Wekfest LA 2012 Coverage…Part 4: The Late Afternoon, from an alternate perspective…

While yesterday was a post that consisted of more people content and things going on during the early afternoon at Wekfest, today’s post will be 100% car content. Things will look a little different to you today because the coverage for today and tomorrow were shot from a completely different camera. Consequently, in terms of sheer photographic content, the next set of posts are probably my favorite. I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time with ATS Anh’s new Nikon D800 camera. The D800 is one of the best cameras out right now and probably one of the flagship DSLRs from Nikon. I know absolutely nothing about Nikons other than what I have read. I knew the D800 was out and the main competitor with the new Canon 5d MKIII, but I never knew that I would have the opportunity to shoot with it. It’s like, a $3500 camera and I am in no position to purchase something of that caliber right now. Just carrying it around for a couple hours was strange enough as it is because the lay-out of the camera is completely different than a Canon, which I use.  The buttons all over the place made it seem like alien technology to me but the results, in my opinion, were great….great considering that I didn’t even know how to use the fucking thing and just snapped away with whatever settings were presently on the camera. Even Anh is still in the process of getting to know the camera himself. He’s either a very trusting man or thinks I have a lot of money because I walked off with this thing for like 4 hours and he didn’t even care….haha. Everything from here on out for the remaining portions of coverage were all shot with a Nikon D800. I don’t know shit about photography to start with but I think the overall results were good. I liked some of the shots so much that I even included links to larger versions so you can see the photos in really high resolution. This thing is like 36.3 megapixels or some shit so the detail in the photos are very, very fine. I wish I knew how to use this thing, maybe the photos would have came out even better, who knows…

If anything, I think I am now disappointed with what I am stuck with because I now see the shortcomings of the camera I have now… Being able to shoot coverage with this thing was a real tease and now I am itching to get a better camera. Realistically, I could buy like, 5 of the camera I have now with the money it costs to buy a D800. I really want a 5D MKIII though but that shit isn’t ever going to happen…They are both around the same price and I think I will ultimately end up with the 5D MKII… Anyways, you’ll have seen many of the cars in the coverage already but I essentially re-shot the whole event with the D800. There are too many fucking buttons on this thing but damn, I fell in love with this camera for a couple hours…. Enjoy the photos below. I know many of you visit other websites where they have multiple photographers but how about a site where it’s just one photographer shooting with multiple cameras? Haha… only on stickydiljoe.com… Thanks for looking folks and I hope you are as happy with the photos as I am…

Missed the previous three parts of Wekfest LA 2012 coverage?… Never fear, I have attached the links to each post below…

Wekfest LA 2012 Coverage… Part 1: Show Prep…

Wekfest LA 2012 Coverage… Part 2: The Morning…

Wekfest LA 2012 Coverage… Part 3: The People, The Cars, The Afternoon…

Now, on with Part 4. There are links attached to various images that I shot that I really liked. Clicking them will take you to higher resolution versions of the photos. If you have the opportunity, please view these in all their glory on a personal computer and not your smart phone. It’s hard to really grasp the quality of the photos by just looking at them on a smartphone. I’m not the boss of you so you look at them however you want, but I would prefer it if you looked at them in their intended size…haha…thanks!..

Special shout-out goes to Anh Truong from ATS Garage for trusting me with his investment…


DPK Jared’s S2000 looking stunning with the updated engine bay set-up…. Larger Version (1400×933)


Just some of the ATS x DPK line-up that day… Larger Version (1400×933)


Adam from Wek’Sos Industries taking a quick A/C break inside his matte white-wrapped BMW on Work Brombacher wheels….


