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Photowalk: Evening Reflections and Fountains, Hermann Park @ Night / New Moon

Join us for a late afternoon / early evening photowalk in Herman Park.  We'll start near the zoo parking lot, make our way past the reflection pool and Sam Houston monument.  Then photograph the fountains at Main St and Herman Drive.  We haven't been out there is several years, and June 6th will be a "New Moon", perfect time to go back for a visit!


Last Minute Updates

Tomorrow is our big Hermann Park evening Photowalk!

For those that are new, we post details the night before each photowalk with last-minute information and reminders.  This helps makes sure everyone has the best possible experience!

The "feels-like" temps during our schedule will start out at mid-90's and only go down to 85, so dress for heat.  Loose clothing, lots of air movement, avoid the polyester (thats always good advice).  Dressing for heat includes doing a Jenny Craig on your camera bag (bring only the gear you actually need, not every heavy lens you own).

Items you MUST bring with you:

  • Bottle(s) of water.
  • Flash Light
  • Flat comfortable walking shoes

Items you should bring to better enjoy the event:

  • A tripod
  • Towel/cloth to wipe off sweat
  • A shutter trigger release
  • Hat, Sunglasses
  • The official photowalk map

Also, consider applying sunscreen and mosquito spray before leaving your car.  Spraying anything in the vicinity of 99 other photographers is a really (really) great way to see 99 cranky photographers.

Parking is free unless you stay past 11pm and get towed away, then it's not free.  You will be competing for space with everyone else visiting the park and zoo, so consider arriving early.  This way, you have plenty of time to find a parking spot and walk to the meeting location. Roll Call, group picture and opening remarks start promptly at 6:30pm.

Meetup location is over by the water across from the restaurant.  The restaurant itself is closed.

Pay close attention to the map details for the "meetup" location.  We specifically make the maps so you aren't uncomfortable, or accidentally join the wrong group of people.  Follow the map so you don't end up in a yoga class.  Or anger management.  We are a super friendly group of folks, but if you arrive late and say "I couldn't find the meetup spot", you will have 99 people collectively roll their eyes so hard, the centrical force will throw off the planet's rotation.

As mentioned, we won't be meeting at the Pinewood restaurant.  Having a meal together like last time would have been great, but the restaurant is temporarily closed, so if you plan to arrive early to eat a bite, be sure and bring the bite with you.

That's it, see you at 6:30pm!


Herman Park

Hermann Park is a very popular location for families and photographers.  But there's only a few folks that have EVENING photographs of this location in their portfolio.  All of the waterways are very nicely lit at night, and when using long exposure, the Fountains glow!

 

The Setting

This is a New Moon night, so there will be plenty of darkness for those long exposure images as the Sun dips behind the tree line!  Bring your good tripod, remote shutter release and favorite lenses.  Also, BRING WATER and BRING A FLASHLIGHT.  We will have a Water and Flashlight check during roll call.  :)

 

The Route

The chosen route is all based on the location of the setting Sun and lack of Moon.  We will walk along the West side of the Reflection Pool so the sun is not in our eyes while trying to photograph the water, reflections and the occasional bird.  Once we make our way to the Sam Houston Monument, we will walk on the RIGHT side (South and East) to get the best possible long-shadows and silhouettes.

The route includes walking to the RIGHT (EAST) of all monuments -- there are several places to shoot pointing WEST that have really great backdrops.  If we all stay on one side of each monument, we can get some great pictures without having each other in the way.  :)

If we time it right, we can be at the fountains about 7:45 or 8:00 to photograph the sun going down at the fountains, and then stick around a while to photograph as the sky gets inky black and the fountains glow orange.

The route back is exactly the same.  So you'll get nice pictures of the area during the day AND at night.

NOTE THAT PARKING CLOSES AT 11PM!  So if you stay late, keep an eye on your watch!

 

Safety and Fun

Our group's #1 principle is "Safe and Fun" -- so while we are having fun, be sure and keep an eye out on each other.  If you want to venture out, or want to lag behind, make sure you're with one or two other folks too.

We will also be walking across several busy streets.  The circle is pretty confusing when you are right in the center of it, so look both ways around the corners before stepping out.

