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SS United States May 18 Workshop - SOLD OUT

Posted: 08th May 2010

It is an honor to present to you the next in the Abandoned America/Matthew Christopher Photography workshop series. The SS United States is a Philadelphia icon and for years has been all but inaccessible to the general public. I am very happy to invite you on an exclusive photography workshop put on to raise funds for the SS United States Conservancy's preservation efforts.

Location: The SS United States
Date/Time: May 18, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Cost: $200

The Site: Though she was only in use for 17 years (1952-1969), 'The Big U' has the distinction of being fastest ocean liner ever built. Reported to have been capable of speeds of over 40 knots (45 mph), her top speed is classified as she was an experimental ship to be used as a troop transport in times of war. Weighing 53,329 tons and stretching 990 feet, a little over 100 more than the Titanic, she also is the largest ship built entirely on American soil. While she is the last existing example of her era of liners, preservation attempts have been met with much difficulty. The transfer of ownership in 2011 to the SS United States Conservancy means that there is still hope that this magnificent relic will endure. They are currently seeking donors to save this national icon. View more photographs of the SS United States on my website here.

The Workshop: During the workshop I will be on hand to help you get better shots - these environments can be pretty tough to navigate photographically and I encourage you to come with questions. I know some of you are just taking the tour to see the location, and if that's the case I'll stay out of your way and let you do your thing. Learning to use a tripod, what file format to shoot in, how to compose shots better, what ISO, F-Stop, and shutter speed affect, and how to do things like exposure bracketing are very important to your results. Don't feel afraid to ask me even questions that may seem silly to you. I want you to leave with pictures you're proud of. I've been doing this for a while and want you to learn from my mistakes and successes.

Safety: There is no electricity or working bathrooms, and you need to be VERY aware of your safety. I encourage you to always pay attention to your surroundings. A site manager will be on hand and following their directions is critical. If you do not you may be asked to leave the site. You will be asked to sign a waiver before you enter acknowledging that you are entering a potentially unsafe environment and that you will not hold either the owners or myself liable for any harm that may befall you or your equipment. Obviously the first priority on the trip, even before taking great pictures, is making sure that you are safe - but you will need to be the one looking out for that. You will also need to provide a Driver's License or government ID number for the Port Authority to grant you access to the site.

What to bring:
- a bottle of water
- sturdy boots that protect your feet
- your tripod
- a fully charged cell phone
- your camera manual if you're unsure how to change settings. I can help you find the information you need in the manual but most cameras have their own ways of accessing features and changing settings and that makes things a lot easier.
- It's not necessary but a remote shutter switch is a nice thing to have and you can get a cheap one on Amazon for about $6 depending on your camera.

Refunds: Because of the extremely limited tour spots there are NO REFUNDS. If for some reason you are unable to attend you may transfer your spot to someone else.

Any questions? Send me a note at admin@abandonedamerica.org


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Photo comment By robert keith: I sailed on the USS United States to England in 1964 as part of the U.S.Drag Team to race in England. It was a wonderful crossing and I enjoyed ever min. ot the trip. I sent all the things I collected on that crossing back to the grand old ship but never got even a thank you. However I still have fond memories of that trip.

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