Sunny’s Insight from Norcal on Blitz 01s…. Larger Version (1400×933)


You can catch Salem’s TSX competing in a couple weeks at Super Street magazine’s FF Battle 4…


Sam Ip’s incredible supercharged FA5 Civic on custom matte gunmetal Volk RE30s…. Larger Version (1400×933)


Jonathan Wong from Super Street magazine’s Japanese Kanjo racer-inspired EF Civic on Osaka JDM Loop5 wheels and a newly added Car Craft Boon! rear wing… Larger Version (1400×933)


I can’t even begin to express how much I love Jon Sibal’s Rauh Welt-inspired Dodge Challenger… Larger Version (1400×933)


Lloyd Morales’ Vertex Kouki S14 is one of my favorite American 240SX builds of all-time… Larger Version (1400×933)


Lloyd’s S14 interior…


Side profile wide angle shot of the S14…


Slammed Infiniti G35 with gunmetal-face Work VS-XXs…


Love the color choices the owner made on this IS300…Everything flows so well and Work S1Rs are one of my favorite wheels at the moment… Larger Version (1400×933)


Pancakes’ Y33 Q45 with Aimgain aero and Leon Hardiritt Bugels… Larger Version (1400×933)


Infiniti M on bags and brushed AME Shallen LXs…


Y33 Q45 from SquadOne rocking Version Select aero…


Autofashion USA’s 2GS VIP project car, codenamed “Chicken Little”… Larger Version (1400×933)


Clean ITR on what looks to be 17-inch Work Emotion CR-Kai wheels…


I thought this was a pretty cool shot of the Auto Concept Elite Top Secret Supra…I never understood why the rear of this thing always sat so high…hmm… Larger Version (1400×933)


Candy Magenta Infiniti G35 on gold faced Leon Hardiritt Ordens…I believe I recently saw this car up for sale… If you want to get pulled over every 10 minutes wherever you go, feel free to inquire about a price… Larger Version (1400×933)


Jin’s LS400 from Kyoei USA is by far one of my favorite VIP builds… This thing is just stunning… If I were to ever get into a unintended fight with members of the Japanese Yakuza, I hope they come out of this car… haha… Larger Version (1400×933)


VIP-themed Lexus RX on VIP Modular wheels…


One can never have too many photos of Chris Sakai’s Civic… Larger Version (1400×933)


How about an interior shot of Jay Powers’ EK?… Larger Version (1400×933)


The supporting cast of the new Channing Tatum male stripper movie… From left to right, Jay Powers, DPK David, Takeshi Kobayashi, PG+K Jay, and Nick Caster… Nick plans to do his dance routine with that hat on the whole time…


One of the main contributors of DPK Jared’s S2000… Ryan “Rywire” Basseri…


They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I’m sure that’s true, but I instantly felt poorer after seeing this Bentley convertible by the water front…


If I didn’t feel poor enough, I then spotted this Maserati with wheels I wouldn’t put on it…


Fred from ATS and I were talking all morning about how everybody was wearing camo shorts that day.. Apparently there was some sort of memo posted on the flyer or something stating that you had to have camo shorts on to come into the show. I too was guilty of rocking camo shorts. From a distance, looking at the grass area of the show, everyone looked like they were just floating torsos…camo camo everywhere….


Big Mike needs no introduction…


I am pretty much over staring at CCW wheels but I really liked this white Subaru STi…. Larger Version (1400×933)


Very nice AE86 Corolla on Watanbe wheels… Don’t lie, you stared at the license plate and tried to sound out “XAE 86X”… Now you probably feel like a dumbass…you are not alone…


Leon Casino and his CR-X in good spirits after his recent accident when he was struck by a truck while riding his Ruckus… The past statement makes no sense because CR-Xs cannot express emotions but I’m happy that Leon is doing better…


Teddy’s Civic is looking great these days with his new additions…Love the front lip, hood, and Livesports rear wing… Larger Version (1400×933)


Rear quarter shot… Larger Version (1400×933)


Karl’s S2000 is coming along nicely as well… The Meisters are a little too aggressive for my tastes but I give him props for daily driving this thing… Larger Version (1400×933)


