A Feast for the Eyes – November’s Cars and Cofee

Rare Rides and Good Friends at Jacksonville’s Cars and Coffee

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Wow!  It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Deremer Studios, but thankfully we were still able to get out to Jacksonville’s Cars and Coffee this weekend!  After skipping a month thanks to our buddy, Hurricane Matthew, it was nice to see everyone come out yet again for the penultimate Cars and Coffee to be held at the Times Union Building.  The fine folks that put on the show are on the lookout for a new location for the meet-up, beginning in January.  If you’ve got, or know of any locations with 400+ parking spots and a great atmosphere, please let the good folks at Automotive Addicts know.

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This month, VW was the featured marquis, with a hearty showing of Golf representing much of the history of the German manufacturer’s storied model – many with a healthy touch of modifications for your drooling pleasure.  Vintage American muscle was also there in force, with a wide range of 60’s and 70’s Corvettes, Mustangs and Firebirds, and the rather splendidly restored Mercury Cougar, above.   The morning was rounded out with some modern muscle, like the ACR Viper, a couple of exotics, and a smattering of modern Euro and Asian rides.  In total, there were about 200 folks that brought their cars out for a morning of shared passion.  Isn’t it nice when we can all come together!

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Sunny Side Up Honda – September’s Cars and Cofee

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Exploring The Pacific Northwest: Portland, OR

New Horizons and Some Spectacular Mornings in Portland

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A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of heading out to the Pacific Northwest for the first time – traveling to Portland, OR to shoot for two of our regular clients.  It was a wonderful, albeit quick trip to the Left Coast.  Today is our first of two posts from the trip – this time focusing on the city of Portland and a pair of rather stunning sunrises with a not too shabby sunset on the side.  I arrived in Portland to the stereotypical rainy and overcast weather of the region, but by the following morning, the fog had begun to lift, and I set out in the pre-dawn light to find a few spots I had researched the night before.  As it turned out, the tendrils of fog still clung to the hills west of the city, so I headed back down to my hotel in downtown Portland.  But on my way down, the early morning sun slipped through the sliver of land and clouds to create a rather spectacular show along the riverfront that I couldn’t pass up.  Below is one of my favorite shots.

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Later on in our trip, after speaking to a few locals who suggested a trip to Pittock Mansion, I headed up to the turn-of-the-century estate for an evening shoot of the quintessential Portland skyline and Mt Hood, 50 miles to the east.  The view was spectacular, and as you would expect, it drew a large contingent of shutterbugs, from couples with their phones, to professional photographers and even a chap shooting IR time-lapse video!  You can see some of our evening shots in the gallery below.  But perhaps my favorite Portland shots from the trip (like the one at the top of this post) were taken the following morning.  There is this great site, SunCalc, that allows you to determine where and when the sun will rise and set each day – and its perfect for lining up shots.  This time, we really lucked out, with the sun rising right over Mt Hood.  Add to that the morning’s bands of cirrus clouds, and it made for an absolutely epic sunrise!

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Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

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Big Talbot Island: Snails, Sunrise and Storms – Oh My!

A Wet and Wild Morning on Big Talbot Island

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So…  Sometimes things don’t quite go as planned.  This morning, and old friend and I headed out to shoot some of the amazing driftwood on the northern coast of Big Talbot Island.  This great little chunk of shore just a stone’s throw from Amelia Island, provides a great location for some unique scenic photography – something that’s a bit different than the uninterrupted golden sands that line the majority of Florida’s coast.  Prior to leaving, I had checked both the weather forecast, as well as the aviation weather conditions (they provide more detail on current conditions than your typical weather app).  Both looked promising, with no precipitation in the forecast until almost lunch time.  So, cameras and tripods in hand – and a good hour and a half before sunrise – we set out along the shore, walking about a mile to this wild piece of Old Florida.   The first hour or so of shooting went great – allowing us to experiment with long exposures and a variety of angles while trying our hardest to ignore the gnats.  As night reluctantly gave way to day, we even spotted a water spout (below), as it hugged the Amelia Island coast ahead of a small patch of rain.  The patch wouldn’t stay small…

