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X-Rayed! WE! shoot it aka Michael Compensis & Thomas von Salomon take a deeper look into the legendary BMW M10

For their new non-profit magazine PROJEKT, the two WE! shoot it photographers Michael Compensis & Thomas von Salomon were up against a challenge : They wanted to present the technology of the legendary BMW M10 engine in such detail that x-raying it was the only choice! But how do you x-ray a 100 kg engine block made of massive gray cast iron?

Well, thanks to lots of research and above all clever post production, the creative duo was up to even this task. The four-cylinder engine was introduced by BMW for the first time in 1961 in the BMW 1500, referred to as the new class. At the beginning of the 80s, it peaked as the basis for the 1400 PS, 1.5 l Formula 1 engine of the Brabham BMW and went on to become the basis for the four-cylinder engine of the first BMW M3, the most successful touring car of all times. To this day, the BMW M10 is one of the best four-cylinders ever built and has laid the foundation of BMW's uber-sporty image.

With the one-of-a-kind x-ray photos, the photographer duo grants a glimpse into the technical details of the engine. Front and side shots reveal the first details of the 1.5 liter single carburetor version. In the top view, photographer duo Michael Compensis & Thomas von Salomon delves deep into the engine. From the oil pan and oil pump, we slowly work are way down to the block with crankshaft and pistons, the cylinder head with the single camshaft and the eight valves to the cylinder valve cover. Haven't seen an engine like this before!
26.08.2019 // show complete article

WE! shoot it "Think BIG!". Michael Compensis & Thomas von Salomon photograph the FENDT 900 Vario campaign and stage the Infiniti QX80 in Los Angeles

"Think BIG!" was the name of the game for photographer duo from WE! shoot it in Summer 2019. Agricultural machinery manufacturer FENDT commissioned Munich-based agency Shot One to realize the first campaign for the launch of new tractor model 900 Vario. Anne von Königswald and Jan Doleschel from Shot One was able to get the creative duo from WE! shoot it on board for the key visuals as well as to realize several side shots. Even though the tractor topic was somewhat unknown territory for the two photographers, they demonstrated once again that they can perfectly stage anything with wheels – only particularly big wheels this time!

Fendt GmbH, founded in 1930 by Xaver Fendt, was a family business which manufactured agricultural machinery of the same named brand and was headquartered in Marktoberdorf. Since 2009, the company name is AGCO GmbH. Since 1997, factory and brand belong to American agricultural equipment group AGCO Corporation, headquartered in Duluth. GoSee :

Just a few days later after arriving in sunny California, the two photographers think back on the FENDT 900 when standing face to face with the massive Infiniti QX 80. With a total length of well over five meters, not predestined for the European market, the QX80 only makes it into in the category Mid-size SUV in the US. The shoot took place in Downtown Los Angeles. “We above all wanted to get an en passant, natural perspective of the Infiniti QX80 in an urban surrounding. This kind of photography is especially possible in L.A. since large-scale shoots like this take place daily, and locals can be integrated into the motifs quite well – leading to photos with an unaffected atmosphere.” the duo tells GoSee. Christoph Kuhn, who has also taken care of post production for the FENDT 900, gave the final photos the perfect look.
16.07.2019 // show complete article

WE! shoot it, Michael Compensis & Thomas von Salomon present their newest transportation, people & lifestyle work 'California Dreamin'

WE! shoot it, Michael Compensis & Thomas von Salomon present their latest transportation, people & lifestyle work with model and singer & songwriter Nik Chamberlain and his 1983 Porsche 911SC. The duo photographed the spread with the fitting title 'California Dreamin' in the district still dominated by industry, Aliso Village in Los Angeles – for the perfect pair up of its rough look and a Porsche SC marked by numerous racing missions. The locations were scouted by Heglung Locations, with production and casting in the hands of Tobias Kim from Panacea Productions. Mika Laujin from Curve Digital LA and his keen eye gave the spread that final touch to capture the perfect California feeling. With this spread, the two transportation pros from "WE! Shoot it" demonstrate once again that they master the discipline of automotive photography in all of its intricate facets.
11.06.2019 // show complete article