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There’s nothing better in a photographer’s life than some willing friends and an interesting subject. That came together for me just a few weeks ago, far north of Los Angeles, in the Sierra Pelona mountains. There, I had a date with a Nautic Blue ’87 944 Turbo, and some help from my friend (and owner) Andrew Burns, and my esteemed cohort Peter Nelson. All I had to do was hang out of the back of a speeding car. Don’t try this at home.

March 16, 2021 Car Bibles Feature Photo Details

  • Car(s): 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo
  • Location: Angeles National Forest, CA
  • Photog: Chris Rosales (IG + Twit @Chrishasacamera)
  • Camera: Canon 5D Mark III w/ 70-200mm f/2.8L

Burns purchased his 944 Turbo mere weeks before this shoot. Since day one, I’ve been pestering him daily to let me shoot the car in a proper setting. I had lots of ideas for where I want to put the classically ’80s 944, including shooting around downtown Los Angeles. More than anything, I just needed the car somewhere, anywhere. Past experience has taught me that even getting the car to a spot, is the biggest hurdle to any shoot.

Also, Burns is averse to driving his old Porsche into DTLA, for some reason. Not to mention, I’ve gotten some unwarranted police harassment shooting cars in DTLA before, so I preferred a peaceful, non-patrolled spot in the mountains. No, not Angeles Crest. This is my own secret spot. Sorry reader!

I pivoted this entire shoot around my esteemed colleague Peter Nelson’s Lexus RC-F Fuji Edition. Half, because I wanted to shoot the RC-F to blow some cobwebs off, and half because I knew that I could lure Andrew to any location with a any Lexus F product. Peter was coming back from a track day at Laguna Seca (lucky bastard) and coming back to LA through my neck of the woods, so this was going to be a painless stop for Peter, and a fun day out for Andrew and his Turbo (affectionately called ‘The Torbo’ or ‘Torb’).

Here’s one of the results, as big as we could get it:

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