 

Guests

As usual, you can feel free to bring guests/friends/family, there are a lot of cute places along the way to shoot.  But refer to the previous section about "Fun and Safety".  You are responsible for anyone you bring along, this includes any needed hospital visits after getting hit by a car!

 

What to Bring

One or two bottles of water, one working flashlight, light painting toys, tripod (and camera)

 

Careful with Flashes

Since many folks will be doing long exposure images (holding the shutter open for a period of time to allow more light to come in during the darker areas of our walk), please be mindful of those around you before using a flash.  You might accidentally shoot off a flash in the direction of someone's camera and spoil their image.

 

Why Bring a Flash Light

This area is fairly well lit at night, and the park itself is open until 11pm.  However it's a good idea to have a flashlight with you.  Not only does it help with safety, but you can put your camera into long exposure mode, then use your flashlight to "paint" onto objects like monuments.  Anywhere you point your flashlight will be in your exposure!

 

Organizer Tips

If you enjoy photowalks and want to contribute to the Organizer's gas budget, feel free to leave a $2 tip. Each event takes a lot of time to arrange and organize.  Organizers are there to make sure everything runs smooth, and that everyone is having a good time.

If anything goes "wrong", they are first person you should notify.  They are also the person that scouts/discovers photowalk locations, and create event maps.  So we thank Organizers with Organizer Tips.  Its completely optional, and other members will never know who left tips and who didn't.

 

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Previous Photos from Hermann Park


Calvin Heinly


Sabina


Gerard Gaal


Joe Lippeatt


Calvin Heinly


Sabina

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  • Pam S.

    Thank you Joe!

    June 16, 2013

  • Betty

    My 1st event. I really enjoyed it.

    June 15, 2013

  • Ria

    I hadn't been out with the group for awhile. Really enjoyed the evening! Great to get out and take pictures, and fabulous to visit again with you nice folks. I was so happy to be able to introduce my sister to the group!

    June 14, 2013

  • ROBIN

    Good to see you

    2 · June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time! Thanks!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Wolf R.

    A bit skeptical at first, the weather did not disappoint and had a blast. Thanks Joe!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Virginia Ann U.

    Great to see old friends. Am always surprised how much things improve everytime I go to Hermann Park. Wonderful place to people watch and shoot.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Gary W.

    Joe, as always a great walk. For years I have intended a night shoot at the Mecom Fountain. Thanks for finally pushing me to do it!! Then typical of Houston, the lights were mostly out in the center fountain. Bob Hope once compared the view from the Warrick to be on a par with Paris—he hasn’t stayed there in a while obviously.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    I had a fabulous time learning and practising new skills. I was like a kid with a new toy. Thanks for making this happen Joe!!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Jim L.

    My first one, but not my last. Great to meet new people who also love photography. I look forward to meeting more of you.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a blast meeting everyone! If any of you are on Instagram too, post your screen name and I'll give you a follow.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Dianna C.

    haha JUST AS YOU TOLD US.... people came up and ask me HEY WHAT IS GOING ON? WHY IS THERE ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHERS ROAMING AROUND? IS THE PRESIDENT COMING? hahaha - great photo walk...thanks Joe - great seeing old friends again & making new friends

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Chris F.

    The Photowalk was great!!! Enjoyed getting out with new members.....

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Angela

    Always a great time seeing everyone trying new things, tinkering with their hobby or perfecting their craft.

    For those who took photos of the parachute group and want to share them, you can send them to [masked]

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely evening, great atmosphere - could probably have met up a bit later for night-time photography, but it was fun to watch the kids at the fountains!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Darin K.

    Excellent time, thanks Joe!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • William M

    It was great!!! Lot of unexpected photo opportunities around there. Thanks for the invite Joe. Good to see you all!!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Calvin H.

    Ha d a great time noce to see old friends and the ne ones i met tonight. Need food so out of here. 9:30pm

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • Debi

    What's weather going to do? I'm here.

    June 8, 2013

    • Calvin H.

      Come to the left as you leave the zoo

      June 8, 2013

    • Chris F.

      I do not see a pine cafe

      June 8, 2013

  • Jim L.

    Is this meetup still happening given the weather?

    June 8, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Production companies have to pay hundreds of thousands to semulate a rain photography shoot. If it rains, we get it for free. :) HoustonPhotowalks.com cancels events if the mayor says evacuate the city. :))

      2 · June 8, 2013

    • Joe L.

