Photo and essay by Matt Wetzel:
Preparing for this photoshoot was very challenging because I had never been to the location we had selected. In the small Florida town the cars are produced, there are very few locations that would be practical to shoot the car at, so I was going into the location blind. I had to come up with shots I wanted to take based off a few cell phone pictures of the airport. Once we arrived in the vehicle and I could see what I was working with things got much easier. Off to the side of one of the taxi ways was a row of abandoned small aircraft begging to be used in a shot. Given the futuristic looks of the ETV, it contrasted perfectly with these well warn and weathered aircraft. Once we got the exotic car in the position next to the aircraft we used a 4×6 reflector to place some extra light on the vehicle and I start snapping. The final result was a shot that came out of the camera 90% of the way to where the client wanted it. Minimal photoshop processing was needed to finish the shot. I manipulated some of the colors, and some levels to produce the shot. No recontructive processing was needed, nothing was taken out, nothing was added. In the end I walked away very satisfied with the results. This car was a blast to shoot, from every angle there was a new line to capture. This vehicle was unlike any other I have shot, and probably any vehicle I will shoot in the future.
Only 8 ETV’s have been produced and they are hiding everywhere from Dubai, to London. Car has been featured on everything from Speed TV, Discovery Channel, Top Gear UK, Maxim Russia, and Wired. This one is based on the supercharged chevy engine, but customers can select almost any drivetrain to be utilized. Several electric versions have been produced as well. Depending on drivetrain you can have a backseat like the one featured. Ipad center console for engine management and digital gauge cluster.
Shot with a Canon 5D MKII[gdl_gallery title=”ETV” width=”127″ height=”120″ ]