Shoot Hartford's Bushnell Park

Bushnell Park is still active in Winter. The  skating rink is open for Winterfest, shoot Cityscapes, the Capitol, and downtown Hartford is only a couple blocks away.

As long as the weather cooperates this should offer a lot of opportunity for interesting photos. We'll meet at 2 PM and with a little luck, get the sun setting and the blue hour.

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  • Bill

    Lots of good outdoor photo ops in an active city park. Thanks for organizing, Ira.

    January 8, 2013

    • Ira D.

      Thanks Bill. It was a pleasure. I hate when Hartford gets a bad rap. Bushnell Park is a place we can return to in another season for a whole new perspective. I think everyone had a good time and came away with some great shots.

      January 9, 2013

  • Belinda S.

    Had a great time. Good to see everyone again, and meet new photographers to the group.

    January 6, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Since I attended without signing up, is it possible to have an admin mark my attendance as attended? That would be great if possible. Thanks!

    January 6, 2013

    • Charles D.

      Ira I was there. But didn't know that anyone was marking who showed up?

      January 6, 2013

    • Ira D.

      When I had to change the date, all those that signed up early were transferred, so it was difficult to determine the exact number. By my own head count, there were at least 31 photographers there and that's a good number, give or take. It's almost impossible to determine an exact number unless some stays in one spot for an hour as people arrive at different times.

      January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meetup, as well. Enjoyed meeting all that attended. The architectural opportunities allowed me to refresh my downtown Hartford collection...

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was my first meetup too. Enjoyed meeting you all. Thanks, Terry

    January 6, 2013

  • Mark H.

    This was my first Meetup, and I had a great time. Thanks everyone for taking a moment to say hi and for making me feel welcome.

    January 6, 2013

  • Richard B.

    photos were taken last Sunday I will be in Hartford this Sunday
    ,Sunday, January 6, 2013 – 1-5 pm - FREE
    (860) 695-6293.JOINT EXHIBITION OF JAZZ-INSPIRED ARTWORK – ANDRES CHAPARRO & MAURICE ROBERTSON
    Opening Reception to kick off the Baby Grand Jazz Series
    Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford[masked]
    Join painter Andres Chaparro and photographer Maurice D. Robertson for a joint exhibition of their jazz-inspired artwork. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The afternoon will also kick off the Baby Grand Jazz Series, which features from 3-4pm, pianist Warren Byrd and trumpeter, Saskia Laroo. The exhibition will run through February 28, 2013. For information, HPLCT.org or I like photography ,art and live jazz altogether I like to see how prints and paintings go together I will be there with my camera and maybe my skates

    January 6, 2013

  • John B.

    This was a very good time and a wonderful site. It was great to see good people again and fellow photographers after a short hiatus. Look forward to more photo shoots in the future.

    January 6, 2013

  • Ira D.

    I'm happy to see so many posting this evening right after the Meetup. I'd like to encourage everyone that attended to post, whether you're a new beginner, or experienced. We can all learn something from each other... and this isn't a contest.

    January 5, 2013

  • Don J.

    Sometimes it's more fun to shoot with a group ... this was one of those times. If you guys didn't schedule this shoot, I would have left my camera in the bag...thanks for the motivation.

    January 5, 2013

    • Vicki M.

      Your welcome. Sometimes in a group you see more there and new perspectives!

      January 5, 2013

    • Ira D.

      Glad you came Don. It'll be a lot of fun when you see the variety of photos we took at the same time and place, all with our own perpective.

      January 5, 2013

  • Rich C.

    It was good to meet you all, thanks for the warm welcome on a crisp day. Good venue for shooting.

    January 5, 2013

  • Ira D.

    Crisp, cold, clear and plenty of things to photograph, both expected and unexpected. I was very happy to meet a number of new members as well as many friends.

    January 5, 2013

  • Christian B.

    Nice to meet a few of you. Looking forward to the next meetup.

    January 5, 2013

  • Vicki M.

    It was a lovely afternoon to be in the city. I just expected more activity in the park.

    January 5, 2013

  • Lance J.

    Great shoot. It was good meeting those I didn't know.

    January 5, 2013

  • Lance J.

    TPE says sunset is at 16:34 at 240.0°. That should put it right over the Capitol building if you stand at the Arch on Trinity St.

    January 5, 2013

  • Lance J.

    So far it looks like the weather will be good!

    January 4, 2013

  • John B.

    Ira, do you have a centralized meeting place? Ice rink, carousel?

    January 3, 2013

    • Ira D.

      John- Weather permitting, we'll all meet at the entrance plaza which is just about 100 yards to the right of the skating rink. From there we can fan out.

      January 3, 2013

  • Christian B.

