“In the end, I would happily repeat the experience in a heartbeat.”
Brian Threkeld

2016 Toyota 4Runner

The Easy Inspiration Project was a blast!  Ashley reached out to me back in June and made arrangements for me to pick up a Toyota 4Runner to drive around Maine for a couple weeks.  The timing worked perfectly as we had plans for a family trip to Rangely and another trip to Mount Desert Island to meet some friends.  After loading up the 4Runner, with it’s huge and spacious interior, we hit the road and stopped along the way to make some images highlighting the beauty of Maine and the vehicle!  A few sunset shoots later and a wonderful time exploring MDI, it was time to return the 4Runner back to its rightful owner.  In the end, I would happily repeat the experience in a heartbeat. Thanks Ashley and Yegor for such a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on this awesome project!

To this day, people around the island stop me and ask, “weren’t you the guy taking pictures of that truck?”
John (J.K.) Putnam

The Easy Inspiration Project really made things… easy for me by giving me such an awesome looking subject, a sunburst-orange Toyota Tacoma.  This thing turned heads.  To this day, people around the island stop me and ask, “weren’t you the guy taking pictures of that truck?”  Despite having such a stunning subject I did run into some problems.  Typically, when I’m out with my camera, I am working hard to avoid pavement, cars, trucks, and most anything manmade.  For this reason, shooting for the Easy Inspiration Project challenged me.  I had to completely reverse my thinking and figure out how to create compelling landscape photographs that included a Toyota Tacoma as the subject!  Since moving to Mount Desert Island I have spent day after day hiking the trails of Acadia National Park and the surrounding area in search of what have become my favorite locations to shoot, but with a truck as my subject I had to start pretty much from scratch and begin location scouting all over again.

Once I started finding locations everything fell into sync.  I was able to use my usual techniques when photographing landscapes.  Out came my graduated ND filters, my polarizing filter, my strobes. It quickly became just another day at the office for me… in the best of ways.  I prefer to capture a scene with one single frame.  Rather than combining images to create properly exposed photos I use filters in front my lens to control the exposure.  From there everything goes into Adobe Lightroom for basic editing.  I love teaching this technique.  I want to show other photographers who are just starting out that it is possible to create stunning, well balanced images without relying heavily on photo editing software.

I want to thank Berlin City Auto Group for giving me the opportunity to travel around New England in a beautiful vehicle and taking photographs in some of the prettiest spots in the region.
Jessica Hendelman

Toyota RAV4

For the Easy Inspiration project, I wanted to feature the Toyota Rav 4 with classic backdrops of fall foliage in New England. My quest for stunning fall color led me to central Vermont, the White Mountains, and the surrounding areas of Mt. Monadnock. And, of course, no fall photo shoot would be complete without a quintessential red barn scene.

I was about one week too late for peak foliage in the Whites, but there was still plenty of bright yellows along the Kancamangus Highway. Fortunately, the mountains received just enough snowfall to contrast nicely with the color that remained on the trees. Mt. Washington looked especially majestic covered in the fresh autumn snow. Since the White Mountains were slightly past peak, I decided to explore other areas to see what I could find. Central Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire offered just enough color among the rolling farm hills and winding country roads to feature the Rav 4. There are so many wonderful spots to capture that the toughest part of this project was narrowing down locations to highlight. I want to thank Berlin City Auto Group for giving me the opportunity to travel around New England in a beautiful vehicle and taking photographs in some of the prettiest spots in the region.

First of all being able to drive such a beautifully balanced and well-appointed car was really a joy.
Don Seymour

2015 Toyota Camry XLE

Shooting the 2016 Camry XLE was a tremendously fun project. First of all being able to drive such a beautifully balanced and well-appointed car was really a joy. The car is a blast to drive. The challenge was to find a location in Maine that hasn’t been used in the project before that would show off the car well. I was able to take the car to Deer Isle for the weekend at peak fall foliage season. It was fun finding locations down by the water as well as out in the blueberry barrens which were ablaze in their fall colors.

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