Big Shot No. 30 returns home to RIT Sept. 6
Photo team will point lenses toward Sustainability Institute and surrounding quad
RIT Big Shot Team
The next RIT Big Shot will be very close to home.
While details are still being finalized, organizers have announced on Facebook that the 30th Big Shot is scheduled for around 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. This time, the photography team will point its lenses at RIT’s LEED Platinum-certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability, along with Louise M. Slaughter Hall and the surrounding quad.
“This will be our first computational image,” said Michael Peres, associate chair of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and one of the Big Shot organizers. “We are excited to try a new approach to our longstanding project.”
Computational photography refers to computational image capture, processing and enhancement techniques that extend the capabilities of digital photography. Examples include panoramas and high-dynamic-range imaging, which is the use of differently exposed pictures of the same scene to extend dynamic range beyond even that of analog film-based media.
Nikon is once again supporting the project by loaning high-end photographic equipment. The Big Shot photograph will be produced using two Nikon D800 bodies.
“This photograph will be complex to make, given all the windows and walkways that will be part of the picture,” Peres said. “While very different from Cowboys (now AT&T) Stadium, we are interested in trying some of the strategies we used successfully on that project.”
This marks the fourth time that the Big Shot will take place twice in a calendar year. The team captured an icy High Falls in early February. It also marks the sixth time that the nighttime photo has taken place on RIT’s campus.
The Big Shot relies on the participation of hundreds of volunteers to provide the primary light source for the image while RIT photographers shoot an extended exposure. It’s a signature event for RIT and is led by the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, which is nationally recognized for its degree programs.
The Big Shot is often described as “painting with light” because volunteers are asked to “paint” or shine their light source onto a particular area of the landmark while the photograph is taken. The light sources are usually either handheld flashlights or camera flash units.
Since RIT started its Big Shot project in 1987, the event has traveled to several national landmarks and twice crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Through their viewfinders, Big Shot photographers have captured such landmarks as The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas; the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York City; Pile Gate in Dubrovnik, Croatia; the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden; and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
This year, the Big Shot team will be working closely with RIT’s New Student Orientation Office to make the event part of the official welcome for the university’s incoming freshmen. RIT Facilities Management, Alumni Relations and Public Safety also will have a significant role, according to Peres.
For information and updates, go to http://bigshot.cias.rit.edu/.
April 19, 2019
RIT/NTID hosts ‘Signing Time’ free family concert May 3
Rachel Coleman, musician and star of the popular PBS and video series Signing Time, will perform a free show at NTID on May 3. Joining her on stage will be Coleman’s daughter Leah, an industrial design major at RIT/NTID, and her show sidekick Hopkins the Frog.
April 18, 2019
Imagine RIT visitors get to control RIT’s ‘Weather Machine’ in new two-story-high video game
Imagine RIT visitors will help keep the skies above RIT clear during the festival on April 27, in a new video game on display at the MAGIC Spell Studios building. Festivalgoers can play “Weather Defense: A Two Stories High Video Wall Game” on six large 4K displays, mounted two stories up the atrium wall of the new 52,000-square-foot MAGIC building.
April 18, 2019
Apple iPhones get recycled in this secretive lab. Now it's opening up
CNET quotes Callie Babbitt, associate professor of sustainability.
April 17, 2019
Innovative suspension system for off-road vehicles takes top spot in spring Tiger Tank competition
A uniquely designed magnetic coil piston that will improve suspension systems in on- and off-road vehicles took first place in RIT’s semi-annual Tiger Tank entrepreneurship competition. Sponsored by RIT’s Saunders College of Business and hosted by RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tiger Tank gives students the opportunity to pitch a business idea to a panel of judges with a chance to win cash prizes.