RACE CRAZY!!! Andy Bell & Jamie Bestwick by Sean Rice

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A cool opportunity came along to shoot the PR event with Jamie Bestwick and Andy Bell (drivers) to launch the Toyota Tundra TRD PRO. This amazing truck will be racing, almost bare bones, in the Baja 1000 in Mexico. Two of their drivers, X Games medalist Andy Bell & Jamie Bestwick will be 2 of the drivers featured in this amazing race. 

At this motocross event in Riverside, CA each member of the media had to go on the track and take turns trying to beat Andy Bell's best track time. I got the chance to get in the car with these two while they took me on the ride of my life.

At the end of the day it was hotter than hell so I couldn't think of a better way to cool off than with some super soakers and a water ballon grandee launcher. It was a blast working with these guys and I can't wait to see them get down to business on race day in December. 

Keep a look out in December for more photos of these 2 at the Baja 1000.

Happy Shooting!!!

Sean Rice

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Solo's Superheros for SportsCar Magazine by Sean Rice

This is probably one of the coolest gigs I have gotten yet. I was called up by SportsCar Magazine to shoot Paul Russell, one of the fastest men you will ever see in a Kart. Paul spends most of his weekdays behind a computer tearing through data maps as a software engineer, but on the weekends you might see him blow by you on the race track. He's about as fast as they come, and with that in mind the Editor said something to the tone of, "Sean we have a shoot for you, a driver by the name of Paul Russell. He works a desk job during the week and on the weekends he's burning up the track. So with that in mind we would like to do something SUPERMAN!"

With that said my gears started turing. I looked him up and his photo was just like Clark Kent. Superman it shall be. The hardest part of the shoot was gonna be convincing Paul that we promise not to make him look like a fat guy in a fire suite inside of a business suite. I knew I had some convincing to do, so I started sketching out ideas in order to sell Paul on the idea.I'm sure his first thought when he heard "Superman" is that all of his racing buddies are gonna give him shit. So it was up to me to make sure he looked as bad ass as possible, after all my name was going on this too. Plus being such a humble, quiet guy, he didn't want to come off too cocky either. 

So the first idea that the editor and I discussed was having him in a fire suite with a business suite over it pulling open his chest like Superman. I wanted it low angle to make him look monumental and have his kart in the background. The third read would be the city. The main concern was that he couldn't look like a fat guy wearing 3 layers of clothing.

Concept 1: So we shot him with and without the fire suite on. Luckily I brought a "Clark Kent" looking suite cause it fit him like a glove and we ended up using that for the main shot.

Concept 3: This was a back up shot, incase he didn't like the idea. Something that looked like a nice portrait and still got the concept across.

Concept 5: Was him contemplating speed in his kart with his cape on. We didn't think this idea really convey's what Paul was about, so we decided to scratch it. 

Concept 4: Was the shot I couldn't wait to do. The idea was to make him look like he was traveling at the speed of sound. Driving that kart super fast. The dream was to have this image be a fold out. 

Concept 6: I wanted to having his cape wiping behind him while the karts drove by, but the race track was for solo racers and having one Kart go by just wasn't going to cut it.

As the shoot day arrived I couldn't me more excited. The editor heard from Paul and he was 100% sold on the concept. Once we met it was like magic. Rather than going for Concept 6, I decided to go with a shot of Paul burning up the track, both with his Kart as well his time on the clock. 

We only had an hour to shoot so I got there early and took shots of the back ground while everyone was doing the track walk. It took about an hour to get lights set up and checked but soon we were ready for Paul. He was so much fun to work with. It was about 100 degrees and he was wearing 2 layers of clothing like it was nothing.

Once we got the shots we needed he started getting really into it. I looked at him and I said, "I want you to take that cape an throw it like you just don't give a fuck!" He nailed it on the first try. We took a few more shots but I was pretty sure we had it. 

Now for the kart shots. I shot a bunch of him static so i could get all of the details and then it was off to the pan shots to get some action. After about 4 or 5 passes I figured I had enough wheels in motion to complete it.

For the cape shot we had him sit still while the assistant whipped the cape around and let it go. It didn't take long to get those shots done with all of the wind. After we finished I grabbed some shots of cones at various angles and called it a wrap. 

I can honestly say I had the best time in the world and I couldn't be happier with how the images turned out. Special thanks to SportsCar Magazine, the Editor, Paul Pfanner, Philip Royal, Laurence Foster, Tony Di Zinno, Everard Williams and Bridgette McGraw.

Next week I will be featuring Jamie Bestwick and Andy Bell as the get loose in the Toyota Tundra TRD PRO.

Cheers!!!

Sean Rice

2015 Tundra TRD PRO to Race the Baja 1000 by Sean Rice

So much excitement was building for the truck they decided to release a teaser image the day before.

