Painting with Light in City Park?

I came across this link, and I am kind of intrigued to give this a try! I love the old oak trees down at City Park and was curious if there were a group of people who would like to maybe try this with flashlights, tripods, and their cameras? I admittedly know very little about this particular technique, and it seems to be a good amount of trial and error on site. I just think it would be something fun and maybe unusual to try with a group. I am game for a weekend night, maybe a Friday or Saturday night in August?

 

http://www.grindtv.com/lifestyle/pro-active/post/how-to-take-nature-photos-at-night/

I updated the location to reflect the meeting place.
It will be at Morning Call, not the Botanical Garden.

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  • Swee E H.

    Great photography meetup. Excellent instructor !!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Fun,Fun, Fun we must do this again! Next time with more props. Richard was great.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Heidi

    Painting in City Park was WOW! I love being creative. Richard thanks so much for your time and patience with us. You are a good person and an excellent teacher! Enjoyed meeting so many nice people.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Kirt

    I would like to do this again as I have so ideas I would like to try out

    2 · August 18, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      Think we can set up another one. Would love to try steel wool, but it will need to be somewhere other than City Park (somewhere with concrete surface and very open area).

      1 · August 18, 2013

  • Stacey W.

    I had a wonderful time! Can't wait for the next meetup!

    August 18, 2013

  • richard r vallon j.

    Thanks everyone- I think this Meetup was a great success- please keep the great images coming! It was such a pleasure to be with you all...

    2 · August 18, 2013

  • Kelly C.

    So much fun!!!! It was a great learning experience and very entertaining! Richard was awesome and it was wonderful to see everyone !! Fun times , great meet up night!!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Always fun when you can put a little extra creativity in the shots. Great gathering and Richard was very informative. I do hope we can do this again.

    2 · August 18, 2013

  • Amritendu M.

    Excellent meetup. Richard was excellent as usual.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Bill C.

    It was FANTASTIC. I has a great time, met some great people, and captured some good pictures. This was my first Meetup and I'm looking forward to attending others.

    2 · August 17, 2013

  • sarah

    On my way running late

    August 17, 2013

  • Harry

    My wife had to pick up a shift tonight. I'm watching the kids now.

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry something has come up last minute.

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A member of the meetup, Richard Vallon, has kindly offered a lecture on camera settings and light painting practice...in his classroom behind Lakeside Camera the day before the event. It will be offered in two separate parts to allow more to attend. It will be about an hour. You can go either from 7 to 8pm, or the 8pm to 9pm group. Please shoot me an email to let me know which one you would like to go to, so we can even things out in each group. Again this will be Fri niight August 16th the classroom is at
    3009 North Arnoult Rd behind Lakeside Camera.....
    Please bring camera- lecture on proper camera settings and some
    some practice indoor light painting....

    There are a few tripods available in the classroom, but you can bring your own. You will need a tripod to do the meetup in City Park.

    2 · August 4, 2013

    • richard r vallon j.

      Thanks, I forgot to mention White Bal- but I think Auto should be fine Esp if one is shooting in RAW...30% chance of rain... at this point 12 noon

      1 · August 17, 2013

    • Kelly C.

      Thanks again Richard!!! I enjoyed last nights class!

      August 17, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    cant make it...room for one more!

    August 17, 2013

  • Jack

    was out of town for the lectures, but I will be there this evening and will try to be a quick study. Thanks in advance for any assistance. I will be using my Sony Alpha camera with Sony and Minolta lenses. See y'all this evening!

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To all attending: After some scouting by various group members this is how we will do our plan of attack on this area. There is a restaurant called Morning Call down in City Park. You can park along the street around Morning Call (I believe it is a one way street right there, so before Morning Call is probably preferable). We will meet outside Morning Call at 7pm. Most of the areas we will shoot are within a few hundred yards of this place. I would like to break up into a more managable set of groups. I was thinking a beginngers group could be moderated by a volunteer from this meetup, then maybe an intermediate group(s). I believe we will try to focus our effors on a female statue, a large cupola area, an old oak tree in the area, (and I think there was one more thing but it escapes my brain right now). If someone would like to lead a group, please email me! Thank you!

    August 15, 2013

    • Harry

      Alex, is Morning Call where the paddle boats and playground are? I haven't really been around City Park except for Storyland in a long time.

      August 15, 2013

    • richard r vallon j.

      e stone bridge is behind the Morning Call- just 100 feet away to the South....

      August 16, 2013

  • Jerry P.

