Date/Time

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Where We Will Meet

Pacific Battleship Center

Where The Walk Will End

Pacific Battleship Center

About This Walk

I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve made arrangements to conduct this year’s Worldwide Photo Walk® in conjunction with a major historical landmark and piece of US Naval history – the Battleship USS IOWA. Built in 1940, the USS IOWA served our country for over 50 years. Designated the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship” due to her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity, and modernization, she kept pace with technology for more than 50 years. The battleship is located at the Pacific Battleship Center, and this is where we will meet for our Photo Walk®.

This Photo Walk® is going to be an extraordinary opportunity see the Battleship up close and personal – to walk the decks of the ship and explore some of inner compartments and chambers of the ship not normally available to the general public. We’ll also have the opportunity to view and photograph the Main Channel of the Port of LA and the Vincent Thomas Bridge from the decks of the Battleship.

This Photo Walk® is going to be divided into two components:

Afternoon/Daytime Component:

  • Start Time: 2:00 PM – we will meet at the rear/exit entrance of the ship to check in and organize for our time on the ship. Even though the Battleship is a decommissioned US Naval vessel, there are still logistical and security protocol that we will need to adhere to.
  • We’ll board the ship around 3:00 PM.
  • The Daytime portion of the Photo Walk® will be more focused on the Battleship USS Iowa itself, e.g., photos of the ship taken on board the ship, photos of interior sections of the ship, and then photos of the harbor taken from the ship’s deck. You will be permitted to use flash in the interior sections of the ship.
  • Participants will be encouraged to compose photos that portray the ship in unique and creative ways beyond what we often to refer to as just “travel’ photos.
  • Participants will have access to guided tours of certain interior sections of the ship not normally available to the general public – some of these tours may be limited to a specific number of participants due to fire codes and regulations.

Evening Component:

  • The Evening Component will probably be more focused on photos of the harbor taken from the ship’s deck and photos of the ship taken onboard the ship.
  • Participants will be encouraged to compose photos taking full advantage of the sunset and nighttime lighting on both the ship and harbor.
  • In particular, I will be helping participants develop long-exposure photography skills.

Participants are also going to be asked to make a $20 donation to cover USS IOWA staff and resource expenses – I’ll collect your fees around October 1st.

Additional Notes:

  • The USS IOWA has very limited options for food on the ship. As we get closer the Photo Walk®, we’ll provide several sandwich options from which participants can purchase food to eat.
  • Also, given security concerns, participants will not be allowed to leave the ship and then return during the Photo Walk®.
  • Stay tuned to additional updates/information.

 

 

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Congratulations to everyone who has registered for our Photo Walk® on the Battleship USS Iowa – I’m really excited we were able to coordinate this experience with the Battleship USS Iowa!

Again, our time on the ship is going to be divided into two overall components: the afternoon during which tours inside the ship will be available, and the evening during which our energies will be more focused on taking photos of the harbor from the main deck of the ship. We will take a break after the tours during which we can eat and get prepared for the evening.

As we get ready for the Photo Walk®, here is some additional information:

  • Arrival – plan to arrive around 2PM at the exit ramp at the rear of the ship – even though the Battleship is a decommissioned US Naval vessel, there are still logistical and security protocol that we will need to adhere to. I’ll collect your $20 donation at this time and we’ll organize the ship tours and how we’ll approach the evening.
  • Parking – there is plenty of parking available in the lot next to the ship – although parking is not free it is quite reasonable (probably about $10).
  • Food – as mentioned earlier, the food options on the ship are pretty much limited to what I would call snacks – we will take a break in between the afternoon tour(s) and the evening portion of the day. Please bring a sandwich or something similar if you would like to eat during the break. We’ll also use the break to review shooting strategies and techniques for the evening.
  • Restrooms – although there are restrooms on the ship, they may not always be the most convenient if/when you want to use one. We’ll make a point of announcing where they are when we’re close to them throughout the tour.
  • Attire – I would recommend wearing shoes with close-toes with good traction, staying away from sandals and that type of shoe with straps – we’ll be going up/down steep stairs and stepping through bulkhead doors as we move around inside of the ship. I would also recommend that you stay away from big bulky backpacks for the same reasons. The evenings have started to get cool and I would also recommend bringing a sweater or sweatshirt.
  • Also, given security concerns, participants will not be allowed to leave the ship and then return during the Photo Walk®.

