Mare Island Abstract

  • June 16, 2013 · 2:30 PM
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What is an abstract photo? Is it abstract because it's unrecognizable or is it something else? Mare Is. with its mix of monumental industrial buildings, historic brick buildings, dry docks, shipping cranes, historic cemetery, rusted machinery, etc. has enough material for abstract as well as straight-ahead photography. People use the word "abstract" loosely for any image not related to reality but to me the best abstract is one that balances between what it is and with a slight turn of the imagination becomes something else. What if the photographer sees meaning in the abstract image and it is up to the viewer find it? If anything, it is a good exercise in expanding your photography in the realm of the imagination. Everything is possible: symbols, multiple exposures, montage, staged photos, etc. Below are links to a few well-know abstract photographers and their images. Of course, it's not a requirement that abstract is only what you shoot, it's a try-it-for-fun exercise that will add to your "tool box".

The meet-up will consist of 3 stops and the ever popular “Show & Tell” part where we eat/drink/relax and show our recent UrbEx images. The schedule is shoot from 2:30-6p, Show & Tell 6-7p. I’d like to limit the group to 10 members, and a majority should be experienced in past Urban Exploration meet-ups though beginners are always welcome. A stop at the historic cemetery requires a $5 entry fee. If you get on a waiting list just be patient because there's always RSVP dropouts when nearing the take-off date.

The sign-up sequence is: RSVP, and pay meetup fee. About 10 days before meetup I will request confirmation and contact info (full legal name, cell#, emergency contact person and their tel.#.) if I don't get it in 5 days you will lose your spot to those waiting. Also, please acknowledge the Release of Liability form in Discussions that you will sign when we meet in Mare Is.

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  • grahame p.

    I enjoyed myself in spite of the unexpected warm weather. Lots of potential architectural subjects. I think that we just scratched the surface. Anyone shot here at night?

    June 17, 2013

    • alvint

      Night photography at Mare Is. is fantastic. It's so much fun to shoot, so many interesting industrial subjects and interesting combination of natural and man made light.

      June 17, 2013

    • grahame p.

      @alvint - I can see from some of the flickr based images how great those old building look at night.

      June 19, 2013

  • Kim B.

    May I share a picassa album of my mare island photos, rather than upload them?

    June 17, 2013

    • Digne

      Please upload a few photos to the meetup album and you can also provide a link to your picassa album.

      June 17, 2013

  • Susan

    I keep repeating myself: The Meetup was awesome. Really great -- so many neat things to photograph and a fun time afterward at dinner with a group of talented people.

    June 17, 2013

  • Genie

    grahame,
    That would be great if I could ride with you. I'm located at Sutter and Octavia streets. I could take a bus to your location. Where should I meet you?

    June 15, 2013

    • Genie

      Thank you for the reply. I don't see your email with your contact info. I must not be looking in the right place. My # is[masked], Genie

      June 15, 2013

    • grahame p.

      Genie - you might want to remove your last comment. It seem shows your number.

      June 17, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Fabulous photo shoot with good company. Digne knew a lot of great places to go, that I probably never would have found in this huge former naval base.

    June 17, 2013

  • Jerome

    Great meetup....! Another area of interesting and unusual photo ops...! I thoroughly enjoyed myself..!Great group...!

    June 17, 2013

  • Digne

    A fine group of Urban Explorers covered the variety of buildings and landscape of Mare Island. Show & Tell at pizzeria was fun seeing everyone's recent work and good eats at Napoli's .

    June 16, 2013

  • grahame p.

    I can share a ride from San Francisco. I'm in the Castro, can drive, and would leave about 1:30/1:35

    June 15, 2013

  • Sandy C

    Sorry Digne that I never responded. I got sick and wouldn't have been able to make it. Glad the 10th spot was taken. Enjoy.

    June 15, 2013

  • Genie

    Digne, I don't have a car right now and was wondering if I could carpool with anyone from San Francisco. I'm really looking forward to this great photo opportunity, it's exactly the type of subject I love to photograph.

    June 15, 2013

  • Cindy H.

    Digne, I've been ill the last two days so I should probably cancel so someone else doesn't miss out.

    June 14, 2013

    • Digne

      Sorry you can't make it - get well and join us next time.

      June 14, 2013

  • Digne

    It looks like 1 or 2 spots will be available later today. All those on the Waiting List will be notified and the spots will go to those who respond promptly.

    June 12, 2013

  • Digne

    Confirmation notice went out to the RSVP's. I need the contact info by Wed. or you will lose your spot to someone on the Waiting List.

    June 11, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Yes, sounds like a blast!

    June 9, 2013

  • Scotty C

    Hope to finally meet up

    June 7, 2013

  • Kevin

    Will anyone be driving from San Francisco? Would love to attend.

    June 6, 2013

  • Robert P.

    Cant make it, will be in Bodie this weekend

    June 6, 2013

  • grahame p.

    sounds fun, i will sign the waver.

    May 29, 2013

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