NPAN-Catskill January 2020 Part 1 of 2

(How's that for an original title?)


A note: This is a somewhat disassociated  page from my photo blog. The blog, until this post has been focused on all sorts of wonderful places in New Zealand from a tour we took in March and April of 2019. After these two posts we will return to our regularly scheduled programming.


I spent a mild-ish January week in the town of Catskill, NY under the tutelage of two very knowledgeable people from National Parks At Night, Chris and Lance (alphabetical order...). This was to be an intensive workshop on Lightroom and Photoshop. There was much learned, but there was also opportunity to do some photography (predominantly night but not exclusively). These two posts are my favorite shots from the week. Clicking on an image will enlarge it.


I stayed in a nice AirBnB called Catskill House on Main Street in the heart of Catskill.  I had a private back entrance and it was a comfortable space. 

One of the things we were asked to do for the workshop was to have some photos on our memory card, I assumed so that we'd have something to upload to Lightroom. So I shot a few the day and evening before it started. The perfect excuse to take out the camera and walk around.

The view from my backyard at the Airbnb and then making use of LR B+W and then Vignetting to create a border

In a corner of the backyard of the Air BnB

Two shots from the Bridge Street Bridge-first looking north and then south.

A night walking tour of the area around Main Street in the town of Catskill, NY


Midweek, we all took an unguided walking tour of the town  with the goal of doing some urban night photography. For the most part I was going to work with color to capture the lights of the night. We were fortunate that it was a mild evening for January with temps above freezing. It made life a lot easier to handle the tripods and the cameras would be less likely to quickly run out of battery. As it turned out, it was a one battery shoot. 

Photographers at Work

I mean, if we're going to shoot, what better subject than photographer standing relatively still for a few second exposure?

Fun with lights

Sometimes shots seem to call for black & white, and sometimes it's just hard to decide...

Decisions, decisions...

Such an odd looking little thing!

One of the fun things about night street photography is taking long exposures and getting the headlights and tail lights of moving cars without the cars themselves obstructing the shots. This may've been Main Street, but it was fairly quiet...

This one's a five-exposure HDR shot. The mural on the side of the building was in deep shadow but the multiple exposures made it possible to see the mural and the front of the building.

And finally, there are the last shots I took on Wednesday night. It was a mostly clear night, conducive to starry landscapes. Those images will be in the next post. Stay tuned!

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