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A Sign of Spring
Posted By: Sailor, 02-19-2007, 05:31 PM

Among my enthusiasms are entertaining cars, and yesterday I washed my Mazdaspeed Roadster (a turbocharged/intercooled version of the Miata) and took it for a spin on a bright, sunny afternoon that portended spring in SE Texas. I grabbed a few quick shots in front of our local intermediate school, before my wife insisted that we proceed. I think of spring when the top goes down and revs go up.

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BTW, the front license plate is a Texas requirement; I tried to skirt it but got a ticket for my troubles.

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02-19-2007, 05:35 PM   #2
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Nice car.
I always wondered why Mazda never offered a optional turbo charged Rotary motor in the Miata
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The front license plate makes it special! I like front license plate!

#2, with its "in your face'-ness, and #3's wide angle, are my favorites!

It's finally blue skies in Texas!!! Hurray!
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Woe! It was 10F this morning, -10with the wind chill. :cries: But it's warming! It's all the way up to 25F as we speak! A vertible heat wave here in the north east. I'd open the sunroof on my Subaru, but I don't feel like getting deluged with 2" of ice covered snow. Oh well, I'll be thinking of you when it hits 95 in Houston and stays there, and we're sitting nice and comfortable at 80.
BTW nice ride! Do they come in British Racing Green?

NaCl(but I admit to being just a bit envious right about now)H2O

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NaClH20, it's already hit near 80F in the Austin area.

Austin's summer's get relatively bad, with ~100F and ~40% humid., whereas Houston is even worse with ~95F and ~90% humid.! These are the times I escape either north (cooler) or west (drier). :ugh:
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What's wrong with a front licence plate? We've got them here in Ontario. Great shots of the Miata! If they do toss a rotary in that car, see me in line for one of them.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sailor Quote
BTW, the front license plate is a Texas requirement; I tried to skirt it but got a ticket for my troubles.

Jerry
Front License Plates are not required in Georgia. So, I have a Texas flag plate on the front of my Ford Pick Up.

Texas isn't a place to live. Texas, is a way of life.
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Nice car.
I always wondered why Mazda never offered a optional turbo charged Rotary motor in the Miata
Wankel = Unreliable haha. My roommate can attest to that.

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The first and third shots are interesting with a good background. The engine bay shot and the straight on shot are unimaginative. Try playing with angles a bit more. Every car is different, but usually 3/4 shots work quite well.

BTW, that paintwork looks beautiful! You must enjoy washing and polishing it.

Edit: I almost forgot. Its a lowish car, so low angles might work nicely too!
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Thanks all for the comments. For those that mentioned the rotary, there is speculation that that next Mazdaspeed Miata may have one, since the new generation's chassis is based on that of the RX-8. If such is the case, I've already told my wife that the only discussion will be about color. Maybe they'll offer the British racing green, NaClH20 suggested.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Quaffle Quote
The first and third shots are interesting with a good background. The engine bay shot and the straight on shot are unimaginative. Try playing with angles a bit more. Every car is different, but usually 3/4 shots work quite well.

BTW, that paintwork looks beautiful! You must enjoy washing and polishing it.

Edit: I almost forgot. Its a lowish car, so low angles might work nicely too!
Yeah, I agree: 3/4 shots generally work pretty well. I should have posted this one, shot with a DA 10-17FE:



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QuoteOriginally posted by Sailor Quote
Yeah, I agree: 3/4 shots generally work pretty well. I should have posted this one, shot with a DA 10-17FE:



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Now why didnt you post that one in the first place? By far the best, IMO.
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3/4 shots are yuck.

I guess I'm too much a railfan, where 3/4 wedge shots used to be the thing, and still are somewhat.
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Now why didnt you post that one in the first place? By far the best, IMO.
Beats me. Anyway, thanks for the comment.

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3/4 shots are yuck.

I guess I'm too much a railfan, where 3/4 wedge shots used to be the thing, and still are somewhat.
My problem is I enjoy almost ANY picture of a sports car (or sailboat), so I'm lacking asthetic discrimination in this regard.

Some years ago I read an article in Car in Driver or some other car mag about shooting cars. I wish that I'd kept it.

Still nice in Austin? It was a stunner here today; to bad I had to work.

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