Camera Equipment to Bring:

  • Inside the Ship – we will be permitted to use flash in the interior sections of the ship – because there are many shiny/glossy surfaces inside the ship, I would recommend that you bring a diffuser to help control glare. The interior compartments of the ship will be cramped in many situations with pretty poor lighting so you will not need a long lens inside the ship – I would plan to use f1.4/f1.8/f2.8 wide angle lenses for natural light inside the ship – these will also work fine with flash.
  • Outside on the Deck of the Ship – I would recommend bringing a tripod, a shutter cable, and possibly a ND4 filter for shooting the harbor during the evening. We will have a place to store our tripods during the ship tours so that we don’t have to drag them around inside the ship. Also, if your plan to try some long exposures, please make sure your camera has a “door” to close off the view finder or bring a small piece of black/gaffers’ tape.

Some Other Thoughts:

  • For the most part, the Battleship USS Iowa is run by volunteers and veterans who contribute their time and energies to the museum. In addition to being passionate and tireless advocates for the ship, they possess tons of knowledge and stories about the ship, the ship’s history, and the role of US Navy throughout history. Please feel free to tap into this wealth of knowledge and experience – this is a rare opportunity to talk with men and women who in many situations “have been there.”
  • On a similar note, please adhere to the tour routes and follow the directions of the tour guides – we are going to be given access to sections of the ship not normally available to the general public – please don’t put them in the position of having to play cop because people have overstepped the boundaries.

Guidelines for the Photo Contests:

  • The Walker Photo Contest – each Walker can submit their best photo (one submission only) and I will then select 1 winner from our group to submit to the main photo contest.
  • The Group Leader Contest – each Group Leader will have the opportunity to submit one photo into a separate Leader Photo Contest.
  • Mobile Photography Photo Contest – all participants (Walkers and Leaders) will be able to submit one photo taken with a mobile device during their walk to be entered into this contest.
  • All photos must be submitted by Monday, October 14th.
  • The winner of the Walker Photo Contest will be announced and submitted on Wednesday, October 16th.
  • The Grand Prize, 10 Finalists, Leader Contest, and Mobile contest winners will be announced the week of October 28th.

On a final note: When I first approached the Battleship USS IOWA, I had no idea whether they would be interested in being a host for a Photo Walk® – it was kinda like inviting yourself and group of friends over for a house party with more unknowns than there were knowns surrounding the event. I’ve frankly been blown away by both their willingness to participate in the event as well as the extent to which the staff, volunteers, and veterans of the IOWA have come forward to make this experience a success for us. I will talk more about this at the Photo Walk®, but I would like everyone participating in this event to consider submitting 5-10 of their favorite photos from the Photo Walk® to the IOWA for them to use – every photographer would be given full credit for and retain full rights to any of their photos posted in any IOWA galleries. The IOWA is also planning a photo exhibition early 2020, and this would be a great way to get your photos entered into and/or considered for this exhibition.

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    Angel Rodriguez Can't wait for this! So exited.

