A night with the Stars

***Updated 1st of May - Meeting time between 9:00pm and 10:00pm***

The first Startrails meetup of the year; Mark the date on your calenders, it's gonna be awesome.


We'll assemble at the ADNOC (previously EMARAT) station on Maliha Road (S116/E02) at 09:00pm on Friday the 2nd of May, and then we will start driving to our first destination at 10:00pm (SHARP). Please arrive at the meetup point on time, as we will not wait for you if you are late, and it may be difficult to find us if we leave without you.

If you can offer a ride, or if you need a lift, mention in the comments where you are, so you can coordinate with other members. . Need help finding us? Call the EPyC hotline: 0529288432. 


What to bring?

• Wide Angle lens 

• Tripod 

• Shutter release cables/intervalometer 

• Picnic Chair

• Maybe some snacks and beverages


Want to talk to your host directly? 

• Mobile:[masked] 

• Email: [masked] 

• Or just post your questions in the comments section below


 When you are finished, upload your best work here for critique; post different sorts of images, if possible, to make your work interesting to others. We strongly encourage each of you to critique other people's work by first telling us what you like about it, and then what you think could be improved. Remember, critiques are meant to help us improve our skills, so don't take any criticisms personally.

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  • krish

    Hi people..Any new event this week

    May 19, 2014

  • Faraj

    Can we do it again!

    6 · May 4, 2014

  • Amjad Bin S.

    I am always ask my self a question, when was the last time I did something for the first time? Proudly I will say last Friday night

    4 · May 4, 2014

  • Hani J

    Thank you all for joining.. it was a great night.. see you soon :)

    6 · May 4, 2014

    • Amjad Bin S.

      We are who suppose to thank you for the wonderful night

      1 · May 4, 2014

  • Mohamed S.

    I see a red light trail all over my pics !!! :D

    2 · May 3, 2014

    • Hani J

      not me.. :p i am sure this time,,

      May 4, 2014

  • Fahad

    am sorry bcuz i couldnt attend, but tell now there is no any professional shoots of this trip, i hope i see more professional captures

    May 4, 2014

    • Ahmad

      I was not able to join but from the photos posted I think the problem is the high level of light pollution. This makes you see less stars and result in very low contrast images.

      May 4, 2014

    • Hani J

      It was an awesome night Ahmad.. wish you could have joined :)

      1 · May 4, 2014

  • Umair A.

    good to see alot of interesting photographers.
    a healthy event.

    3 · May 4, 2014

  • Naslu

    Wonderful experience. Enjoyed meeting all... :)

    2 · May 4, 2014

  • Amir

    I went too!
    It was great gathering!
    Thanks all!

    3 · May 3, 2014

  • Qadeer Ahmed (.

    Overall an excellent event, got to meet new people and old favorites..

    4 · May 3, 2014

  • Yasir M.

    Excellent event and great learning. Appreciate the very helpful attitude of the organizers. Bravo!

    3 · May 3, 2014

  • Charnkurt Y.

    Awesome trip. Thanks to the fabulous host Hani and other guys for organizing.

    2 · May 3, 2014

  • Tasneem

    Perfect!!!!!

    3 · May 3, 2014

    • Faraj

      Thanks for the mat

      May 3, 2014

  • Nas

    Well organized meetup - was impressed by the efficiency of the logistics considering the number of people. Hani was also very supportive in terms of helping people find the location and with any info they needed. I would have liked if the event could have somehow been more social - especially since most seemed to have their cameras set to auto. Maybe setup the cameras then get together somewhere central to hangout and chat? Also was quite far - almost to Oman - was wondering if there was anywhere closer to the city to get such shots? Especially since people were driving back around 4am to Dubai which is quite unsafe. Although, the location was quite good in terms of parking and access. Overall a very good meetup - especially with a class and tips offered in advance. Thanks so much guys! Look forward to the next one.

    4 · May 3, 2014

  • Sam

    Thanks Hani and others for the wonderful meetup.....

    2 · May 3, 2014

  • Nirmal D.

    It was so beautiful "Night with stars" one who were shining in the sky and others on the land .....

    4 · May 3, 2014

  • Tanya K.

    Thanks to all for a great company, support and nice time. It was amazing night.

    4 · May 3, 2014

  • RohaN

    learnt alot, met some great people too. Thanks !

