It is an August ritual, the gleaming chrome, rumbling engines, shifting gears and crowds of automotive aficionados, all converging to transform Monterey, California into a car collector’s paradise. From vintage automobile races to open-air shows, there are endless opportunities to see examples of fine historic vehicles and rare luxury supercars up close and in beautiful detail. For more classic car photography and racing photography from Monterey Car Week, please visit the APK Photography Automobilia Archives.
I have been photographing automotive events for nearly as long as I have lived in Monterey, and it is truly remarkable to see the variety of cars and the passion of the owners and fans. From a shooting perspective, these celebrations of automotive engineering and history are always well-attended, meaning that I have no choice but to work with the crowd and explore new angles from which to capture both the details and the larger feel of any given event. Lately, I have become even more interested in capturing the interaction of the people and the cars, resulting in moments like the shot below.
Of course, there is always the simple and deeply satisfying fun of moving in closer for those more finely tuned abstract and detail images, with the added challenge of highly-variable light/shadow intensities on shiny surfaces…
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A lovely day-trip destination, San Juan Bautista delights with a blend of history, culture, small-town charm, and delicious culinary adventures. After thoroughly exploring the mission, being sure to peek around corners into less-explored rooms and taking the time to absorb the architectural and historical details, stroll down to the adjacent and very walkable main street where classic old-town Californian architecture and the mom-and-pop local businesses provide a low-key backdrop to an aimless afternoon. Wandering from shop to shop, be sure to pause for a signature apricot margarita in a beautiful garden patio setting. Or for a dining experience that the locals would probably rather keep secret, leave the main avenues and go a block further from the mission, for some unassumingly wholesome and satisfying family-style basque cuisine.
The avenues were quiet on this mid-winter day, and as the gardens of the mission come into bloom, the warmth of this inviting town will draw more spring and summer crowds, including motorcyclists enjoying a ride through the pastoral countryside, and families seeking a sunny and simple getaway. From Monterey, Santa Cruz, or the greater San Francisco bay area, San Juan Bautista can be an easy weekend adventure, and beyond the attractions in town, there are extensive hiking trails and geological sites of interest providing even more accessible and active experiences. I am looking forward to returning later in the year, to further explore the charms of this classic California town.
One of many local holiday traditions, the Lighted Boat Parade brightens up the Monterey Bay from the harbor to Cannery Row, offering a colorful celebration of the season’s cheer. Families with small children and longtime community residents enjoy the camaraderie as they line the piers and beaches to view the parade of boats decorated with Christmas lights, while music plays and sailors shout holiday greetings to shore. See the full gallery of the 2014 Monterey Lighted Boat Parade here!
The local music scene in Monterey, California has been finding a new groove, led by a wide range of extremely talented musicians. It has been a pleasure to experience these new musical acts in the past few months, and the opportunity to photograph their energetic live performances has been an added bonus.
Most of the live music and event venues in the Monterey region are relatively small, making the intimacy of the performances and music photography more accessible. Some concerts have been challenging to photograph, but with such limitless musical passion brought to the stage by these talented performers, there are always powerful portraits to be found.
This set of images is from a recent show at the new Carmel Live venue, with the lovely Lillie Lemon and her fellow musicians. It is always wonderful to hear the amazing results of these collaborations, and this performance revealed a new chapter in her musical evolution.
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Recently I enjoyed a lovely walk through quaint Carmel, California. At the height of the summer tourist season, the streets are overflowing with visitors, and it can be difficult to find a peaceful moment between the busy shops and bustling restaurants. In the winter however, a sense of calm settles across our picturesque region, and Carmel-by-the-Sea is transformed into a serene, quiet village. After enjoying a taste of fine Monterey County wines, and discussing this winter’s strange, dry and sometimes hot weather with a long-time local vintner at his tasting room, I wandered past the window of a jewelery shop, where a man worked with tremendous focus and skill.
Further on, locals gathered in the warm light of the neighborhood deli, while fresh fruit and flowers brightened the sidewalk outside. Our winters here are frequently mild, and though there was a slight chill in the air this evening, a recent spell of warm weather had coaxed some of the flowering trees into bloom, adding a little extra magic to the charming mood of winter in Carmel. This little corner of the world is a pleasurable destination any time of year, and I intend to explore this quiet side of Carmel-by-the-Sea more often.