The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was one of my favorite fables as a child.
The Disney vision of the burning pumpkin flying towards the lanky Ichabod was the first true fear I felt as a youngster.
Over 3 years ago, I was given the opportunity to revisit that tucked away fear and photograph the very cemetery where all that fire and brimstone took place over 2 centuries ago. It was twilight, the gates to the cemetery were locked, and I was on the inside with a tripod and camera…how would I fare at night with the ancient spirits and cracked tombstones?
Well I’m still here to tell the tale! With over 90 acres of sculptures, mausoleums, and tombstones…some dating back to 1850, Sleep Hollow Cemetery is inspiring in a whole new way!
The town of Tarrytown and the cemetery of Sleepy Hollow literally come alive the week leading up to Halloween. And here is what I am proposing… if you are remotely interested in night photography, are looking for a unique way to celebrate the All Hallows season, or just overcoming some childhood fears:
Join Matt Hill and I as we help you hone your night photography skills and explore one of the most historic cemeteries in the United States on October 27th-28th. We have found that shooting continuously for consecutive nights helps our students become more comfortable faster as well as the having the freedom to experiment with the night light.
So without further ado – here are the details:
Tuition, per night: $195
Date: October 27 and 28, 2012. 3pm – 11pm each day.
Instructors: Gabriel Biderman and Matt Hill
Where: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Required Gear (Film or Digital): camera, tripod, and cable release. A full gear guide will be sent to you upon registration.
Saturday October 27th we will go over the basics of night photography—how to successfully and consistently create long exposures that evoke the spirit of the location. Star trails, composition, the basics on light painting, and how to operate a camera under the moonlight will all be presented in this 8 hour lecture and field class.
Sunday October 28th we will continue to challenge your night photography skills by adding advanced light painting techniques that will enhance the many beautiful details of the cemetery as well as capture ghost movements, and possibly encountering a headless horseman!
You can sign up for one night or really improve your comfort level by taking the two night class. Photographers wishing just to sign up for the Sunday Advanced Class will need to send us a sample of your work in order to qualify.
If you sign up for the 2 day class you will be able to have Gabriel and Matt review your work in person as well as save 10% off the class.
Please click here for additional information & to sign up for the workshop.