As promised, here is part 2 of the Workshop. Weather cooperated for the most part. Nice sunny skies and a couple of nights where the clouds stayed away until about 4:30am. Gave us time to experment with some star trails and Milky Way shooting. Of course the days were georgeous with the sun holding out until late in the day.
We took the group to the “Green River Overlook” in the Canyonlands Nat. Park. It was not looking great when we got there but the sun peaked out from the clouds just before setting to give everyone a chance to get some great shots.
Snake and I taught a couple of lessons on how to do night shooting and startrails and was surprised by the number of students that were willing to get up at 1:00 AM to go try what they had learned. We split the group and went to several locations. Concentrating on Startrails first since the Milky Way would not be in the sky until about 3:00 AM. After a little experimenting – the exposure for the the startrails was ISO 800 – 3 min exposures at 5.6 -stacking 26 exposures using a free piece of software called “Star Stacker”. Simple to use and the results were outstanding.
After and hour or so of startrails – the Milky Way started rising in the SE and it was time to drive home that lesson. Several tried not just stills but also time-lapse shooting of the Milky Way. All were sucessful in capturing lovely images of something that is rarely seen in the light poluted areas of the country,
Unfortunatly the evening was cut short by the clouds arriving about 4:30 as they had the night before. It was an enjoyable evening – and I think everyone felt that 4 hours out in the cold was well worth the images they got.
This workshop is part of the “His Light Workshops” (link in the Part 1 post). The students were fantastic and a fun crowd to be with. Lots of new friends and I look forward to seeing them again somewhere down the road.
Thanks for following along. Next sstop is the Sun-n-Fun airshow later this week.
Here is a link to 30 secs of video on Vimeo of the two nights shooting timelapse of the Milky Way. It clouded over each night after about 1 1/2 hours so I ran the two clips together. Exposure was 20 sec at 2.8 with Nikkor 14-24mm – 3 frames per minute.