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alec4444
01-04-2007, 09:11 AM
Hey Guys,

A few of us are planning a large format group shoot in Central Park on February 3. Anyone can show up with any camera, but non Large Format photographers should keep in mind that the LF folks cover a lot less ground in a lot less time.

At this point we're just beginning the conversation about how this will work. Thus far it has been suggested that we meet up at the boathouse (warm, has coffee) and then go out and shoot.

It would be fun if a few people are willing to let others try out their camera, since renting various cameras can be expensive and there's nobody in the field to show you how they work. Just an idea. If people are interested in that I'm thinking it would be helpful to know ahead of time. If there was a model I was particularly keen to try I'd rent some film holders in that format and load them up before I went. I for one would be willing to let people have a go with my 11x14 Wisner. I only have five film holders for the day, so if you actually wanted to shoot some film with it you'd need to dig up a holder. (on second thought, if someone has a large changing tent that might do as well...)

Anyway, if you're interested feel free to respond to this post or sign up for the Northeast LF Event Mailing List I started by going here:
http://alec.com/mailman/listinfo/northeastlf_alec.com

Your email should be secure, and I don't sell addresses!

Cheers!
--A

Terence
01-04-2007, 10:13 AM
I might be available. In addition to my 8x10 cameras, I have an 8x20 Korona, but only one holder. Might be kind of limiting.

darkroom
01-04-2007, 10:14 AM
since im already in new york, i would love to join in, i have a 4x5 that needs some fresh air, so count me in.

David A. Goldfarb
01-04-2007, 10:15 AM
I responded over on the LF forum, but I'll probably come with my 11x14", since you don't often get to compare 11x14" field cameras and filmholders.

Bruce Osgood
01-04-2007, 11:17 AM
I expect to be there with 4X5

TheFlyingCamera
01-04-2007, 11:30 AM
I MIGHT be in the city that weekend. If so, I'll join y'all with my 5x7. Do you have a proposed time of day for this get-together?

highpeak
01-04-2007, 12:02 PM
Count me in. I will bring my 4X5 and 35mm.

Wait, is that day the superbowl going to be aired?

Alex W.

alec4444
01-04-2007, 12:17 PM
Great! I'm excited about the response thus far. Terence, I'd love to see an 8x20, though I'd understand if it's too much to lug over for two photos... (back to that large changing tent idea....) Should be a lot of fun. We have not yet set up a time. If the list of planned attendees gets big I may setup two meeting times so that the people that travel have some leeway.

I'm also waiting to hear back from the Central Park Conservancy on their tripod/photography rules & regs. If a permit is required I'll take care of that.

Cheers!
--A

David A. Goldfarb
01-04-2007, 01:05 PM
It's good to call, since we would be a group, but usually there is no problem with tripods in the park. I shoot there often. There are always birders with tripods, film students, and commercial wedding shooters. I think they're lenient even with the commercial shooters. Commercial film crews usually get city permits, I'd assume, since they have lights, vehicles, cranes, and such.

Superuj
01-06-2007, 08:46 AM
http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/permits/parks_still_photography.shtml

http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_permits_and_applications/planning_an_event.html


It's good to call, since we would be a group, but usually there is no problem with tripods in the park. I shoot there often. There are always birders with tripods, film students, and commercial wedding shooters. I think they're lenient even with the commercial shooters. Commercial film crews usually get city permits, I'd assume, since they have lights, vehicles, cranes, and such.

jovo
01-06-2007, 09:33 AM
Wait, is that day the superbowl going to be aired?


The game is always on a Sunday night.....and after the light is gone in Central Park on any day in February :D

Sounds like a good outing if the weather isn't nasty. I'd certainly like to come with my new Shen-Hao 4x5. (At last I now have a 4x5 I can schlepp without wishing I had a mule to help.)

Rolleiflexible
01-06-2007, 10:11 AM
http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/permits/parks_still_photography.shtml

http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_permits_and_applications/planning_an_event.html

The regulations apply to special events (think Papal Mass) and professional film companies. No one's going to roust a dozen photographers shooting big weird cameras, unless we/they make a nuisance. Then someone will (rightly) send in the park rangers and tell them/us to move on.

The birders routinely congregate in the Rambles with tripods, without permits. I've shot on tripod in Central Park for years, and no one has ever once questioned me.

Sanders

jovo
01-06-2007, 11:01 AM
Birders also congregate around the model boat basin with sometimes enormous tripods and scopes to keep tabs on Pale Male and his nest. They are often willing to let one take a look. I think the scopes (There was one a few years ago that had to be at least a 12" reflector) and their supports are more interesting than the birds.

gr82bart
01-06-2007, 11:19 AM
The permits are free. I usually fax in the morning and I get a fax back in the afternoon.

Regards, Art.

alec4444
01-07-2007, 05:10 PM
Well, if half as many people show up as said they would, we'll have a great crowd. For those of you not following the listserv (see my initial post) the planned date is Feb 3 with a likely backup date being Feb 10. I will be arranging for a group permit, regardless as to whether one is truly required or not. The initial meeting time will be 9:00am at the Bethesda Terrace with a second meeting time/place TBD. The plan is to do lunch at the boathouse ( http://www.thecentralparkboathouse.com/sections/home.htm ) if I can get us reservations and if they admit our sort of riffraff :D. We have a few interesting places to photograph in mind and we'll have a list put together before we begin.

If you want to be on the mailing list and can't seem to get it to work (I'm new to it to) send me an email (alec(at)alec.com) and I'll add you directly.

Cheers!
--A

alec4444
01-30-2007, 08:33 AM
An update: We're still on for this weekend. The deal is that we are going without a permit. It seems that the city and Central Park Conservancy does not issue photo permits for the weekend. I was told, "We don't permit any filming/photography on weekends (this is because the Park is much busier and there are always events happening throughout the Park)."

"...however, I would suggest coming into the Park without an official permit. We don't require individuals (non-professionals) to apply for permits if they come in with a simple tripod set-up."

I'm bringing a copy of that email with me.

We'll be meeting at 9:00AM at the Bethesda Fountain, and we'll meet up again (for those traveling from outside the city) at 11:00AM at the Bow Bridge.

Per the email from the CPC fellow, the rules for shooting in the park are simple: Be sure to keep all equipment on paved pathways and do not block any area of the
Park.

Weather forecast for Saturday (thus far, which means little) is Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 30s and lows in the low 20s. The day before it's supposed to be in the low 40s, so we'll see. If the weather is truly miserable we'll postpone until Feb 10. (I'll post updates here the night before) Look forward to seeing you all!

Cheers!
--A

Rolleiflexible
02-01-2007, 12:27 AM
Alec, the city's response has always been my experience, in many years of shooting off a tripod in the Park.

I had wanted to join you all. But family business requires me to be in Virginia this weekend. I'll come to the spring meeting. :-)

Best,

Sanders McNew

Bruce Osgood
02-01-2007, 09:15 AM
I may as well say that I will not be able to make it either. The following week would be possible if it gets postponed.

FM2N
02-04-2007, 12:01 AM
Hi Alec,
Just wanted to thank you and all the great people that showed up today in Central Park. I was one of the pinhole camera guys -ARTHUR-shooting 4x5. Very nice group of people. I am horrible with names but if you know the e-mail of the man from Westfield NJ or if he reads this please shoot my an email>Also hello to my friend from Toronto.
Thanks again for making this pinhole guy comfortable.
Arthur, NYC