Archive for December, 2012
This past Saturday there was a Volkswagen R32 owner missing his car….that is because it was stolen by his son and driven into downtown Atlanta, I know that sounds bad but this story does not end with a chopshop. Danny wanted to do something special for his Dad for Christmas 2012 and knowing how much his Father loves his mint condition, low mileage, modified 2004 Reflex Silver VW R32 he contacted me about using my services. We decided a shoot was in order and some framed poster sized prints would make the perfect gift. Danny’s Father has been a long time Metro Atlanta resident and loves the city skyline so we headed deep into downtown to set up at a local spot that has an epic view. After the shoot was completed we ended up printing three 20 inch X 30 inch posters which Danny had framed, I’m sure they will look amazing hanging up in the garage next to the R32.
Enjoy the photos, and this stunning .:R32
Those that know me know I work a lot, and while it isn’t hard work and it is fun, it still completely consumes my life. First world problems, right? Yeah I know. Regardless, a small getaway was in order, and I needed to stare at something other than Photoshop for a couple of days. For a driving enthusiast and a photographer, Fontana Dam, North Carolina is essentially heaven on earth. This city is home to the world famous Highway US 129 aka Tail of the Dragon, one of the best driving roads in the world. People come from all over the United States to cruise this scenic passage that borders the Great Smokey Mountains, which is an incredibly gorgeous area with multiple must see and photograph locations.
I left my house Wednesday at 6am with my friend Kelsey riding shotgun in my 350Z and my friend Brendan driving his modified S2000….
After a calm three hour drive through the back roads of North Georgia we arrived at Fontana Village Resort where we checked into our cabin and unloaded all unnecessary items from our vehicles. It didn’t take long to see that our time here would be unlike any other Dragon trip we had experienced. We were basically in a ghost town. All restaurants, gas stations and stores were abandoned with signs in the door that stated they were “Closed for the season”. Thankfully Brendan and I both had full tanks of gas that we were ready to waste on the deserted mountain roads.
My Nissan 350Z and Brendan’s Honda S2000 at Fontana Village Resort:
Brendan’s S2000 is such a beautiful and functional machine:
Piloting my Z:
A lot of people will recognize this route, it is known as The Hellbender and is the road from Fontana Village to the base of The Dragon:
Chasing the S2k:
The Tail of the Dragon has 318 curves in 11 miles:
Kelsey was gripping my Nikon D800 camera as tightly as she could to attempt to capture some video. The result is by no means professional quality videography, but then again that was never the point. Enjoy a short section of the Dragon chasing Brendan’s Honda S2000!
I rarely take photos of my own car, well because its just a stock 350Z but the scenery in this area is just so stunning and the car performed so well I thought it deserved to be in the spotlight a little. It may be stock and it may be dirty but when driven hard it is just….absolutely amazing:
While I did come to Fontana, North Carolina to drive these amazing roads, the environment is just the icing on the cake. On this trip I made sure to take the time to properly photograph some of my favorite views and locations in the area. I hope you enjoy these images, and I have included some desktop wallpaper versions of my personal two favorite photos.
A couple photos of the Cedarwood Dam, which is located by the Tail of the Dragon Overlook:
The amazing view from the overlook location:
…desktop wallpaper versions here:
Of course I couldn’t post scenery photos without including a couple of Fontana Dam itself, which size and beauty is just breathtaking:
…desktop wallpaper versions here:
If anybody would like to purchase a 20 inch X 30 inch poster print of these landscape photographs, email me for a discounted rate: Chad@Chadbeephotography.com
While my miniature vacation was only a two day event a single state away it was just what I needed. Till next time,