<<< o >>>TVR Back Home 2006 #4 48 comments + add yours

I did say I probably wouldn't post any more of these, but I couldn't resist this one, not least because this car is now one of a kind. It's a Cerbera Speed 12. Five were built, four racing versions, and this one. The race cars have now all been trashed so this is the last one. It has around 850bhp, a top speed of just over 240mph and does three miles to the gallon. I'm not a petrol-head, but I do think this is a seriously impressive piece of engineering.

Oh, and this one definitely looks better with the black theme.

focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
2.18pm on 15/7/06
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
aperture priority
C1 Pro
3x2 + commissions + fylde coast
comment by Tibs at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

Yeah you're right, it does look better with a black background.

Its a good shot, but personally, its not in the same league as the one you posted yesterday. That shot was amazing

comment by [ PIXEL VIKING ] at 09:16 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

The desatuated surroundings make the car look even more impressive. I don't see any doors. How did they get in?

comment by nuno f at 09:21 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

Impressive shot and an amazing post processing. Very clever! This is for me the best shot of this serie.

comment by denlin k barmann at 09:28 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

wow great photo

comment by JM at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

I feel like "she" is posing for Chromasia ; -)
Great shot !

comment by karl Baumann at 09:59 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

Fantastic colors, looks a bit like a superheroes car, f.e. the batmobile

comment by P. Duijm at 10:01 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

I think I hate you! :-)

You are too bloody good with this post processing stuff!

comment by stian at 10:19 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

Nice car, sweet composition, nice car... damn... ;)

comment by Andrew at 10:26 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

Wow that is a sweet piece of machinery. I'm jealous that you got to see it in person.

comment by ninu at 10:50 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

The way you have alienated the car from the rest of the shot is the magnificent part in this photo. I love the color one they have going here, it's unreal. Nice work on the background. I think the car was posing for you as well..hehe.

comment by mooch at 10:58 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

I always thought when I was young that a sports car was special. That all of the power was produced by something beyond a normal petrol engine. Now of course it is pretty safe to say that, they go faster because their engines are bigger (yes, yes, and gear boxes, transferance of power etc but still, essentially engine size). Then you read that such a car does three miles to a gallon. For me, especially in this day and age of carbon concerns global warming and the legacy we will be leaving for our /your children. The engineering of such powerful machines (I include all forms of transport there) our engineering seems very dated, especially when there are so many other forms of alternatively powered transport (I exclude electric powered cars, unless we do go nuclear; where do these manufacturers think the electricity for the batteries comes from, the etha?).

Takes the sheen off it all really.

comment by maria at 11:10 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

hi dave nice and awsome pic but i liked ur previous one better. i dont know if you have looked up on the news recently but there is a new contest for photographers hosted by BBC. i for one would love to see you win

2 August - Shelter
9 August - Rock 'n' Roll
16 August - Uniform
23 August - Technology
30 August - Love
6 September- Look up
13 September - Final vote

the prize: The chance to shoot a photographic story of your choice which will then be displayed on the BBC News website. We will contribute up to £400 towards the cost of the project.

In addition there will be an extra prize made to the photographer whose image catches our eye.

more information can be found here:

comment by Dave at 11:12 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

Wwwwwwwow. Amazing shot. To capture that car AND to have it against a great backdrop...that's incredible. If you did't already answer this...was there something going on or did the car just happen to be parked there out of the blue?

I need to get some automotive photography going on my site. Awesome stuff.

comment by Carlos Lorenzo at 11:28 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2006

Just perfect. To find a car like this at such beautiful place and have the camera with you is scifi. How did you manage?

comment by sach1tb at 12:29 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

oh great! you've personified the car.. like a fiery, yet graceful lady, she strolls near the sea...

comment by Robert at 02:16 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Were you good at coloring in the lines with crayons as a kid? Great job separating the car from the background.

I think the extra color tone of the background works well in supporting the red color of the car. Pure B&W grey tones would not have had the same feel.

comment by Ashish Sidapara at 02:49 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Just awesome!

comment by Demetrice [ HandCanon ] at 02:53 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Hey, this looks like it's a self-portrait as well. ;-)

comment by andresbortnik at 03:57 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

impresive, amazin. the color , the clearness, the light, the perspective, the composition, everything...Bravo!!! And if you are the one there is a great selportrait.

comment by navin harish at 06:37 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

