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The Banks of Cincinnati Evening Photo Walk

Let's get out our tripods again and do a night time photo walk along the river banks of downtown Cincinnati at the new hot spot called appropriately "The Banks." Our focus will be on catching the Ohio River, Roebling Bridge, the colorful neon lights and fountains of the Banks, the new 45-acre Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront park on Mehring Way, and other interesting parts of the area. We will be meeting on a Tuesday night when the Reds and Bengals will not be playing to avoid large crowds.  I already visited and shot some photos of The Bank last week to check it out.  Here are several photos to whet your appetite (the area is photographic amazing):


For those who are doing a pre-shoot dinner we will start our meetup at 7:15 pm at the Moerlein Lager House restaurant at The Banks, located on Joe Nuxhall Way right next to the Great American Ball Park. I have a reservation for 14 persons (13 RSVPs for dinner so far).  Please RSVP if you will be participating in dinner and have not done so, else meet us at 8:15 pm just outside the restaurant on the plaza to start our photo walk. 

I will provide a map of the things you will definitely want to shoot.  That map is now uploaded to the More/Files area with this name OVCC The Banks Photo Walk Map.

To prevent 35 of us all going to the same spot I will break us into several smaller groups and have us go to different starting points.

Given the number on the waiting list I am going to schedule a second night.

Here are some links:
The Banks Home Page & Video
http://thebankscincy.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQS3uJyPK2E&feature=youtu.be

Smale Park
http://www.mysmaleriverfrontpark.org/take_a_tour.htm

Parking (definitely underneath The Banks, multiple entrances, use a credit card cash, about $7-$9)
https://plus.google.com/106075253312812031998/about?gl=us&hl=en

LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: As with all events posted on the OVCC Meetup board, in behalf of you, your family and all your other stakeholders, you understand the risks of such an event and accept entire responsibility and liability for your safety, welfare and losses, as well as those you register, indemnifying and holding OVCC organizers harmless. Your RSVP signifies you agree if you don't, don't participate.



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  • Barry S.

    I got moved up from the waiting list at about 5p.m., but glad to go. Couldn't rsvp for the dinner, but wanted the social time of the event, so rolled down anyway, and had a cocktail while enjoying the company of those dining. Doubt that I got any great shots, but learned some things. My main goal was to do some bracketing so I've still got more to learn in the processing stage. I'm in a wheelchair so I learned a lot about the accessibility of the area, and really enjoyed interacting with others in the group.

    3 · August 27, 2013

    • Fred H.

      practice makes...

      September 12, 2013

  • Larry F.

    Fred - Thanks for putting this together. Did not know all that was available at the park. Good time, humidity and all!

    2 · August 28, 2013

    • Fred H.

      humidity was no extra charge

      September 12, 2013

  • Andrea Van V.

    Thank you Fred! As I look at your pictures, I now have to return to get some views that I, unfortunately, didn't see until I looked at your beuatiful photo's!

    1 · August 29, 2013

    • Fred H.

      you are too kind Andrea

      September 12, 2013

  • Sophia Z.

    Loved this opportunity for night photography. I've wanted to go to Smale park for awhile now. The fountains were closed the last time I was there.

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Mike J.

    Hi, Had to cancel because of an urgent issue. I wasn't registered for dinner, but someone can take my spot. Happy Shooting. RSVP changed.

    August 27, 2013

    • Fred H.

      thanks for updating, see the makeup event

      August 28, 2013

  • Maggie P.

    Sorry I thought I was still on the waiting list.

    August 28, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Maggie, see the makeup session and always check the day of the event - this is common

      August 28, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I am sorry I missed. I had a death in the family and was out of town. I totally forgot about it with everything going on and didn't change my RSVP. Wasn't until this morning when I got the email that I remembered.

    August 28, 2013

    • Fred H.

      see the makeup session

      August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Fred for organizing this outing. I, like the others gained a wealth of knowledge and can't wait to go back and recompose my shots. Isn't it nice that we have such great locations to learn, practice, and create. Thank you also for sharing your expertise to help us all become better at this craft.