    Hmmmm... Did someone once said," after it rain the colors look better."
    I wonder if this applied to night with a flashlight. ;)
    Just an idea.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to make everyone aware of the weather that may eventually be coming into the area on Saturday evening. According to the news this morning we may be getting some large amounts of tropical moisture from a current system in the gulf. We will have to keep an eye on the weather and this meetup may be cancelled due to rain delay. So far the classes this evening have not been altered.

    August 16, 2013

  • Jerry P.

    I am not able to attend. I have other plans now.

    August 14, 2013

  • Thomas "Tommy" M.

    Something else came up--hope to do this in a future Meetup!

    August 7, 2013

  • Jerry P.

    Richard a great guy to learn from.

    2 · August 4, 2013

    • Amritendu M.

      Yes, I agree. Richard is a great teacher. I have taken some classes from him thru Lakeside Photo.

      August 5, 2013

  • Samantha D.

    Is there a fee for this event?

    August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is no fee for this event. Bring your camera, tripod, glow sticks, or anything else you want to try!

      1 · August 4, 2013

  • Conrad L.

    Equipment/item suggested for this meetup event:

    1. DSLR/mirrrorless camera: We will use "M" or manual mode, which you will set the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. If you don't have a DSLR, a high-end P&S camera that allows you to take 30 secs. exposure should work, too.

    2. Tripod: In order to do long exposure work, a tripod is needed. Image stabilization in your lens or camera body is useless in this situation.

    3. Cable release/wireless remote: This is not a must, but highly recommended. So you won't shake the camera by touching the shutter button on top of the camera. You will get a blurry picture if there's any vibration/camera shake during long exposure.

    4. Lenses: Standard zoom/kit lenses will be good (wide end at 16mm to 24mm and telephoto end at 100mm to 150mm). High zoom or super telephoto lenses at 200mm and above may not be useful here.

    5. Flashlight/flashgun: To "paint" or "write." Color gel will make the pictures interesting, too.

    2 · August 1, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      And... bring your mosquito spray or candles that keep mosquito away... or try to wear long sleeve and long pants. :-)

      August 3, 2013

    • Amritendu M.

      Excellent work Conrad and thank you for the tips. Very much appreciated.

      2 · August 3, 2013

  • Amritendu M.

    Thank you Alex.

    July 30, 2013

  • TC

    I used a similar technique to paint bodyscapes using multi colored flashlight. It was a good technique to learn and the effect is stunning.

    July 30, 2013

  • William H P.

    I just got I am going to be at the LASPCA Alegria ( Fashion Show) until 6pm. So if you need a space use mine.

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have changed the limit to 45 to include a few more people on the RSVP list. If you are not planning on attending, please change your RSVP to "Np" so it will allow other members to go. Thank you!

    July 30, 2013

  • Amritendu M.

    I just found out about the meetup and found that it has been closed. Any chance of opening it up for a few more? Thank you.

    July 30, 2013

  • William H P.

    If 41 people are sign-up how about groups of 10 more controllable .

    July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think that is a good idea. I will scope out the area on Wednesday evening with another photographer from the group and we will see what can be done in various areas and try to do a group of 10 at each area. I am not sure if everyone who RSVP'd will actually attend, but I will plan on everyone showing up till proven otherwise! LOL

      July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone: I have limited the number of people to 41, which is the number currently signed up. Since this seems to be growing in size, I think possibly the best way to do this would be to break it down into a few groups and maybe each group focuses on something different in the park, or we move as a group from "station" to "station". If anyone has scoped out this area at night, please send me an email and we can work on a list of "stations" for that night, and then maybe on that night we can get into 3 groups and move through the area that way. I just think it may be less chaos that way then 40 people pointing their camera at one thing. But I am open to suggestions!

    July 29, 2013

    • Chris R.

      Oh man! I thought I RSVP'd with the app but I guess it didn't take. First on the waiting list!

      July 29, 2013

    • Nathan

      Alex, I'd like to help. I've already rsvp'd and have done some night photography in a studio class back in Houston. I can be there a little early to help set up as well.

      July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went ahead and gave this a date and a time. I think if we could meet down there with some sort of daylight, that would be best. That way people could park, get an idea of the layout of the area, we can arrange who has what equipment to light things up with, and maybe brainstorm a few ideas for what we would like. Depending on how this goes, we may try to do another one in September too. I am going to look into possibly renting a fog machine (granted I can find one without the requirement of a power cord). I thought maybe some spooky fog and oak tree photos might be cool, maybe someone could provide a model we could silhouette? (just a suggestion!). At this time, I am not sure what the rules are about sparklers in City Park on days that are not Fourth of July or New Years, so I can't say go ahead and bring the sparklers! I would say bring whatever kind of lighting you want to try, glow sticks for writing might be fun, maybe enough on the ground around the tree maybe? Welcome ideas!

