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Shoot for the Stars

A great preview regarding Light Painting can be found on the blog of co-leader Bill Campbell here http://billcampbellphotography.com/light-painting-at-night/

We will shoot the night sky at Paul's old stomping grounds, Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge on Friday evening, Jan 31st. Friday would be our official evening, and there will be no rain date... or "non-crystal clear" sky date. Without a crystal clear sky this would not be worth our time, the stars at least. There is a lot to learn about shooting the stars, but we might also play with "light painting" some of the barns. I believe this will be a fun one for everybody.

If you want to dive into the deep end on this stuff, visit my friend Floris' free tutorial HERE.

(No, the above is not a night photo. I just wanted to show a sample of the gorgeous old barns)

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  • Paul H.

    Lightpainters!
    One of the true innovators and pioneers in the craft of lightpainting over the past 15+ years has been DAVE BLACK. Y'all might enjoy this interview with him here http://www.alive.photography/blog/2014/5/29/dave-black

    May 30, 2014

  • Bill C.

    Hey everyone. Had a lot of fun last night. Response to several questions..
    -boots for winter - Columbia and Sorel make Pac boots for winter time use for temps down to -25 F. I have used both brands and they work well.
    - the light sticks yiu can get in camping dept of big stores, Coleman made the one we used last night, but iVe found multi colored ones in WalMart.
    - the lasers are from a place online called Wicked Lasers. Like someone pointed out last night, you can't aim a laser like this at airplanes.. Big federal nono.
    - the smaller flashlight I used (that you can get colored filters for like the red and blue we used) is a SureFire LumaMax LX2 which is a 200 lumen LED flashlight. They aren't cheap, but work well for what I do at night.
    -tripods for those looking.. Look for a carbon fiber tripod.. Manfrotto, Gitzo and Induro are good choices. I use Really Right Stuff tripods and ball heads, but their expensive, but the best you can find and durable.

    February 1, 2014

  • Paul H.

    Anytime you paint with light, fun will be had. But this was more fun than I even thought it would be. Great group!

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Debbie G.

    Sorry we had to take off early, but it was great to meet new faces and see returning faces. Love the pictures posted. My mind is churning with ideas for light painting, but maybe on a little warmer night.

    February 1, 2014

  • Carolyn Alexander F.

    Thanks Juan for lending me a tripod do I could fully participate! Please share with me what kind of tripod I was using ..,I really liked it,

    February 1, 2014

    • Juan N.

      The legs are the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT and the tripod head is also Vanguard model SBH-250. I believe you can find them in Amazon.

      February 1, 2014

    • Carolyn Alexander F.

      Thanks for the info!

      February 1, 2014

  • Bill C.

    Caroline, I use fingerless gloves ( or when it's really cold fingerless mittens) and use a very thin pair of liner gloves underneath so I can still feel the camera and buttons, but it insulates my fingers some. Hope your blister isn't too bad.

    3 · February 1, 2014

    • Carolyn Alexander F.

      Those are some good tips! Blister is much better and totally worth it. I had a great time and learned some really cool new things AND met some really nice new friends!

      February 1, 2014

  • Carolyn Alexander F.

    My fingers were so cold last night that I didn't feel the pain of my finger getting Vaught in the leg of the tripod until I warned up 15 minutes later in the car and noticed a huge blister! Next time I will bring my down mittens.

    February 1, 2014

  • Carolyn Alexander F.

    I had so much fun learning about light painting! I can't wait to start experimenting with this.

    February 1, 2014

  • Lauren S.

    Pretty sure I'll never warm up, but very worth it. So fun and great group! Share some snaps please!

    January 31, 2014

    • Mark H.

      Lauren, There are a couple photos that you may be interested in. Hope you like them. :-)

      1 · February 1, 2014

    • Lauren S.

      They are great! Thanks so much! Researching tripods so I can create my own. Thanks for lending me yours!

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Juan N.

    I had a good time last night and as a bonus learned a lot :-) Nice meeting everybody and hope to do this again when it gets warmer.