    2 · August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time and enjoyed meeting everyone. It was the first time I've been down on that part of The Banks. I didn't get many keepers, but learned a lot about night photography, specifically the importance of a good tripod! Now that I've seen the area, I am going to try and go back soon with a solid tripod. Also, now that I've seen the area I have some other ideas on how I want to compose my shots.

    Thank you Fred for organizing this event.

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Liz N.

    It was a very successful meetup. The company was good, the Banks was beautiful with the colors and lights. I am not sure that my pictures are much but I am feeling compelled to return soon with some ideas on how to be better prepared. Kudos and thanks to Fred for arranging it all.

    2 · August 28, 2013

  • Liz N.

    Great

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Jonathan L R.

    Great, lots of fun

    August 27, 2013

  • Debra P.

    Bob and I really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks to Fred for organizing such a great outing!

    2 · August 27, 2013

  • Barry S.

    Curious .... why is this event limited to 35?

    August 27, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Barry, if we have too many photographers at the same place at the same time we get in each other's way. As it is I will split tonight's group into 3 smaller groups. Another problem is restaurant seating, the Lager House limits tables to 14 max. Yes there are ways around that with multiple tables but theb

      August 27, 2013

    • Fred H.

      then we have to coordinate size with night availability vs. the night we want etc. Finally it makes it easier in the planner, I would not want to have to coordinate a huge group, loss of control and attention. I am going to probably post a second visit for this weekend after I see how tonight goes, I may modify the event some if I see areas for improvement.

      August 27, 2013

  • Lori P.

    Sorry all, I'm really sick and unable to make it. I changed my rsvp to no.

    August 27, 2013

  • Nancy C.

    Could you do two groups?

    August 5, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Nancy you are on for the 27th, but am looking at maybe this coming weekend

      August 26, 2013

    • Nancy C.

      I'll be there!

      August 27, 2013

  • Eddie B.

    I just saw that I'm in, would like to make dinner if there's still room.

    August 27, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Sounds good

      August 27, 2013

    • Eddie B.

      Great! Thanx for letting me know

      August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please RSVP if you will be participating in dinner, else meet us at 8:15 pm outside the restaurant to start our photo walk.
    QUESTION! If we want to attend, but can't make the dinner, then we don't RSVP, but just show up at 8:15, do I have this right?

    1 · August 4, 2013

    • MIKE D.

      Game for Dinnr

      August 4, 2013

    • Fred H.

      got you down for 2 for dinner Mike

      August 26, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Dang! I have two other meetings the same night. Decisions, decisions. Maybe I'll join you after dinner. Or FOR dinner, depending on which restaurant you pick.

    August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Try the Moerlein Lager House.

      August 4, 2013

    • Fred H.

      James, you suggestion was a good one, that's where we will be

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys I have to cancel, I need to get down to Louisville, today and am not sure I'll return on time so someone on the waiting list can have my spot!

    August 18, 2013

    • Dave L.

      I really wanted to do this, but already had two other events the same night. I'm eagerly awaiting a 2nd meetup there. Or maybe I'll just have to go on my own.

      August 23, 2013

    • Fred H.

      looking at a second night

      1 · August 26, 2013

  • Jim R.

    I would like to join you for dinner and the walk but I am on the waiting list. Will you notify me if space is available? What if I just show up? Will I be shot?

    August 26, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Jim, in fairness to others you should wait for the makeup session. Check in tomorrow it is not unusual to get a flurry of cancellations on the last day. I am looking at the week of September 2-5 for the second session and will post shortly (possibly this Saturday or Sunday night)

      August 26, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Opps, correction dates should be 8/31-9/1 (found out the Reds play Sept 2-5 in town)

      August 26, 2013

  • Larry F.

    Fred - I will not be able to make the dinner at 7:15, but still plan to do the Meet Up, and meet with you and everyone at 8:15. Thanks. Larry

    August 26, 2013

    • Fred H.

      thanks for the update Larry, No soup for you!

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see that I am now reserved for the walk tomorrow. I would like to attend dinner as well. Do I need to RSVP or am I included in the 13? I look forward to meeting you all.

