Car enthusiast and professional photographer Ali Bunader gives us a glimpse into his passion of taking pictures of cars, whether its for a car-related event or to add to his expansive portfolio which consists of a variety of cars that catch the fancy of the expert. Member of the Supercars Club Arabia, the artist talks about how his hobby has taken him to great lengths as well as behind the wheel of some very fancy cars!
You are an expert, photographing cars. It is moving cars or still cars?
Both, I take pictures of moving and still cars.
How did this interest come about?
I like cars and photography is my favourite hobby. The first time I did a photoshoot in 2007, I didn’t have any equipment at the time. I borrowed a camera from my friend and I had a car and I took one shot and I liked it and so my interest was sparked since that day but it wasn’t until 2010 that I started shooting professionally.
What was the first car you photographed?
It was my car, a Civic Sport 1999 model.
What is the equipment that you use and how expensive can it get?
I use a 550d Canon and the lens that I attach to it is also a Canon lens 18-100mm. I have a lot of camera lenses, but this one I feel is the best one to use. I think this camera is fairly priced as with the lens it costs around BHD400 – the lens itself is BHD200!
What is the most expensive car that you got to photograph?
Of the most expensive cars I photographed, two of them were Aguerra and McLaren P1.
What is your process when you have to take a shot?
The first time I took a picture, I decided where I wanted to take the shot. For moving cars I don’t mind any location, but the speed should be up to 60-100km/h, even 180km/h no problem! For a still shot it has to be decided where the pictures will be taken, say in a nice place or near a nice building for a interesting backdrop to the composition.
Roughly how many shots per car do you have to take before you get the “perfect” shot?
For a moving car I take around 100 pictures before I get the right shot. For a still shot I take about five or six until I get a shot that I’m happy with.
What is your favourite car to photograph?
My favourite car to photograph is a Porsche! My favourite car in general is a Mustang Classic 1969. I have a sports car myself too, I own a Mustang California Special 2007, its white convertible.
Which other photographers’ work do you like, automobile and otherwise?
One of my favourite photographers is Ali Sharaf. He is primarily a Fashion photographer and I like his work. One of my favourite automobile photographers is a Kuwaiti photographer called Abdullah Al Filakawi.
How do you manage between your passion for photography and a full time job?
I work at HSBC Bank, so during the week I don’t get the time to take pictures, so I do this over the weekend on Friday and Saturday.
How often do you get to drive the cars you photograph?
I usually don’t get to drive the cars, except once, a McLaren that I was photographing.
Who would you trust to photograph your cars for you?
Me! Only me!
Future plans on pursuing this hobby?
In the future, I want to get another camera to help me improve my photography skills. I want to purchase a Canon 1D, which cost about BHD2000 without any added lens!
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