      I mean *simulate*. [sigh].

      1 · June 8, 2013

  • Debi

    Hey joe, I just gave half your tip to a street harp player. :0)

    1 · June 8, 2013

    • Joe L.

      As long as you got a great shot!! :)

      June 8, 2013

  • PJ

    Stuck at work

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got kicked out of work early. Can't wait to go tonight. Unless it's storming, I'm still going! LOVE long exposure photography

    June 8, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Yikes, hope its not a permenant booting? :(

      June 8, 2013

  • Calvin H.

    Photowalks happen rain or shine

    1 · June 8, 2013

    • Sharon S.

      I don't have rain gear for my camera yet. I'm planning to bring plastic bags. Is that enough or should I run out and buy rain gear?

      June 8, 2013

    • Calvin H.

      Baggies work well

      June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Camera has rain jacket, I may get wet! Looks like thunderstorms are pretty much done now.

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • Bill S.

    Looks like the weather will be bad tonight.

    June 8, 2013

  • Dianne C.

    we talked through emails...thanks for the sympathy.

    June 8, 2013

  • Chenny L.

    I'm new to the photography world and would like to learn and get ideas and feedback from the group. Looking foward in meeting you all!

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Joe L.

    For those that let me know yesterday that they can't make it: no problem, just switch your RSVP for me. Thanks! Animish: totally understand if you're sick, not a problem. Stay home, get better and join us next time. Don't want to share whatever you have during the group hug. :)

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Animish

    Sorry for the last minute update. However, I am sick for the last 2 days and still have some cold. Didn't want to take a chance and not show up at the last minute. If I feel better, can I still come (if there is a spot remaining)?

    June 7, 2013

  • Carlos F.

    Something came up sorry I cannot attend

    June 7, 2013

  • Dan F.

    Change in plans...

    June 6, 2013

  • Husna M.

    sorry have to cancel, just recovering from bronchitis and doc vetoed the trip.

    June 6, 2013

  • Krista

    Sorry i cant attend. I have to work saturday. :-(

    June 5, 2013

  • Scott W

    Dang it. Thought I would be done eith HS graduation by this time but alas, I will not. One of these months I will both be in town AND have open schedule....

    June 3, 2013

  • Scott W

    Can my wife come? Says event is full and wont let me add her

    June 2, 2013

  • Tania

    Hate to miss this one but have plans that's evening.

    June 2, 2013

  • Judi

    So much fun stuff going on and I'm moving that weekend - have fun.

    June 2, 2013

  • Betty

    Ooops again! I was looking at the class wait list. So back to my original question: Since I cannot attend the class earlier in the day, would you recommend that I wait for another class and time?

    May 30, 2013

    • Joe L.

      We have 80 people signed up for the walk and only 20 in the class, so you won't be the only one that didn't attend. :)

      May 30, 2013

  • Betty

    Ooops! I just saw the waiting list. I'll wait for another time.

    May 30, 2013

  • Betty

    I really want to come to this, but will have to miss the class earlier in the day as I am already committed to a baby shower. Would you recommend I wait for another class and time?

    May 30, 2013

  • Joanna C.

    Is there a waiting list for this one? I don't see a spot to sign up for a waiting list.

    May 28, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Yikes, sorry -- thanks for the reminder. I just turned on the waiting list.

      May 28, 2013

    • Joanna C.

      No problem, thanks. I live less than a mile away from Hermann Park, so I'm excited to attend.

      May 28, 2013

  • Joe L.

    For those who want a "close up" view of the map, or want to see the Satellite and/or street-view, here is the official interactive google map for this meeup. Let me know if you find it helpful!

    http://goo.gl/maps/HEG9U

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Dianna C.

    awesome photo's above....perhaps JOE you will help me with your advise on how to capture such beauty......

    1 · May 25, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Sure, it's why we're here in a group! And check your notes from the long exposure/night photography class I taught you at the castle! :)

      May 25, 2013

    • Dianna C.

      I sure will - I keep all the notes from our classes THX

      May 26, 2013

  • Krys W.

    Sounds like fun, but I will be attending my 20 year high school reunion that evening.

    May 25, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Skip! We're more fun than your stuffy school friends. ;)

      1 · May 25, 2013

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