As some know H2O International is one of my favorite shows all season and I look forward to it year after year. Well after a recent move to Florida over 1,000 miles away I didn't know if I would make it this year. But thankfully after some last minute planning 4 days before the show, I booked my flight, packed some light film gear and was on my way. I flew into BWI airport at midnight Saturday morning, rented a car and set off with my wife to Ocean City, MD. It didn't really hit me that I was going to H2Oi until I saw cop lights in my rear view mirror and was pulled over. As I got my license and rental car information together I laughed to myself and said "Yup I'm here". After only getting a tongue lashing and a written warning I pulled into OC at 4 am and promptly passed out.
I eagerly woke up 4 and a half hours later made a quick coffee run and hit the strip. I was greeted by every European model around and after only 10:00am the strip was packed. There were more cars then I had ever seen before. And not just VW's and Audi’s slammed BMW's, NSX's, Lamborghini's, Porsches and even a Ferrari or two. Was this the same H2Oi I had been coming to for 6 years?
I decided to reserve judgment until the actual "show" on Sunday. I was skeptical after yet once another venue change for 2012. Last year I wasn't so lucky and had to wait over 2 hours in traffic to go 2 miles. This year I made sure I got up early. September 30th, 8:30 am, to my surprise not a cloud in sight. An H2Oi without rain?! Something’s not right. I knew I couldn't waste precious lighting so I made my way over to the camp grounds. I was pleasantly surprised by the new spot; it seemed as if a car show was planted in the wilderness. Cars parked neatly under trees, sunlight fighting its way through the branches, I had to get my camera out.
So how did it turn out? I'll let you decide, enjoy my video coverage of H2Oi 2012.
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