Quincy Quarry Light Painting 2

  • Apr 12, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Short notice return to the quarries. This is a great opportunity for light painting, both local / close-up as well as the more landscape type. Bring bright flashlights and any other gadget for light painting. See previous meetup for examples what you can do. If you can't make it, don't sweat it, this will be a regular event.

              !! Please be on time, we will only wait for 5-10 minutes!!

The Quincy Quarries is an abandoned stone quarry with ample graffiti around, quite a few really cool sheer rock walls, several walls of stacked stones and a couple of small ponds for reflections. Forecast is for mostly clear skies, which makes for some good star trails despite the moon. This is a 93% moon all night. It is supposed to rain on Friday, so this will be soggy to muddy, wear appropriate boots and pants where mom doesn't complain about the stains.

For safety reasons and also because of the limited space, we need to work in pairs of two or three. I also limited the meetup to 12 total and as with all limited events, this is for paid members only.

Suggested equipment: tripod, timer release, wide to super-wide angle will work best, strong flashlights (wimpy ones won't do), hiking boots (uneven, soggy terrain) and a very dim flashlight to find your way around and for camera settings (no head lamps, please). Familiarize yourself with your live preview and zooming in at high ISO while on live preview, as that is the only way to focus, there are no artificial lights around and your flashlight won't illuminate it enough from far away.

The main practice here will be light painting the rock surfaces from 90 degrees relative to camera to bring out the textures, while covering up the light and creating even illumination. You will need to under-expose one stop, because the moon will be bright, that way, the added light shows more. As you can see, we can also do a lot with shadows and other effects. This is prime territory for light writing/drawing and playing with light gadgets. The idea is that one person would trigger the cameras, perhaps help paint the foreground, the other person paints the rocks, or operates the gadgets, then you swap and improve on it.

Because you will be roaming around and climbing over rocks, you won't get cold. Temperatures will be around 50F.

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  • Bob M.

    My email started sending all of the meetup emails to spam. I just found them now...A belated thanks for the comments and suggestions on how to improve and what to look for.

    April 29, 2014

  • Elizabeth R.

    We'll be going back as a group, too.

    April 15, 2014

  • Maggie H.

    I would like to go back.
    There are so many things to shoot.

    April 15, 2014

    • Gail F.

      Maggie, I collect graffiti words and type-I'll go back with you.

      April 15, 2014

  • Jackie C.


    April 13, 2014

  • Maureen F.

    Great shoot ... too bad I missed the Serious party!

    April 13, 2014

  • Gail F.

    Loved it.

    April 13, 2014

  • Jurgen M L.

    So, this was awesome! No long underwear, no gloves, no thick coat. Nice change...

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Jurgen M L.

    This is a serious party place! It's close to midnight and groups of teenagers are arriving to hang out, drink, smoke.

    April 12, 2014

  • Stan

    Sorry for the last minute cancel.

    April 12, 2014

  • Jurgen M L.

    If you have a Nikon camera, and I haven't shown you this trick before, here is a good tip for live preview focusing at night:


    While you're at it, follow my blog. :-)

    April 11, 2014

  • Elizabeth R.

    Hate to miss this; such a cool place. Family obligations this weekend. Have fun!

    April 11, 2014

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