Tri-Lakes Cruisers 14th Annual Car Show

I don’t normally go to these things. However, I had a pretty bad day Saturday. Well, not that bad considering all the ills in the world. OK, OK . . . just mildly inconvenient. One of my drives, the one housing all my Lightroom stuff, called it quits. No warning, no sign that it was on its last legs. In fact, not two days ago it registered as “healthy”.

Instead, just another fine Seagate product barely making it past the three years mark. 

I seem to remember hard drives lasting 5+ years, but now their lives barely make it past the terrible twos. Because it is one of a pair of matching drives, I will prudently replace both . . . and also my internal data drive. In fact, I need to now rethink my whole storage solution since it’s been three years. In truth, this system has served me well and without a hitch for those three years, and that’s more than I can say for any politician I care to think about.

Anyway, as a relief to my irritation, yesterday I treated myself by attending the Tri-Lakes Cruisers 14th Annual Car Show.

14JUNE2015 Tri-Lakes Car Show

That, of course, is not the car show. It is a test shot. You see, it’s a bright day (the first since a series of overcast days) and I thought I ought use my circular polarizer.  

HERE is a link explaining how polarizers work, but if you are just a casual reader, THIS link might serve you better.

I also set the camera to save JPG files in addition to RAW captures since my normal workflow is temporarily disrupted by the untimely death of my storage device. The following are the JPGs out of the camera with light touching up and the occasional cropping. Note: I did not use the phone at all; all of these are with the D7000 and Sigma’s 17-50mm f/2.8. For close-ups, I used Nikon’s 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens.

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Oh, I should mention one other thing . . . this is just a quick introduction to the 730 photos I took. I’ll be covering the entire set over the course of a number of posts (even I am not crazy enough to do a post with 730 photos).

The above car and this next one . . . 

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. . . were not even part of the show. These were parked a half a block away. They look like kit cars to me, but let me stress I am not a “car guy”. I am a guy with a camera taking photos of cars that are lovingly cared for by “car guys”.

This one was also not part of the show, but it did look nice enough for me to snap a photo of it.

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I should also mention . . . I normally compose photos with some awareness of what’s behind and around the main subject. Unfortunately, there was a crapload of stuff (including . . . people!!!) around these cars. Therefore, I resolved to just get the angle I wanted and not worry about the surrounding stuff.

Right! . . . on with the show proper.

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Most of the cars, unfortunately, had their owners show them with hoods open. How inconsiderate! Don’t they know I prefer to just photograph the exterior lines and colors and could not give a hoot about what’s under the hood? . . . apparently, they don’t.

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Oh, finally, I should mention reflections . . . there are a crapload of reflections from the buffed bodies and trim. Take, for instance, the above shot. Reflections of the car next to it, of the street, of the sky . . . you can hardly make out the paint job. Plus, you know, I had to make sure I did not end up reflected on the finish; that would really mess up the photo. 

. . . and yes, if you know what to look for, you can figure out where, in some shots, my reflection adorns parts of the photo. 

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Black is especially bad when photographing in full sun . . . and with a porta-potty in the background.

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Chrome is another thing that screws up photos . . . the sun just loves bouncing off it and blind photographers.

Every car had a sign on it with information as to the make, model, year, and owners of these beauties. Some I know just from having worked and lived in a car culture for 26 years.

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I think that’s a Thunder-something-or-other. It was in great shape. The emblem reminded me of a bird.

There was a side street where people who organized or sponsored the show had their cars on display. 

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14JUNE2015 Tri-Lakes Car Show

Obviously, these are just a few. Some of the cars on display I’d already photographed when out shopping, so I assume those are owned by local people who actually use them as everyday cars.

This next car had an interesting paint job . . . 

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I worked the show by walking from car to car on one side, then walked back from car to car on the other side. That first pass was to just capture the total car with the wide-angle lens. 

I then mounted my Macro lens and repeated the walk. I’ll show here the close-up of the paint job for this car.

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That’s not my shooting . . . it was actually drawn soft and fuzzy.

Anyway, back to the wide-angle shots. One of the things I distinctly remember from both the 1960 Cadillac I learned to drive in and from my first car, a 1965 Chevy Impala, is the distinctive, ornate, and tactile instrument panel. I snapped photos of a number of them, but here’s just one.

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People seem to have an affinity for Mustangs. They also like the cars by the same name.

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Can you guess what year this one is from?

This next car impersonated the definition of bare-bones utility . . . 

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. . . while this one screamed “fun” . . . 

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“Roadsters” were well-represented in the show, with a number that differed only in color.

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But, for me, this was my favorite. A one-owner car and the owner was constantly in demand from people wanting to know about this vehicle (I had never seen or read or heard of this car before). 

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14JUNE2015 Tri-Lakes Car Show

It is a 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier; rear engine, three rows of seating plus additional cargo space in back.

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Sorry; I wanted to get more interior shots, but people were always around it. This is all I could manage and it’s not even a good shot.

I would drive that now if, you know, they made it with modern safety features. 

