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Festival of Silver Lights

Welcome the holiday season and chase away the winter blues with some "light" photography.

The annual Festival of Silver Lights returns to Meriden's Hubbard Park on Nov 26 this year, and will run until just after New Years Day. With over 300 displays, 1/2 million lights, and a beautiful reflective lake, there will be plenty to photograph. And, unlike other light displays, this one is NOT a drive-by. You will need to get out of your cars to shoot this one.

This event is also free and the Lights are on 24/7.

Please note: a tripod, remote shutter release, and a camera with long exposure / night photography capability are strongly recommended for this. I have an extra tripod and remote shutter release, just in case. A small flashlight might also be handy.

For those interested in some holiday cheer, we will end the evening with dinner at a local restaurant to be named and announced at a later date.

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  • Vicki M.

    Another great and brisk evening at Hubbard Park.

    1 · December 8, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      Next time I think I will schedule this event in warmer weather! BTW, beautiful photos!

      1 · December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 · December 7, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      You did a great job with your photos. Good compositions, nice lighting, and great twinkling effects. If you can convert them to jpeg, you will be able to upload them to this website (completely optional though).

      December 8, 2013

    • Janet

      Those are fantastic! Great job is right - love them all.

      December 8, 2013

  • Bill

    Lots of photo ops with the Christmas lights. Thanks, Kathy!

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Vernon D.

    I couldn't make it either. getting over a cold so didn't want to be out in the cold.

    December 7, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      Good decision you made there. It was awful cold for even some of the healthy photographers (like me). We will see you at another meetup.

      December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I couldn't make it tonight, something came up. Have fun and stay warm!

    December 7, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      I hope you got to be somewhere warm tonight. It was awful cold out tonight. See you at another meetup.

      1 · December 7, 2013

  • Jay M.

    Afraid I must bail. Conflicting event came up. Stay warm...

    December 7, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      It was awful cold out. I hope your conflicting event was indoors. See you at another meetup.

      December 7, 2013

  • Charles D.

    Have to bow out. an energy came up. Taking wife to Hospital.

    December 7, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      I hope everything turns out ok.

      December 7, 2013

  • Kathy W.

    Last minute tips: It will be "chilly" Saturday. Please dress accordingly. It may be difficult to shoot with gloves on, but you will need them to warm up your fingers in between shooting sprees. The parking lot is near all light displays, so you can warm up in your cars if needed. For those going to dinner after the photo shoot, I moved up our reservation to 7:30 if you want to get out of the cold a little earlier.

    For those who are unfamiliar or rusty with night photography, check out the instructions that were written by Vicki M. You can find those under the More tab, then Files--Night Photography. http://files.meetup.com/1726964/Night%20Photography_midct.pdf Have your camera manuals available, just in case.

    December 4, 2013

  • Ulrich F.

    A question to people who have attended this event before: Are people planning too spend the entire time (ca. 3 hrs) at the park before dinner?

    December 3, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      Ulrich: You can stay outside as long as you would like or arrive as late as you would like so as to minimize time spent in the cold. I scheduled an early start time in case people want to practice with their camera settings before it gets dark. The parking lot is near all the light displays, so you can always go into your car to warm up. Bring gloves too; put them on in between shooting sprees!

      1 · December 4, 2013

  • Anthony C.

    Michelle. You definitely should take photos that night! Check out Kathy's helpful comments above re the fact that she has a spare tripod and shutter release cable. If you have neither, then you might reach out to her to borrow them. That's really all you'll need and perhaps a small flashlight, preferably one that has a "red" light feature! Night shoots are really fun (we had great time up in Haddam 2 weeks ago shooting scenes of the swing bridge and the opera house from the Connecticut River. See you then! Tony C.

    December 3, 2013

  • Warren

    With time exposures and people everywhere you can spend several hours very easily. YMMV

    December 3, 2013

    • Ulrich F.

      Thanks. My greatest concern actually was the cold...

      December 3, 2013

  • Bill

    Dropping by early for 1/2 hour on way to co-worker's annual party.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Dot

    Sounds like fun, but that's my second Artists Open Studios weekend, so I know I wont have the energy to drive down to Meriden!

    December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just ordered the canon t3i,with the 18mm/55mm and the 55mm to 250mm lens. would like to hook up with some one for some one on one period of instructions.Look forward to learning more about photography,so please if you can help me i would be greatly appecative.I live in Rockyhill

    December 1, 2013

    • Susan V.

      William, I'm not going to this shoot but I also live in Rocky Hill. I shoot with two girlfriends, we go on these meet up groups we also do our own shoots from time to time. Wouldn't mind another photog along. We are headed to Lake Compounce tonight to shoot lights because I can't attend the date the group picked. Don't know if you have your camera yet or a tripod. Would be willing to try to help (although I'm still learning myself). Email me with your contact info if you'd like. Since we live in the same town it would be a shame to not meet up at some point.

      1 · December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to try! Earlier in the day, I am hosting a Holiday Art Fair right down the street at Sandman Gallery on West Main Street in Meriden. The fair goes until 4pm, so if I'm not exhausted I would love to join :)

    November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I regretfully cannot come to this event. I was looking forward to it. I have to fly down to Florida the day on the 6th.

    November 30, 2013

  • Susan V.

    Sorry, Had to back out due to the change in a Christmas Party date I annually attend. Hope you guys get some great shots!

    November 21, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      Thanks for the early notice. We will see you at another meetup. I hope you enjoy your Christmas Party.

      1 · November 22, 2013

  • Ali M.

    Hello everyone! I am brand new to the group and actually grew up in Meriden. I look forward to meeting with you all at this event!

    2 · November 18, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      Great question! Good thing somebody is thinking of the details I forget. Yes I should have mentioned where we will meet & greet, and get some pointers from any "experts" (if we need it). We will meet in the bigger parking lot near the swimming pool and tennis courts. For those unfamiliar with Hubbard Park, when you arrive in front of the park (or next to park), turn onto Mirror Lake Dr (the entrance). As you are driving through the first part of the park, the little lake will be on your right side. The road takes one turn to the right. Stay on this road, go straight through the park "intersection,"­ and the parking lot will be straight ahead.

      November 22, 2013

  • Warren

    Tony's is closer than the Manor Inn and the food is equal at lower prices. You'll stand a better chance of getting seated as the Manor Inn gets very busy this time of year. Tony's is at the intersection of Rt 322 and Rt 10 just 1/2 mile from I-691.

    November 8, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      Thank you for the suggestion. It's not easy for me to find a good local restaurant in an unfamiliar area.

      November 8, 2013

  • Jim D.

    Although I will not be able to attend there is a restaurant nearby called the Manor Inn. It's in the Marion section of Southington about 2 miles up the road on 322. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. Here is their web site: www.manorinnrestaurant.com/‎

    November 8, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      Thank you for the suggestion. I'm having a difficult time finding a good expensive restaurant nearby, that's NOT in the mall. I didn't even consider Southington.

      November 8, 2013

  • Anthony C.

    Sounds like fun!

    1 · November 7, 2013

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