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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

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