. The main accessory I used was a circular polarizer to control reflections, and a tripod when setting up rare staged shots... That's it. Inspired by my friend Linhbergh (http://linhbergh.com/), I edited this set completely in Adobe Lightroom, minus a few minor tweaks in Photoshop. I try not to process editorial work too much, which is a nice break from the usual advertising jobs.