I mentioned my second walk-through was with the macro lens . . . guess what I was shooting?

That’s right! Macros; how did you know?

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14JUNE2015 Tri-Lakes Car Show

14JUNE2015 Tri-Lakes Car Show

I fully intended capturing every emblem on every car, but it quickly got repetitive. Plus, did I mention many people had their hood open? Not being seven feet tall, it was a little difficult reaching most of them. 

Even more annoying, some had the trunks open as well. But not all . . . 

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14JUNE2015 Tri-Lakes Car Show

Still, after a while I concentrated on design details . . . 

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I kid . . . the truck was in good running order, but the owner had left the wear and tear on the exterior as a badge of honor and a reminder of the vehicle’s long life.

 . . . one more emblem.

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Fun side fact . . . our swimming pool at our Harlincin house (Franklin, MI) was in the approximate shape of a Chevy chevron.

pool

Image courtesy of Google Earth.

Alright, I do admit some of the engines offered decent photo opportunities . . . 

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14JUNE2015 Tri-Lakes Car Show

I thought this was an interesting shot . . . 

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BUT WAIT! . . . on my third walkthrough I took photos of the event itself, including . . . GASP! . . . people!

14JUNE2015 Tri-Lakes Car Show

14JUNE2015 Tri-Lakes Car Show

Don’t be misled by the scarcity of people . . . there were plenty around. I waited until a lull in the passing crowd gave me a chance to see more than swinging arms, slouching shoulders, and sagging guts.

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By this time the sun had gone away, and I almost wanted to reshoot everything, but I had already been away from Melisa for over three hours and was getting a little antsy. My last walkthrough was pretty fast, and with a corresponding lack of care in setting up the shots.

Although, I did catch a few cars whose owners had closed the hoods.

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One comment about the owners of most of these cars . . . many were engaging, friendly, and willing to talk about their “babies”. Others looked downright unfriendly; surly, even. At least toward the spectators. They sure chatted each other up, though, and it seemed to me as if it were a closed clique where the spectators were a bothersome, but necessary, inconvenience. 

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The show was a couple of blocks long on one street and another block on a crossing street.

I should mention the regular posts will have SmugMug galleries associated with them, but for now, clicking on the photos will have a larger version of them open up in a new tab or window.

To wit, here’s another panorama shot (stitched from a number of shots).

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Least, but not last, for my British friends and readers . . . 

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That’s right! People with hands in their pockets. More specifically, guys with their hands in their pockets . . . and two cars many people love beyond any reasoned understanding of why.

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19 Responses to Tri-Lakes Cruisers 14th Annual Car Show

  1. oneowner says:

    Nice macro shots! Many of the shows have been rained out here lately so I haven’t been out much. I’m interested in the design of these cars and I hate it when they leave the hood up, but I can see why they do it.
    I purchased a 3 drive housing that connects to a PC via USB3. It allows easy swapping of drives without opening your PC cabinet up. I plan on getting a new computer soon and this should make drive changes easier. There are is a second 2 bay device that can copy one drive to another without the use of a computer, making duping easy.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks. We were lucky with this one as the rain held off or passed to the south. Still a few cars did leave when the clouds got closer . . . can’t have the babies get wet.

      As for outside devices, I don’t like the associated expense. The two drives I am replacing are both external drives, and I’ve had more problems with external drives than any of my internal ones.

      The plan now is for two 4TB internal drives (one for the data and one for backup), and then do additional backups to an external device (another 4TB drive I keep in the fireproof safe when not in use).

      We’ll see how it goes.

      I think one of the problem has been that I bought large capacity drives that were essentially for backups, and not daily use (only two-year warranty and not high-performance parameters). I’m now buying two high-performance drives with 5-year warranties and geared more for interactive use and editing graphics.

      We’ll see how they do. I’m hoping by the time they need replacing the solid state drives will have dropped in price enough to make them a viable option as high storage devices.

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      • oneowner says:

        This is the drive enclosure I was mentioning: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003X26VV4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00
        It uses any internal drives of your choice, not the external drives that don’t last. This gives you the opportunity to pick the best drive for your needs.

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      • disperser says:

        I’ll be curious to hear how it does. My PC case has room for five drives, so I don’t really have a reason for external drives. When I bought the ones I have, the thinking was to disconnect them and store them in the safe when traveling. That’s what I was doing, but if I have a separate backup, I can keep the new ones in the computer case.

        Like I said, I’ll be interested in the long term and day-to-day performance of the enclosure.

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        • oneowner says:

          I have 3 drives in my case, one being an SSD. That is the limit for my case, hence the new enclosure. However, I haven’t installed the enclosure. It will go with whatever new PC I get (after Win 10 is released) and it will surely be USB 3 capable. I like the idea of the enclosure because you can just plug in any new drive without the installation problems of installing in the PC case.
          On my wish list is a 4T SSD for $99. I’ll take half a dozen.

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        • disperser says:

          Did you get the offer for a free version of Windows 10?