Aggressive angle on Michael Mao’s NSX…Love how the rear of this thing looks now with the exhaust and intercoolers… I too am looking pretty official in the reflection on his rear bumper… Blurry Rodrez in the background, not the old man on the left…


Another shot of Mike’s NSX on custom Mugen MF10s….Chaba in the background talking to some dude about something that probably wasn’t all that interesting. I walked by and saw her give me that “Hey save me” face but I was busy…Yeah, BUSY…standing…over here…taking pictures…  Larger Version (1400×933)


I can’t think of a clever caption for this photo so I will move right along…


Cyrus Raagas’ S2000…. surprised to see it with the hood closed at a show… Maybe bird shit was a problem that day or something, I don’t know….


Thought this matte red S2000 on black CCWs was interesting…


Spotted this Integra in the morning while I was rolling into the venue in my car and finally had a chance to check it out in the afternoon…Thumbs-up for rocking WEDsport wheels… Larger Version (1400×933)


Thanks to this guy for standing in front of this S2000 the whole time I was trying to get a photo of it… the open door kind of fucks it up anyways, but hey, I tried…


Had to sit on the dude’s shoulders to get this shot since he wouldn’t move….


FA5 Civic slammed on CCW LM5s…


Alex Colon’s Civic on Mugen M7s…. Rocking a Sportcar Motion front bumper as well…


Good looking bay… Larger Version (1400×933)


Enrique Rosario’s creamy EG… Larger Version (1400×933)


Enrique’s engine bay is looking good these days… Larger Version (1400×933)


Widebody Kouki S14…. So wide that the sideskirt is three pieces, haha…Looks sick though I have to admit… Larger Version (1400×933)


Luis Jaime’s K-swapped Civic with Mugen MF10Ls and BYS front lip…


I was pretty impressed with the engine bay on the All-In Fab Civic coupe…the exterior is just not that attractive at all…Wheels don’t fit, car is kind of floating and I can’t really say the lime green goes with the blue hue on the chassis…Engine bay is cool though…The guy can fabricate and weld, that’s for sure. Putting together a car though…I am still on the fence about that…


Again, nice execution of the engine bay… Larger Version (1400×933)


Another angle… Larger Version (1400×933)


Good attention to detail in the bay…


Jeremy Duarte’s DB8 Type R on mag blue RE30s… Larger Version (1400×933)


Turbo B18 that was freshly installed… Larger Version (1400×933)


Congrats to the entire Bandits crew as they ended the day by taking home the Honda Tuning magazine award… Larger Version (1400×933)


Jimmy Neitte’s Civic also representing Bandits…Love how it sits on a meaty tire and Volk CE28s… Larger Version (1400×933)


K-ITBs… Larger Version (1400×933)


Mike Trevino’s EG9 sedan… Larger Version (1400×933)


Mike’s engine bay… Larger Version (1400×933)


Jeremy’s wife Nisa’s EK9 Civic Type R… Larger Version (1400×933)


Brian Nguyen’s Ecomugen CR-Z…



Closing out Part 4 with a shot of Tuan’s Civic coupe from FAST Autoworks… I thought I saw a ghost when I spotted this car because I hadn’t seen it in so long…

Hope you guys enjoyed the coverage…back with part 5 tomorrow… Oh, and I put this entire post together in my underwear…boom…

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  1. thats a pic of jason interior not chris if im not mistaken joey.. also im pretty sure thats a bomex wing on teddy car.

  2. Your welcome Joey!

    I’m still mad you shoot everyone’s car expect for mines with my own dang camera!

  3. I thought so too, but looking at it from behind makes me doubt myself, looks different than the Bomex..
    Allmost seems like everyone is rocking Azenis!

  4. nisas friend is looking trannyish (bandits white ek)

  5. Your comments are always funny as F@#$.

  6. These pictures kick ass, awesome coverage

  7. More & better Photos of the Light Blue EJ1, the bay is def. a Win. please Dump it, AKA “lower it”

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