Georgetown GLOW Lighting by Night

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On this safari you will learn the techniques of nighttime photography without flash, using a tripod and long exposures and adjusting the white balance settings on your digital camera to the special GLOW lighting display in Georgetown organized by the Georgetown Business Improvement District during this holiday season. This is a workshop on nighttime cityscape photography, giving you skills that will come in very handy for your future travels to any city in the world.

Building upon the success of the six previous years of special lighting, here is a link to the 2019 art installations of Georgetown GLOW:

http://www.georgetownglowdc.com/2019-artists

Led by architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria, our safari begins at Washington Harbor with the art installation entitled Tall GRASSES by Geoffrey Hicks. Tall Grasses re-imagines common tall grasses as plants that emit light in reaction to their surrounding environmental conditions.

We then move into Georgetown Waterfront Park to photograph Lightbattle. Lightbattle is an arch made from 5,000 LED lights that will be located adjacent to Georgetown’s K/Water Street bike lane. Within, and on either side of the artwork, bicycles challenge visitors to hop on and take part in a “light battle”.

Our next stop is the beautiful Grace Episcopal Church, which this season features an art installation by Hou de Sousa, entitled ATOMIC. Atomic is an ode to the tiny particles that shape our universe, filling an otherwise infinite vacuum with energy, variety and light. The project is primarily composed of fishnet-covered hula hoops.

Next, we walk up Wisconsin Avenue to photograph THE HERON by Choi + Shine. The Heron is inspired by the artists’ accidental encounter at dusk with a Great Blue Heron at the C&O Canal. With its full wings, the Great Blue Heron glided down to the water, soundlessly and motionlessly, as if it had arrived from a different time.

Next we walk to Georgetown Park Plaza to photograph PANDORAS BOX by Eunsok Lee. Pandora’s Box is a source of great and unexpected inspiration. The nine tailor-made benches installed within Georgetown Park Plaza are symbolic of the artist’s hope of communicating with her family members to resolve their conflicts, even if this comes with unforeseen challenges.

We also move along M Street and up Wisconsin Avenue to capture our final lighting display, POM POM by Sui Park, which is the attempt to visualize and bring back the excitement of festive memories that float and live within us. The artist is known for creating 3-D organic forms mostly in generic shapes, and those inspired by nature.

This is a workshop on nighttime cityscape photography, giving you skills that will come in very handy for your future travels to any city in the world.