The RIT Big Shot project was conceived as way to teach sophomore photography students at RIT how to solve complicated problems using simple equipment. It was built upon the principles of team building and working together as a unit and not individuals. The first project was produced December 1987 and subsequent photographs have been made consecutively since that date. On February 9, 2014 RIT Big Shot No. 29 will be created. It will feature a spectacular view of downtown Rochester, NY and High Falls located on the Genesee River. Additional elements will include a CSX freight train and the former Erie Canal aqueduct.  This photograph represents the 11th Big Shot of Rochester produced in the winter.

The project is a community nighttime event and people are invited to participate by lighting an assigned part of the subject for a prescribed amount of time. The project has traveled the globe to make these unique and often one-of-a-kind images. Prior subjects include the Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum located in New York City; the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas; the King’s Palace, Stockholm, Sweden; the Pile Gate in Dubrovnik, Croatia and Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

The Big Shot relies on the participation of many and the generosity of important collaborators. Over the years, Big Shot has been fortunate to have generous partners in the City of Rochester, Nikon, Profoto, Arlington Camera, and many others. Below are examples of Big Shot photographs made in the month of December featuring buildings and scenes from the city. We are looking forward to seeing what happens Sunday, February 9th. For more information about Big Shot click here.

RIT Big Shot No 1 Highland Hospital , Rochester, New York USA December 4, 1987;   34 F Exposure: 30 seconds @ f/11  Film: Kodak 4×5 T-Max 400 All external lighting was provided by multiple flashes of electronic flash units (and one old-fashioned flash-powder tray) held by approximately 34 people.

RIT Big Shot No 1
Highland Hospital , Rochester, New York USA
December 4, 1987; 34 F
Exposure: 30 seconds @ f/11
Film: Kodak 4×5 T-Max 400
All external lighting was provided by multiple flashes of electronic flash units (and one old-fashioned flash-powder tray) held by approximately 34 people.

 

B_GeorgeEastmanHouse_2.jpg RIT Big Shot No 2 The George Eastman House , Rochester, New York USA December 10, 1988;       17 F Exposure: 12 seconds @ f/11  Film: Kodak 4×5 T-Max 400 All external lighting- Multiple flashes of electronic flash units by 70 participants. Illumination for the group -An old-fashioned flash-powder tray.

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RIT Big Shot No 2
The George Eastman House , Rochester, New York USA
December 10, 1988; 17 F
Exposure: 12 seconds @ f/11
Film: Kodak 4×5 T-Max 400
All external lighting- Multiple flashes of electronic flash units by 70 participants. Illumination for the group -An old-fashioned flash-powder tray.

 

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RIT Big Shot No 15
Rochester Liberty Pole , Main Street, Rochester, New York
December 2, 2000 18 F
Camera: Sinar F with 65mm lens
Exposure: 1.5 minutes @ f/11
Film: Kodak 4×5 Portra 400
All external lighting was provided by multiple hand-held electronic flash units operated by approximately 1,100 people.

 

RIT Big Shot No 12 Brown’s Race at High Falls,  Rochester, New York December 8, 1997       34 F Camera: Sinar F with a 65mm lens Exposure: 1.5 minutes @ f/11 Film: Kodak NC 400 All external lighting was provided by multiple hand-held electronic flash units operated by approximately 200 people.

RIT Big Shot No 12
Brown’s Race at High Falls, Rochester, New York
December 8, 1997 34 F
Camera: Sinar F with a 65mm lens
Exposure: 1.5 minutes @ f/11
Film: Kodak NC 400
All external lighting was provided by multiple hand-held electronic flash units operated by approximately 200 people.

 

RIT Big Shot No 9 Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York December 13, 1995     22 F Camera: Sinar F with a 65mm lens  Exposure: 2 minutes @ f/11  Film: Kodak MC 400 All external lighting was provided with multiple flashes of electronic flash units operated by 150 people.

RIT Big Shot No 9
Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York
December 13, 1995 22 F
Camera: Sinar F with a 65mm lens
Exposure: 2 minutes @ f/11
Film: Kodak MC 400
All external lighting was provided with multiple flashes of electronic flash units operated by 150 people.

 

RIT Big Shot No 6 Rundell Memorial Library ,    Rochester, New York December 13, 1992       29 F Exposure: 1 minute @ f/11 Film: Kodak 4×5 T-Max 400 All external light provided by multiple electronic flash units held by approximately 50 people.

RIT Big Shot No 6
Rundell Memorial Library , Rochester, New York
December 13, 1992 29 F
Exposure: 1 minute @ f/11
Film: Kodak 4×5 T-Max 400
All external light provided by multiple electronic flash units held by approximately 50 people.