Lamborghini Schadenfreude

I dunno. There's something about a expensive supercar being towed from a no-parking zone with the same care and indignity as a Toyota Celica that makes you smile and take photos.


One thing worries me, though. This is:


1) A super-expensive car,

2) With no license plate,

3) Parked illegally,

4) Outside the Apple Store.


I'm 10% sure that I might have just missed a Steve Jobs sighting.


(Aside: another demo of the Nikon P7000's special super-high-sensitivity shooting mode. The feature really shines in street shots like this one, where there's enough light to see by but not enough to get a good shot from a normal camera. Apart from the low 3-megapixel resolution, there's really nothing wrong with this 3200 ISO shot. I tweaked it a little bit in Aperture, but no more than I'd adjust a shot I took in bright sunlight with any other camera. It was more or less fine as-is.)

  • LJS-Photography 5y

    Hmmmm, No plate and parked illegally, that could be worrisome. Still, its a little flashy to be a terrorist threat.
  • LeicaHound 5y

    Andy --- thanks for sharing this photo ... I'd love to see the look on the owner's face when he/she went looking for their car.
  • Dave33770 5y

    Andy, was this shot taken using the one of the selections in the P7000's Scene mode?
  • DanMacMan 5y

    I hope this ends up in a future episode of Top Gear.
  • Andy Ihnatko PRO 5y

    @Dave - Yup, this was shot by just turning the Scene knob to...I don't know what Nikon calls it but it's the 3-megapixel ultra-high-ISO setting.

    I wish I'd had the presence of mind to try another shot at full-resolution and 3200 ISO, just to compare.
  • E. Howe PRO 5y

    F. T. W. definition and use of the word "Schadenfreude".
  • LeicaHound 5y

    Hi E. Howe ---

    Schadenfreude is a German word - the translation closest to explain the word is ---

    gloating over someone else's misfortune ... to an extreme degree ... the German word is more intense than any valid description would convey.
  • jcieplinski 5y

    Couldn't be Steve's car. He drives German sports cars exclusively. Though, Lambo is now owned by Audi, so maybe that's close enough?

    I always thought that one of the perks of buying a $200,000+ car is that you can park it anywhere and not have to fear anyone towing it. I thought that was in the brochure somewhere.

    Usually, the towing company doesn't want to touch the thing, for fear it may end up getting sued for a $15,000 "scratch." Guess this guy was willing to take the chance, in exchange for the pleasure of inconveniencing a jerk.
  • michaelaskew 5y

    Hi LeicaHound ---

    "F.T.W." is an acronym meaning "for the win," which translates roughly to "great job", "this is awesome," or "I really like this." Thus I believe E. Howe is expressing his enthusiasm for Andy's excellent use of the word schadenfreude, not asking what it meant.

    (Apologies for the mild sarcasm here; my self-restraint needs work.)
  • eric_j_bruno 5y

    Autotalent is a luxury car rental company based in LA:

    So someone rented this car.
  • DanBenjamin PRO 5y

    Are you liking Aperture more (than Lightroom) these days?
  • Sean O'Flaherty PRO 5y

    Last I heard Steve drove a Mercedes-Benz SL
  • Robert Linthicum 4y

    For the same twisted reason, I used to always watch whenever anyone with a Ducati un-trailered it at the racetrack. Paid off once.
  • Mike Tendler PRO 4y

    This is just brilliant!!
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