    Well I showed up and man was it windy and chilly. Quick bite to eat and back out for a few night shots...

    December 30, 2012

    • Christian B.

      With the wind blowing, I really needed to wait between shots. Here are a few images from the evening, and I look forward to your feedback. http://divingmecrazy....­

      December 31, 2012

    • Ira D.

      Nice series Christian. I particularly like those shots at and after sunset.

      December 31, 2012

  • Richard B.

    December 30, 2012

  • Carol K.

    Hi, I showed up as well--but I cheated. My Husband drove me around the areas I wanted to photograph! Sunlight was great--but boy was the wind blowing! But I'm a skier and have the gear to keep warm. Hope the 5th is a warmer day for everyone. Will be posting my pics shortly.

    December 30, 2012

    • Ira D.

      Carol, I think you're on to something here. Chauffeur drivin' photography. Count me in !

      December 30, 2012

  • Ira D.

    DATE CHANGE: Jan 5th, at 2 PM.

    December 29, 2012

    • Denis

      Why change in date? Would parking be a issue due to snow??

      December 30, 2012

    • Ira D.

      Denis - NO, the change is due to winds and wind chill down to 12 degrees. If you want to go on your own, be my guest. NEW DATE is Saturday Jan 5.

      December 30, 2012

  • Vicki M.

    Remember everyone to take cold weather precautions tomorrow. Dress in layers, tank up on fluids, the air will be dry. Take care of you extremities, I've frost bite on my ears and fingers, not fun! The wind is going to be very brisk tomorrow!

    December 29, 2012

  • Vicki M.

    Holy snow shovelpollza Batman! Heck with the snow shoes, I'm rounding up a few dogs and a sled to get over there! Close to a foot here on the eastside of Glastonbury!

    December 29, 2012

  • Lance J.

    Woof, we're gonna need showshoes for a walk in the park tomorrow!

    December 29, 2012

  • Charles D.

    I looked at the map but it's not showing the ice rink. Where is the ice rink so I can locate everyone. I missed the last 2 meet ups because I couldn't find the right meeting place. I don;t want to miss this one . Thanks for any help.

    December 29, 2012

    • Ira D.

      The entrance is opposite Pulaski Circle, and The Bushnell Towers apartments. This is the side of the park near the Hartford Library. The rink is on the corner of Elm St and Pulaski circle.

      December 29, 2012

  • Peter R.

    Charles, the skating rink is temporary and it will not show on the map. I plan on being on the east side of the park right off of Jewell St and look for a bunch of people with cameras hanging around a skating rink. The carousel is on the west side of the pond and I will be heading there also.

    December 29, 2012

  • Ira D.

    Click on Bushnell Park (just above) to see where we'll meet.
    It's the East end of the park to the right of the skating rink.
    It looks we'll have a few inches of snow, so it should be a great opportunity for photos. See you there.
    Ira's Cell:[masked]

    December 29, 2012

  • Pat

    I would like to but you're in the opposite direction.

    December 29, 2012

  • Pat

    Thanks anyway but have a niice dinner.

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All,

    I am staying in middletown and new to this group. Arrived in US just a month back.. Can anyone pick me while passing by to meet for this event? It would be gr8 help.. :)

    December 29, 2012

  • Pat

    Hi I'm from Norwich and really don't know anyone in the group. Would anyone from this area like to drive to Hartford with me?

    December 29, 2012

    • Lance J.

      Hi Pat, I'm from Colchester. You'd be welcome to ride with me. But I'm planning to meet my wife for supper in Collinsville after the photo meetup.

      December 29, 2012

    • Pat

      Thanks but Have

      December 29, 2012

  • Ira D.

    Thanks for the comment Lance. They're starting to set up for Winterfest and First Night on the 31st.
    I thought about going to Mozzicato's Cafe on Franklin Ave if there's interest.
    It looks light we might get a nice frosting of snow on Saturday and then clearing and windy on Sunday which is what I was hoping for.
    The skating rink is open too.
    Bundle up !!!

    December 28, 2012

  • Lance J.

    Did you know that today (Friday 12/28) is the start of Winterfest at Bushnell Park?

    It looks like the weather should be decent, but getting very cold after dark. Are there plans to get something to eat & drink afterwards? I think the Mrs & I are going to the Crown & Hammer afterwards.

    December 28, 2012

  • Ira D.

    Information on Bushnell Park, it's history, landmarks and a few ideas for photo ops.
    http://www.bushnellpark.org
    and http://hartford.omaxfield.com/bushnellpk.html

    November 26, 2012

  • Ira D.

    We'll at the entrance to the park near the skating rink (across from Bushnell Towers Apartments. There should be street parking available anywhere near the park.

    November 26, 2012

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