Photography at play at The Strong

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Photo by RIT Big Shot photographers

About 1,000 volunteers came out to “play with light” at The Strong’s National Museum of Play for RIT’s annual nighttime photography project, Big Shot, on May 5. RIT photographers were perched across the street from the museum on the terrace roof of the ESL Federal Credit Union. Thirteen lighting teams of volunteers, manned with flashlights and camera-flash units, were positioned both inside and outside of the museum, providing the only light source for the nighttime photograph. All other lights were shut off. During an extended exposure, the volunteers “painted with light” their assigned areas. Some of the architectural gems featured in the image include the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden, the cubes, the caterpillar roof and the metal sculpture by Albert Paley. The final Big Shot image is a 15 second exposure at F11.