    3 · May 3, 2014

  • Tasneem

    Hani, You are the best organizer I have ever known. Sasha, thank you so much for all your guidance. Great group. Great friends!!! Had a great time! Looking forward to the next such get together!!!

    3 · May 3, 2014

  • Amjad Bin S.

    Wonderful night shooting the start, this is the first time in my life, thanks you all and big thank to Ashraf who really encourage me to keep shooting to Learn and never fed up.

    3 · May 3, 2014

  • Nas

    Hey guys, I think I have all the gear except for the shutter release cables or any kind of remote. Think I'll still be able to get some shots? btw, so sorry I missed your class Hani - was really looking forward to that one.

    What kind of location are we headed to? Will it be well outside the city - or will there be toilets and facilities nearby?

    Thanks!

    May 2, 2014

    • Hani J

      I have the shutter release for the 5D.. I will look for the t2i connector.. as for the location http://bit.ly/1iCET26­ it is on S116/E102 on the map it is called Maleha road or sometimes you can find it as sharjah-kalba road.. see you there

      May 2, 2014

    • Scheherazade S.

      Hi hani if you could spare the intervalometer do let me know..i have 5d

      May 2, 2014

  • Mubariz K.

    Anybody give me lift from king faisal safeer or city centre?

    May 1, 2014

    • Mohamed S.

      @mubariz can you make yourself upto rashidiya metro station ?

      May 2, 2014

    • Mubariz K.

      Sorry

      May 2, 2014

  • Yasir M.

    can someone link me to Hani's presentation please?

    May 2, 2014

  • Basel A. R. B.

    Last call for a ride from Shk. Zayed rd, next to Shangri La hotel. I'm offering :)

    May 2, 2014

  • RohaN

    i know this is a bit late, but i have a (nikon) intervalometer which i wont be using, as it's built into my cam. If anyone needs, let me know Asap.

    May 2, 2014

  • tareqphoto

    How long this session will take?
    What time you will finish?

    May 2, 2014

    • tareqphoto

      That means i can't join, the game will finish after 10pm so no way i can come by meeting point, i hope i can find a way of i join another day if will happen again in the future.

      May 2, 2014

    • Hani J

      ohh.. too bad.. Maybe next time then.. there will be many more photowalks to come especially startrails.. during the summer it is always better to shoot at night :)

      May 2, 2014

  • Sam

    Hi Hani ...one more doubt. ..what u suggest for the time interval for each pic... as I plan to shoot with 30 sec shutter open. Please suggest an idea...it will helpful for others aswell who r new for startrails

    May 2, 2014

    • Hani J

      hey Shyam.. I always prefer taking maximum 30sec exposures for the star trails.. it makes your life much easier when you are post processing.. you can easily remove frames with plane trails for example without spending long time editing.. I suggest you read my tutorial about startrail and milky way photography in my blog http://bit.ly/1hQUepU­­­

      May 2, 2014

  • Mohamed S.

    Like always .. starting from battuta mall. Seats available.

    2 · April 25, 2014

    • Nirmal D.

      @ Mohamed Shafi
      Please let me know to your contact No. to contact you to confirm at what time I should be at Battuta Mall.

      My contact No. is [masked]

      May 2, 2014

    • Mohamed S.

      [masked]

      May 2, 2014

  • Tasneem

    Thank you

    May 2, 2014

  • Tasneem

    Hi Hani, can you clarify the 'wide lense'? I have one kit lens EFS 18-55mm and another[masked]mm. Will these do or do I need to buy another specific one? Pls tell me asap so that I can get one quickly.

    May 2, 2014

    • Hani J

      exactly as Sasha replied.. 18-55 will be just fine for capturing the startrails..

      May 2, 2014

    • Mohamed S.

      Tripod.

      May 2, 2014

  • Hani J

    Well.. all the weather websites saying it's going to be a clear night except one.. as we always do when we go out to shoot the stars.. let's cross our fingers and hope for the clearest sky.. see you all in a couple of hours..

    May 2, 2014

  • Bassi H.

    Sorry guys, I won't be able to join today as I'm down with flu (that's why I also couldn't attend the meeting on Tuesday). Hope I get to catch up with you all real soon! Have a wonderful weekend..

    1 · May 2, 2014

    • Hani J

      Ohh.. yalla get well and see you soon in another photowalk..

      May 2, 2014

  • Scheherazade S.

