Downtown After Dark I

  • March 24, 2013 · 7:15 PM
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I've been wanting to go Downtown to photograph the buildings and sights at night. There should plenty of opportunity for some interesting angles, colored lights, and time-lapse traffic shooting, etc. Are you game?

We will meet at 7:15 PM at the NE corner of Civic Plaza (Corner of 3rd St. and Marquette Ave). Sunset should be around 7:20 this night so we may have some cool sunset/twilight city shots when we first get there. Who knows? 

On Sundays there is no charge for street meter parking. If we should have to park in the  Parking Garage, each vehicle will have to pay for their own parking fees. Probably wise to bring a few dollars cash just in case. I don't anticipate that you won't be able to find a space on the street, but I want to make sure that you are prepared.

Disclaimer: I worked the night shift Downtown for over a year and never had any issues. If you respect others and smile or say "hello" then they generally act in kind and don't bother you. If you are too timid to have a homeless person possibly walk by and speak to you, then maybe this isn't a shoot for you. Not that I anticipate any problems, but it is Downtown so don't be shocked if a drunk should stagger by. As a group we can stay close enough to watch out for one another.

I'm limiting this to 18 so that I can better keep track of everyone. If this one fills-up don't worry, I'll be planning a repeat in the future. Please be courteous and cancel your RSVP if you can't make it after saying that you will. Then I won't wait for you to show up. :)

 

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  • john k.

    Two of us showed up 10 minutes late, drove around downtown, noticed two crazies setting up tripods in the cold, then drove up Central and saw the obvious potential for colorful "street" portraits of revelers (young drunks). It was a perfect opportunity for a similarly young (unlike us) drunk with adequate digicam to wander the mob, make some photos, promise and deliver some prints to subjects. However WE decided to impliment the fallback plan...went to Marble Brewery on 1st, had a few very fine beers and "Seoul Food" (korean)this night's official roach-coach (catering truck). Loud, fun, and very mixed.

    March 24, 2013

    • Frances R.

      I hope you waived at the crazies with tripods when you drove by! lol!

      March 24, 2013

    • john k.

      The crazies did good work! (see Photos)

      March 31, 2013

  • Frances R.

    If next weekend looks too cold still then I will just postpone round 2 for a week or two to give it time to warm-up. At 4:30 PM today I was comfortable outside wearing a T-shirt. That sure changed fast! ;-)

    March 24, 2013

  • Laura D.

    sorry. I went to what I thought was the place, but didn't say anyone so I left. I hope you got some good shots.

    March 24, 2013

    • Lew

      The meetup was changed to the NE corner of Civic Plaza, NE corner of the parking lot that is supposed to be there (never been there so I don't know). I can't imagine Frances wouldn't have been there. She said she would have a tripod set up next to her red Nissan car at 7:15. Didn't see anything that changed those plans?

      March 24, 2013

    • Frances R.

      Laura, sorry you missed us! Lew is correct, on March 13 I changed the meeting location to Civic Plaza because everyone that answered my emails and posts voted to just meet there instead of Lowe's. You didn't miss much if it's any conciliation - Like Vin said, it got too cold! We did a little shooting around Civic Plaza (5 brave souls) and then called it quits.

      March 24, 2013

  • Vin L

    It was bloody cold out there; Karen & I made it through about 45 minutes then split

    March 24, 2013

  • Bill Z.

    I'm sorry I won't be able to make it... last minute commitment got in the way.

    March 24, 2013

  • Lew

    Stuck working on a home project that needs to get finished...sorry.. Hope to make another one soon.

    March 24, 2013

  • Melanie

    I'm sick! :( I won't be joining you tonight!!!

    March 24, 2013

  • Wanda

    May not be able to make it so changing the RSVP just in case

    March 24, 2013

  • Lisa

    Something has come up and we won't be able to make it. Someone else can have our spots! Thanks

    March 24, 2013

  • Donna A.

    So sorry I can't make this - I've got the flu. Hope to see some great photos from the group!

    March 23, 2013

    • Frances R.

      Sorry to hear, Donna. Feel better!

      March 23, 2013

  • Frances R.

    Since we are meeting at Civic Plaza instead of Lowe's I've edited the info above accordingly and I've increased the attendee limit. Hope to see everyone there!

    March 14, 2013

  • Anne H.

    I regret that I have another commitment that has come up and will miss this.

    March 14, 2013

  • Frances R.

    Since all but 1 are going to meet at Civic Plaza I've updated the meeting location above. I'll meet the other person at Lowe's and join the rest of you the NE corner of Civic Plaza. 3rd Street & Marquette.

    March 13, 2013

  • Melanie

    Civic Plaza is fine for me! Sorry for the late reply! :) See you!

    March 11, 2013

  • Frances R.

    All, thanks for answering my email question! So far, only one person had rather meet me at Lowe's, everyone else is going to meet at the NE corner of Civic Plaza. Worth remembering Lew's note below about a place to park in case spaces are full elsewhere. Thanks again for the info Lew!

    March 11, 2013

  • Lew

    Thanks for getting me into the group. I happened to be downtown to shoot an event Saturday night. There was a big dirt lot between 2nd and 3rd and between Silver and Gold. On the Gold side was a paved area they were charging $2 to park in, but on the Silver side, where it was dirt, there didn't appear to be a charge to park there. I saw a truck pull up with some gals who were entering one of the buildings, like she lived there, and she said there was no charge for parking there. I don't know the status of that half block area, but I wasn't charged to park and didn't get towed.

    Maybe there is someone who is more familiar with that lot as it was my first time downtown at night, but people were coming and going from that lot and no one seemed to care.

    March 7, 2013

    • Lew

      I should have made myself clearer. I was proposing meeting there and not carpooling. I suspect you are carpooling to avoid parking charges, but if everyone can meet in one place downtown for free, then doesn't that make more sense than carpooling? Likewise, if someone feels they are finished or just don't want to continue shooting, they can leave. I think it gives more flexibility to meet and park downtown vs. carpooling. Just a suggestion.

      March 7, 2013

    • Frances R.

      If you had rather meet us at Civic Plaza that's fine too. A lot of folks get lost easily Downtown if they are not familiar with it so I thought it better to meet 2 miles away at Lowe's and give everyone directions if they need them.

      March 7, 2013

  • Melanie

    Yay! I promise to look out for others! :)

    March 7, 2013

  • Frances R.

    Okay, due to the response to the Downtown meetups, I've increased the attendance numbers to try to get everyone on at least one of the 2 meetups. :) All that I ask is that everyone helps to keep an eye on your fellow photographers and don't wander-off so that no one ends-up by themselves somewhere. I want this to be a safe, fun outing.

    March 7, 2013

  • Frances R.

    Just a heads-up, this meetup will be rescheduled in the event of rain or high winds.

    March 7, 2013

  • john k.

    I'll shoot fillum.

    March 5, 2013

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