Saturday, 4 November 2006

Pan Pan Pan

Pan Pan Pan

This picture was taken at the Princess Bridge. I used a panning technique to create a blur effect on the background and clear for the Mazda MX-5 car. Aiming at the car and following it, I press the shutter gently and continue following it during the 1/20s of my non breathing life and hope for the best. The car was further sharpened in photoshop. The title was given to match Mazda's catch phrase of "Zoom Zoom Zoom".

The Mazda MX-5 (also known as Miata in North America and Roadster in Japan) is a sports car built by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan, since 1989. As of 2006, the MX-5 was one of the world's best-selling sports cars, with over 750,000 cars sold in total.

MX-5 was designed with a traditional FR (front-engine, rear-wheel-drive) layout and 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension. It comes with a longitudinally mounted four cylinder engine coupled to a manual transmission (an automatic transmission is available as an option).

The body is a conventional, but very light, unibody shell. The MX-5 also incorporates a unique trusswork called the Powerplant Frame (PPF) which connects the engine to the differential, minimizing flex and creating a tight, responsive feel. Many MX-5s feature limited slip differentials and antilock brakes. Traction control is an option available on some models.

With an approximate 50:50 front/rear weight balance, the car has very neutral handling, which makes it easy to drive for the beginner, and fun for the advanced driver.

There have been three generations of the MX-5, consisting of major stylistic and mechanical upgrades. The first generation, designated NA, sold over 400,000 units. It was produced from 1989 to 1997, initially with a 1.6-liter straight-4 engine, and from 1994 with a 1.8-liter engine. The NA can be recognized by its distinctive pop-up headlights. The second generation NB was introduced in 1999 with a slight increase in engine power; it can be recognized by the fixed headlights. The third generation NC was introduced in 2005 with a 2.0-liter engine; it can be recognized by the fender bulges over the wheel wells.

The MX-5 has won over 150 awards in its history,[2] including making Car and Driver magazine's annual Ten Best list seven times; Wheels Magazine 's Car of the Year for 1989 and 2005; Sports Car International's "best sports car of the 1990s" and "ten best sports cars of all time"; 2005-2006 Car of the Year Japan; and 2005 Australian Car of the Year.

In video games, MX-5s are featured in a number of titles including the Need For Speed Underground series, the Project Gotham Racing series, the Gran Turismo series, Juiced and Forza Motorsport.

On TV, an episode of American sitcom Newsradio had the owner of the radio station give MX-5s to all his employees. Band Blink 182 had a red MX-5 dropped from a crane in the music video for their song "Rock Show". Also, a pair of episodes of the sitcom Saved by the Bell, titled "Wicked Stepbrother" parts 1 and 2, revolved around one of the characters getting a Miata. On books, Lawrence Sanders's McNally series has the main character mentioning his 1990 red Miata a few times in each of the stories, and the Guinness Book of Records registered the MX-5 as the world's best-selling sports car in 2002.[5]



pamela said...

great shot!
the advertisers should snap this up and pay you tons of money.
makes me want to go buy one :)

De Foto said...

haha.. maybe i have to send mazda and ask for chance of sale. 2 probability,
1, i will get paid
2, they will slap me. haha

i guess i should try though

Jon said...

Dun talk about slaps
i phobia after drama already
about time u get slapped!!
Anyways, what happen to all those photos when i had 2 stand still while the background was moving
isnt that like the same effect

De Foto said...

Haha. Slaps? So cliche..
the technique is abit different. this one I move and follow the subject moving while yours is the background moving and the subject still and i put my camera on tripod. subtle different, lots of different in final product.