Folsom Cars and Coffee

When I first moved into this area…

…I was already looking to car shows in the area. I wanted keep my photography skills sharp and this website up to date! There were whispers of a car show that had a little something for everyone nearby me. So I did some research to see what was happening in my neighborhood. That’s when I found out about Folsom Cars and Coffee!

This event is held every Saturday during the summer season, and this past holiday weekend’s event was so close to where I live now, I couldn’t pass it up! So unpacked my camera equipment, got my vintage Minolta 45mm lens mounted, and went on my way early that Saturday morning!

Something for everyone

When I got there, there were already several different cars of various types from all over! When I arrived, there was already a row of Corvettes on display. In fact, a 1996 C4 Grand Sport had parked across from me and I was immediately smitten. I remembered all those hours of playing the original Gran Turismo and racing the Corvette Grand Sport on Trial Mountain!

Also parked next to me at Folsom Cars and Coffee was an incredibly rare Lotus Elise Type 72; an Elise designed to celebrate Lotus’ early championships with the John Player Special cars. All around me were an incredible variety of driving machines. I was instantly taken back to the glory days of Blackhawk Cars and Coffee, when I first really started haunting car shows and honing my photography skills! I simply couldn’t believe that a car show with this kind of variety was now in my backyard! While it was a bit of a challenge to get everything with my vintage Minolta 45mm lens, I really enjoyed myself just playing with the camera settings and chatting with fellow car enthusiasts!

Folsom Cars and Coffee ended up being one of the highlights of my weekend. I am definitely coming to the next one!

Goodbye Bay Area!

city skyline during golden hour
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Sometimes, a change of scenery is good

Well, 2021 has been chock full of surprises. For one, I’m finally able to walk around without a mask (since the California Mandate was lifted for vaccinated individuals). Two, I decided I needed a change of scenery to focus more on building my skills. So after several years living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve decided to move! Goodbye Bay Area!

Half of my reasoning for this decision comes from opportunity. In simpler terms, an opportunity to completely change my lifestyle came up and I decided to take it. This of course doesn’t mean I’m giving up on automotive photography. After all, The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is just around the corner! Instead, what this means is that I would have a better chance at accomplishing my own personal goals outside of the Bay Area. And with remote work becoming a more viable solution, many other people are making this same decision. Sometimes a change of scenery is good!

Where Am I now?

grass field during sunset
Photo by Annette Bauer on Pexels.com

I’m not too far away now. I decided to pitch my tent in Gold Country, east of Sacramento! I’m only 2 hours away from the Bay Area, so if there’s a special event happening, I could still be there. Even more importantly, I can still attend classes at The Academy of Art University! Since everything is still online right now, it’s no problem for me! Should physical classes come back, I can just drive down and crash at a friend’s place the night before.

Also, cities like Sacramento, Folsom, and El Dorado Hills have some interesting car-related events happening all over, so I’m itching to get out there and see what drives by. There’s also some hidden gems out here. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find some interesting stories to write about. Or even better; a barn find or two!

So for now, Goodbye Bay Area. I’ll see you again soon!

Vision 2020

Hello!

It’s been a wild last couple of months. Aside from not posting as often as I should around the end of 2019, there’s been a lot of things happening and frankly, I’ve just been too busy or lazy to post something. But I’m still here, and Corkscrewd is still fully operational! But, this new year is going to be notable for some interesting decisions I’ve made. I’m calling this my “Vision 2020” for Corkscrewd. But first, I’m going to share some important news:

I’ve decided to go back to college!

In one of my last posts, I talked about my desire to go back to college. To summarize, I felt that I was kind of at a dead-end in my life and I wasn’t satisfied with how things were going. To add some background, I was tired of barely making any money as a freelance photographer and having to deal with cheapskates and flakes. I’m not afraid to admit I was in a dark place mentally, so that’s why it sounded like I was venting. Essentially, I was.

Then I realized, if I wanted to make a change, I needed to do something drastic. I have contacts at the Academy of Art University thanks to my friends and some freelancing gigs for the School of Industrial Design. I live not too far from San Francisco, and the college offers online classes as well. Why not enroll? So I did! I’m starting class in a few weeks as a student in the Transportation Design Program! I’m realizing my dream of designing cars for a living!

What is Vision 2020?

This doesn’t mean that I’ve completely given up on my blog. I see an interesting opportunity moving forward into the rest of 2020. This blog was created for sharing my love for automobiles and showcasing my photography skills. I can still do that, but now there will be a new facet to this website as a car design blog! Think about it: I’ve got tons of reference material thanks to 3+ years of photographing cars! Additionally, the contacts I’ve made because of this blog would certainly help me in my future career as an industrial designer. On top of that, there’s now an opportunity for readers to get an in-depth look at the processes of car design, from concept ideation to modeling and everything in between. And, I’ll stand out a little more against other designers!

That being said, I’m going to be making a few changes to the blog:

The Store

Since I decided to update my blog last year to a business plan and start trying to sell my photos, I’ve made exactly $0 on the store. I’ve tried microblogging and boosting my posts on Instagram and Facebook, but to this day I have not made a sale. So, I’ve decided to put the store itself on the back burner while I focus on other things. Maybe I can revisit it from time to time and upload some new content. Would anyone be interested in buying my drawings?

Actual, regular updates

At the beginning of last year, I tried to post more frequently. At my peak, I was managing at least one article a day with multiple pictures and at least 500 words. The issue was not only was it a lot of work but sometimes I felt like I was grasping at straws trying to find something to write about. Instead, I’ll post when I feel like I have something that I would absolutely love to share. Now that I’m a design student, I’ll be sharing a lot of my discoveries along the way.

Quality > Quantity of Photos

One of my biggest concerns is the number of photos I publish. I want to keep taking pictures of my adventures, but I always felt like I uploaded way too many photos. Sometimes they’ll be multiple shots of the same car going around Laguna Seca! Instead, I’m going to strive for striking, quality photos like this one:

I think this is my favorite shot of 2019!

I think that if I focused more on delivering shots like the one above, my blog would feel a little less chaotic and more focused on delivering quality content.

The website design itself

Someone said my website kind of looked like a creamsicle, and now I can’t unsee it. I still want to keep the Gulf-inspired colors, but I might just change the layout into something more contemporary. Maybe I could ape the design of The Old Motorist?

Now that Vision 2020 is laid out, all I have to do is execute. But, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to my supporters for being such wonderful people. Corkscrewd wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for you, and I hope that this new journey would bring you more awesome car-culture content!

Until next time!

-W