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Drive Life : June 4th 2010
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SELECTED LIBERTY 2.5i AND OUTBACK 2.5i WITH BONUS VALUE1,2 TRIBECA AUTO $58,990RRP DRIVEAWAY1 > Free UHJLVWUDWLRQ > Free CTP insurance > Free VWDPS GXW\ > Free GHDOHU GHOLYHU\ FORESTER X MANUAL SAT NAV SPECIAL EDITION $35,870 RRP DRIVEAWAY1 > Automatic available at extra cost WITH OVER $3,000RRP OF EXTRA VALUE.1,3 INCLUDING > Fr ee UHJLVWUDWLRQ > Fr ee CTP insurance > Fr ee DGGLWLRQDO \HDU Subaru Assured ([WHQGHG:DUUDQW\ > Free 5 \HDU 5RDGVLGH Assistance The Sydney Morning Herald June 4, 2010 Drive Life 19 A big shot in the industry Michael Drabikowski's eye for a quality car triggered a career in which he is making his, er, marque. Reflective moment . . . Michael Drabikowski's childhood involved testing cars with his father. Photo: Gary Medlicott WHEEL LIFE OWEN THOMSON He may be relatively new to the world of professional photography but Michael Drabikowski has already worked with his fair share of super models. Although far less likely to appear on a Paris catwalk than on a prestige showroom floor, the 34-year-old's subjects do, however, include the marques Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. "It just comes down to a simple love of cars," explains the Melbourne-based automotive image specialist of his driving passion. "I've always enjoyed machines. I think the hardest thing to style is a car and it's definitely a challenge to make a car look good while you're shooting it." Drabikowski took up photography 10 years ago following the suggestion of a close friend while in Poland. And although a perusal of his body of work suggests a long-standing desire to shoot all things automotive, it wasn't until he'd completed two years of study that his preferred direction became apparent. "In 2000 I was overseas in Poland and did a semester of photography school," he says. "After that I came back to Australia and did part-time at Photography Studies College [Melbourne]. By third year it came time to start thinking about direction. My father's always been an automotive engineer -- he does compliancing and ADRs here in Australia -- so I've been on the racetrack brake-testing and noise- testing with him ever since I can remember. So it was kind of a natural choice and I gravitated towards that." In 2004, Drabikowski started D and P Image Design with childhood friend and art director Tom Plesa. Though diversifying, artistic automotive imagery remains their signature. His customer base is as diverse as the cars he shoots and includes manufacturers such as Renault, car publications and enthusiasts keen to immortalise their pride and joy via a top-shelf personal car portfolio. "All cars vary in terms of being photogenic but after photographing a few cars you almost subliminally learn to use different lenses and to adjust the car in different ways to bring out its best," Drabikowski says. "The hardest thing I think in the world, design-wise, is to design a car. [It can] look good from the front and the side but all of a sudden you look at it from a different angle and the design completely breaks down." When it comes to capturing high- quality images, Drabikowski says success hinges on an adherence to several core principles. "Understanding that you're photographing something reflective is really the fundamental key to photographing a car. You're not photographing a person, for instance, whose skin is not very reflective. A car reflects 360 degrees around it, so your concept of photography has to change. ''You have to be a lot more aware of the environment because that's really what controls how the car looks." Like so many other things in life, timing and location are also everything: "You want to have the biggest, flattest light source you can possibly have. ''The easiest way [to achieve that] is to take it out at dusk or dawn somewhere flat where there's clean horizon around you; where there's not a lot of urban landscape or trees that will reflect in the car. Once you do that you've basically got a platform for a very clean image." That much of his professional life involves presenting exotic automobiles in their best light begs the question: what does Drabikowski drive to each of his jobs? "I try and get Tom [Plesa] to drive . . . I actually refrain from driving on the roads as much as I can."
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