    August 26, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Michael, current count is 12 so come for dinner. Even if we run 1 or 2 over I am sure we could squeeze in.

      August 26, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    Hi, new guy here and I'm really looking forward to the dinner and photo walk. If anyone is into street photography track me down online and/or at the dinner.

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Daniel, I'm also interested in street photography, although I tend to do more cityscapes, urban and abandoned building photography. I look forward to meeting at the dinner.

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I realized that I will have a business trip on Tuesday, and most likely will return to here around midnight. I had to cancel this one...

    August 24, 2013

    • Fred H.

      OK, looks like you took yourself off the RSVP, thanks for that.

      August 24, 2013

  • Andrea Van V.

    If you have room for dinner I would love to join you, if not I will see you at the walk!

    August 23, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Come to dinner, we always have a few people not show up.

      August 23, 2013

  • Ken G.

    Sorry, , Unable to attend. Please give my spot to someone else. Ken G.

    August 23, 2013

  • Trippybeth

    I'd love to be there for the walk and dinner, but I'm currently wait listed!

    August 23, 2013

  • Nancy G.

    Liz, Grace and I would like to do dinner too, if ok at this point.
    THanks!

    August 22, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Welcome ladies, that puts us at 14. If others show we will ask for additional tables, maybe even one out on the deck so our members can hover nearby and take a photo or two of the Roebling.

      August 22, 2013

  • tim m.

    as of right now, I plan to be there of dinner. I don't know if I was included in the 13 who had confirmed the dinner portion.

    August 22, 2013

    • Fred H.

      your on the list Tim

      August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did now, thank you so so much, Now I am off!

    August 18, 2013

  • Connie S.

    Just found out that our rehearsal for that night got canceled, so I'll put myself on the waiting list, just in case.

    August 14, 2013

  • Fred H.

    added a Waiting List - if there is sufficient interest I might do this one twice a couple of weeks apart.

    August 5, 2013

    • Andrea Van V.

      Has it been set for the 27th?

      August 9, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Yes, unless it gets rained out, then probably the 28th, I will look at restaurant choices hopefully next week

      1 · August 9, 2013

  • scott

    I'll be there for dinner...

    August 9, 2013

  • Larry F.

    I plan on being there for dinner also

    August 6, 2013

  • Sharon N.

    I'll be there for dinner, too.

    August 6, 2013

  • Ted D.

    Did I miss the Dinner (Meetup location for us 8:15pm folks) information?

    August 6, 2013

    • scott

      I don't think dinner location has been released...

      August 6, 2013

  • Leesa

    I was just thinking of RSVPing, then saw that it is filled up already. If there are cancellations, I am interested. Dinner maybe, but mostly interested in the photography. I don't see an option for waiting list...

    August 5, 2013

    • Fred H.

      join the waiting list

      August 5, 2013

  • Larry F.

    Will you have a waiting list for this? Our last walk from Findlay Market was fun. Thanks.

    August 5, 2013

    • Fred H.

      added the WL Larry, my miss before.

      August 5, 2013

  • Debra P.

    Count me in for dinner +1

    August 5, 2013

  • Connie S.

    I would have loved to have done this, but it is on a night I have orchestra rehearsal, which I could have skipped, but we have a concert two days later. Hope you will repeat this photo walk.

    August 5, 2013

  • MIKE D.

    any suggestion on parking lol

    August 4, 2013

    • tim m.

      There is plenty of garage parking under the banks

      August 4, 2013

  • Larry S.

    Wow, this one filled up fast!

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Holly B.

    awesome, can't wait.

    August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Count me in for dinner too.

    August 4, 2013

  • Matt Z.

    Shanghai Mama

    August 4, 2013

  • Ted D.

    Sorry, I can't do dinner. I'm looking forward to shooting with some old friends and meeting some new ones. See you at TBD restaurant at 8:15 PM.

    August 4, 2013

  • grace m.

    Some of us have too work!
    Maybe next time.

    August 4, 2013

  • scott

    sounds fun!

    August 4, 2013

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