Hot August Nights - Fodor Photography

Drew Fodor

Hot August Nights

April 10th, 2015

     Hot August Nights takes place in early August in Reno, Sparks, and Lake Tahoe. A large community event which hosts many thousands of people, Hot August Nights is an homage to early-mid 20th century automobiles. Many are in original condition, and others are restored, trading authenticity for a more function and visual appeal. It's a topic that's quite extensively contested at Hot August Nights.

     Those who own cars present at the various Hot August Night events are very proud of their piece of history, and it shows in their condition. All the cars are detailed exceptionally well, making a wonderful canvas for photography. Even the humorously themed vehicles, like Willy and Spongebob below, are very well took after. 

     On that note, there aren't many photographic challenges to discuss. With it being an outside, daytime event, it's easy to get great shots, with the flexibility of using narrow apertures and/or fast shutter speeds.

     I hadn't been to Hot August Nights until the last two, in 2013 and 2014. I had the initial, but misguided impression that the event was only about staring at cars for hours. But really, there is a lot more to do around the venues; there are booths with memorabilia, and a lot of places for refreshments around. Also, it's just a great place to get out in the beautiful summer weather. Just remember to bring sunscreen! Reno's summer sun is pretty unforgiving.

Anyone been to Hot August Nights? Do you love it, or not so much? Tell us why in the comment section below.

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