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Harvest Moon Night Photography Workshop

I am happy to announce my next night photography workshop, to be held on Friday evening, September 20th! Last month’s workshop was a great success and a recent full-moon trip down to the water (click on images below) convinced me that it was time for another one.

In this small workshop (max. 6 participants), you will learn how to take photographs in low-light situations, like those featured on my web site. The workshop will held in beautiful Weekapaug, RI, where ocean, rock, and tidal ponds meet to create a great spot for night photography:

Midnight SeascapeBreachway CloudsStairs Down to the Sky
Where: Starting at my home in Westerly, RI, then by the water in Weekapaug (a 5-minute drive away)

When: September 20th, 7pm-10pm (end time is flexible)

How much does it cost: The fee for this workshop is $40.

How to join: You may pay with any credit card using the Pay Now button on this page. You may also pay with cash, check or credit card on the evening of the event but you must confirm your participation in advance.

How it works:

  • The workshop begins with an hour-long orientation to night photography at my home, where I will teach you the fundamentals and show you some examples. You will get a ‘cheat sheet’ to take with you. We will also check out your equipment to minimize surprises when we are out shooting.
  • Then we will drive down to one of several locations in Weekapaug (based on conditions and interest) to shoot. I will move between students to coach and offer suggestions. Lots of rocks, water, docks, sea grasses…its a really neat place to shoot.
  • In the final hour or so we will come back to my home for an impromptu review session; if you wish, we’ll take a look at the images on a computer to continue the learning.

What do I need?*

  • A digital or camera that has a ‘bulb’ setting for long exposures
  • A cable release/remote – a mechanism that allows the shutter to stay open for long periods of time
  • A tripod – to keep the image stable. Any tripod will do, but mini-tripods (< 12 inches high) will limit where you can shoot
  • Clothing to be comfortable — I usually wear or bring pants/long sleeves

Please contact me if you have any questions. You can also reach me directly over the phone at 401.439.5947 or on Twitter @theplayoflight. It will hopefully be a gorgeous night, and a great opportunity to experience the beach environment in a unique way.

I hope to see you on the 19th!

Sign up for the Harvest Moon Night Photography Workshop

 




* You can buy a basic tripod and remote (I would recommend a 3rd-party brand for cost) on Amazon for a relatively small amount of money. If you don’t have this equipment, but would still like to join, you can use mine for the evening. First come, first served.

1 Sep 2013

Weekapaug Night Photography Workshop

I am happy to announce a new night photography workshop, to be held on Saturday evening, August 3rd! In this small workshop (max. 6 participants), you will learn how to take photographs in low-light situations, like those featured on my web site. The workshop will held in beautiful Weekapaug, RI, where ocean, rock, and tidal ponds meet to create a great spot for night photography:

Dock Water

Where: Starting at my home in Westerly, RI, then by the water in Weekapaug (a 5-minute drive away)

When: 7pm-10pm (end time is flexible)

How it works:

  • The workshop begins with an hour-long orientation to night photography at my home, where I will teach you the fundamentals and show you some examples. You will get a ‘cheat sheet’ to take with you. We will also check out your equipment to minimize surprises when we are out shooting.
  • Then we will drive down to one of several locations in Weekapaug (based on conditions and interest) to shoot. I will move between students to coach and offer suggestions. Lots of rocks, water, docks, sea grasses…its a really neat place to shoot.
  • In the final hour or so we will come back to my home for an impromptu review session; if you wish, we’ll take a look at the images on a computer to continue the learning.

What do I need?*

  • A digital or camera that has a ‘bulb’ setting for long exposures
  • A cable release – a mechanism that allows the shutter to stay open for long periods of time
  • A tripod – to keep the image stable. Any tripod will do, but mini-tripods (< 12 inches high) will limit where you can shoot
  • Clothing to be comfortable — I usually wear or bring pants/long sleeves

How to join: Send me a message via my contact form and include your phone number. We’ll connect up and confirm over the phone. You can also reach me directly over the phone at 401.439.5947 or on Twitter @theplayoflight.

How much does it cost: The fee for this workshop is $40.  This fee includes the activities described above as well as ongoing coaching via phone and email. You may pay with cash, check or credit card on the evening of the event. I’m working on an online event/payment option as well.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or would like to set a different date/time for a workshop. It should be a gorgeous night, and a great opportunity to experience the beach environment in a unique way.

I hope to see you there!

* if you don’t have this equipment but would still like to join, you can use mine for the evening.

14 Jul 2013

Picture of the Month: Split Rock Fog & Waves

 

Split Rock Fog & Waves

Click for a larger image

 

A day or two after the great blizzard Nemo, I was outside in the evening and saw a thick fog caused by a 40 degree increase in temperature. I could also could hear the roar of the surf a couple of miles away. Sometimes it feels as though an evening or a scene has a magical quality. This was one of those nights. I grabbed my camera and headed down to the water.

This image was taken at about 9:30 pm down at a spot called Panic Point by some, and the rock in the distance is called Split Rock. The surf was pounding in and the waves seemed to be coming in incredibly fast. It was somewhere between fog and drizzle. As with most of my night photography, it is a bit hard to know when taking them exactly how they will come out. I love that.  To me, the water feels cloud-like and ethereal. I typically like to have pure whites and blacks in my images, but this one seemed to call out for being decidedly gray.

The image has quite a different feel from another, taken from a nearby spot on a clear, moon-lit night.

