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Labor Day Weekend: Night Photography Workshop and Art Show!

Untitled (Big M #21) -- by Joe Reifer

Untitled (Big M #21) — by Joe Reifer

Got any plans for Labor Day? Troy Paiva and I are hosting a Night Photography and Light Painting workshop on Saturday, September 5th!

The Workshop

Location: Big M Automotive, a classic car dismantling yard in Williams, CA, about a 2 hour drive North of San Francisco [Map]. Specializing in ’50s Mercurys, the yard is also packed with big finned Chryslers, DeSotos, Dodges and rare late 50s GM cars. The images linked below show how insanely cool this place is better than any words can.

There will be 2 hours of afternoon / evening shooting, light painting demos, and 5 1/2 hours of night shooting.

As always, we’ll be working with you, hands on, demonstrating techniques to make your images better. Because this workshop is only one night, without any classroom time, we recommend this workshop for photographers with some . . . even just a little . . . night shooting experience. And be prepared for a hot night with some bugs. There are numerous motels in town, including everyone’s favorite, Motel 6.

There will be only 7 students in this workshop. The workshop announcement went out to our email list this morning, and spaces are starting to fill up. Our Pearsonville workshop sold out in one day — so act fast to grab a spot!

The price is $200 (check or paypal). Email me for payment details.

Update 8/14/2009: The workshop is full — contact me if you’d like to be on the waiting list.

The Art Show and Full Moon Shoot

On Friday September 4th, Troy Paiva, Mike Hows, and I will be celebrating the opening of an art show devoted to night photographs of Big M Automotive. The art show is at the fabulous Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Art Gallery in Alameda, CA. Stop by the art opening between 7-10 p.m., and then go night shooting under the full moon at the nearby Alameda Naval Air Station. We’ll provide the art, snacks, and a map of where to shoot!

More information about the art show here. Hope to see you at the show, and the workshop!


Oldsmobile (Fasten your seatbelts)

Oldsmobile (Fasten your seatbelts) -- by Joe Reifer

Oldsmobile (Fasten your seatbelts) — by Joe Reifer

I believe the Oldsmobile is a 1959. One of my favorite details is the license plate holder says “Square Dancer.” The image is two photos combined for an 18 minute long exposure. Each shot was 9 minutes at f/9.5 ISO 200 using an Olympus Zuiko 21mm f/3.5 lens on a Canon 5D Mark II.

Many thanks to John, Roger, and family for the hospitality at the Big M. More night photography of classic cars from this wonderful location coming up later this week, along with links to images by my compadres Troy and Mike.

Classic Cars Under the Moonlight

For the April full moon I journeyed North to photograph a superb classic car dismantler in Williams, CA. Thanks to Mike Hows and Troy Paiva for inviting me along, and big thanks to John for giving us permission to photograph these amazing cars!