Twilight and Traffic Trails at Ridge Hill, Yonkers, NY - 4 hour Workshop

Skill Level(s): Level II, III, and IV Students 
Location: Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd, Yonkers, NY 10710  map
Instructor: Scott Dengrove
Date and Time: Saturday, June 4th, Class: 12 PM - 1:30 PM, Onsite: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (Rain Date June 5th)


Westchester's Ridge Hill is an outdoor mall unlike any other. Featuring a wide variety of local and national retailers complemented by fabulous restaurants and one-of-a-kind entertainment. An inviting Town Square, complete with village green and children's play sculpture, welcomes visitors to relax and enjoy the ambience while they shop, dine, play, and live. 

Come explore how night time transforms this fabulous urban oasis with beautiful architectural lighting, set against a majestic blue twilight sky. It's the perfect place to practice low-light cityscapes, night time traffic trails and blue hour photography without schlepping all the way down to New York City. 

For this workshop we have graciously been given special permission by Ridge Hill management to use tripods and other low light equipment to capture the special ambiance of Ridge Hill at twilight. Topics include equipment and camera controls for night time photography, using your tripod safely, metering in the dark, composing great night shots, blue hour photography, traffic trails, and using clouds, moon, and stars to enhance your shot.


This workshop is open to Level II - IV photographers with DSLR or Mirrorless cameras with manual settings and interchangeable lenses who want to explore low light and night time photography (no smart phones, tablets, or point and shoot cameras please). Not sure what level you are? Click here to find out. Students should be comfortable shooting in full manual mode, have a camera capable of manual exposure settings and own a good sturdy tripod.


The workshop will begin with an online virtual class, hosted on the Zoom platform earlier in the day.  We'll start with an introduction and then we'll dive right in to the material. During the online lecture, photography skills and techniques will be taught with a mix of lecture and demonstration. 

The workshop will continue with the hands-on portion on-site at Ridge Hill, in the early evening. We will answer questions, review techniques from the online class as well as practice new skills.For the remaining time you will be given free time to create your own photographs using the techniques you have learned with support from your instructor. During this time, your instructor will be roaming around providing individual attention to each participant to help make your photographs the best they can be.


The safety of our participants and instructors is of the utmost priority. As such, all of our workshops are run in accordance with guidelines and standards set forth by governmental agencies on the Federal, State, and County level including the CDC, NYS Dept. of Health, NYS Office of the Governor, and Westchester County Dept. of Health. 

In order to limit group gatherings and promote social distancing we have split up the workshop into a class portion and hands-on practice portion. The class portion of our workshops is now given virtually, online, through the Zoom platform. The hands-on portion will be given at the workshop venue. Participants will be required to attend both portions, and no refunds will be given for missing either the virtual class, or hands-on meeting.

All participants will be required to bring with them a face mask, that fully covers the nose and mouth, secures underneath the chin, and fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.

When on-site at the workshop venue all participants will agree to maintain proper social distancing keeping a minimum of 6' between themselves and others around them whenever possible. It is further recommended that participants refrain from sharing camera equipment and accessories in order to limit exposure. 

Participants will be required to sign a COVID-19 Waiver. Participants also agree to refrain from attending the workshop if they are not feeling well, they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have knowingly been around others that have tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.


This special field trip takes place entirely at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from. There is ample parking available in five garages conveniently located throughout the property. The cost is $4 to park on weekends for up to 6 hours. You will meet your instructor there, full details will be given prior to the workshop.

Ridge Hill is also accessible by taking the 78 Bee-Line bus with drop off points right outside the Market Street garage at Ridge Hill.


Please bring your fully charged camera, tripod and any accessories you'd like to have, see "Equipment Recommendations" below for details. A pen is helpful in case you'd like to take notes

All participants must bring, a face mask that fully covers the nose and mouth, must be secured underneath the chin and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.

Money for parking, cash or credit cards are accepted, paid at the kiosks located at garage entrances prior to leaving.

Ridge Hill is a large sprawling outdoor mall, and we will be standing for quite a bit of the workshop, especially when taking night shots. Comfortable shoes are a must! You may also wish to dress in layers as it can tend to get cool once the sun sets. Bug spray can also be helpful. 


All participants, no matter the amount of equipment they have, will find enjoyment and learn something from participating in this workshop. However, we do have some recommendations that will help to ensure you get the most value out of the workshop.

We recommend bringing both telephoto and wide angle lenses. There are beautiful large scale architectural shots, which are best captured with a wide angle lens, however you may also want to take detail shots for which you will find a telephoto lens is best suited.

A good sturdy tripod that can support your camera rig is a must. Tripods with larger diameter legs are recommended for long exposure shots, as well as if the wind picks up, as there is some elevation at Ridge Hill. 

A cable release will help eliminate vibration from your fingers when activating the shutter for photos with a long exposure. An ND filter can also be helpful to allow for extra long shutter speeds. 

A small flashlight with a red filter or bulb is recommended to help view your camera controls once it gets dark. The red color will help to preserve your night vision and make it easier to see details with the lower light levels.

Further equipment recommendations will be provided in a detailed email prior to the field trip.


As this workshop is 3 hours in length, you should be prepared to do quite a bit of standing when taking night shots and some walking, comfortable shoes are a must! 

Though we have been given special permission to use tripods for this workshop, participants are still expected to maintain proper safety precautions when setting up and using tripods and other equipment. Participants may not assert exclusive control over walkways, pathways or any other property at Ridge Hill. In addition, no other guest of Ridge Hill may be blocked from their enjoyment and usage of the facility or inconvenienced. It is the responsibility of all participants to keep the public safe around equipment. Participants will be held responsible for any damage or injuries caused by their equipment.  

Although Ridge Hill is a beautiful, safe, outdoor shopping mall with a private security force, as expected in any public urban setting, participants are expected to remain vigilant regarding keeping their equipment safe and under their control. Neither Dengrove Studios nor Ridge Hill are responsible for any equipment that is lost, stolen or damaged.

Participants are responsible for their own parking costs. Parking IS NOT included with your registration fee.


Open since 2011, Ridge Hill is an open-air regional shopping center located in Yonkers, New York. To learn more about Ridge Hill, its offerings and visitor policies, please visit their website by clicking here.


Registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing no less than 7 days prior to the start of the workshop.  In most cases, refunds will not be given for no shows, latecomers, or missing either the online class portion or hands-on portion of the workshop. However, should there be a COVID-19 related reason for not attending, a possible refund will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Refunds will not be given for no shows or latecomers.  In the case of inclement weather, there is an alternative workshop rain date available. If you cannot attend the alternative workshop date a credit will be given for use towards a future Dengrove Studios workshop. In the event that official guidelines regarding COVID-19 change in a way that prevents us from holding the workshop or the venue cannot open due to COVID-19 guidelines, a full refund will be provided. 

Questions? Feel free to contact us before you register.

Leading up to the workshop you will receive several email communications from us. In order to ensure they get delivered properly and do not get filtered or blocked we suggest adding the following emails to your safe sender list or address book, info@dengrovestudios.com and courses@dengrovestudios.com

Saturday, June 4th, Online Class: 12PM - 1:30PM On-site: 6:30PM - 9:30 PM (Rain Date June 5th)

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