Ottawa downtown night photography

I love to shoot at night! I'd love to MeetUp with others who appreciate the interesting challenges and rewards of night photography one evening downtown / in the market. A fast lens and / or a tripod is suggested. If you have never shot at night its a fun opportunity, if you have we'd love to share in your experiences and knowledge.  Perhaps we could grab a Beavertail while we're at it :-)

Tentative plan:

For this MeetUp I have a few "spots" in mind in and around the market that would be fun to shoot and explore but before we all arrive I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Keep in mind that "night photography" doesn't mean one just landscape, skylines, or painting with light. Its an opportunity to explore all kinds of photography from candid "people" shots, street scenes, traffic shots, you name it.

Here are a few of my suggestions for shooting spots

- Market Square
- Clarendon Crt (courtyard lane between George & York)
- Major's Hill Park
- Parliament Hill (the light show has potential for some very interesting shooting)

- Behind Parliament Building toward Gatineau / National Gallery
- Wellington and Rideau Street (great traffic / people)

That is basically the "Route" I have in mind. This is certainly not set in stone and I'd like to hear from all of those whove RSVP'd on a suggestion or two or feedback on this plan.

 

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  • Ian

    I missed a great event. Congratulations on the great shots and the fun times.

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Tina M.

    Amazing photos!! I was so sorry to have to miss that evening. :(

    August 4, 2013

  • Isabella

    Some of these photos are strong enough for a book on Ottawa Tourism, if you ask me. They make our city look so beautiful. What great talent in this bunch. Thanks for sharing your images.

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Roy N.

    Ryan, thank for organizing the evening outing. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a few things.

    August 3, 2013

  • Terry

    Thanks to Ryan for organizing this and to everyone who came out. It was fun and good for building knowledge and experience. Let's do it again. I have a couple specific spots in mind downtown and I'm sure other do as well.

    1 · August 2, 2013

    • Ryan

      I had fun and would love to do it again. For me with would have to be before the 20th of this month or in early Sept.

      August 3, 2013

  • yann

    I love all these pictures. Ottawa downtown is so beautiful in our hands. I am still working on my home works, and has trouble to translate for RAW to JPG. ;)

    1 · August 3, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Usually if your camera creates RAW format images, they have a software package to 'develop' the images as JPG. I will offer free one-on-one tutorials at any public library if you have a laptop and software. This is a service I have offered and provided to members of this group before, so it is not to be considered as an inconvenience or obligation.

      1 · August 3, 2013

    • Terry

      If you use Photoshop, depending on the version you can install Adobe Camera Raw.
      http://forums.adobe.c...­

      August 3, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    No complaints...

    August 2, 2013

  • Richard

    Ryan ... It was excellent. I had a great time and enjoyed meeting up with everyone in the meetup ... or words to that effect. Thanks for letting me tag along even though i had cancelled. It was great fun.

    2 · August 2, 2013

  • Ryan

    It was great to meet all of you! Thanks for coming out everyone!

    August 2, 2013

    • yann

      Thanks for organizing this. Great opportunity to learn and nice people. I really had funs tonight. Hope see you guys again. :-)

      2 · August 2, 2013

  • Aroop G.

    Great intro to night shooting. The weather was perfect as well. Thank you Ryan for this meetup.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Ross B.

    It was a great group of people.

    2 · August 1, 2013

  • Dan G.

    At a restaurant and the waitress spilled a glass water on my mom's phone, so basically, it's 8:00 and we haven't started dinner yet, don't think I'm going to make it, so have fun guys! Maybe next time!

    August 1, 2013

  • Ryan

    Looking forward to seeing lots of people out tonight! It should be a fun night on the streets! :)

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • yann

    New to the group, learning experience. Love photography...Is anyone know where is the meeting place?

    August 1, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      George Street and William Street ByWard Market (southern entrance)

      1 · August 1, 2013

    • Ryan

      Thanks Shawn!

      August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Ryan. My apologies I can not make it tonight. I just finished work ans my dispatcher is sending me on the road tomorrow by 4:30am. I will need the sleep tonight... I will keep an eye for future events... Thank you and have fun...

    August 1, 2013

    • Ryan

      Not a problem Paul, have a great evening!

      August 1, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    On April 10, 2011 there was a Meetup (Night Photography), and yes, it was raining. Point? Check out the album associated with that Meetup, there are some great images. Inspiration? Challenge? If I remember correctly, of the 30 respondents who RSVPed YES only 6 showed up but we had a ball that night.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • stephane d.

    Film camera???

    August 1, 2013

  • Hal

    Ryan - is this rain or shine ?

    July 31, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Sure Roy, there will be several with experience with the various different techniques, including:
      The “Must Haves”

      a DSLR, or camera with manual settings that include “Bulb”
      a camera that shoots RAW format images (not mandatory but highly suggested)
      a sturdy tripod that is not affected by wind
      an electric cable release or remote trigger (could be called either) with a locking mechanism or timer
      at least one extra battery for your camera (long exposures eat up batteries quickly so you may run through two or more in a night)
      a lens hood or shade for your lens
      The “Really Nice to Haves” – not essential, but sure handy

      a digital watch or timer (or remote that has a timer) I use my iPhone
      a penlight or small flashlight (your cell phone can work in a pinch) to be able to check camera settings and find an item in the bottom of your bag OR a headlamp like the kind hikers wear, is a better option for hands free operation
      a powerful flashlight like a Maglite for light painting.

