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997 GT3 RS Studio Photography

April 30th, 2014

Although this spring has been our busiest on record, we simply had to make the time to detail and photograph this stunning car, as it now belongs to Clark’s dad! The car in question is a 2010 Porsche 911 (997) Gen II GT3 RS in Aqua Blue & Gold (the Gen II model differs from the earlier Gen I model by featuring a larger capacity 3.8 L Mezger flat-six engine producing an extra 35 bhp, giving a total output of 444 bhp). The RS badge, which stands for Renn Sport in German (or Race Sport in English), always excites Porsche enthusiasts, and it’s fair to say that we rather enjoyed getting to work on and photograph this car – it’s simply stunning. If you’d like to find out more about it read on, as Clark’s dad has kindly provided us with the story behind his acquisition of it…

1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Replica

May 30th, 2013

Although we’re having another hugely busy spell across all areas of our business, we simply had to make the time to share this car with you; a 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Replica, which came in for an Enhancement Detail. While we have the privilege of working on many outstanding vehicles, this car was a true stand out experience, as it’s the first classic race sport (RS) 911 we’ve seen in our studio. These models, which always quicken the pulses of connoisseurs and collectors alike, are considered by many to be the greatest classic 911s of all time. If you’re in the mood to find out more about this superb replica, and for a little historic storytelling, read on to find out more…

Superleggera Studio Photography

March 26th, 2013

Just before the crazy month of March started we had a visit from James at Auto Finesse, who flew in with award winning F1 photographer Dom Romney and Jay from Miglior Detailing to make a detailing video with us. The subject of the video was this stunning Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, and we had an absolute blast performing the detail and shooting some awesome footage of the process. The footage is currently being edited to a dubstep track and the final cut should be ready to share at some point next month. However, in the meantime we have something else to share with you…

Clark’s GT3 Studio Photography

January 21st, 2013

Having wed last summer and with the patter of tiny feet now increasingly likely, Clark recently did the only sensible thing possible; he sold his Impreza WR1 (into which child seats will easily fit) and bought a 911 (996) GT3 Club Sport (into which they most certainly will not)! All joking aside, it was very much a ‘now or never’ decision, and it has fulfilled his lifelong ambition of owning a 911 (true statement; his first ever ride in a car, shortly after being born, was in the back of father’s 911, and he’s wanted one from as far back as he can remember). Clark being Clark, he obviously took great care with the selection process, and after a few false starts he was contacted by a chap down south whose highly pampered 996 GT3 Club Sport was potentially available. It wasn’t in Speed Yellow or Guard’s Red (Clark’s preferred colours), but after receiving full details about the car and sending a much respected professional detailer (Rob at Supercar Detailing) round to inspect it (the seller was based 500+ miles away!) a deal was done – the car was just too good to miss! Its brief specification is as follows…

The Legendary Morgan 3 Wheeler

July 23rd, 2012

Although we’re having another immensely busy spell in our detailing diary, we simply had to make the time to share this car with you – a brand new Morgan 3 Wheeler (the first one in Scotland, we believe). While we have the privilege of working on many prestige vehicles, this car was a true stand out experience, mainly because it’s so different to everything else on the road these days. Of course, this wasn’t always the case. Back in the early 1900s, Morgan three-wheelers were at the forefront of a movement that brought motoring to the masses for the first time. If you’re in the mood for a little off topic storytelling, read on to find out more…

The art of detailing…

December 17th, 2010

The art of detailing...

As we predicted last November, our relationship with professional photographer Tim Wallace has evolved significantly over the last twelve months, from a simple licensing arrangement to eventually having Tim visit us in person and shoot for us in our own detailing studio. Tim’s work is often described as dramatic and conceptual, and is highly regarded within both the commercial photography and advertising industries. Indeed, Tim’s unique style and ability to precisely capture the essence of his subjects has recently resulted in him being named as one of ten most influential photographers in the world today. Accordingly, we are absolutely delighted to be continuing to work with him on an ongoing project to capture the essence of detailing and showcase the work that we do.

Porsche 911 Turbo photo shoot

June 14th, 2010

Last month we were visited by Tim Wallace from Ambient Life, who spent two days with us shooting two Porsche 911 Turbos belonging to two of our clients. This was the highlight of our year so far, and an event we had been looking forward to for a long time. In order to make the shoot as interesting as possible, we tried to incorporate several themes into the imagery. For starters, we chose two iconic models; the air-cooled 993 Turbo, in this case fitted with the extremely rare X50 factory upgrade, and the current water-cooled 997 Turbo. Secondly, we opted to contrast light against dark by choosing a Basalt Black 997 as the second car (the Arctic Silver 993 was the primary car chosen before the details of the shoot were finalised). Thirdly, we decided to shoot on location as well as in our studio, in order to capture some interesting textures and landscapes in the shots. Finally, we chose to shoot out on the open road too, in order to try something new – as far as we know nobody else in the UK has shown off detailing results in such a dynamic way before.

Bentley Arnage Studio Photography

March 19th, 2010

Another month, another Ne Plus Ultra detail. Bookings for our flagship detailing service have been growing steadily since its launch back in 2008, and this year we are very pleased to have completed two 150+ hour details already. This time round it was the turn of a four year old solid black Bentley Arnage to receive the Ne Plus Ultra treatment, and it soon proved to be our most testing challenge yet, requiring over 104 hours of paint correction work alone. As per usual, the entire process was photographed and recorded in HD, and at some point in the next couple of months when the spring rush is over we will produce another HD video feature for the blog. However, in the meantime we thought this would be a good opportunity to briefly show off another side of the Ne Plus Ultra service; studio photography.

Polished Bliss partners with Ambient Life

November 20th, 2009

Polished Bliss partners with Ambient Life

Q: When you regularly detail high-end cars to perfection, but lack the talent to capture equally good images of the results, what do you do?

A: Contact Tim Wallace at Ambient Life.

We have been following Tim’s work for well over a year now, but only recently made the decision to contact him directly when discussions with Green Jersey about the design for our new website threw up some doubt as to whether the quality of our imagery was good enough for use in the main page banners. After introducing ourselves to Tim and explaining our requirements, Tim was kind enough to offer us a licence to use some of his existing work in return for an agreement that we commission him to shoot some of the cars we detail in the future. To say we are delighted by this turn of events is an understatement – Tim’s work is world renowned, and you only have to spend some time on his regularly updated website to see why (be warned; if you click through, you may be there some time, as his portfolio is stunning!).