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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Automotive: Shooting on the Shore

Here's my favorite shot from Cruisin Ocean City this year.

I have to admit, I'm really pleased with how the group shots went in Ocean City this year. Not only did it end up being a great shot, but it was a lot of fun to do, involving a lot of people with a love of great muscle cars spanning 40   years.

A little about how it was done, and more shots from Hot Rod Week spring 2012 inside.


4th Gen Camaros rolling by




When I got the shot above, we had already been on the shore a couple of days, and already saw a record number of great cars. One of the best things to do on hot rod week is sit on the side of the road and watch the cars cruise by.

There are small shows all over, in just about every parking lot and business all the way to the Maryland/Delaware line it seems.
Dave and his bright red 68 Camaro. 




You would think there are a lot of "policing" issues during the week. While I"m sure the cops are busier than normal with so many cars rolling around, nothing ever really seems to get out of hand. Which is amazing considering the number of cars and people that descend on Ocean City that week. Everyone is still able to have fun and horse around a little bit. There is honestly so many cars that no one is ever really able to get any speed.

Everything from modern factory fresh cars, to completely custom, purpose built drag cars cruise up and down the street. In my opinion there is nothing better than the smell of race fuel. Well, maybe diesel fuel.Folks that bring their cars to show have way more patience than me. Every little detail is worked out, color matched, polished and cleaned.
After a couple of days of car watching, we rolled up to Delaware and did some cooking out. While the food was getting prepped I scouted a location. I used my phone GPS to look for a spot on the water facing to the west. I wanted to get a shot with the sun going down behind the cars. Luckily I was able to find a housing development still under construction. About 1/2 hour before sunset we started lining up at the end of this court. I was able to quickly get the lights setup and my camera going and tried out a couple of different angles.

Left to right, 68 Camaro, 03 Mustang Cobra, 11 Dodge Charger, 06 Ford Mustang GT 71 Chevy Corvette, 67 Ford Mustang, and 02 Pontiac Trans Am

I was so excited to have so many different years of cars for this shot. Oddly, it seemed the majority of them were orange. We're already counting down the days until next year.

Unfortunately, with anything mechanical breaks down. Add in some customizing and its inevitable.