Normally in most areas, there will be a boat show or a car show. But, as I found out this summer in Pewaukee Wisconsin, they have an annual classic boat AND car show. Apparently, this show has been around for 11 years, and I just found out about it this year (oh, if only I'd known). But I have to say, it was one of the most impressive events I've come across in southeastern Wisconsin in many years.
I actually found out about this event thanks to Art's Camera, which sponsors monthly "Focus Group" events where local photographers can get together and meet at various places and events. I saw a lot of photographers at the event, as well as members of the Plein Air Painters of America.
First, let me talk about the boats. There were a lot of custom-crafted boats from all over Wisconsin for people to see on Pewaukee Lake. I was thrilled to see that each boat had its own theme as well as the creativity & pride these boat-owners had for their watercrafts.
They did have some classic boats on display as well.
The highlight for me was all of the classic cars they had on display. I got to the event early (it started at 9:00 am) and enjoyed watching as the car owners maneuvered their way along the lakefront to get their prime spot to be viewed.
I have photographed classic cars before. In fact, their one of my favorite subjects. At this event, I tried using the same shallow depth-of-field I use when photographing flowers to isolate the most interesting part of the cars, especially the hood ornaments. But three of the photos from that day became some of my most favorite photos I've ever taken. They are shown below:
I will definitely make it a point to attend this event next summer. It's not only a great way to spend a summer day but it's located on one of the most beautiful lakes in Wisconsin.