Do you know who Senna was?
Do you know about his relationship with Honda and the development of the NSX?
Stupid question, of course you do, you’re a petrol head, so lets jump a few chapters and get down to the nitty gritty.
SX-25-59 is claimed to be one of 3 Honda NSX’s that Senna owned, and this one was kept in Portugal at his holiday home, to which he drove it, enjoying the engineering of the NSX that he had help create. This red NSX is that car that Senna was photographed with washing it.
So how I came about to photograph this famous car? Well, there isn’t much to say.. it was pretty simple actually. I got in contact with the owner via email and after sending details about what I wanted to do and presenting a portfolio of images of what I had previously done, the owner was impressed and agreed we should collaborate. And that was that.
Preparation came in the simplest form, I took EVERYTHING I owned. I charged everything, bought double the amount of spare batteries, loads of SD cards. I chose to shoot tethered, so I also took my MacBook Pro, 2 hard drives and 2 chargers. I didn’t want to risk anything.
Shot on my Nikon D600, full framed and attached was my robust 50mm, coupled together they are able to take in all the information I needed.
The day of the shoot came, and we arrived in a very tranquil part of the country, put it this way, if you were offered all the money and gold in the whole world, you still wouldn’t guess where this car is. The owner of the NSX, Rob McFagan greeted us and directed us to a barn at the back of his estate. At this point the great British weather was not on our side and it was raining by the bucket load, instantly I was disheartened as I knew the photoshoot was hanging in the balance
Never the less, Rob showed us round and he has a special heated garage which has beautifully tiled floors and lots of motorsport, automotive and most importantly, Senna memorabilia, including a replica of the famous yellow coloured F1 helmet.
We chatted for a bit, and got down to the important part, “can I photograph it?” I asked. The answer was no, and my heart sank. Anyway, without boring you, Rob owns many units for his business, and we thought that we could utilise one and use it to create a cool, cinematic photograph, like what I always strive to achieve.
8 hours later, (my assistant and I took our time and doubly did everything), we were happy with the results, packed up, said thank you and left.
As I hope many have already seen, this was the result. I did my normal procedure of shooting and editing (which I still will not let anyone know), but it didn’t take too much post production as we corrected the shot, including positioning, lighting, complete dynamics when we were on shoot.
If you are either a F1 fan, or a Senna fan, I hope you enjoy the image even more, keep posted at my website www.ayphoto.co.uk as there is more to come. I would appreciate the photograph being shared as I think its an important image that helps us remember how much of a incredible man Ayrton Senna was.
I am open to commissions and collaborations worldwide for similar shoots. Please get in touch to discuss a project.