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Soon, the little clump of rain became a more defined line – with the weather sticking to our North, and working its way inland.  In my infinite wisdom, despite the storm cutting off our exit, I thought it would be best to keep shooting and let the storm pass.  That was, until it decided to pass overhead.   Within a matter of only a few minutes, the skies opened up all around us – the storm having increased in size and intensity at a surprising rate.  Thankfully, I always carry a trash bag in my camera bag for just such an occasion, so while I enjoyed a 45 minute tropical shower, my cameras stayed high and dry in my not-so-chic emergency rain solution.    By the time we got back to the car, storms were popping left and right, including a massive shelf-clouded storm over Jacksonville, offering us some good photo ops as we made our way back to town.

And, as a bit of an extra – above is a video of the Monday commute for a troupe of snails.  Just before the rain, I had noticed that many of the felled pieces of driftwood were covered in these lime-green colored snails.  At first, I thought the snails were stationary, but as I started snapping some long exposures, I realized they were on the move (undoubtedly seeking cover for the impending deluge as I, too, should have been).  But, throwing caution to the wind, I took this time lapse video of these fascinating little creatures for your enjoyment.  The clip is about 20 seconds and represents about 10 minutes of movement.

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Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

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A Century in the Wild Blue Yonder: The National Museum of the US Air Force

A Long Walk Through 100+ Years of Air Force History

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Remember how we mentioned a visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force back in our previous post?  Well, with all the hundreds of aircraft on display at the Air Force Museum, we thought it would be appropriate to give the museum its own post.  Way back in 1995 – when I still was still a high-schooler certain of my trajectory toward the Air Force Academy – we visited Dayton on our one and only great cross-country family vacation.  In fact, I have three hours of home video narrated by a voice-cracking, mumbling, monotone yours truly as proof of our trip – that, and about 200 photos (and that was in the days of film no less!).   So, when I discovered I’d be headed up to Ohio again for a shoot, I made plans for a nostalgic visit to the Air Force Museum.

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While things here and there have changed (and expanded!), the waves of nostalgia still flooded over me as I rounded the corner to the parking lot.  I hadn’t even entered the exhibit halls yet – and I was already reminded of our trip some 20 years ago.  Once inside, the memories kept coming – and even a few surprises.  When I entered the second hanger, filled with aircraft from the Korean and Vietnam wars, I had remembered that they had a B-52 on display (a massive plane that goes to show you just how gigantic the hangers are), but I was stunned to see that it was a dead ringer for the B-52 model I had assembled in high school – down to the placement of the camouflage patches!  I had completely forgotten I had painted my model after this one!

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One other unique bit of history, though a new addition to the Air Force Museum, was a collection of a half dozen presidential aircraft – including everything prior to the current 747.  Best of all, you could tour four of the aircraft from nose to tail!  It was a great experience!

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Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

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A River Runs Through It – Cincinnati and the Mighty Ohio

Exploring the Ohio River Basin

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It’s a good idea to be prepared for anything – like a delayed flight, or your car breaking down, or who knows what…  That’s why we always plan a buffer day in our business travel – allowing us to get in and settled with a day before our shoot.  It also affords us time to scout the area if needed, and then there’s the other reason we love to have an extra day – to explore and shoot fine art photography!  Such was the case when we headed to Cincinnati with one of our clients a few weeks back.  Thankfully, travel went great, and we had a whole day to explore Ohio.  Here’s a sampling of our favorite fine art shots from the trip!

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Over the years, we haven’t spent much time in Ohio.  In fact, I think this was only my third time in the state – which, of course, is all the more reason to explore.  And explore we did – setting out from Cincinnati, exploring rural Ohio as the sun rose, setting off to the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, and then heading down to Portsmouth, OH, along the banks of the Ohio River.  From there, we chased the setting sun, traveling west along the shore, hopping back and forth between Ohio and Kentucky on our way back to Cincinnati.  It was a wonderful day of exploring a part of the country I haven’t really experienced before.  What surprised me the most?  Probably the Ohio River itself.  It was bigger than I expected, and with far fewer crossings than I would have thought.  It was tricky enough to get from one side to the other today – I can only imagine the barrier it was to commerce and travel 100 years ago!

