Seagull / Sunset "Shoot FOR Edit"

If we could promise you more camera practice in ten minutes than most of us get in a month, would you be interested in hearing more?  The only catch is that you need to bring your own bag of stale bread, along with your camera, and ideally a Speedlite flash to this meetup.  Here's something you won't hear from us at RPEG very often:  "You can leave your tripods home for this one."  : )  You may say, "Where's the practice in getting shots of birds?".  It isn't about getting the shots:  It's about getting the shots RIGHT:   Without motion-blurring, focus-blurring OR high-ISO noise.  Plus, our subjects won't exactly be holding still while we're trying to figure things out!

Borrowing a page from Carl's book, after capturing a couple of hundred frames of fast-moving seagulls on the east side of the pier (with the sun and lake-breeze to our backs), we'll cross over to the west side to practice our skills for getting good exposures of our nearby subject - namely other members of the group - with the setting sun directly behind them.  Again, getting the shot is one thing:  Getting the exposure right in BOTH light regions with the sun IN the frame.. is something else!    Let's approach it both with natural light alone, and also with REFLECTORS... and flash, just for fun.

This skill-building event isn't for everyone.  We'll be standing or sitting on concrete or rocks, and there's bound to be a lot of foot traffic and interested bystanders.  If you're okay with that, then join us!  Watch for more details as the date approaches, and let's call the following night (Saturday the 10th) our rain date if needed.  There's a Bill Gray's up the road from here, so let's plan on a stop for ice cream afterward.   This will be a "SFE" - Shoot FOR Edit - that will continue at our regular monthly meeting the following Wednesday night.  RSVP soon rather than later, and as always, don't forget to bring a friend!

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  • Bill H.

    Great fun and a good reason to get out of the house.

    August 14, 2013

  • Maryanne N.

    Beautiful outing! I certainly give props to action shooters cause I took lots of shots and struggled to find those that were positioned well and in focus. It would be worth going back to try again. It was a pleasure seeing everyone and being reminded of Steve's dedication to the group. Someday I may even get a speedlight and stretch my capabilities.

    August 10, 2013

  • Michael R. E.

    This was a great meeting. As always the people were friendly and fun. I just wish I was able to join the rest of the group on thee beach for the flash demo.

    August 10, 2013

  • Laurie W.

    Thanks for getting me out of my Aperature Priority Comfort Zone, I thought I was doing really well with the sunset/flash.....that is until I saw Steve's ....more practice for me!! Very grateful for the wisdom shared!

    August 10, 2013

  • Irwin

    I was there & it was GREAT !
    Irwin

    August 9, 2013

  • Pamela F.

    Bill is stuck at work still. We are planning to come but might be late...

    August 9, 2013

  • Anne

    I am still hoping to make it, but realistically I'm a "maybe" for tonight.

    August 9, 2013

  • loretta p.

    Love to make this shoot but have previous commitments. Look forward to seeing folks' photos

    August 9, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Sorry to say, I need to be elsewhere this evening to shoot a wedding anouncement (last minute request, how can you say no to a friend). Have a great time, which I know everyone will!

    August 9, 2013

  • Patty Ulrich S.

    Should be interesting & fun!

    August 8, 2013

  • Stephen D.

    No, no need Pam. I'll have a 30" circular one that anyone can use, but that part will probably be a demo more than anything else.

    August 5, 2013

    • Pamela F.

      Oh, I wasn't sure what it meant. We have one. It's pretty hilarious when we try to get it back into the cover. I have trouble imagining doing that in public.

      August 6, 2013

  • Pamela F.

    Reflectors? Is that something we should bring?

    August 5, 2013

  • Al M.

    Sounds like fun and a good skill-building opportunity.

    August 5, 2013

  • Bill H.

    Could be challenging.

    July 30, 2013

  • Ardie W.

    The map tells me nothing - is there a particular road that leads to this site? Not familiar with the area but this shoot sounds wonderful

    July 20, 2013

    • Carl C.

      I just noticed on the map that Sea Breeze Drive ends at Culver Road right beside Bill Gray's. Turn right on Culver Road and that leads to the closed bridge and the parking area.

      July 20, 2013

    • Ardie W.

      Thanks - very thorough - if dog can go to kennel I'll be there

      July 20, 2013

  • Carl C.

    Oops... that's the day of the Portfolio Show opening reception at Image City.

    July 14, 2013

  • Pamela F.

    I would be happy to bring extra bread, of course...

    July 11, 2013

  • Pamela F.

    We would like to come but perhaps someone can help us with a non-speedlight? We were sort of stuck at the Speedlight meetup in Mendon, partly b/c we didn't know the camera well enough, I think. We've got that better under control now. We=Bill & Pam

    July 11, 2013

  • Laurie W.

    i will be on vacation

    July 3, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Will be there - flash setup is a need to know - I'm hoping someone at the shoot can help with basic set-up.

    July 3, 2013

  • Carl C.

    Is a flash that little box with batteries in it that screws onto my camera? How often do you need to change the batteries in it if you never turn it on?

    2 · June 27, 2013

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