FINE TUNED MACHINES FOR TOP PERFORMANCE
Commercial photographer Toshi Oku has perfected the art of bringing luxurious automobiles to life through photography and video. His work, perfectly showcases the engineering and design prowess of some of the most renowned car manufacturers in the world. When offered the chance to photograph the Koenigsegg Agera RS during an attempt to break the land speed record, Toshi jumped at the chance. His camera of choice? The Hasselblad H6D-100c.
LOCATION: NEVADA DESERT, CAMERA: HASSELBLAD H6D-100C,SHUTTER SPEED: 1/350 SEC, APERTURE: F/8 , FOCAL LENGTH: 35MM (HCD 35-90), ISO:64| © Toshi Oku
The Agera RS can accelerate from 0-249mph in just 24 seconds, topping out at an average speed of 277.87mph, making it one of the fastest production automobiles in the world. The record attempt took place on an 11-mile stretch of straight highway in the Nevada desert and Toshi’s job on the day was simply to “capture something incredible”.
As an experienced photographer who specialises in photographing landscapes and motor vehicles, Toshi was in his element. The Agera RS is designed specifically to optimise its power and downforce ratio when moving in a straight line. To cope with huge pressures it encounters when driving at speeds in excess of 200mph, the shape of this car has a unique front splitter, air vents and rear wing. These critical features allow air to move around the Agera RS with maximum efficiency, while preventing the front of the car from raising as it picks up speed. But they also help to make the car a beautiful photographic subject.
LOCATION: NEVADA DESERT, CAMERA: HASSELBLAD H6D-100C,SHUTTER SPEED: 1/125 SEC, APERTURE: F/11 , FOCAL LENGTH: 28MM (HCD 28), ISO:100| © Toshi Oku
The images produced by Toshi from the day are a vivid demonstration of the car’s eye-catching curvature and strong lines, all against the backdrop of the sparse desert scenery and open highway. Rich with tone and razor-sharp detail, Toshi’s images of the Agera RS are iconic, more art, than simply location-based automobile photography.
Speaking of the first moment he laid his eyes on the Agera RS, Toshi said: “When I saw that Koenigsegg car in that desert light, I knew I was going to get something beautiful. What really excited me as an artist is being here and feeling this car pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.”
Toshi used both the HCD 4-5.6/35-90mm and the HCD 4/28mm mounted on the Hasselblad H6D-100c on this project. Explaining why those lenses were ideal, Toshi said: “The ability have a zoom lens that hits all the sweet spots was great, also the 28mm is such an amazing lens. It’s sharp and having a wide-angle like that is very nice to shoot a project like this.
“I wanted to approach this as more of a fine art project, than a commercial car shoot, having a wide-angle lens gave me more freedom in composition. With the detail you get from the H6D-100c I can shoot my images as an entire frame but also crop and recompose images later without worrying about a loss in quality.”
LOCATION: NEVADA DESERT, CAMERA: HASSELBLAD H6D-100C,SHUTTER SPEED: 1/15 SEC, APERTURE: F/16 , FOCAL LENGTH: 35MM (HCD 35-90), ISO:100| © Toshi Oku
Each and every sensor that goes into a Hasselblad H6D-100c camera body is individually calibrated and tested to ensure it deliver optimal image quality, making it the perfect camera to capture the detailed products, like the expertly crafted Koenigsegg Agera RS.
LOCATION: NEVADA DESERT, CAMERA: HASSELBLAD H6D-100C,SHUTTER SPEED: 1/500 SEC, APERTURE: F/11 , FOCAL LENGTH: 28MM (HCD 28), ISO:100| © Toshi Oku
Reflecting on the experience of working with Koenigsegg, Toshi said: “I feel the real similarity was myself as a photographer and a camera, and the driver and this car; they have to work perfectly together like fine-tuned machinery.”