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Pictures and article by: Derek Walker Photography
My ears felt like they were icicles about to fall off my face. I was completely drained from the three hour-long train ride and was standing on a New York City side street waiting to be picked up in what felt like 2 degree weather. What was I being picked up in you may ask? Oh you know, just an Azure Blue Lamborghini Aventador. And who was picking me up? Allen Wong, self-made millionaire and one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met.
After driving for half an hour to meet up with the other two Aventador owners, we arrived at Phil’s house, who owns the Arianco Argos Lamborghini. It was finally time to shoot, after we have breakfast of course. (Can’t shoot on an empty stomach!) I had picked out five different locations to shoot on Long Island, so we set off on our epic conquest of picture taking. We started by going to the Oheka Castle, which has been host to many celebrities and TV shows including Royal Pains. Of course with my luck, we get there and are turned away due to an event taking place at the same time. With that fantastic news, it was onto the next location.
The next stop was a small airport about twenty minutes away. I had heard rumors about an abandoned airplane hangar (But I honestly had no idea what to expect). We got there and immediately noticed an air museum on the grounds, which had a few fighter jets lined up close to the parking lot. The jets were on the other side of a fence though, which seemed to be a problem. This problem, however, was taken care of rather quickly after $25 was paid per person to shoot with the planes (Thanks again Phil!). Once on the other side, I spent a good fifteen minutes arranging the cars perfectly to get the epic shot with the plane. I don’t know much about planes, but it definitely looked awesome with the Lamborghinis in front. The doors up make it seem as if the cars are about to take off with the plane. We shot there for about 2 hours before leaving and heading back to Phil’s house.
Everywhere we drove there were people holding up their iPhones snapping pictures, and little kids freaking out in the back seat of their dad’s sedans. Once we got to Phil’s house, we parked in a row and did a mini photo shoot there to finish off the day as the sun went down. It was an awesome day filled with awesome cars, nice people, and great shots. All three owners are incredibly nice and down-to-earth. They each earned everything they have and don’t think twice about giving back.
At the airfield and at the house I used my Nikon D300 with a 17-55mm f2.8 lens to shoot the photos. My aperture stayed between 2.8 and 4 mostly and my shutter speed ranged anywhere from 500 to 1600. A Nikon D90 was used to shoot all video for the day as well.