The 2012 calendar is now on sale for $14.99 from Amazon or directly from the producers, who will apparently send a dollar from every calendar sold to the Blue Green Alliance, a "non-profit dedicated to expanding the green economy, jobs, alternative energy, and mass transit." The producers claim that:
That may be true, why is there no Tesla Roadster in the calendar? Maybe because this shoot was done slightly on the DIY down low. The Nissan Leaf you can see in the gallery belongs to Paul Scott, who wrote:
Sports cars aren't the only sheet metal who deserve sexy calendars. Horsepower is old news. Big MPGs are what it's all about. Despite the cliché images of daisies, leaves, and fluffy clouds-fuel efficiency is badass, and long overdue for an attitude update.
There's more about the shoot after the jump.I must confess, that red car is mine. I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot. There were several attractive women prepping for their turn in front of the camera, and the poses were, uh, "nice" to watch.
It took a bit of effort to remove all the oily butt and hand prints from the hood, but it was really funny explaining to the crew at SM Nissan how they got there in the first place. Too bad they've scattered to the winds, I'd like to show them these results.
In a post on Prius Chat, Mike Cessario describes the process:
Well accomplished car photographer Peter Dawson shot all the photos of the models posing on cars in a studio, then we photoshopped all the girls/cars into environments that Peter photographed separately. The reason for this is because it is too difficult to get permits to shoot on location in the LA area. You can't just go set up a bunch of lights and camera equipment by the side of some mountain road or on a sidewalk.
We rented most of the cars from SimplyHybrid car rental in LA. They were super cool and loved the idea. They even called in extra employees to help us drive multiple cars from the lot to the photo studio.
I attached some images I snapped during the actual shoot to show we actually shot this. These are the Smart ForTWo Electric and the Nissan Leaf. Peter has done photoshoots for Mazda, Lexus, Land Rover and others. He shoots a lot of the images you see in their ads and car brochures at the dealership. A really great guy who is super talented at creating photographic images.
We're just some creative/artist/designer/photographers who dig fuel efficient cars and got together to make something cool. It's not intended to please every Prius owner. Just the ones who don't take themselves too seriously.