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Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

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Sunny Side Up Honda – September’s Cars and Cofee

A Bright and Shiny Morning at Jacksonville’s Cars and Coffee

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Nothing like a trip to Jacksonville’s Cars and Coffee to start off your Saturday morning!  After a long overdue first visit to Cars and Coffee last month, we made sure to set some time aside in the calendar (between sleep and a Lego build for the kids at Toys-R-Us) to spend the first couple hours of the day with a few hundred car nuts and their beloved four-wheeled children.

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This month, Honda brands were the featured marquis, with a large Acura NSX contingent lining the entrance to the Times Union building.  A few other cars that caught my eye were a great example of a well loved American Austin (a domestic version of the Commonwealth’s Austin 7), a beautifully restored Citroën 2CV, a DMC DeLorean complete with its original 1982 tape deck, and a whole gaggle of 1st and 2nd gen Vipers.  Add to that a JSO-liveried BMW M6, a post-apocalyptic-styled mustang, and a drift-modded Nissan 370z, and you have a feel for the amazing array of cars you’ll find from month to month.  You nenver know what you might see!

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Sunny Side Up Honda – September’s Cars and Cofee

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Up the River with Avis – Exploring Ohio in a Toyota Avalon

An Autumn-esque Adventure in the 2016 Toyota Avalon

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While Florida was bracing for Hurricane Hermine, I was helping to liberate a 2016 Toyota Avalon from the path of the storm.  That weekend, I had an event to photograph for one of our automotive clients in Cincinnati, and so we journeyed north with this deep-maroon Toyota Avalaon from Avis to photograph while on our adventure.  Our mission was to capture autumn themed photos.  But what do you do when you need fall photos and fall has yet to arrive?  Take advantage of dusk and dawn – where the sunlight takes on a golden hew and gives even bright green trees a touch of autumn glint.  I’ll let you be the judge of the results.

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So, what was it like to put 2,000 miles on a 2016 Toyota Avalon?  To be honest, it was a bit of a mixed bag – especially when you consider that it’s Toyota’s flagship sedan.  As with all Avis cars, the Avalon was nicely equipped, with extras such as a big infotainment display, dual heated seats, rear ventilation, and a sports package, complete with paddle shifters.  Add to that, it was comfortable, smooth, roomy, stylish, and had surprising performance for a car that seems to have been typecast with the ever-dreaded “old person car” moniker.

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But there were a few frustrations on the drive as well – most notably the smart phone-based navigation solution that proved anything but…  Unlike Apple Car Play, which our last Avis car, the 2016 Chevy Corvette sported, Toyota employs a third party app called Scout GPS.  Not only did the app fail to connect about 60% of the time – even when it did connect, the navigation information was minimal.  The app offers only turn by turn information, but without standard options like a browsable map (or any map at all – aside from one static map that shows your entire route, reminiscent of the old systems you could used to track your progress on an airliner), lane assistance, or the ability to download offline content.  This proved a big headache – especially in rural areas where our cell signal was often non-existent – but the connectivity issues between the car and the app were just as frustrating.  Beyond my tech frustrations, the fuel economy was also only okay – with highway mileage struggling to get above 31 mpg.  All in all, the car was just that – okay.  There were many nice features, but several issues you just wouldn’t expect from a can in 2016.  In my estimation, Toyota’s attempt to make the Avalon a performance car, a luxury car, and a tech-savvy car, all while keeping it affordable, resulted in a car that doesn’t quite hit the mark in any of those categories.  But then again, if you’re looking for a car that checks off all those boxes with excellence, the price tag’s going to be quite a bit higher.

As always, please feel free to download as many photos as you like – we have sized the photos to 1080P HD wallpaper, perfect for your desktop, laptop, tablet or TV – and if you enjoy our photos, please share this blog with your friends and help us get the word out!

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Up the River with Avis – Exploring Ohio with the Toyota Avalon

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