          I reserved mine for when it’s released. However, I’m not sure I want to do the upgrade. I generally like to wait a year or two for new operating systems to shake out their bugs. Not to mention I don’t look forward to upgrading all of the software I have. I probably would not have to, but that is another potential for buggy behavior; running old OS programs on a new OS.

          I’m still running Windows 7 and have been fairly pleased with it. My previous system had (still has) XP on it. Like I said, I apparently merited a free version, but I will not be the first one to dive in.

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        • oneowner says:

          I’m running Win 7 also and I haven’t received an offer to upgrade to Win 10 yet. I will upgrade, though. I don’t have a lot of software to be concerned about. Usually Adobe products and Microsoft products run very well on a new platform, Mac’s aside. I do have quite a few plugins but usually Topaz and On1 anticipate new OS’s and are quick to provide fixes, if necessary. I understand Internet Explorer will also be a thing of the past. No matter, I haven’t used it in years.

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        • disperser says:

          Are you keeping up with how the Beta release is going? Last I checked, I read mixed reviews.

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        • oneowner says:

          I’ve never found the beta test reviews to be an accurate representation of the final product. I’ll download the release product and see how that checks out before installing. I did a beta test for an Adobe product and it was not a good experience. I also know that beta testers can sometimes be a little overzealous, so I take those reviews with a grain of salt.

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  2. Looks like the show was huge. I saw one with a Texas license plate ( my state). Too bad for some of the car guys who were snobs.

    Your photos are fantastic and I almost felt that I was there. But I wish the vehicles had been shown with the hoods and trunks closed.

    I love restored cars and wish I had the money to put into restoring my 78 Bronco which still runs but needs some work on the motor, My husband used to drive it after I switched to an Explorer. My two kiddos want to me to sell it but I have not idea about a decent asking price.

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    • disperser says:

      Were I to guess, more than 100 cars but less than 150 . . . but I could be wrong.

      As for the snobs, understand that played right into my wheelhouse. I had no desire to speak to the owners at all (I could care less about the car itself or what it takes to maintain it, restore it, make it shine, or keep it running – I just like the colors, lines, and shapes).

      No, my comment was based on observation of interactions between people. Some owners were very friendly while others gave curt answers to people “not in the car restoration club”, reserving their enthusiasm and friendliness for others vintage car owners. That was fine with me, but I thought it . . . what’s the word I’m looking for . . . ah, yes; assholish.

      As for the Bronco, this was one in the show (sorry the photo is not great; I was in a clump of people and wanted to get the heck outta there). I did not check the year of this one.

      As for how much it’s worth, I’m sadly out of tune with the cost of used cars. I suppose Blue Book is a place to start, but with older cars (vintage), different price structures are in place. Perhaps checking out some vintage car clubs and e-mailing them for advice would be a good approach.

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      • Thanks for info. The Bronco in the pic is from about 1963 or 1964. My husband bought one- the same(red) as your photo and later sold it to his son (my step-son).. Now the vehicle is no longer functional after many years of neglect.

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  3. OH! What fun fun FUN! I LOVE car shows! You got some amazing shots! I especially love the “wear and tear” look and the car screaming “FUN!” The old mustangs and trucks are always exciting to me! :-)
    I saw the biopic of Brian Wilson tonight…Love and Mercy…great film! Reminds me of the Beach Boys “Fun Fun Fun” song…”til her Daddy takes the T-Bird away!” :-D
    Old-Car-Smell-HUGS!!! :-)

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  4. Eddy Winko says:

    I’m with you on the Greenbrier, my kind of vehicle. Good to see the MG and the Austin, I’m lucky enough to have driven examples of both, great fun, they have gears and everything!
    HDD, SSD is where its at for the important stuff, says the person who stores his data on a six year old server with drives eight years old. They say the secret is never to turn them off!

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    • disperser says:

      My computer is on 24/7 and nearly 365. However, Windows updates require restarting, and that happens at least once a month.

      Also, when we went on the 15 cruise, I turned off all electronics. I don’t think that’s the reason this failed. Rather, I think pretty much everything is cheaply made and not overdesigned; just the bare minimum to do the job.

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      • Eddy Winko says:

        I think you are right, things are almost designed to fail now. SSD is definitely more reliable, but expensive. No doubt the failure rate of HDD is to push us all to SDD? A server offers a good solution if you have multiple devices as you can normally increase tolerance, RAID5 for instance. Although sometimes you have to question the cost of keeping these things going with the price of energy in monetary and environmental terms. I’m looking at solar PV to keep the tech going to help justify it. Hope you get back up and running on all cylinders soon.

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      • disperser says:

        My ideal system would have all solid state memory, but I’m not sure about its reliability either. If I could be assured of the longevity, I would consider time into the cost equation; I would pay more for something that should last me 10 years, for instance. However, the storage limitation in SSD is size, at least right now. Eventually, that too will be solved.

        I look to the day where a small and easily misplaced cube will hold all of humanity’s knowledge.

        Speaking of which, there is some information here that might be of interest:

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