When I first got the confirmation email from MVL that we could plan out and execute a photo shoot with the Bugatti Veyron, I almost dropped the coffee I was drinking. For the first time in the world, a private full fledged photo shoot would be allowed, and full access to the car would be provided. Once we had set up a mutually convenient time to meet, I travelled to the dealership to see the subject for the first time, and get an idea of the area I would be working in. Due to the immense liability of transporting the car, or driving it to a off-site location, I had to stay on the dealership property, and keep the car inside, out of the snow and salt of winters in Canada. I selected one of the walls of the dealership as the backdrop for the shoot. Once some pictures were removed it was a solid neutral color, and would provide a nice contrast with the car.
[quote align=”left” color=”#000000″]As if the Veyron was not limited enough in terms of production at a total of 300 units, Bugatti introduced in 2010 one of the rarest examples available; the Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir.[/quote]
Fast forward one week and the shoot day has arrived. With all of the gear packed up, I travel back to the dealer and began setting up. With the 10 cars in the showroom safely moved into the service bay area, we positioned the Veyron at a 45 degree angle to the camera and began setting up the flashes. For this shoot we used two Canon speed light flashes, with mounted umbrellas to diffuse the light. One was placed in front of the vehicle, while the second was placed off to the left side. After several trial shots, we found the black paint/clear carbon were overly reflective and as a result there were quite a few hot spots in the images. We used a second diffuser, and turned the flashes down in power and tried the shot again. The softer flash provide enough light to illuminate the sections of the car we needed, without overpowering the paint and creating hot spots.With the camera held constant on the tripod we switched one of the flashes to the interior of the car to help illuminate the bright tangerine leather. Placed in the footwell on low power a 2nd image was captured just for the interior. We moved the flashes once more to illuminate the rear quarter panel and wing of the car, and got our 3rd and final shot.
Feeling confident with the images we had captured, the post processing began. The 3 separate images were layered together, and blended until the image looked like it was one shot. I then began cleaning up the background, two floor to ceiling windows that were originally behind the car had to be removed, and artifiscial wall had to replaced them. With the physical subject taken care off I altered the colors and lighting until the car shown to its best, gloss black, bare carbon, and bright silver aluminum. The finished product is what you see before you, the incredible Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir.
- Canon EOS 5D MK II
- Exposure -1/160th
- Software – Photoshop CS6
About the Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir
As if the Veyron was not limited enough in terms of production at a total of 300 units, Bugatti introduced in 2010 one of the rarest examples available; the Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir (French translated: Black Blood).
The Sang Noir is an ordinary Veyron underneath with the exclusivity limited to materials and finish. The exposed carbon fibre on the nose, roof, and tail and brushed aluminum mirrors are the giveaway if you find yourself amongst more than one Veyron. The bespoke two-tone wheels are also distinctive to this model as well as the tangerine interior. All 15 Sang Noirs have been sold with each one destined and plated for the country its proud owner chooses to register it.
The one you see here is the only Canadian Veyron Sang Noir and 1 of 3 Sang Noirs in North America. Rare cars are a dime a dozen but to have a car that has rarity and current world records for performance and price point is a relished opportunity. How you ask? The location was MVL Leasing & Sales in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Having earned a stiff reputation for the procurement, sales, and leasing of high performance cars for over 30 years, MVL was gracious enough to provide this exclusive piece of inventory for the purpose of the photo shoot. If you love this car as much as we do, feel free to contact Neema Sharifi at MVL Leasing for more automotive magnificence.
Article and photography by: Matt Wetzel and Neema Sharifi.
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