This past Sunday I took a drive south and east from St. Petersburg to Ft. Lauderdale. It’s a bit of a haul, but was so worth it. The reason was the Exotics On Las Olas car show.
“Show” doesn’t really do it justice. “Event?” Nah. I’d go with the “Exotics On Las Olas Holy Shit This Is Insane Fest!” Basically, as you’ll see from the pictures, Las Olas Blvd gets lined with bonkers cars. I was literally running around giggling and pointing at things like giddy schoolboy.
I didn’t shoot every car at the show. There were just too many of them. Some I skipped on purpose because I personally wasn’t interesed, like all the modern Lambos. Meh. They’re cool and all, but there are just so many of them. Some I forgot to go back to, like the Ferrari Enzo. Oops. Sorry. I’ll just go find another street-parked Enzo to crawl around with my camera. I’m sure there’s one around here somewhere.
Shooting at something like this is challenging, to say the least. First, there are a few thousand people wandering around. I don’t mind if someone walks through a shot. We’re all there to see the cars. I’ll wait until the shot is right. Can’t get mad at people doing people stuff in public. I deal.
Second is the lighting. It’s outside in the middle of the day on a city street. Some areas are bright. Some spots are completely in shadow. Some are both. Editing was fun as every shot presented a unique set of varibles to work with. No two shots were the same. It was a time comsuming process. I edited three days of pictures from the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg faster than these.
Here are some of the highlights. I have a mega-gallery up on my website that you can view at you leasure. It’s maybe 188 pictures or so. You’ve been warned.
One more thing before the pics. The best thing I overheard was a guy arguing with the Pagani wranglers that it was just some kit-car. The dude was really insistant about it. The Pagania person tried to meet him halfway just to get him to stop. He said something like “It’s a carbon tub and the car is built around that.” Kit-car guy then says “So it’s a kit-car!” I just had to leave at that point.