    February 1, 2014

  • larry

    Thanks for arranging this. It was nice to meet everyone. I have finally warmed up. The suggestion to get super warm clothing for winter photography are spot on. I routinely hike in below freezing weather all day and this was way colder! What is the name of the winter boots you suggested? Enjoy your day!

    February 1, 2014

  • Mark H.

    Made me feel like a kid again. Had a great time and great people. Now that's something different!

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Betty G.

    Loved it all. Never would have thought to light paint on my own.

    January 31, 2014

  • Betty G.

    This was much fun!! I would have never done light painting on my own. Loved seeing and meeting all the new people and the regulars, too.

    January 31, 2014

  • Ada Z.

    Awesome! Fun!

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Carolyn Alexander F.

    Really fun!

    January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have no GPS, and couldn't find the Kelly Rd. Pity.
    I have to return. Hope you guys have fun.

    January 31, 2014

  • Carolyn Alexander F.

    Does anyone have an extra tripod I could borrow for the evening?

    January 31, 2014

    • Juan N.

      I have an extra one and will bring it.

      January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry having dog issues at home. Got out of the fence and I got animal control harping at me. got to fix the fence tonight or next time I get a ticket. seem like a lot of fun!

    January 31, 2014

  • Paul H.

    A great preview before tonight's Light Painting can be found on the blog of co-leader Bill Campbell here http://billcampbellphotography.com/light-painting-at-night/

    January 31, 2014

  • Ada Z.

    Paul I am on a waiting list. How long is that list?
    Can I still come?

    January 29, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Looks like one spot is now available. Bruce had to change his RSVP.

      January 31, 2014

  • Paul H.

    Bill Campbell and I are talking about Friday evening. If the weather is slightly overcast (as currently predicted) then we will turn our focus specifically toward LIGHT PAINTING of the landscape. Trust me, this is not a second-rate backup plan. See you Friday!

    2 · January 27, 2014

    • Debbie G.

      I've been anxious to try light painting so I'm excited. Bringing a friend who is a photo newbie.

      January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another question. Which lens should I bring? Wide angle or telescope? What is proper focal length for star shooting? I have a 28mm/f2.8 prime which is equivalent to 45mm on 35mm camera. It is light and compact. I want to bring this one only. Is it enough?

    January 10, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Hello Charles. The most important consideration with stars is the WIDEST POSSIBLE F/STOP. So, a prime anything (such as your f/2.8) is great. I will primarily be shooting with a 16-35mm f/2.8. Hope that helps!

      2 · January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks a lot.

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to star shooting. I have a Canon T3, tripod and remote control. Are those enough? Should I bring a backup battery?
    Hope to learn more from all of you.

    January 9, 2014

    • Paul H.

      And yes, a backup battery is a very good idea.

      January 13, 2014

  • Jonathan Y.

    I can finally make one. Really looking forward to it.

    1 · January 9, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Alright! See you there Jonathan. Bring tripod AND some light power if you have any. Something like a big spotting scope works great for lightpainting the barns.

      January 13, 2014

  • Bill C.

    Charles, definitely bring a backup battery. you will just have to see how well the T3 does with long exposures. The noise generated will be the hardest thing to overcome. We can talk about ways to deal with that.
    Cecilia, you might be testing the limits of the Powershot for stars, especially since I doubt you can achieve an exposure longer than 30 seconds, but the light painting should turn out just fine and is a lot of fun.

    January 9, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Well said Bill. Yes, Cecilia, the light painting will be loads of good fun. Bring a tripod for sure!

      January 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks for reminding about the tripod.

      January 10, 2014

  • Betty G.

    Sounds like fun and definitely something different.

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Never have done night shooting before looking forward to it! i have a cannon Power Shot SX 50 HS will this work? I am still learning how to use this camera. my expertise has been the basic digital point and shot camera.

    January 8, 2014

  • Aaron F.

    Great idea, Paul!

    1 · January 2, 2014

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