Through Ian's Lens: 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1


Let’s be honest — if you’re into power, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is one of the most significant cars of the past year. With a gigantic supercharged engine, ridiculously large brakes and enough carbon fiber to make the kids squeal, this supercar really does turn heads. Pro tip: To get yourself noticed, it helps when the test car shows up in metallic orange on a sunny day.

Not only does the car act the part of “Lamborghini Hater,” the ZR-1 looks the part. With harsh new fenders, a low carbon fiber front spoiler, a carbon fiber roof, a unique rear spoiler and at least seven functioning air intakes along the body panels and hood (including its ever-so-subtle hood scoop), the ZR-1 gives the appearance of a Corvette that’s just busting at the seams with power and pure ferocity. Top it all off with a clear plastic cut-out in the carbon fiber hood that reveals the supercharger on top of the engine, and you’ve got yourself an instant head-turner that’s miles away from its closest competitor. Two words: burning rubber.

By Ian Merritt | August 20, 2009 | Comments (3)



Nice pics as usual Mr. Merritt.

Do you happen to use a polarizer filter? Everything always looks so shiny and lustrous, i.e. the paint and other parts of the car. This isn't the result of a super-clean car alone, right? :D

Hey Dan,
I actually don't use a polarizing filter. The gleam you are referring to is due to 1. the cleanliness of the car 2. the age of the car (brand new car = brand new paint and clear coat) 3. the lighting conditions i work within (daylight, no studio) and 4. how i expose my photos (i tend to exposure for the darks/mids and then push the exposure when processing them).

After all is said and done, I use Photoshop to color correct and batch the photos.

It's an efficient process that sometimes works efficiently. But then again, have you seen the weather in Chicago?


Cool, Ian, thank you for sharing.

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