In the now-seven years that I’ve been traveling to Ocean City, Maryland for H2O International, I’ve always left wishing I had made more time for one thing: tracking shots. I mean, of course there’s the people, seeing old friends from afar and meeting new faces, and the show, but that stretch of Coastal Highway that is most commonly referred to as “the strip” is what I hold dearest. The OCMD strip is just so unique. It’s a place where, from any sidewalk for tens of blocks, one can sit and watch cars pass by, creating a bit of a “roll call” for those in attendance, and giving the bystander a great glimpse at what will be on the grassy field come Sunday morning. So this year, with Tropical Storm Joaquin setting the shooting schedule, I found myself posted up stressed for hours at a time, finally getting a chance to do what I love most. Here’s the weekend’s first part of two, H2O 2015 Photos: A Weekend in Motion.
When I first began my long trek from Miami up to Ocean City the last thing on my mind was tracking photos. I had initially hoped to spend the weekend shooting a promo video for More Than More, but as soon as I arrived at 56th on Friday morning the plans changed. With many thanks to my friend, Grant Anderson, and his housemates, I posted up on their balcony and spent a good part of Friday shooting away.
Car after car passed by, and with each new subject it became more evident that this was both a new and relatively unexplored style of show coverage, but it also demonstrated why we all build these cars—to drive them! I shot away, content-as-ever from the balcony on 56th, until it was time to move along to a new location.
As more cars passed by I snapped more photos, and a familiar face or two waved whilst I shot from the side of the road, like Blair Peterman (the man behind this Audi Fox build as well) in his Porsche 964 on Fifteen52 wheels. I’m not sure when it happened, I just know it was amidst shooting, but I decided that my coverage of the festivities in Ocean City would entirely capsulate motion. No photos without motion would be shot, and the once-annoying weather transformed into a game, and I was eager to play!
Saturday followed the same trend as Friday, rainy-as-hell and all shoots cancelled, so I dedicated a couple hours to shooting more cars on the strip. After many years of wishing I could do this, it was almost as if the rain disappeared and it was just me, my camera, and the passing cars for hours at a time. If fact, I can’t even tell you how long I was out there shooting!
The day began to darken, traffic began to build, and the challenge of shooting increased. The cars weren’t moving as fluidly, nor were they as open and unobstructed as the day, but in Barney’s true fashion, “Challenge Accepted!”
Now, like many of my other rants, I could go on and on about how this is a Volkswagen weekend and outcasts blah, blah, blah, but truth be told, I love it. The debauchery and shenanigans will always happen, and only the blind will try and say that a VW driver has never been the culprit, but this year’s H2Oi experience in Ocean City has just been the perfect example of the automotive community’s evolution. I love it.