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Linda Buchanan

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Does anyone have any experience to share shooting at Wrigley Field at night? I will be attending a night game in July, sitting in the bleachers (so pretty far back from the action) and would like some photos. I have a Canon Rebel XT. I would just like to hear from someone who has been there and find out what did and didn't work for them. Thanks.

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4/1/2008 1:35:06 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Too bad it's not day-time games. I could help you out with that one, no problem since I spent (or mis-spent) many days of my "yute dere" as a bleacher bum and later, shooter for the Sun Times. ;>)

Off hand Linda, I'd say fast ISO, 400 or even 800 tops, good camera support like a tripod or at least a monopod, and pretty fast, long lenses. Find a good average exposure because the light will be pretty consistent throughout the field after sundown. Also, getting up and wandering a bit with your rig may get you closer to the field. They still using Andy Frain ushers there? They're pretty forgiving of photographers.

Here's my last suggestion: If you can support what you're doing with some offers of prints, call the Media Relations people on West Addison, (if it's true) tell them you're a pro attending the game and you'd like to get some good shots for your portfolio and ask if they'll grant you one-time media access to shoot from near the Cubs dugout or a vantage point behind the screen at home plate. Might get lucky. Be sure to offer prints.
Take it light.

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4/1/2008 5:15:55 PM

Linda Buchanan   Thanks Mark. I grew up in the Chicago area and am a lifelong Cub fan. I have been to Wrigley many times, but never at night or with a decent camera. Can you believe a bleacher seat is $45?? I remember when they were a $1.00, box seats were $5.00 and parking, if you could find it, was $3.00. I am going back up there with my 4 grown children, and I am hoping too for some nightime skyline pictures. Thanks again.

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4/1/2008 6:34:02 PM

  Park at the White Castle across the street so you'll have an excuse.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.

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4/1/2008 8:45:12 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Squeeze every little bit out of fans.

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4/1/2008 8:50:48 PM

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