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Jack-O-Lantern Festival at the Roger Williams Park & Zoo

The Roger Williams Park & Zoo in Rhode Island has its annual Jack-O-Lantern festival. Thanks to Rupesh to suggesting this meetup.

The entry fee for adults is $15 during the weekend ($10 on weekdays Mon-Thu).

The one photo they have online looks very intriguing, but, unfortunately, they do not allow tripods or monopods to be used, but they do allow photography. I am posting this event here as a possible opportunity for very unique night photography, but you will have to shoot at high ISO and with wide apertures to make this work hand-held at night.

The sun sets at 5:40 and I believe the best shots may come out of twilight background, but the event is open until midnight and they let people in until 11 p.m., so there is enough time for you to get there after work and to get a lot of shots and try out some special setups: perhaps we can put cameras on rocks, fences or hold them against lamp posts to steady the. Perhaps some if you may have gorilla clamps, sand bags and other means to steady the camera.

I will likely not be part of the meetup, but if anyone wants to host it, let me know.

Suggested equipment: camera capable of high ISO shooting, wide angle lenses with wide apertures. Perhaps a good idea to not bring that large backpack, but rather a small amount of equipment, which creates less suspicion. And if you do bring a monopod, it might be a good idea to hide that when entering.

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  • Jurgen M L.

    If anyone already has been there, please put yourself on the participants list and post some pictures after the event. Thanks.

    October 31, 2013

  • Katherine P.

    Is this on rain or shine?

    October 31, 2013

    • Jurgen M L.

      Yes, I believe so. Current forecast is mostly cloudy.

      October 31, 2013

  • Ellen

    Great place to take photos of pumpkins. One draw back you can't bring in a tripod or monopod. I got some good photos consisting it was all hand held. Use your remote to prevent camera shake.

    October 30, 2013

    • Jurgen M L.

      So, do you know for sure that monopods are also not allowed? They only said tripods... :-)

      October 30, 2013

    • Ellen

      I asked at the gate and they said no to tripods & monopods. They have there employees walking every where in the zoo so good luck with trying to hide the monopod.

      October 31, 2013

  • Rupesh R.

    There is a discount of $2 for AAA members

    October 30, 2013

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