    3 · July 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Conrad! Great info!

      July 18, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      My friend called me today to see if we had set the Park on fire yet. I told him that will be August 17th. lol.

      July 26, 2013

  • Renee B.

    I would go to this except that this day is my sons birthday.

    July 26, 2013

  • Renee B.

    I had a friend take a photo in a dark room with an extremely long shutter speed and she wrote words on the wall using a laser flashlight. It was an interesting study. My only concern is that city park is too well lit to really see the stars in the sky.

    July 25, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      The first half part you mentioned above is painting with light. Which is different from the second half part - about the stars. To do star trail photography, we will need to go somewhere far away from the city - perhaps somewhere north of Covington or Hammond. Also, it will take a couple of hours at least just to get one compiled star trail photo. It's like doing time lapse pictures.

      July 25, 2013

    • richard r vallon j.

      Hi Conrad- yes- it does not get clear enough until ARCOLA LA. I have the app some use to assemble star trails- Zerene Stacker for Mac OSX

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Kelly C.

    I am not real sure about this technique... Do we need gel color? If so, where can I buy it? Any suggestions please! Thanks!! Looking forward to this!!

    July 23, 2013

  • Laura B.

    This can also be done with sparklers.. writing with light!

    2 · July 16, 2013

  • Conrad L.

    I have been wanting to try painting with light... :-) One thing to consider though - is City Park to bright for painting with light (due to street lights etc.)?

    See the video here~ http://www.thenightskye.com/about/

    July 16, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      Fountainebleau is a great idea. (Was thinking about Camp Salmen, but they close before sunset) I think we will need to stay in the camp ground since it closes at 9 or 10pm? Just went there a couple of weeks ago for sunset pictures. The price went up to $2 as of July 1st I think.

      July 16, 2013

    • Laura B.

      Fountainebleau would be the best place you can get in and stay you can still get out just not back in from what i have experienced. AND they wont charge to shoot there.. City park you can shoot where ever you want in the park.. but you cant shoot at the gardens, museum unless you pay.. but around the water and the pavilion its free range. Its public property so they cant make you leave. My mom is a cop in new orleans and that came from her.

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • Jerry P.

    I saw this in phoblographer.

    4) Two flashlights – One dim, one bright

    Your dim flashlight is for looking at your camera’s buttons and settings that do not illuminate. Your bright flashlight is for light painting. The nuance is whether to use LED flashlights or a “regular” incandescent flashlight. The latter is warmer, the former is cooler. Your choice will affect how you choose and use color balance and gels once you get working on perfecting your light panting.

    July 16, 2013

  • richard r vallon j.

    I think the garden is closed at night- however the area near the old Casino is very dark- the bridge there and across the bridge. I looked at the examples in the link above- this can not be done in new Orleans- too much ambient light in the sky and the starts are far too weak trough the citys night light pollution. However there are lots of cool things to photograph there at night...

    July 16, 2013

  • richard r vallon j.

    I'm not sure the botanical garden is open at night- and also city Park is not photographer friendly if they think you are a pro- I have heard of a dad years ago photographing his family with a tripod and they made him stop. On the other hand i teach in the sculpture garden and since teaching photography is not forbidden I am just ducky.
    The area near the old Casino is pitch dark - as is the bridge near the casino...also crossing the bridge to the other side is pitch dark.

    July 16, 2013

  • Harry

    Fountainebleau is a good idea. I know they stay open all night for the campground. I wonder if a group of photographers could stay later than 10. Can you make this on a Saturday night?

    2 · July 16, 2013

  • Bert

    I love night photography (not saying I have a lot of experience, but I love it) and I think this sounds really interested and fun. I hope when you figure out a date, I'll be able to join y'all.

    July 16, 2013

  • Trent

    I've goofed around with this sort of thing before. It'll be fun to get other's ideas.

    July 16, 2013

  • Laura B.

    i can get some info on this... i know a few photographers that have done a workshop on this.. so i will get waht i can and pass it to yall!

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's a wonderful idea, thank you so much!

      July 16, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    GREAT idea! I'm in...i'm still confused about what kind of lights to use...incandesent or led

    July 16, 2013

  • Kelly C.

    I totally would love to experiment with this!!! Let's do it!!!

    July 16, 2013

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