RIT’s Big Shot to Capture Historic Rochester Landmark on Thursday

Seabreeze Amusement Park to be photographed in popular community event

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Capturing another historic Rochester landmark in grand fashion is the goal of this year’s Big Shot at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Photographers and anybody who loves a good light show will head to Seabreeze Amusement Park on May 3, to make the 27th annual Big Shot photograph.

Gates to the park will open at 8 p.m. with the photograph taking place at about 9 p.m.

The community event requires hundreds of volunteers to partake in the nighttime photomaking process. Volunteers hold only flashlights or camera flash units to light up the subject. Experts refer to the process as painting with light. RIT photographers use a long exposure of the subject while volunteers “paint” the subject with light.

This year’s subject includes the Yo Yo swing ride, Jack Rabbit rollercoaster, the Log Flume, a stage filled with a dance team, the Screamin’ Eagle ride, and other attractions at the park.

Seabreeze Amusement Park is a historic, family owned and operated amusement park in suburban Irondequoit. The park opened in 1879 and is the 12th oldest amusement park in the world.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the Big Shot event. Participants are asked to wear dark clothing and bring a flashlight. Admission is free; no attractions will be open. Cameras are allowed, but tripods are not. Participants will receive a momento photograph of the Big Shot photograph, courtesy of Nikon.

To learn more about the project and view photographs of past Big Shot photos, go to www.rit.edu/bigshot.