If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and love cars, a visit to Canepa Cars and Coffee is an automotive viewing experience that’s on a whole different level than typical car events. This morning I saw three Paganis, more Porches than I could count, a Mitsubishi van with an LS engine, a classic Mini Cooper with a Honda engine, two 1963 split window Corvettes, two modded Suzuki Cappuccinos, a couple of BMW M6s, some classic Maseratis, Ferraris and Lambos, a bunch of amazing race cars, and a prototype Cizeta Moroder V16T. The V16T is one of the coolest cars I've ever seen in person. Photos below:
A recipe for a really fun day for automotive enthusiasts:
- Lemons Race: Take 150 themed junkers that cost $500 and put them on the track at Sonoma Raceway (a.k.a., Sears Pointless).
- Hot Rods: Put a small random car show with some hot rods in one parking lot.
- Radwood: Hold an 80's/90's themed car show in another parking lot where some folks dress up in period costumes.
Mix all of those cars and crowds and people together, and you get:
HooptieCon 2018: Where the Elite Meet with Heaps.
Much hilarity ensued.
I really enjoyed visiting the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, California last month. The ship is not usually crowded during the week, and knowledgeable guides are available to take you through the areas that are not available on a self-guided tour. In addition to a mix of aircraft from WWII through the 80's, there is also an Apollo splashdown display. The Hornet was the primary recovery ship for the Apollo 11 moon mission, and also recovered the crew of the Apollo 12.
If you plan to visit to take photos, note that large bags are not allowed because you have to climb up and down some steep, narrow staircases to access parts of the ship. Even a 2-3 hour tour is barely enough to scratch the surface of all the cool things to photograph on board. Enjoy the photos!
The grid below shows the best books that I read in 2017. The list is even heavier on the graphic novels than last year. Each book cover image is linked to Amazon, but maybe your local bookstore or library has a copy. Special thanks to S.S. for turning me on to Suzanne Treister. Check out Goodreads to see what I'm reading next.
October Road Trip: 7 days. 1,336 miles.
Berkeley to Fresno to Mojave to Joshua Tree to La Quinta to Borrego Springs to Palomar to Oceanside to Long Beach to Malibu to Ventura to Ojai to Taft to Gustine and home again.
Last weekend I attended a bi-annual night photography meetup hosted by The Nocturnes on Mare Island. These events are a great way to learn more about the history of Mare Island, meet other night photographers, and go shooting without being hassled by security. There's also pizza.
I was in a headspace where doing something different with my compositions sounded fun. The results are below, with some brief commentary and technical info:
The Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park is a great place to view a dense grove of cacti. The 1/4 mile hike is right off Pinto Basin Road in the southern end of the park. David and I visited the garden under an almost full moon, and were the only ones there. I setup my tripod to take a panorama next to some cholla that were quite tall. The anthropomorphic cacti swayed in the wind under the moonlight.
Click below to view 3 night panoramas from the Cholla Cactus Garden.