Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade and Sunset shoot

Have you ever been to Naples? No, not the original one! The knock-off down in Long Beach! It is an island filled with beautiful homes and canals where you might catch a gondola or two. On December 15, the little island hosts an annual event when holidays lights abound, boats line the canals and the crowds come down to share in the holiday spirit.

Roads are normally closed down close to the event and parking is a challenge to say the least. The event is free so there are large crowds that gather to witness this parade.

We will gather before sunset (and hopefully, the crowds) to catch the sunset at 4:46 pm. The show officially starts at 6 pm but based on past experience, I wouldn't count on it. Expect it to start at 6:30 pm and there you will have 2 options. Shoot the big boat or the small boat parades, which are 2 separate routes. The smaller one tends to be a little more interesting, in my humble opinion, because of the people and types of watercraft that participate. But the large yacht are also very interesting to capture in all their holiday regalia.

More info: http://www.naplesca.com/Home_Page.html

I will send an email to all confirmed attendees a few days before the event on our meeting place. Dress in layers for comfort and wear good walking shoes. We will be doing a lot of walking so keep that in mind. While tripods are not banned, I would ask that everyone consider the crowds. A fast lens, a higher ISO, steady hand and/or a monopod may be the best alternative. Please consider carpooling as parking can be nonexistent and the trek long.

Afterwards, we can head back towards 2nd street and just grab a bite at one of the many dining establishments in the area.

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  • Carolyn C.

    Had a great time! The houses were amazing to see!

    December 19, 2012

  • Sterling W.

    Good time exploring the beautiful area of Naples! Had a good time talking with photog friends.

    December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved the whole experience! Thank you for setting it up, Eric. Next time i hope to meet the group personally :)

    December 16, 2012

  • Phil

    Thank you Eric for coming up with this idea; It was a good night out on the town.

    December 16, 2012

  • Eric

    Hi All, I am sorry for anyone who missed the group. My phone died before 6. I am sorry I did not get your call, Mol! I hope you and Ruth had a good time, nevertheless.

    December 16, 2012

    • Molly

      I did. No worries.

      December 16, 2012

  • Molly

    Wish I got the message sooner. I would have joined. I tried to find the group, but only saw a few of u guys at the beginning. Tried to call Eric once, he did not answer :(. Still a good time.

    December 15, 2012

    • Suzanne

      Missed you, Mols...heard a rumor you were there, but 2 many peeps!

      December 16, 2012

    • Molly

      Missed u guys too. Will try harder to stay close by next time. There was so much to see, it was easy to wonder off on my own :).

      December 16, 2012

  • Suzanne

    Challenging shoot! Fun group as always.

    December 16, 2012

  • Aaron G. K. C.

    Sorry that I am missing the get together afterward. Tired from the long amount of time standing. Gone home already.

    December 15, 2012

  • Jean B

    We are at ruby's on 2nd and pch.

    December 15, 2012

  • Sterling W.

    All meet up at riteaid afterward... Eric heading there now.

    December 15, 2012

    • Aras S.

      I have to go back home. left a message to Eric.

      December 15, 2012

  • Sterling W.

    Heading threes now

    December 15, 2012

  • Eric

    I'm on rivo alto canal bridge intersecting ravena. The small boat parade route.

    December 15, 2012

  • Sterling W.

    Don't see anyone. I will start heading to Naples. I am wearing orange

    December 15, 2012

    • Aras S.

      I am walking towards rite aid

      December 15, 2012

    • Eric

      Ravena and seconds

      December 15, 2012

  • Sterling W.

    Here

    December 15, 2012

    • Eric

      Were in front of rite aid. Ravenna and 2nd.

      December 15, 2012

  • javier M.

    Late but here

    December 15, 2012

  • Miguel

    Group is here waiting in front of the rite aid.

    December 15, 2012

  • Aras S.

    Stuck in traffic will be late by 15 minutes

    December 15, 2012

  • Jean B

    Is anyone here yet?

    December 15, 2012

  • Aaron G. K. C.

    I am in the cafe here for a quick bite while waiting.

    December 15, 2012

  • Eric

    Correction on the forecast. According to Accuweather, there is 0% chance of precipitation from 4 PM to 8 PM, although it is mostly cloudy. It's not picture perfect but it should be interesting. Take an umbrella or jacket, just in case.

    December 14, 2012

  • suta

    Hello everyone, I just joined today, and I have no clue where to meet tomorrow? I will be coming from Arcadia area. thanks.

    December 14, 2012

    • Eric

      Hello, Suta. I just sent an email to everyone. Please check you inbox.

      December 14, 2012

  • Carolyn C.

    Is anyone else parking at Alamitos Bay Marina?

    December 14, 2012

  • Suzanne

    Anyone interested in carpooling from the Glendale/LA area?

    December 14, 2012

  • Eric

    Just a note to everyone. They expect temperatures to drop to the 40s on Saturday night so dress warm. There is also a 13% chance of rain so you might want to keep that in mind as well.

    December 12, 2012

    • Eugene P.

      I don't know about boats but I was going to use F11 and flash and if it rains flash going to reflect in the drops. Now it is 20% chance of rain.

      December 13, 2012

    • Eric

      That should be interesting, Eugene! There are no announcements that the boat parade is cancelled.

      December 13, 2012

  • Miguel

    No waiting list for this one?

    December 9, 2012

    • Eric

      There is now, Miguel.

      December 10, 2012

    • Miguel

      Cool thanks.

      December 10, 2012

  • Sabrina

    Hey Can I carpool with someone Eric, Suze, Molly, Aras, Sterling please let me know thank you?
    Have a great day :)

    December 6, 2012

    • Sabrina

      Keep in touch then thank you again :)

      1 · December 6, 2012

    • Sterling W.

      Just got the notification... :) see you guys there!

      1 · December 6, 2012

  • Tony C

    I would like to join you guys for this just have a question. Im am armature photographer and don't have a fast lens. Was wondering if you could recommend a decent fast lens to use at night. Looking to spend around $500. Hope you could suggest something, i have a Canon 60d and the kit lens[masked] thanks!

    November 2, 2012

    • Eugene P.

      No, not the opposite. At 3200 ISO and the light as bright as those on the ships all the lights are going to be overexposed white blurs with a lot of auras. You want lights to be defined.

      December 4, 2012

    • Eugene P.

      Completely forgot. Bring your flash. It will help to bring shadows up later. And looking at the map looks like procession is going to be in the channel so there is possible going to be lights from homes. Ships don't have be perfectly exposed but lights should be.

      December 4, 2012

  • Tony C

    Thanks guys! I been actually considering the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 camera trade show sounds like fun but will be having a bday party that day for my 3 year old so wont be able to make it... Any place u would recommend getting the lens?

    November 7, 2012

  • Tony C

    Ok thanks Erik, will do some HW on that

    November 2, 2012

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