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Astro Piha

Ready for another astro session?  I've planned Saturday morning of the Queen's Birthday long weekend for the event, so if you're not leaving town this is the perfect thing to do!  

Meet Steve from Steve Clifton Photography and myself at the car park at 3.30am to shoot the Milky Way arc between Lion and Camel Rocks.  It'll make a great composition.  However, to get the whole arc you will need to be willing to shoot a series of shots and stitch them to form a panorama.  Both Steve and I can give you advice on shooting it 'freehand', just to get a feel for it.  Nonetheless, it's best done using a nodal slide.  But unless you do a lot of pano work, you probably don't need one.  you can stitch the frames together in Lightroom or Photoshop, or other trial version 3rd party software. There will also be lots of ops to spread out on the beach and shoot your own comps with Lion Rock as the subject, or even from above Tasman Lookout.

piha plan

If the weather plays up and we have to cancel we may reschedule it for the Sunday morning, so please be aware of this and have the time available as this may be the last astro shoot for a few months.  If the whole weekend is a washout, you will be refunded.  Though naturally we hope this won't be the case and therefore we won't have to reschedule.

 Image supplied by Steve Clifton

Image supplied by Steve Clifton

Gear: A wide angle lens, the widest you have.  The wider the aperture the better too, i.e., F2.8 or lower is preferable. A good tripod.  A headlamp - though when shooting astro we ask you use it sparingly.  Warm clothing, gloves, beanie, jacket and boots.  We won't be getting wet, but it'll pay to wear hiking style boots.

Earlier Event: April 24
Astro at Warkworth
Later Event: July 9
Seascape Magic - FULL!