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Lotus Sub

By TyChee    
Another in this unintended series of my tribute to the Lotus Esprit Turbo. This is a 1/18 scale model of the Lotus Sub that was used in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved me". I shot the model on a tabletop and used layers in Photoshop to give it some underwater atmosphere. A few summers ago I saw one of the actual props of this car that was used in the movie at the Petersen Auto Museum in LA. There is also a very interesting story about the second full sized prop. From what I remember, the film crew left the lotus sub on the far away island where the movie was filmed. A local from the island took the prop and painted it red and used it as a sign in the front of his bar. An American collector heard about the fate of the sub, traveled to the island and purchased it from the owner. He shipped it back to the states and restored it to its original condition.

I had a lot of fun photographing my car models. It gave me something to do inside during the cold weather.

As always, your comments are welcomed.

Thanks for looking,

Tags: Transport Lotus Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Sub James bond

Voters: Klearose, User_Removed, ElllBee and 16 more



18 Feb 2007 3:06AM
Clever and playful.

taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
18 Feb 2007 3:13AM
Very creaative-- and lots safer than slipping around on ice!

Great manipulation!

User_Removed 18 825 Lithuania
18 Feb 2007 4:56AM
cracker!... brings back a great childhood moment for me!... when my dad took me to the Pics to see this movie... this scene knocked me out!!... remember it so well... thanks!
DolphinLady 17 54 1 Wales
18 Feb 2007 7:11AM
You are amazing Ty.
This is fabulous manipulation.
I'm not even going to try to work out how you did it, you make it sound so simple, but keep on doing it.
thorn 18 124 2 Scotland
18 Feb 2007 11:31AM
Hi Ty,
this one is excellent,i like the sleek,silver,metallic look and the fins at the front,detail and the bubbles at the front and back of the car and the logo looking all swimmy and underwater.Stunningly composed.Well worked.Take care.AnnSmile
DYankee 17 6 United States
18 Feb 2007 12:38PM
Clever work, Ty! Very creative, and would be an excellent film poster.

It's amazing where props end up. For a while, I had a stalactite from 'Dead Poet Society' hanging in the house. I now work with properties, and manage to buy them and use them for other purposes - like photos. Smile

Dawn Smile
JohnH37 16 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2007 1:02PM
Excellent work.-John.
Richard707 17 14 United States
18 Feb 2007 3:54PM
Cool manip! It's a sci-fi wonder! Awesome!
18 Feb 2007 4:25PM
Amazing stuff.
John (-:
angryrebel 16 16
18 Feb 2007 5:11PM
Its really like the real thing, you should have kept quiet Smile
User_Removed 19 16 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2007 6:40PM
Clever stuff....

cantona43 17 928 4 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2007 10:57PM
Ty, this is manipulation at the highest level excellent work
JimV 16 6 3 Canada
20 Feb 2007 2:47AM
Agree with Neil Ty.
Rgds., Jim
9 Mar 2007 2:42PM
He He
28 Mar 2007 3:55PM
should have more clicks.

Interesting and playful idea.

Well done.


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