Get your flashlights Louisville and head to Churchill Downs Saturday

Louisville, Ky., – Louisvillians are asked to bring a flashlight to Churchill Downs Saturday night, Oct. 3, to take part of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Big Shot photography project. Volunteers will be asked to use their flashlights to light up the Twin Spires.

Big Shot takes extended exposure nighttime photos of locals lighting iconic landmarks around the world. Churchill Downs will be the 31st landmark to be photographed and we want all of Louisville to be part of it.
For more background info, check out’s July 9 post.
Churchill Downs
To take the photo, Louisvillians will use their own flashlight (or camera flash unit) and shine it on a particular area of the racetrack while the photo is taken with an extended exposure. The event begins at 8 p.m. with photos taken after sunset around 9 p.m., rain or shine.
The event and parking are free. Participants will receive a free high resolution file of the photo and a free General Admission voucher for Churchill Downs’ Fall Meet.
RIT Big Shot No. 16: The Alamo, San Antonio, TX. March 10, 2001
Since 1987, the project has taken volunteer-lit photos of landmarks including The Alamo in San Antonio, TX; the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York City; Pile Gate in Dubrovnik, Croatia; The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden; the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.; and AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) in Dallas, TX. Nikon is the premier sponsor of the event and will loan high-end equipment to capture the Big Shot photograph of Churchill Downs. Profoto, Murphy’s Camera and Mohawk Paper are also sponsors.