After being teamed up with the highly respected photographer and friend Tony Di Zinno  the "A" Team), I was given the opportunity to shoot the PR photos for the all new Tundra TRD PRO that is set to race in the Baja 1000. Now this truck hasn't been completely overhauled, they are using an almost completely stock, standard, dealer issued, right off the line, truck - to run the 1000 mile race in Baja, Mexico. With a few modifications like bucket seats, a roll cage, and bigger suspension this ferocious beast will attempt to tame 1,000 miles of Mexico's treacherous Baja desert. The drivers are set to be Any Bell, Jamie Bestwick, Ryan Millen and Ted Moncure.

Racer Media presented me with the idea of doing the shoot in the shop. I couldn't think of a better way to convey the message that this was a bad ass vehicle that deserved just as much respect as the vehicles it was competing against. This got my ideas flowing on how I wanted to light the truck especially since black trucks always present a challenge. For almost all of my shoots I like to sketch out the idea so the Art Director can see almost exactly what I am thinking about.

Initial Sketch idea for photo shoot.

With a lot of my photographic illustrations most of the images are photographed as parts or pieces and then assembled in photoshop to create the final image. The reason behind this is to have more control over the lighting of the various parts and pieces. It would take too much time and equipment for me to light and shoot 3 shots in this one location. The original idea started in front of a stack of tires outside, and has now evolved into the warehouse shop floor. Once inside I knew I wanted to top light the other car bays to make the Toyota look as intimidating as it was, while keeping it the main focus so the viewer would not get distracted by all the other elements in the shop. This allowed me to add in other props like the tires and tool benches to keep the shot more authentic. I really didn't wanted to change the organic look and feel of the shop. There were already existing sky lights so I used strobe to over power the daylight but other than that everything was almost exactly as it was. 

I was very happy with the end product and so was everyone over at Toyota. I look forward to the next job and I would like to give everyone who helped me out a very big THANK YOU!!! These shots are a lot of work and could not be done without everyone's help.

John Tondro "TJ" the builder of the Toyota TRD PRO at Terrible Herbst.

Cheers!!!

Sean C Rice

 

We are KINGS by Sean Rice

 At a Kings game in 1988 with my cousin Owen and Orel Hershizer.

At a Kings game in 1988 with my cousin Owen and Orel Hershizer.

GO KINGS GO!!!! All you hatters can hop on our band wagon... It's fine with me. We'll take all the fans we can get. We are the GREATEST team in the NHL.

The KINGS aren't a jersey or a hat or even a sticker on your car. They are the thumbs up on the street, the random high five at a bar, the head nod between cars at a stop light. They are that part of your heart that causes you to jump up and raise your hands high up in the air. It's keeping your head up no matter what, Why you might ask, because WE ARE KINGS!!!

Like many of us, I went to my first game when I was 5. I met Orel Hershiser during the 2nd period when I was 8. I had dreams about playing with Gretzky and McScorley like they were real.

We had Wayne Gretzky when we thought is was good,but all of the odd's were against us (Montreal with McSorley's stick). We had great players and we still couldn't with the cup. 

Then Mr. Bruce "greedy" McNall left and we got the new guy who was gonna so called, "REBUILD" just like Detroit had. We had no idea it was gonna get worse before it got better because some of the best players had yet to be farmed on to the team.

At a Tip-A-King event in 2005 I told coach Mark Crawford, to his face, that he was the shittiest coach there ever was, and to my he confidently agreed. He knew he was a stepping stone. It didn't stop there my anger and rage towards failure led me to spending nights in hockey forums bitching to coaches, commentators and sports casters. When was it gonna get better??? The thought of staging a strike outside Staple Center was bombarding my brain.

When the ducks won the cup in 2007 I thought that was it for me. As much as I cussed at my TV almost every other night, I knew I could never quit because no matter what all I knew was how to be a KING.

Even in 2007 - 2008 when they came in last place (which is what seemed to be on purpose to get first round draft pick for 2008) their luck was so bad they couldn't even get first round draft pick. Steven Stamkos was up for grabs and he was sensational. I was furious. Pissed. Instead we got 2nd pick which was Drew Doughty, who will turn out to be one of the greatest things to happen to the Kings.

But I still never left. It was still bad, they just couldn't nail down the goal tending, Jonathan Bernier was brought up to quickly and he got burned, but they had this Quick guy. Before Quick they would go a seasons with 30+ wins but they'd have one game where they'd play Dallas and we'd be down 3 nothing with 8 minutes to go in the 3rd. They'd come back and take the lead with 1:30 left to go, then give up another goal and be down 5-4 with 12 seconds left, and then tie it with 2 seconds left and then win it in over time. Those types of games aren't luck combined with talent, those moments are built from greatness, from something bigger than themselves.

Thats why I am a KINGS fan. For those moments that when no mater what is going on in your life you never give up hope. If they win Lorde Stanley's Cup for the second time in 2014, it won't be just for them... It will be for ALL of us.