Star Trail Photography - Red Rocks Amphitheater

Hello Everyone! Just a quick update on this weekends festivities....  It will be in the mid-forties while we're photographing on both nights, so make sure to remember your jacket and hat/gloves to stay comfortable.  This also means you will want to make sure your battery has a full charge, long exposures and cold temps are the quickest way to run down a DSLR battery.

Friday night is supposed to be partly cloudy (40% clouds) in the evening, please do not let this discourage you as we should still be able to get both star trails and cloud streaking for some very cool effects.  I'll also have my large lamp for light painting the amphitheater.

Saturday evening should be clear skies with less than 15% cloud cover and just a bit colder.

Park in the upper north lot (see this map: http://www.redrocksonline.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=fw6Cldx79Xc%3d&tabid=76 ) and we'll be meeting at the top of the amphitheater, near the visitor's center.

It's Easter weekend as well, which means there will be a Sunday morning service at the amphitheater.  Last year they did not do setup the evening before and I do not expect them to this year, but if for some reason the upper amphitheater is unavailable, we'll be setting up our tripods on the upper north parking lot.

See all of you Friday and Saturday.

-Andy

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We'll be meeting at plaza at the top of Red Rocks Amphitheater at 7:30PM. This is a substitution for our monthly light painting meetup.  We will be working on exposure times of 20-60 minutes, so the ability to use bulb mode on your camera is an essential skill.

I want to get the group out there for some night shots before the amphitheater gets overrun for the summer.  Also, we'll be doing extremely long exposures which will build heat in the sensor and give you extra noise.  The outside temperature will be around 45-50 degrees during the exposure which should keep the sensor noise to a minimum.

Sunset is at 7:22pm, and we will have minimal light from the moon during the meetup.  The park is open until 11pm. Red Rocks is still close enough from the city to get some light pollution bouncing off the atmosphere which should give us a nice effect on the foreground rocks.

I will also bring some light painting gear for those that want a brighter foreground.

 

For this meetup, the items you will need:

  • Tripod
  • Wired remote with bulb lock feature for your camera (very inexpensive)
  • Intervalometer (Optional)
  • Patience

 

For this meetup, skills you will need:

  • Patience
  • Knowledge of using the BULB mode on your DSLR (please ask me before the meetup if you have questions about this)
  • The ability to work with your camera in very low light (know your camera).
  • Patience

 

Here's a video from Scott Kelby on doing long exposures in bulb mode (you can ignore the part about the filter as you won't need it at night) http://youtu.be/3_dKH2mLt0c

Please let me know if you have any questions.

-Andy

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  • Anita W.

    Andy, my first time with this group!! Loved it. Thanks for the light painting.

    March 31, 2013

  • John K.

    Thanks for the try. Winds and clouds eliminated me.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will have to miss this meet, my boss is arranging ester party for his team, can't miss it :)
    Will attend the next session of star shoot.....

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will have to miss this meet, my boss is arranging ester party for his team, can't miss it :)
    Will attend the next session of star shoot.....

    March 30, 2013

  • Anna

    IM seeing "snow" in the forecast for Sat, but perhaps thats just up here in the mountains, I really hope not.

    March 30, 2013

    • Andy J.

      Last night was looking all doom and gloom until about 7pm, and then by 8:30 the skys were clear. I'm not terribly worried about the rain/snow. Even if we don't get stars there's plenty to photography in the night at that location.

      March 30, 2013

  • John K.

    How early will the Easter Sunday crowd start forming at the park?

    March 30, 2013

    • Andy J.

      I doubt there will be a sizeable Easter crowd there before we leave (the park closes to the public at 11pm). If we do run into a space issue, we will just move the group from the upper pavillion back to the upper north parking lot and setup our tripods there.

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change in availability. Will have to miss this one.

    March 28, 2013

  • Martin S.

    Won't the Moon be in the way this week? I think it's full tonight, so it will rise a couple of hours after sunset on Saturday.

    March 28, 2013

    • Andy J.

      Martin, I already checked to make sure it wouldn't be a problem. Moonrise isn't until 10:23pm on Friday and 11:32pm on Saturday evening. The park is closed to the public after 11pm, so I don't think the moon will be an issue.

      1 · March 28, 2013

  • Karl G.

    Looking forward to meeting with everyone and capturing some new images!

    March 27, 2013

  • Dan S.

    Whoops - thought this was on Friday. Unfortunately cannot make Saturday! Next time...

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be on travel. Sorry to miss it. Hope you'll do another.

    February 14, 2013

    • Andy J.

      Michelle, there will be more for sure!

      February 22, 2013

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