    I'm coming from Discovery Gardens side. If anyone needs a ride they can contact at 0553942420.
    Also does anyone have a wide angle lens for a full frame camera to spare for tonight?

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Charnkurt Y.

    Sorry i forgot to ask. Do we need a 4x4 in order to get to the shooting location, or my small hatchback will be ok?

    May 1, 2014

  • Mohamed O.

    Is it 1st of May or 2nd of May?

    May 1, 2014

    • Hani J

      Hello Osama.. it's on Friday 2nd of may.. see you then

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • Nirmal D.

    I did not received any offer to pickup me from Bur Dubai - Al Fahidi Metro Station or from any other point in Bur Dubai convenient to the vehicle owner.
    My Contact No. 050-[masked]

    May 1, 2014

  • wyshad

    is it Thursday night or friday night?

    2 · May 1, 2014

  • Deb

    Hi Hani - will you give us a ride this time too ?? :)

    March 31, 2014

    • Deb

      Sorry will not be able to make it as i hurt myself yesterday.

      May 1, 2014

    • Hani J

      i hope everything is okay..

      May 1, 2014

  • Hani J

    ***Updated 1st of May - Meeting time between 9:00pm and 10:00pm***

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Qadeer Ahmed (.

    Coming from Silicon Oasis anyone needs a ride ping me

    May 1, 2014

  • RohaN

    Hey, i'll be going from Sharjah Majaz Park. Anybody needs a lift from here ? Also hoping some of you lovely people has an extra picnic chair to spare

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Tony

    Hello. I'm new to the group, but without a car. If someone could offer a ride I'd be happy to pay for gas, or help out in some other way. I'm in Dubai, Barsha, close to the Mall of the Emirates.
    Thanks!

    April 10, 2014

  • Nirmal D.

    I need lift from Bur Dubai ( Al Fahidi Metro Station ) or any other location convenient to the friend agreed to pick - up me .....shall be thankful for help. MY CONTACT NO. [masked]

    April 26, 2014

  • Ajith

    Hello there, Let me know anyone need lift from Silicon Oasis / Academic City / Skycourt. Look forward for the event.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Basel A. R. B.

    Happy to offer 3 rides from Dubai. If interested, reply & I'll give you directions to my tower on Shk. Zayed rd.

    2 · April 26, 2014

  • Bassi H.

    Hey guys! Are we really staying until 6am?? :)
    I've never done star trails before so I'm no very familiar with the time required really..

    1 · April 24, 2014

    • Hani J

      Hi Bassi.. usually you need between 2~3 hours of shooting to get a good startrails image.. but usually after your startrails shots you might need to light paint to foreground.. once you are you also might want to take some milky way shots.. however, if you are driving you might leave whenever you feel like it.. this even has a start time, but the end time is open :) I would also suggest to attend the following biweekly meeting http://www.meetup.com...­ since I will be going over everything you want to know about star trails and milky way photography.

      2 · April 24, 2014

  • Amr

    If you needs tips on shooting stars you should attend this meetup http://www.meetup.com/EmiratesPhotoClub/events/174953962/

    4 · April 23, 2014

  • Hussein

    hopefully we have good weather and not a hazy one like the night wanted to capture star trails :( if you can post coordinates please :D

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • Hani J

      Weather is something we cannot control (until now - but we are working on secret project which we tested during the last meetup in RAK); until then, what we always do when we have such events is we cross our fingers, hope for the best weather possible, and then enjoy and make the most of what we have.. the coordinates for the meeting points are mentioned above, we don't share the final destination coordinates because it might change and also because we prefer to go there as a group.. hope to see you

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • Charnkurt Y.

    Any suggestion on how to get an intervalometer?

    March 31, 2014

    • Ahmad

      I have Magic Lantern installed for 8 months now and used it to make time lapses without any problems. I can uninstall it any time I want. I guess the problems start when you ask Magic lantern to challenge your camera beyond its capabilities. Anyways, it comes with a disclaimer from the developers in case something goes wrong with your camera.

      April 5, 2014

    • Charnkurt Y.

      Just found out that I already have a remote control with interval timer. I think I was subconsciously wanting to buy a new toy :p

      1 · April 20, 2014

  • Qadeer Ahmed (.

    Couldn't join the Forgotten Village due to paint job on my car :(, but this one is going to be a go go for me..

    1 · April 6, 2014

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