I did this shoot in my spare time, 5 min job. I used Nikon D200 + Nikkor AF 70-210/4. The picture was taken just after sunset, the camera on a tripod, ISO around 200 and long exposure - that's all.
More pics you can find in my gallery on here. Have a look.
I'll take a look right now... EDIT: very nice!, I especially liked the rich red of the 8C - almost candy-apple, and that photo from the front is magazine-cover material.
I have a 156 myself and, apart from lowered suspension, I think a less-wide-angle shot (i.e. further away, zoomed a tad) helps with the curvy shape (too close and it looks a little too lumpy I reckon). Your GTV looks the best out of the assembled trio and that's a great angle, which is nice since it's in front of the other two
Seems like there's very little depth of field for the focus in those special interior shots, literally only a few centimetres? I guess the large aperture to let in as much light as possible inevitably leads to that? An artful effect but I personally prefer the photo in this thread because it seemed to have a more generous depth of field - though maybe I'm jealous of an effect I can't achieve
I have an appreciation of what's involved but I suppose I've never bought the right equipment
I used to think my Canon IXUS 400 was good because it had long exposure options (even a bulb mode) and custom white balance, very good macro mode and crisp focus 9-point AF, a histogram, etc. and I used to use them. I found that masking the fill flash helped, along with two notches less exposure so as not to wash out the highlights. There was always the good trick of pointing somewhere else and locking the exposure before re-composing.
Unfortunately the IXUS400 died (CCD developed purple streaks) and the IXUS860iS wasn't nearly as good, colours OK and mechanical stabilisation a good idea but smaller CCD/more noise. Then I bought this Samsung thing for a quarter the price and have hardly used it. Like the 860iS it has a '28mm' wide end of the zoom which introduces too much barrel distortion. At any zoom, there's a disturbing amount of chromatic aberration/purple fringing in high-contrast areas. It has a massive amount of noise reduction going on and the colour response seems vague. Even the iPhone seems to have better colours than the Samsung, and there isn't much chromatic aberration.
One problem I have is that I'd never want to be seen in public holding a huge camera when a small one or a phone will do. But for use at home only, perhaps I'll try something else.
I think your control of the lighting is everything with that photo of yours (it looks like you used a polarising filter, but that's probably because you took it at around sunset?) and the way you have picked up all the illuminated controls so tastefully.
It would be just a blur for me, probably because it's hard to keep the iPhone still
The HDR mode on the iPhone is something of a game-changer as it blends both an over-gain and under-gain image together, but it does rely on there being no movement between the sequentially-captured frames. My wallpaper image (below) is a case in point, I like the composition but the movement has caused a shadow on everything!
Incidentally, coming back to this thread proved a good idea as it reminded me and I have just ordered my fascia adaptor from the eBay link. At only NZ$20.23 including airmail postage, it's a bargain and should nicely frame the black Sony unit that I bought last week.