|Image courtesy of Emma Stern|
|Emma Stern orienting photographers to the evening's events|
PHOTOGRAPHING LAUREL HILL AFTER HOURSPhoto enthusiasts: grab your cameras, tripods and flashlights, and capture the ethereal wonders of Laurel Hill Cemetery after the sun goes down. During this guided stroll through the site’s picturesque landscape, participants will visit some of its most photogenic spots and evocative statuary, while learning to paint with light using only a flashlight and ambient iridescence. You will have experiences to share from this rare and intimate exploration of the cemetery long after its gates close for the night. Photography experience is recommended. Lunar Strolls will occur on the third Friday of every month from May through August.
|Image by Ed Snyder|
- learning to paint with light
- photography experience is recommended
- Lunar Strolls will occur on the third Friday of every month from May through August
3. And if you don’t get it right the first time, Laurel Hill has these night time photography ‘workshops’ on the third Friday of every month from May through August! So, try and try again. After my first outing a couple years ago, I realized I needed three items without which my efforts were virtually useless (so, learn from my mistake): a small flashlight to see the controls on your camera, a large flashlight with which to illuminate subjects, and a tripod.
The Lunar Stroll
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|Evening, Laurel Hill Cemetery, by Bob Bruhin|
|Millionaire's Row, photographed by Ed Snyder|
|Millionaire's Row, as photographed by Bob Bruhin|
A couple techniques I use for focusing in the dark:
- Manually focus as best I can, then use a deep depth of field (say, f16 or f22) so that any minor mis-focusing is compensated for by the small aperture. This, of course, requires a very long exposure in the dark – minutes, perhaps.
- Illuminate your subject with a bright light and allow your camera to lock into focus, then turn the camera’s (or lens’) focus to “manual.” Make your exposure while you are “painting” your subject with some artificial light source.
|Warner Memorial by night; image by Karen Schlechter|
|Ed Snyder, self-portrait lit with LED light panel|
- Tripod and a remote shutter release
- Tiny flashlight to see the controls on your camera
- A big, bright flashlight to illuminate the ground as you walk and your subjects (statues, headstones, people)
- An LED panel video light (not heavy, uses very little battery power)
|Sepia image of Millionaires' Row painted with light (Ed Snyder)|
|Twilight at Laurel Hill Cemetery, by Bob Bruhin|