Monday, April 19, 2010

6 Spokane Photographers, 6 nights, 6 different days

For the past weekends night shoot, we totaled 12 photogs. There were three noshows, but we continually looked for them to get them to the group location. I did post one image of mine online so the Spokane Parks Foundation could use it:

It was a great night for the photogs, and there was a lot of outside the box photography accomplished. So much so, we drained the batteries on at least two of the Big Max flashlights. Yet, the painting with color went well.

That is it for the large group activities until Fall, I think. I am planning a few other type activities though, although there is no date for them yet.

One activity will include 6 photographers, shooting for 6 nights, on 6 different days/occasions. 6 is the bottom/minimal number of photographers, and I may add a few more people. There are lotsa targets locally, but I'll ask each of the photogs who participate in this to select at least two of their own. Lots of other stuff will be happening, mostly in the Fall months.

It's early yet, but if you wish to be one of the 6 photogs for the "outside the box night shoot," let me know. Lots for us to work out on that gig, but doing something different seems to be appropriate. Fun? Yep, a requirement for anyone who participates on this 6 night project. Want details? Don't ask, as this is evolving. I'm not a fan of 6 nights in a row however, especially with some of our folks having day jobs. So, if interested, get in touch and I will work through the details as they get decided.

Thanks to all of you night shooters. A lot was accomplished by many of you this season. Lots more stuff coming.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Olmstead Overlook, a Spokane night photo shoot

This week’s plan was to take out a group of photographers for a night shoot, with my target being the Olmstead Overlook. This historical landmark at 3rd and Arthur is in disrepair, with ruins and rock walls which are falling down. Yet, this is a place that had its prime, until Interstate 90 split Liberty Park basically in 2 parts.

In 2006/2007 I visited this park area, with some older equipment, and shot a series of images of the rock wall walkway. It is just plainly different than anything around here, and capturing what used to be seemed important. As a result, last night I gathered 12 photographers for a night shoot at this same location.

Many of the photographers were very experienced, and it helped with a few of my group that were not so advanced. As it got darker and darker, the questions from our less experienced folks were perfect for their learning experience. The more times those photographers go out and shoot these very dark nights, the better they will get.

Since this area is replete with rocks and rock walls, it was my goal to shoot with a variety of colored lighting elements. “Painting with light,” can take an area which is less interesting, and make it very pronounced. Our group of twelve worked in shifts to run the lighting (Big Max handheld flashlights with colored lenses), and to also run the cameras for the photogs who had to be in a separate location. This concept worked fairly well, although the choreography for lighting and shooting with a dozen people needed some “fine tuning.”

As we worked through the evening, two of us burned so much power from our Big Max units, that those units were essentially dead. It came at the end of the shoot however, so we were all able to collect all of our gear and “hit the road.”
I made a suggestion to the group, that if they had any “keepers,” that perhaps the photographers would donate an image or two to the Spokane Parks Foundation (SPF). SPF does a wonderful job locally for Spokane Parks, and if our photographers can help them in their efforts we are glad to so. I sent SPF a link to a low resolution image I added to my website, in case it is something that would be useful to them.

The link to this image from last night is located at:

This shoot was likely to be the last group activity until Fall. It is darker much later now, and my preference is to not keep all of these people out late into the night. I’ll likely still be going out after dark to grab shots, but I won’t ask larger groups of photogs to have to do that.