      john@johnbosmaphoto.com Congratulations to everyone who has registered for our Photo Walk® on the Battleship USS Iowa – I’m really excited we were able to coordinate this experience with the Battleship USS Iowa! Again, our time on the ship is going to be divided into two overall components: the afternoon during which tours inside the ship will be available, and the evening during which our energies will be more focused on taking photos of the harbor from the main deck of the ship. We will take a break after the tours during which we can eat and get prepared for the evening. As we get ready for the Photo Walk®, here is some additional information: • Arrival – plan to arrive around 2PM at the exit ramp at the rear of the ship – even though the Battleship is a decommissioned US Naval vessel, there are still logistical and security protocol that we will need to adhere to. I’ll collect your $20 donation at this time and we’ll organize the ship tours and how we’ll approach the evening. • Parking – there is plenty of parking available in the lot next to the ship – although parking is not free it is quite reasonable (probably about $10). • Food – as mentioned earlier, the food options on the ship are pretty much limited to what I would call snacks – we will take a break in between the afternoon tour(s) and the evening portion of the day. Please bring a sandwich or something similar if you would like to eat during the break. We’ll also use the break to review shooting strategies and techniques for the evening. • Restrooms – although there are restrooms on the ship, they may not always be the most convenient if/when you want to use one. We’ll make a point of announcing where they are when we’re close to them throughout the tour. • Attire – I would recommend wearing shoes with close-toes with good traction, staying away from sandals and that type of shoe with straps – we’ll be going up/down steep stairs and stepping through bulkhead doors as we move around inside of the ship. I would also recommend that you stay away from big bulky backpacks for the same reasons. The evenings have started to get cool and I would also recommend bringing a sweater or sweatshirt. • Also, given security concerns, participants will not be allowed to leave the ship and then return during the Photo Walk®. Camera Equipment to Bring: • Inside the Ship – we will be permitted to use flash in the interior sections of the ship – because there are many shiny/glossy surfaces inside the ship, I would recommend that you bring a diffuser to help control glare. The interior compartments of the ship will be cramped in many situations with pretty poor lighting so you will not need a long lens inside the ship – I would plan to use f1.4/f1.8/f2.8 wide angle lenses for natural light inside the ship – these will also work fine with flash. • Outside on the Deck of the Ship – I would recommend bringing a tripod, a shutter cable, and possibly a ND4 filter for shooting the harbor during the evening. We will have a place to store our tripods during the ship tours so that we don’t have to drag them around inside the ship. Also, if your plan to try some long exposures, please make sure your camera has a “door” to close off the view finder or bring a small piece of black/gaffers’ tape. Some Other Thoughts: • For the most part, the Battleship USS Iowa is run by volunteers and veterans who contribute their time and energies to the museum. In addition to being passionate and tireless advocates for the ship, they possess tons of knowledge and stories about the ship, the ship’s history, and the role of US Navy throughout history. Please feel free to tap into this wealth of knowledge and experience – this is a rare opportunity to talk with men and women who in many situations “have been there.” • On a similar note, please adhere to the tour routes and follow the directions of the tour guides – we are going to be given access to sections of the ship not normally available to the general public – please don’t put them in the position of having to play cop because people have overstepped the boundaries. Guidelines for the Photo Contests: • The Walker Photo Contest – each Walker can submit their best photo (one submission only) and I will then select 1 winner from our group to submit to the main photo contest. • The Group Leader Contest – each Group Leader will have the opportunity to submit one photo into a separate Leader Photo Contest. • Mobile Photography Photo Contest – all participants (Walkers and Leaders) will be able to submit one photo taken with a mobile device during their walk to be entered into this contest. • All photos must be submitted by Monday October 14th. • The winner of the Walker Photo Contest will be announced and submitted on Wednesday, October 16th. • The Grand Prize, 10 Finalists, Leader Contest, and Mobile contest winners will be announced the week of October 28th. On a final note: When I first approached the Battleship USS IOWA, I had no idea whether they would be interested in being a host for a Photo Walk® - it was kinda like inviting yourself and group of friends over for a house party with more unknowns than there were knowns surrounding the event. I’ve frankly been blown away by both their willingness to participate in the event as well as the extent to which the staff, volunteers, and veterans of the IOWA have come forward to make this experience a success for us. I will talk more about this at the Photo Walk®, but I would like everyone participating in this event to consider submitting 5-10 of their favorite photos from the Photo Walk® to the IOWA for them to use – every photographer would be given full credit for and retain full rights to any of their photos posted in any IOWA galleries. The IOWA is also planning a photo exhibition in early 2020, and this would be a great way to get your photos entered into and/or considered for this exhibition.

    Scott Graham Looking forward to visiting and photographing this ship. Should I just bring $20 cash when we check in at 2:00 pm. Can I assume that tripods will not be permitted on board?

      john@johnbosmaphoto.com Scott - yes, please bring $20 cash - I'll collect at the gate when we meet at the ship.

    Edwin Lewis I also was wondering about tripods. Should we travel light? Maybe limited space to move around?????

      john@johnbosmaphoto.com Edwin - see my comments on camera gear - I'd travel light while we're inside the ship due to close quarters.

        Edwin Lewis Thanks John!

    john@johnbosmaphoto.com My apologies to group - I didn't realize that all of the formatting I had done to my update would be stripped from my post. I have added this info to the main description where it is much easier to read and make sense of! John

    Edwin Lewis Thanks John for a great photo walk! Got to see and photograph a lot of new things and learned a lot. Everyone was very pleasant - perfect!

    Scott Harrison Thanks, John for organizing a great walk.

    john@johnbosmaphoto.com I would like to say thank you to everyone who turned out for the Photo Walk on Saturday. Although we weren’t able to do the night photography component due to the schedule mix-up, we had a huge amount of quality time inside the ship. Anxious to see what all of you have generated in terms of photos. First, please remember that your photo submissions are due by Monday the 14th – make sure you get your images submitted ahead of the deadline because the time line is absolute and final. Second, please feel free to share and/or post a link to your images with the group. Here is a link to Scott Harrison’s images – an excellent B&W treatment. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHxv5gp

    john@johnbosmaphoto.com Just a final reminder for everyone to get their favorite photo and favorite mobile submitted for the two contests. I won't be able to see any of your submissions until the contest has been closed and released for review. Good luck everyone! John

    Edwin Lewis I have a Flickr album at this address: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinlewis/albums/72157711328688151 Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the group created!

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