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East Coast Astro - CXLD due to the weather


  • Pakiri River Rd Pakiri, Auckland, 0972 New Zealand (map)

East coast astro, our first of the season!  Sorry it has taken so long. I had a little operation on my leg, but I’m all good now :)

Steve Clifton Photography will again be co-hosting on this workshop.  Steve's knowledge of shooting the night sky and on how to read "Sky apps" is up there with the best!  Make sure you quiz him if you have any queries.  Don't miss this VERY reasonably priced opportunity to extend your photography skills in this exciting genre!

Let’s get out into the dark of night and shoot the stars!

Astrophotography is a most rewarding genre. Staring in amazement at NZ's beautiful night sky is truly pleasurable. This event is for any level of photographer, but beginners are especially catered for. Both Steve and I will spend time with you, helping you setup and become comfortable with the settings required to shoot at night. Attending a workshop can also help with your motivation to go out and shoot at ungodly hours, lol. This is another plus about signing up for an event - it will give you that extra little push you need to head out in the dark. Furthermore, these workshops also provide you a safe environment in which to shoot in the middle of the night alongside other photographers.

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Image courtesy of Steve Clifton

Get in early this year to hone your astro skills.  Summer outings are the easiest to plan for as we're almost certainly guaranteed clear skies.  I shouldn't say that too loudly though, hehe.

The Milky Way will start to move above the horizon around 11pm. Jupiter, will be by far the brightest planet/star in the sky, and it will be almost centered in the Milky Way core, which will be awesome because Jupiter gives great reflections on the water/wet sand. Saturn will race into our shots after 1 am, and the Moon will follow shortly thereafter. This will give us some nice light to harness as we search out compositions in the waterways along the beach.

Location:  Pakiri (the actual meet location will be given on registration), the waterfront here is nice and wide and gives us a lot of room to spread out to enjoy shooting.  It also has a nice water outlet that can provide a leading line for our imagery or provide reflections of the stars on a still night.  Come along and enjoy shooting with like-minded folk in a safe environment.  You'll always pick up a few tips and well, practice makes perfect.

Gear: A wide lens works best if you want to capture the Milky Way in a single frame. If you have some panoramic experience then a mid-range lens (around 24mm) is ideal. The wider the F/ stop on your lens the better, i.e., if your lens can open up to F/1.4 or F/2.8 all the better. A sturdy tripod is needed. No filters necessary, although I will have a Nisi Night Filter on hand if anyone would like to give it a go. Let me know what diameter your lens is prior to the night or I may not have that size available.

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Terms & Conditions:

Susan Blick Photography and Steve Clifton Photography are NOT responsible for your equipment or your travel to and from the event. We ask that you take special care on the drive up to Pakiri and with your camera gear as we are shooting at a beach location. In order to sign up for the event we request that you make yourself available for both evenings - Friday AND Saturday from 11pm, in case Friday is too cloudy. If the weather isn’t playing ball on the Friday evening we will reschedule the event for Saturday evening. Please add yourself as “going” to the facebook event on FB @susanblickphoto in order to stay up to date with the discussion surrounding possible date changes and weather.

Earlier Event: March 8
Mt Eden Crater & Sunset - CXLD
Later Event: August 30
West Coast Astro