Panic Point Rocks

For the next month, I will be offering Split Rock Fog & Waves at a special price:

  • $125 for 10″ x 15″ unframed (usually $175)
  • $75 for  8″ x 12″ (usually $100)
  • $40 for 5″ x 8″ (usually $60)

When purchasing this image, indicate the title “Split Rock Fog & Waves” and I will reflect the reduced price in the invoice.

– David

 

Technical Jiggery-Pokery:

  • Canon 30D, 24mm lens
  • ISO 1600
  • 73 seconds at f4
  • Taken in Weekapaug, RI

 

The Play of Light

19 Feb 2013

Weekapaug Blue Moon Night Photography Workshop

In honor of the Blue Moon, the glorious weather and just to have fun, I’m going to be holding an impromptu night photography workshop tomorrow night, Saturday September 1st. If you’re new to night photography, I’ll do a brief tutorial at my home, then we’ll head down to one of my favorite spots in Weekapaug (5 minutes away), to shoot. If you’re an old hand and want to just shoot together and talk night photography, we can meet down at the water. It’ll be as hands on or hands off as folks would like. Here’s an image I took a week ago or so at one of the places  we’ll likely go:

Rocks, Water & Reeds (Weekapaug, RI)

 Where: 25 Urso Drive, Westerly, RI, then by the water in Weekapaug

When: 7pm-10pm (end time is flexible)

What do I need?

  • A digital or camera that has a ‘bulb’ setting for long exposures
  • A cable release – a mechanism that allows the shutter to stay open for long periods of time
  • A tripod – to keep the image stable. Any tripod will do, but mini-tripods (< 12 inches high) will limit where you can shoot
  • Clothing to be comfortable — I usually wear or bring pants/long sleeves

How to join: Send me a message via my contact form and include your phone number. We’ll connect up and confirm over the phone. You can also reach me directly over the phone at 401.439.5947 or on Twitter @theplayoflight.

How much does it cost: This workshop is free! I will be using this workshop as a pilot for future, fee-based ones. So come, have fun and we’ll teach each other along the way.

It should be a gorgeous night, and a great opportunity to experience the beach environment in a different way.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or would like to set a different date/time for a workshop.

 

31 Aug 2012

We have a winner! (of the Chicago Night Photo Contest)

At long last, I am pleased to announce the winner of my Chicago Night Photo Contest, identifying locations for me to shoot in and around Chicago! The winner is Dan Rosen, who suggested shooting under an L station. Dan will receive a 10″ x 15″ archival print of this image. And in honor of my first contest, I will offer prints of this image at a ‘celebratory’ price (see below).

Winner of the Chicago Night Photo Contest - Self Portrait with L

This image, Self Portrait with L (Chicago) was taken under the Irving Park station on the Brown Line. Click on the image for a larger view. I had been at a party on the roof of the old Bell & Howell factory (now converted to loft apartments) with my friend and Czarina at The Catalyst Ranch, Eva, and was walking a different way back to the station when this scene presented itself. This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image, which means that I took several exposures, each optimized to properly expose a different part of the image. The images were then pulled together in Photoshop, leaving the best of each exposure – a more dynamic tonal range. This was particularly important for this image, as the shadows were deep and the lights of the station quite bright. Exposures ranged from 5-22 seconds at f22. During the exposures, trains were passing above and in some case, cars were whizzing by.

One of the reasons I do night photography is that there are almost always unexpected elements. What surprised me with this one is that tucked into the image somewhere is a bit of a self-portrait (hence the title).

There were a number of great suggestions for locations to shoot, but it turned out that there was much less non-working time out there than I had thought, so to others who submitted, the next time I’m back in Chicago, if I shoot where you suggested, I’ll send you a print (the Chicago Night Photo Contest continues!)

For the next month, I will be offering this image at a special price:

  • $125 for 10″ x 15″ unframed (usually $175)
  • $75 for  8″ x 12″ (usually $100)
  • $40 for 5″ x 8″ (usually $60)

When purchasing this image, indicate the title “Self Portrait with L” and I will reflect the reduced price in the invoice.

I will be posting some more images from the trip in a Chicago gallery, to be added soon.

27 Aug 2012

Win a free fine art photograph of Chicago!

I love Chicago; the food, the architecture, the Lake. But until a trip earlier this year, I hadn’t really shot at night much. That is hopefully about to change, as I head off on a 10-day trip to the Windy (and Really Frickin’ Hot) City. There will be lots of ‘business’ going on, but I expect to be able to get out on a few nights to shoot the town.

That’s where you come in.

Let me know some interesting places to shoot at night, and if I actually shoot there and get some neat images, you’ll win a free print of it. The same archival quality print as I usually sell. What could be better than that? “I think this would be a cool place to take a night photo in Chicago, and oh, this photographer-guy is going to give me a free print of it!”

Send me a comment on this post, a tweet (attheplayoflight or follow me using the Twitter icon at the top right of this page) or an email, and you’ll be ‘entered’ into the contest. There will be a highly scientific process of determining the winner of course, but generally be thinking about places where there are multiple light sources, movement and generally a little action going on, whether animate or inanimate.

Here are a few shots I took when I was in Chicago in March of this year (click for a bigger look):

So drop me a line and be entered to win a free fine art photograph of Chicago!

3 Jul 2012
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Flying Haiku

I love flying and the perspective it gives on the world below. I wrote this haiku on a flight to San Francisco.

 

When flying, I wish
to pluck the cotton-ball clouds
that hover below

 

21 Apr 2012

Sunday Morning Haiku

A couple of iPhone snaps and a few words to describe the beautiful light this morning on my way to yoga.

Morning fog and sun
Mystery and clarity
Combined into one

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18 Mar 2012