Star Trails Photography

NOTE: This event is weather dependent and will be canceled if raining or cloudy.

If you have other suggestions on the locations and time, please let me or one of the event organizers know. Please make sure you can attend the event before signing up. :-)

Equipment to bring: DSLR or mirrorless camera, a cable release (not wireless and doesn't need to have timer), ultra-wide or wide angle lens, a good/heavy tripod, flash light, and... food/drinks?! 

Note: Most Point & Shoot cameras don't allow you to use a cable release, and the sensors may be too small for shooting stars with high ISO settings. Also, please become familiar with the buttons on your camera - since we will be working in the dark!

For additional information, please see the video below regarding the equipment, technique, and post processing for star trails photography:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ypRbPzoPM

This is my first attempt on star trails:

Here's the photo by Scott:

DATE: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 - No moonlight at all!

TIME: Please plan to arrive at the Park around 4:30pm. The gate at the Park will close at 5pm. Yes, we can leave the Park after (probably between 10pm - midnight). :-) 

LOCATION: Bogue Chitto State Park, 6 miles south of Franklinton, LA (Washington Parish). Two locations within the Park - Interpretive ground and day use area. The Park can send a ranger to accompany the group and assist the group for special needs. http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iboguechitto.aspx

TRANSPORTATION: If we have enough people who would like to carpool, we can probably rent a van, meet at a place where everyone can park the cars, and drive up with the van.

FEE: $2 per person to enter the Park.

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  • Cindy L.

    Great field trip! Thanks for planning it Conrad!

    4 · November 3, 2013

  • scott b.

    Does anyone have a power chord for a 2008 macbook

    November 3, 2013

  • Conrad L.

    Anyone need StarStax for Windows can download from my Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7jKrDn9gRXTTmZTZU85X2RHbXc/edit?usp=sharing

    November 3, 2013

  • Conrad L.

    Thank you everyone for coming out to the park enjoying the stars. :-)

    2 · November 2, 2013

  • Kirt

    I am 10 mins away

    November 2, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      We are in here. Once you come in, turn right and follow the signs to interpretive area.

      November 2, 2013

  • Cindy L.

    Are y'all gonna stay by the gate or where should we meet everyone

    November 2, 2013

  • Cindy L.

    On my way about 10 miles away

    November 2, 2013

  • Conrad L.

    We will meet at the gate where the park office is.

    November 2, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      You are close to the area - it's called the interpretive area.

      November 2, 2013

    • Nathan

      Ok. It's not far.

      November 2, 2013

  • James

    I have an extra tripod if anyone needs to borrow one. I also have an extra canon eos digital rebel that I'll be bringing as well.

    November 2, 2013

  • Cindy L.

    Hey Conrad or Scott! Excited about tomorrow night, what lens did ya'll use? and did ya'll use the settings that the video recommended?

    November 2, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      Cindy, we used wide angle lenses. Think we both had at 10mm. Since you have a full frame, the equivalent would be 15mm. And yes, we used the recommended settings from the video. :-)

      November 2, 2013

    • Cindy L.

      Thank you, I will meet ya'll at the entrance for 4:30

      November 2, 2013

  • Kelly C.

    I have room for one more in my car if anyone is interested that lives in Metairie. In fact, can I follow somebody???? What time should I leave. ;)

    October 29, 2013

    • Kelly C.

      Sounds good. Email me. [masked] Swee and Amanda are riding also ;)

      1 · October 29, 2013

    • Colleen

      Have fun! Please tell them I said hello!

      1 · October 31, 2013

  • Colleen

    I was really looking forward to this but will not be able to make it. Y'all have fun!

    October 31, 2013

  • Bill C.

    I'm unable to participate. Looking forward to being able to attend. Hope each of you get some great shots!

    October 31, 2013

  • Heidi

    What time are people leaving and coming back. Went to Franklinton this month for their October fair/festival. It took 1 1/2 hours from Metairie to get there.

    October 30, 2013

  • Nathan

    I will most likely be camping there Friday and Saturday night if anyone is interested in joining me.

    October 29, 2013

  • Lizzie

    I really wanna go. But its a littler far from where I live :(
    And I only a semi-professional camera

    October 29, 2013

  • Cathy G

    I am really interested in attending this meet-up. but I am worried that I have no experience with the processing and developing of the photos. Does this prevent me from attending or can someone help me at the site? Thanks

    October 21, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      The video above shows you how to process the photos using Lightroom and StarStaX (free to download). But if you have questions, just let me know. Will try to help you with the post processing. Also check above for a list of equipment to bring. :-)

      October 21, 2013

    • scott b.

      It's easy . I had no experience before congress and I tooj that first round of photos

      October 28, 2013

  • Conrad L.

    Looks like we will have a clear Saturday night. :-)

    2 · October 28, 2013

  • Conrad L.

    Had 1st attempt tonight with Star Trails with Scott - see the result above~ :-)

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • scott b.

      we did one hour...about a[masked] snaps

      October 10, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      We tried about an hour. The lens got condensation on it. Lol. Good thing it didn't show up on the pictures.

      October 10, 2013

  • James

    So looking forward to this, the other night was nearly perfect for star shooting.

    October 8, 2013

  • scott b.

    i hate to talk crazy (no i don't) but tonite october 8th would be perfect if anyone else is up for jumping. call it a good test run. the weather is clear tonite as long a the canadian winds hold and the moon sets by 9:30. i can drive and would have room for three others. we would just need to think of a spot. anyone ........anyone

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • scott b.

      the night is going to be perfect........

      October 8, 2013

    • Conrad L.

      Lol. What do you have in mind? The state park closes early, and you have to go at least 5 to 10th miles north of Covington... Not sure about good places to do that. Email me, maybe I will go with you. :-D

      October 8, 2013

  • scott b.

    As well I don't mind driving and could take 3 people

    October 1, 2013

  • Conrad L.

    Additional information regarding equipment posted above. Please read and make sure you are prepared to work in the dark! :-)

    October 1, 2013

  • Heidi

    I don't like to drive so the idea of renting a van sounds wonderful! I might also bring my telescope.

    October 1, 2013

  • Gary E C.

    Looking forward to this
    always wanted to try but could never stay awake long enough.

    October 1, 2013

  • scott b.

    O yeah

    September 28, 2013

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