      August 1, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Here is the rest:
      a speedlight or portable flash unit can also be used for light painting (you don’t need a fancy one, even an old Vivitar 283 or 285 will do the trick)
      rain covers for your camera bag, camera, and yourself (weather can change quickly at night but you can get some great shots in bad weather if you’re prepared – you dry easier than your camera, keep that in mind!)
      A friend to tag along. Helpful if you’re doing night photography in an urban setting. It’s someone to help pass the time, but also watch that your gear doesn’t grow legs and walk off while you’re digging in the camera bag for something. Or someone to stand guard over the camera gear while you’re off painting with light in the scene.

      1 · August 1, 2013

  • Ryan

    Want to mention (thanks to a tip from someone else) that light rain and puddles can make for Interesting photographs, especially at night so in case you are having second thoughts about tonight when it may be a little wet, think of it as an opportunity!

    See you tonight!

    August 1, 2013

  • Ryan

    For this MeetUp I have a few "spots" in mind in and around the market that would be fun to shoot and explore but before we all arrive I'd love to hear your suggestions.

    Keep in mind that "night photography" doesn't mean one just landscape, skylines, or painting with light. Its an opportunity to explore all kinds of photography from candid "people" shots, street scenes, traffic shots, you name it.

    With that in mind here are a few of my suggestions for shooting spots

    - The Market itself and its vibrant nature and people (this is vague but its a spring-off point)
    - Market Square
    - Clarendon Crt (courtyard lane between George & York)
    - Major's Hill Park
    - Parliament Hill (the light show has potential for some very interesting shooting)
    - Wellington and Rideau Street (great traffic / people)

    That is basically the "Route" I have in mind. This is certainly not set in stone and I'd like to hear from all of those whove RSVP'd on a suggestion or two or feedback on this plan.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    Everybody knows this tip, but I will have no qualms with repeating myself:
    "Great shots of cityscapes don't happen at 2:00 in the afternoon. If you want this killer shot of the city skyline, wait until about 30 minutes after sunset and shoot at twilight. The sky will be a rich, dark hue and the lights will be on, but balanced so there won't be hot spots. There is one more key to making this type of images, and that is you absolutely must make this type of lowlight image with a tripod, your shutter is going to be open for a full second or more."

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • stephane d.

    Yeah, yeah I know, why do I shoot film? Cause I like being different.More on a serious side, will there be anyone that is going that can give me pointers??? I'd love to go. Thanks.

    July 29, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    Some tips & tricks, but stay clear of the sparklers and the steel wool... They are too dangerous for the market area...
    http://www.herviewphotography.com/2013/07/23/three-special-effects-for-night-photography.html
    There is also tips on equipment settings and setup...

    July 26, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Wow, sorry for being presumptuous... :-)

      July 28, 2013

    • Terry

      I like the ideas, I have some red and blue LEDs I use for light painting and some other stuff.

      July 28, 2013

  • Philip R.

    I love to shoot at night, and will try this meetup, even though I'll probably pay for it the next day, lol! Look forward to seeing and meeting everyone! Cheers!

    July 28, 2013

  • Terry

    Just wanted to mention that sunset on that date is 8:30 pm. After sunset the sky still has colour and ambient light that can add drama to your shots and let you use a shorter shutter speed while still retaining that "night" quality and mood. If you wait till the sky has drained of all colour before starting to shoot you might miss out on that. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ottawatourism/5866889148/

    July 26, 2013

    • Ryan

      Great suggestion Terry. I changed the start time to 8:30 to at least allow us to get some of the colour in the sky.

      1 · July 27, 2013

  • Ryan

    Should mention that a remote shutter release is a good tool for night shooting for those of you who don't already have one they're pretty inexpensive and fun.

    July 25, 2013

  • Ryan

    It can go as late as you're able to stay. If nightfall is 9:30 then perhaps we'd could shoot up 11:30 or midnight-ish? Of course if you had to leave before the rest of the group it would be ok.

    July 25, 2013

  • Philip R.

    How late is this going to go? I'd love to attend, but have to get up at 5:45 on weekdays. :(

    July 25, 2013

  • Andre

    Could have done tonight but I will be doing night shots of the Niagara Falls around that date

    July 25, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    I changed the location to Byward Market (South) because it points to a more meaningful location on the map than "Downtown" does. With all the Meetup locations that are already defined it's easy to select one that may be ambiguous.

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    Sounds like fun. A chance to do some ghost images and add to my 100 Strangers collection.

    July 24, 2013

  • Dan G.

    Where in the market are we meeting?

    July 24, 2013

  • Dan G.

    Yup I'm in, love long exposures, I'm not a pro but I can help the noobs with settings and such, lots to see downtown after dark!

    July 24, 2013

  • Ryan­ changed the date and time to Thursday, August 01, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    July 24, 2013

  • Mike G.

    Ryan - suggest a night you are available and I'll announce this for you

    1 · July 24, 2013

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