Classic Car Show, Stowe, VT

While down in Vermont, we attended the classic & antique car show that is held in Nichols Field, just off of Route 100 outside of the main village of Stowe.

As we arrived at the field, the heavens closed up and it poured buckets!  Instead of turning around and going back to the hotel, we waited it out for a minutes.  Our patience paid off, because the rain stopped and the sun began to break through.

However, with the proceeding sweltering heat that we then experienced, i think i would have prefered getting drenched!

Photos taken with the Olympus TG3.

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Classics

Continuing on from my last post where we visited the first garage at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, we made our way across the yard to the second garage.

The second garage holds more contemporary vehicles, which range from the late 1940’s up until the early 1980’s.

In the same garage, there are also exhibits for the train enthusiast, cyclists and a room with hundreds, upon hundreds of diecast models that would make any collector salivate.

All photos taken with the Olympus TG3.

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Old Ways Of Getting Around

We had tried visiting the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum (http://cvtmuseum.wix.com/cvt-museum) last fall, but it had already closed up for the season.  So, we went again this weekend to see what it was all about.

If you are a car person, this is the place for you to go and visit.  They have cars dating back to the early 1900’s, all the way up to a home-built 1980’s electric car.

In order for you to see the all the exhibits at the museum, you must take a guided tour – they do not allow you to explore by yourself.

We really enjoyed our guided tour and our tour guide was very informative & engaging.

These photos are from the museum’s first garage.  The cars in the first garage date from the early 1900’s to the early 1940’s.

If you get a chance to visit the museum, do so.  It really is worth the price of admission.

All photos taken by the Olympus TG3.

Who dares wins.

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Rewinding To 2011

 

While i was going through all my folders of photographs today, i came across some photos of the NASCAR cars when they were here in 2011.

Back in 2011, i had just bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D3000.  2011 was also the year that i became serious about photography.

During that year, i can remember taking photos of just about anything, something i think every amateur does.  Whether it was a cup sitting on the kitchen table or a bird high up in a tree, i had a thirst to use my camera and learn.

I must say, in the last 5 years i have learnt a tremendous amount and i have an abundance more to learn.  The way i see it, photography is a never ending learning experience.

In regards to cars, i have learnt to like taking photographs of them, learning to get closer into some of the details of the car itself, rather then simply taking a photo of the whole car.

Five years on, i am happy to say that i still have the same zeal to go out and take photographs; though, hopefully better ones.

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Parked

In front of the Planet Hollywood in Niagara Falls, Ontario, you will find some run down movie stars.

No, i am not talking about Stallone.  Rather, you will find some run down replicas of  cars that have appeared in some of Hollywood’s biggest movies.

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They have certainly seen better days.  The Canadian winters have taken a toll on these vehicles and i am sure that wildlife has taken refuge in them at certain points in time.

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Photos taken with the X-Pro1 and the XF 18-135mm.

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Cool Cars of Kingston

In our brief stay in Kingston coming back from Niagara, we came across a little car show not far from our hotel.

We had just come back from a small errand and i did not have my camera with me; therefore, i used my mobile phone for these shots.

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I do believe that the A&W that was just next door to the parking lot, was sponsoring this evening of cool cars (we grabbed some breakfast there the next morning).

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It always amazes me what these guys can do with their old cars.  The time and money that must have gone into them has to be mind boggling.

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It was nice to see some fellow Mitsubishi owners there.  I got some ideas now.

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Judging by how everyone was chatting away, it seems like this little get together happens every week.  Pretty cool way to spend a summer evening in my opinion.

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Despite what you may hear from other people, Kingston is a pretty cool place.

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Beautiful Lines

At long last, here is the last lot of photos from the Grand Prix weekend festival in Little Italy.

There is just something about classic cars that today’s cars don’t have.  When i look at these classic cars, they have such beautiful lines.  I don’t see that in today’s cars.

I hope that you enjoy this final installment of photos from the Grand Prix weekend.  It was great fun taking these photos and i was able to try out a few different techniques in taking the photos, as well as post processing them.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s day to all the Fathers around the world, especially mine.  Thanks for being there.

I can’t believe that we are already past mid-June.  However, we just started summer and we have some great months ahead of us.  More festivals are to come, which means more photo opportunities.

I think most Dads like cars to some degree; therefore, for today, i am going to continue with the photos i took when we went up to Little Italy on Grand Prix weekend.

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Don’t worry, the Ferrari was not harmed during the procedure to make it pink.

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It was a very sunny day when i took these photos.  There was not one cloud in the sky.  It did make for some tough shots when the sun was shining off some chrome; but on the other hand, it really brought out the shine in the paint jobs.

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There were some pretty cool bikes on display as well.

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Not only did one guy have the 1:1, life size real car, but he had every other scale of the car as well.

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I have mixed feelings about the paint job on this Audi TT.  But, that’s just me.

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“Am i a Fiat or a Ferrari…. Fiat or Ferrari…. help!!”.  Identity crisis.

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Behind The Scenes Of The Montreal Grand Prix, Mid ’90’s.

For some time now, i have wanted to share the following photos.  I have been keeping them in a photo album (yeah, remember those?  They still exist) for many years and just decided to scan them last night.

The photos are a glimpse of the activity that takes place in the garages of the F1 teams.  The photos were taken in the mid ’90’s (sorry, i don’t remember the exact year, but Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve were teammates on Williams) and to be honest, it was unbelievably easy to get inside the garages.  I don’t think i would be able to pull off the same stunt these days.

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If memory serves me correctly, i used a Konica 35mm, automatic, compact camera to take these photos.  It was nothing fancy, but it served it’s purpose.

The scans did not come out all that well.  You can see lines on the files and i think that is from putting the photos through the auto feeder of my scanner.

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It was really cool to be able to get behind the scenes.  I was able to walk around quite freely and no one took a second look at me.  I simply stayed out of peoples way and concentrated on taking the photos.

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Check out the computers in the below photo.  I suppose it was the best there was back then.  Twenty plus years on, we have certainly seen a giant leap in technology.

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It was great fun to be able to get inside the garages.  To be up that close to the cars was something else.  I know they have an open-house these days, but i took these photos right after the main race on Sunday.

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