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Details of a Ferrari F1

Michael Schumacher's Ferrari F300 photographed by Blair Bunting

A few weeks ago I did a post on the photoshoot of Michael Schumacher’s 1998 Ferrari F300 Formula One car. The images were very broad as I wanted to encompass the experience of seeing the car for the first time. In essence I wanted the viewer to see what I did the first time I walked into the studio and it was sitting there under the light. Its angles and intakes, the aggressive lines and raised nose that looks like few cars before it… beauty in form and function.

However, even though it was a short shoot, the images don’t stop at just the overall shots. This week I want you guys to see the details and art that make up an F1 car. Be it significantly more abstract that the previous collection, they are every bit as relevant to telling the story in its entirety. The thought that constantly ran through my mind it how this car sitting peacefully in the studio created the most incredible chaos on a track… from the pure scream of its V10 engine at 17,500 rpm to its ability to brake from 60 – 0 in under 50 feet (think about that for a second).

Some details presented themselves immediately, while others were seen only while walking around the car with very angular light. I was amazed at how seeming flat surfaces hid bumps and folds that were there for aerodynamic reasons. These details were hidden completely by the bright red of the car in most circumstances and I can imagine that is part of the purpose race cars carry such loud paint schemes. Nonetheless, take a couple minutes to enjoy some of the art that is an F1 car.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

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  1. Loving these Blair :)
    F1 cars are an amazing combination of art and engineering (which I guess is engineering in its purest form!)

    March 4, 2014

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