The California coast lends a sparkling backdrop to the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show where, for the 12th year running, boat enthusiasts and marine-related exhibitors converge to discuss and celebrate the latest watery wares. Snaking along the harbor's docks, show-goers wade through a trove of exhibitor booths that includes the Ocean Institute and California and Pacific Northwest Yachts. Power and sail vessels—by such makers as Albemarle, East Bay, and Ocean—model varying modes of aquatic transport, and gadget enthusiasts get first glimpse at in-water features such as electronics, fishing gear, and apparel that emboldens seafarers to take on the angry seas or finally stand up to the office drinking fountain and its aggressively unpredictable spray.
The "Capturing True Emotion" workshop is driven by the dynamic duo of Val Westover, a dedicated author and portrait photographer, and Stephanie Adriana, an author and award-winning fine-art photographer. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversized head, the two provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization. During the four hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, you'll learn how to control depth of field by adjusting the aperture, strategies for lighting an artful chupacabra sighting, how to compose a family portrait so that there’s not always a burning zeppelin in the background, how to avoid red eyes using alternative angles, and more. After the workshop, you'll depart with Val Westover's book, A Photographer’s Guide to Success, which comes bound tightly with tips, tricks, practice exercises, reference material, and glue.
C.B. Weseloh was tinkering on cars at his combined service station, garage, and towing service way back in the 1920s. Today, the Weseloh Auto Group continues his legacy, with nine family members working full time at various stores throughout the state. Overseeing Chevy, Kia, Nissan, Honda, and Yamaha dealerships, the Weselohs connect drivers with a host of quality new or preowned vehicles. Weseloh Nissan offers an array of express services, each of which will be completed in 30 minutes or less and includes a multipoint inspection. John Arnold heads up the service team, and Tony Gervacio and the fellas in the parts department track down Nissan brake pads for your GT-R or designer paddles for your Xterra's pet kayak.
Automated car washes come with the risk of damaging a car’s finish or convincing the vehicle to run away to Henry Ford’s birthplace. Thus, the techs at Laguna Niguel Carwash do everything by hand—or, to be precise, by soft lamb’s wool mitts. The Meguiar’s-certified carwash tackles automotive blemishes with a huge battery of products, including rainbow triple wax, tire dressing, and air freshener. A full automotive haven, Laguna Niguel Carwash also features a gas station and convenience store so that both car and driver can fuel up before hitting the road.
The caring car caressers at the family-owned Russell Fischer car washes primp and pamper every corner of your rig by hand. The up-to-40-minute gold car wash service starts with a thorough hand wash, when skilled sparkling gurus examine every inch of your vehicle's hull and underside for filthy smudges and road backwash. Great care is taken to eliminate any drag-creating buildup that might slow down your land-train and inhibit it from making jumps through time. The triple-polish wax efficiently rig-brightens, a sealer wax preserves your ride's bottom line, an interior fragrance ousts unsavory stenches, and the tire dressing swathes your rims in sparkly confidence. You'll know your car is finished when you look into the fully buffed exterior and see a reflection of your younger self, just like a grown up Peter Pan imagining what his life would have been like had he stayed in Neverland.