Date Of Event: May 18, 2019 (usually held annually on the 3rd weekend of May)
Location: 2 Patriot Place, North Marketplace, Foxborough, MA
Universally Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Summary: Dozens of people stopped by Patriot Place to show off their chalk drawing skills for a good cause.
Each year since 2014, Patriot Place has hosted an art festival to raise money for scholarships. This year, they raised $1,000 for the Gerald Roy Memorial Fund. Gerald Roy was a public school teacher in the Foxborough public school system. He retired in 2012 after teaching for 35 years.
The theme of this years festival was “Travel Destinations” and much of the art from the festival had to do with where the artists were from or where they like to or want to visit.
Some people were very creative about their favorite places! Outer space! Why, yes, I’d love to go there, especially these days!
Other artists used other creative ways to describe their favorite places or places they would like to visit. Derry looks pretty scary!
There were a total of 53 chalk colored works of art (I photographed 39 of them) by people from 21 cities and towns.
Patriot Pat was also there to greet the artists and guests.
Patriot Place is a dog friendly venue. Aspen is a service dog in training for America’s Vet Dogs.
For this photo shoot, I relied mostly on Aperture Priority, or as my camera calls it Aperture Value. Since the things I was photographing weren’t moving, I didn’t worry much about shutter speed. However, I have noticed how shutter speed is important to control. For instance, since it was a bright day, I didn’t need a slow shutter speed and while my camera adjusted accordingly mostly it didn’t always. I think the places where there was shade confused my camera when I was using AV. It’s actually easier to use manual mode sometimes. Lately, I have been using manual mode exclusively, largely for this reason, and, of course, for objects or animals or people that are moving. An example of this was the little guy high fiving Pat. Since there was movement I had to use manual mode to slow the shutter speed down accordingly. Now, I almost think I am cheating if I use AV (Aperture Value) because I’m not choosing the shutter speed and it doesn’t always choose the correct shutter speed.
While my shutter speed did vary (as I was using the AV setting mostly), I mostly used a 5.6 aperture with a 18 mm focal length and the shutter speed was in the 1/125 range. I also kept the ISO at 100 as the lighting was not an issue for this shoot.