Exclusive Content: Unpublished Photos of Cooper Boudia’s Integra from Super Street’s April ’12 Issue…

Here are a mixed batch of photos from Cooper Boudia’s Super Street story I did for the April 2012 issue. These were shot awhile back and months before I shot Brandon Burke’s S13 (which you can see in the post before this one). I first met Cooper last year when he PMed me on the NWP4Life forums inquiring about a parking spot for The Chronicles Year.Three Anniversary Meet. He had finished his car around that time and was bummed that he didn’t have any events to take his car to in his area. I told him I’d give him a spot if he was willing to make the drive so he made the drive down to California all the way from Olympia, WA. I thought he was crazy for being down to make that kind of drive but I was happy to meet him. He’s a super nice guy and had built himself a very nice Integra. He ended up winning an award at my event and I hit up Super Street magazine to see if they wanted his car. He was still in California a week or so after my event so if they wanted me to do a story on the car, I would meet up with him to shoot it. He was about 3 hours away from me but being that he made the trip down from Washington, I wasn’t about to make him drive south again for the photoshoot. Johnny Wong told me to go ahead and do the story so I set up a day to meet up with Cooper over in the area where he was staying at with a close friend of his. My daily is pretty old and beat up so I rented a car early that morning on the day of the shoot. It was a 6 hour drive round-trip and it was just to risky to take my 4Runner. I also called Big Mike the night before to see if he was down to roll out there with me and help out. He graciously accepted and off we went to San Luis Obispo, CA. Everything was good that morning until I realized that I couldn’t find the power supply to the Alien Bee strobes that I use. I was pretty bummed but time was running out, and we couldn’t exactly  re-schedule since Cooper was leaving the next day. There was nothing I could really do so I just grabbed my back-up lighting equipment and took off…

The smaller flashes were fine but when I started shooting, they weren’t exactly working correctly. They wouldn’t fire when I wanted them too and were just working intermittently. I gave up on the lighting and just decided to shoot the car with whatever natural light I had. It was really overcast that day and we met up late so it was almost night fall by the time we started shooting. I think the photos suffered from that and I wasn’t really happy with the shoot after I finished it. I honestly wasn’t even happy with the photos after I submitted them to Super Street but when I saw them in published form, they came out better than I thought. I regret how the photos came out and really wished I could re-shoot Cooper’s Integra, but he’s all the way out in the state of Washington. Overall, I think the photos combined with the story made for a good feature. It’s not my best work and compared to the photos of Brandon Burke’s S13, these photos aren’t anywhere close in quality. I chalked it up as a learning experience and I feel that I’ve gotten better since then. I eventually found the power supply too. It was in the backseat of my Q45 that I had tucked away in storage…

Props to Cooper Boudia for building a really nice, clean Integra. His build thread is one of the best of 2011 and he’s very deserving of a feature because he basically did everything on this car on his own in a garage…

Anyways, enough talking… Check out the photos below. Same rules apply as usual, links to the larger photos appear below each pic. I didn’t have that many unpublished photos since there weren’t that many shots to begin with. Being that the online version of the story is kind of screwy and only half the photos appear in full-size, I’ve gone ahead and included the published photos as well so you guys can see high-res versions of the shots. I don’t know what happened to the online version of the story but I’ve attached the link to that below so you can read the story if you missed it…

Enjoy…

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ONLINE VERSION OF COOPER’S STORY FROM THE APRIL 2012 ISSUE OF SUPER STREET

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5 thoughts

  1. I know that you weren’t particularly happy with the photos but I think they came out really well. They have a very natural look about them, similar to how it would look to your eye if you just stumbled upon the car out in the wild.
    I think the style matches that of the car, with the not overly produced photos matching the cars unassuming style.

    That’s just my 2 cents though. Keep up the good work, I love the site 🙂

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