I am glad you decided to post this one as this is the best image of the lot and it fulfill all the requirements, an image in Chromasia style and captured in context (of being held in Blackpool). Other than that I like this image because I can see the entire car in this shot and can truly admire it. The colour treatment is also just perfect. It also reminds me of a friend of mine who would have said after a look at this car "Nice car to pick up chicks"

comment by luis rubio at 06:44 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

soy de chile
no se si entiendes el español
pero te queria `pasar a saludar y decirte que me ecantan tus fotos
son geniales

paso constantemente por aqui

que estes muy bien
saludos desde chile


comment by GeckoZ at 06:53 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Wow! This is deffinitly a cool car, and u had successfully used it to create your cool shot! I love it!! I would be great to hang this shot at home. :)

comment by flawijn at 08:05 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Sooo cool! the red with the alsmost desaturated background...
Awesome processing man!!!

comment by thukai at 08:58 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Ah yeah! The Cerbera Seed 12. Great looking car, and great looking shot. I think the selective colouring works well here, and that b+w looks real good. The same goes for the composition with that pier in the background. Just a little shame that you are reflected in the car :)

Any famous drivers there? You said there might be a speed demonstration or such?

comment by ROB at 09:03 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

What a beast. I almost expect the next shot is the rear view with fire coming out the back and two guys with capes on driving away, off to save Gotham city.

comment by mihai at 09:32 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

great car...cool desing..nice postprocessing for the rest, the light is great

comment by mooch at 10:28 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Will Maria be on the panel? Seems to be immediate bias there. ;)

comment by Steve at 11:47 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Haven't seen one of those in a long time. What a car! Sublime photo, and possibly the best photo I've seen of one of these cars, which is saying a lot cause the car is so dramatic in itself. TVR do some great colours for their motors too. Sweet.
As for the lad who asked about the doors...I think you can see the panel gap for the back edge of the door leading up form the top right of the rear wheel.
And yes, it would make an outstanding Batmobile...though he'd have fair trouble keeping it on the straight and narrow :)
Ahhh, what a car.

comment by Paul at 11:56 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Ooohhh mama! What a car, what a shot!

comment by m a r i n u s at 01:03 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Awesome picture, great processing here, car looks perfect, background is really attractive too.

comment by SteveO at 01:44 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

I bet the sound is incredible, i have only seen one of these in the factory half built, absolutely amazing machine.

comment by Crank at 02:48 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Interesting image and car. Too bad the colour of the car only comes through due to the effects you put on the rest of the shot. Was it a bad wax job or could you have really made that colour pop a bit more?

comment by PlasticTV at 03:11 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Desaturation of background colours works perfectly here. It's really one monster of a car!

comment by Jonas at 04:46 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

So you like cars... I like your photos!

comment by Craig at 04:46 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Nice effect on the sky - impressive car!

comment by lee at 05:44 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

yea, cool car.

comment by Jan at 06:08 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

whoohooo. THAT is a car!

comment by rambohoho at 06:09 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

it's very impressive. you have captured the beauty of this car. did you use any polarized filter to reduce the reflection?

comment by Thomas Solberg / Project neXus at 07:02 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

Now that is one sweet ride. Very powerful colour. Great capture. Kudos!

comment by Mark Ellis at 07:27 PM (GMT) on 19 July, 2006

this realy is a super photo of a real supercar, i want one on my bedroom wall and i'm 43! excelent.

comment by m at 12:49 PM (GMT) on 20 July, 2006

Whilst not as cool a picture as the 1st and 3rd tvr pics it's na awesome looking car and deserving of it's chromasia moment. At 3mpg did it arrive on a trailer?

comment by Kevin at 03:28 PM (GMT) on 20 July, 2006

Uh oh...I think I see someone in the bumper reflection! - Bad chromasia! Bad!

Lol...even with your reflection in it, it's still a great shot!

comment by Andrew at 02:12 AM (GMT) on 23 July, 2006

ouch. i love everything about the photo and the car. amazing colours.

comment by nogger at 09:15 PM (GMT) on 23 July, 2006

I think your reflection (I'm assuming that's you) needs to go, if possible. Otherwise it's pretty much perfect.

comment by /\/\J at 02:03 PM (GMT) on 24 July, 2006

i think that the amazing-ness of the car and the crazy red distracted everyone from the reflection of you in the car. otherwise a cool photo

comment by Euan at 09:49 PM (GMT) on 27 July, 2006

TVR's.... my ideal car!

comment by Nick Lewis at 11:52 AM (GMT) on 2 August, 2006

Stunning, I would have been very proud of this shot had it been one of mine. The editing is excellent too, really makes it stand out, should be in Top Gear magazine!

comment by Mr C at 05:44 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2007

I adore TVR and this shot brings the dynamic design to life even with such a rough around the edges racer like this. It's not difficult to make a TVR look good but you've definately got a talent.