Let's go ASTRO again! This time we're going to head West to a place that few photograph due to its isolation. It'll be an hour West of Auckland and the last part will be on a gravel road. It's a fantastic place to shoot and I recommend going early to also catch the setting sun. It could act as a nice foreground to your Milky Way image.
This workshop is for beginner to intermediate astrophotographers. Steve and I will both give tuition early on in the night. Afterwards, you'll be free to wander off and find your own composition to shoot. By the end of the workshop the MW will be very low in the sky and this is when many photographers are most keen to shoot it.
* Please be aware that this workshop will have a backup evening of Saturday the 16th, if necessary due to inclement weather.
For this workshop I will have Steve Clifton along. He's done lots of great astrophotography in the area and he will walk us through some of the camera settings, using photopills and how best to capture the Milky Way. It's not too late a night either with start time of 8.30pm. The event will finish aroundmidnight, but of course you're welcome to stay on or leave earlier. Maybe even camp there the evening as the carpark is at a DOC campground. If you have any questions please PM or email me.
Gear: a wide angle lens with a wide aperture is best for shooting the stars unless you're into panoramas in which case a midrange lens should give you nice compression of the foreground with the stars. A tripod is a must, a sturdy one is best of course. You won't need any filters for the astro shoot, but if you come early for sunset they'll be a valuable addition. A warm jacket and one that is rainproof would be a plus. Bring a trusty plastic bag to put over your camera in the event of a shower. Also think about your footwear, as your feet may end up wet as there are often many small and shallow tributaries we sometimes have to cross, to get onto the beach, depending on tides and erosion. And lastly, a headlamp is always useful when setting up, and for not getting lost, or tripping over that piece of driftwood :-/ However, as a courtesy to others try not to leave your headlamp turned on nor wave it about too much.