Long Exposure is an artistic and creative technique. Bob will be giving instruction on Long Exposure on Belle Isle. Scott Fountain with its flowing water is an excellent place to learn and practice this interesting technique.
The fountain is restored now! After the State took over the care for Belle Isle, there have been many improvements around the Island. You will need the State of Michigan Park Pass on your license plate. This is available for $11 at the Secretary of State. You can also pay for daily access. Park by the Scott Fountain. Bob's cell is[masked] if you are looking for the group.
The group will photograph in two locations - the Scott Fountain and the tip of the island for the Detroit Skyline. The Fountain is running and light until approximately 8:30 - 9:00pm according to the DNR office on Belle Isle!
Since we are on Belle Isle with a great view of the Renaissance Center and Ambassador Bridge, we will also shoot the Detroit Skyline. It will involve many of the same techniques and equipment. We will conclude at 9:45 as the island closes at 10pm and State Police/ Park officials will come around to clear everyone out.
Interested in learning more about Scott Fountain? It is named after a scoundrel of Detroit! This article is dated, but interesting: http://www.historicdetroit.org/building/james-scott-memorial-fountain/
You will need:
- Your camera
- A sturdy tripod (call us if you need a tripod (248)[masked]) - Bob has aluminum tripod kits starting at $190 (plus tax).
- Lens Recommendation...Something wide to normal (18-55 for many cameras) is a good place to start. If you have a second lens that is more telephoto that would be a great option as well.
- Remote Release - a recommended option for this type of photography. Bob sells wired remotes for most cameras for $15.95. The wired releases are camera specific, so if you want Bob to bring a remote release for you to purchase, please drop me a line on your type of camera, so he has the right model. ([masked]). As an alternative you can use your cameras self-timer, but a remote release is a much more enjoyable way to go about shooting long exposures.
- Filters - Neutral Density Filters come in a variety of types and strengths. They are designed to block sunlight and allow you to shoot long exposures any time of day. Without the aid of a filter, you will still be able to capture flowing water images, but only when the sun has gotten very low or set. Essentially, you have to have reduced light so the camera can successfully execute an exposure for several seconds.
Bob has a variety of filter options for sale. We sell Vu and Benro brand filters.
If you are interested in attending, but prefer not to pay via Meet-Up, please email me ([masked]) and I will send you an electronic invoice.
Please feel free to call Bob for more information. [masked]