I am a member of two online and local photography Meetup groups. One, the Syracuse Photographers Association, is an invitation only (just ask!) group which has an active forum and meets regularly for social and photography reasons. The other, Syracuse Area Photography Classes, is run by local photographer Phil Spitze who teaches classes for people wanting to learn how to use their cameras and create better photographs.
In the past, Phil has done mostly classroom sessions. This year he introduced Teaching Tours. These tours give opportunity for group and individual instruction in fun and interesting places to photograph. He has done tours of Waterfalls and Zoo Animals so far this year. A couple of weekends back, I attended his latest one: Syracuse at Night. The subject was night photography and tripods were required. :)
Phil picked the evening of the full moon in hopes of getting photos of it rising over the Syracuse cityscape. The clouds which stuck around were both aggravating and rewarding as the moon played peek-a-boo with us.
From Franklin Square, our group of six photographers with tripods slung over each one’s shoulders took the Onondaga Creekwalk from Franklin Square towards Clinton Square. We stopped under the Route 690 bridges and practiced using different white balance settings. I liked this one using the Cloudy White Balance under the sodium lighting along the path.
The next stop was Clinton Square. A very popular place people enjoy all day and into a hot summer’s evening. I found this group of young women talking as the water fountains and Soldiers and Sailors Monument looked on.
The tour lasted a couple of hours and I did the last shot. I know but I just had to get a motion photo of the cars moving north and south on Salina Street past Clinton Square. Yes, I had to.
If you live in upstate New York, give these two Meetup groups a try. If you live elsewhere, check out MeetUp.com for photography and other groups in your area.