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.
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:
- Wired remote with bulb lock feature for your camera (very inexpensive)
- Intervalometer (Optional)
For this meetup, skills you will need:
- 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).
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.