KAYMAR RAVINE #1: a study in moving water

This is my backyard and a good place for practising prolonged exposure images that show moving water.  On Jan 25th, a few of us did a pilot shoot (see snapshots below) and the outcomes were promising.  CAUTION: the rocks and creek edge are very slippery.  I strongly recommend staying out of the water course.  Please bring your TRIPOD and/or any kind of camera.  Dress appropriately for the weather (we will go rain or shine).  Thanks. 

Kaymar Ravine is a manicured path beside a cobblestone raceway with moss fringes.  It was built decades ago as flood control for heavy rains that swell the creek draining the spring-fed duck ponds in Central Park.  These pics show typical water levels, but after a rain, the raceway can be half full!

Several places in the ravine are steep enough to offer white water that looks good when one plays with shutter speed (1/sec) or aperture (f-stop) controls.  Other nature shots are possible and (if the sun is out) late afternoon light may illuminate trees on the upper rim on the ravine or bounce off still catchment ponds.  The boulder strewn creek below the raceway is more natural.

This map shows the walking route with parking and bus stop locations.  From the bus stop to gathering place is about 500 metres (the loop route is about 1.3K).  Feel free to enter from the top, and explore the trails on your own, if you prefer.  I hope you can join us and don't forget your tripod.  Cheers.

AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTO WALKERS, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS!  AFTER THE MEET-UP DON'T FORGET TO UPLOAD EIGHT OF YOUR BEST IMAGES.  See you there!

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  • SiuYin

    Excellent! Gaining knowledge and fun, thank you Simon for the arrangement.

    February 2, 2014

  • Andy Y.

    Thanks Simon for organizing this for us.

    February 2, 2014

  • Andrew M

    Thanks Simon, for organizing this walk and to everyone for making it fun.

    February 2, 2014

  • Heather

    Thanks Simon for such a great walk.

    February 2, 2014

  • Brigitte

    What a great find and a nice little workout :) Thanks Simon for your help today !

    February 2, 2014

  • kelly

    Another hidden treasure! Thanks for sharing it Simon!

    February 1, 2014

  • Shannon L.

    thanks Simon. I enjoyed the venue and the people!

    February 1, 2014

  • Steven S

    Thanks Simon for this informative study session.

    February 1, 2014

  • Greg L.

    Yes, thanks Simon. It was nice to get out here.

    February 1, 2014

  • Victor

    Thanks, Simon for sharing this little secret location!

    February 1, 2014

  • Darrell M.

    Thanks for organizing this shoot Simon. It was a fun and learning experience.

    February 1, 2014

  • Paul D.

    I've got to cancel out too. Darn :(

    February 1, 2014

    • Doris F.

      And same here. Coming down with something and preparing for that business trip. Hope you all have/had a wonderful time. Would love to do this shoot again some time.

      February 1, 2014

  • Karen

    Sorry about cancelling my first photo opportunity but my kids are sick. Have a great day,

    February 1, 2014

  • Garry

    It feels like I'm coming down with something, so I think I better cancel. See you next time.

    January 31, 2014

  • kurian

    Sorry I have to cancel :(, I have to go to work .. Next time

    January 31, 2014

  • Chris H.

    Sorry, I have to cancel. The Chinese New Year Parade meetup is the following day and, with my attending school, I can't afford two photo trips on one weekend (much as I'd like too!)

    January 26, 2014

  • Doris F.

    Hello, I signed up for this event and hope that I will be able to participate, however, I may have to leave on a business trip that weekend. Of course, I would change my RSVP. Thank you.

    January 26, 2014

  • tracy

    Hi Simon,
    How long will the Photowalks be?

    January 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Couple hours. More or less as folks like. It is a short loop.

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • Doris F.

    How far is it to walk from the western bus stop indicated on your map? Thanks.

    January 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The entire loop is 1 km in length. So I'm guessing the distance from the bus stop is only a few hundred meters or maybe a long block.

      1 · January 26, 2014

    • Doris F.

      Thanks, Simon!

      January 26, 2014

  • Lea

    Sorry I have to cancel. Just realized I have a conflicting appointment. Enjoy!

    January 26, 2014

  • Kerry C.

    I'll still be up north in camp. I would really like to have joined in in this one.

    January 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll do this one again in a month or two from now.

      2 · January 26, 2014

  • Rebecca L.

    I'm guessing a DSLR of some kind is required for this?

    January 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Any camera will do, but best results can be had from one that allows you to change manual settings. We got some good results from iPhone and android devices. Bring what you have.

      2 · January 26, 2014

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