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Salt Lake City SMUG 'NightScape'­ PhotoWalk (free)

The Salt Lake City SMUG group has asked me to conduct a free, 'NightScape' style PhotoWalk in one of the nearby Salt Lake City canyons early this summer. I've chosen to have us meet up at Silver Lake, in Big Cottonwood Canyon. This evening event will last from 8:00 PM until 1:00 or 2:00 the next morning! Although good starry night sky conditions will not be available until about 11:00 PM, starting this early will allow us to mingle, talk, and shoot the sunset and twilight.

Some of you may wish to plan an overnight stay in one of the nearby camping areas. (Note: The Spruces opens on May 23, but the higher, Redman Campground is closed until June 20.)

During this event, I will give basic instruction on how to photograph the night sky and capture stars and the Milky Way as points of light in an evening landscape -- all in ONE exposure. I will also demonstrate some of my light painting techniques. Most of our time will be spent taking photos of what we have learned together and comparing notes (including sharing captures from the LCD screens of our cameras :)

Each person will provide their own transportation to the parking lot at the Silver Lake Information Center (you may wish to meet at the mouth of the canyon and carpool to the lake). Each will be responsible to bring their own photography equipment, drinking water, snacks, and a warm jacket or sweater.

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  • Jeannie M.

    Royce, can you organize another night shoot in the Salt Lake area soon? There is Guardsman Pass, Lonely Rock in Tooele County, Great Salt Lake at night........

    3 · June 4, 2013

    • Royce B.

      Great ideas. Maybe after I catch up on a few of my assignments, work, and etc. :)

      2 · June 5, 2013

  • Royce B.

    I tried to visit with as many of you as I could and look at your LCD monitors. What I saw was amazing. So many of you had points of view that I had overlooked! Your stars and Milky Way captures just popped. Although it was a bit cold, the warmth of your friendliness and helpfulness to others was felt!

    6 · June 1, 2013

    • Royce B.

      Very impressive! You made it look much better than the naked eye view.

      June 1, 2013

    • Bill G.

      I just tried to emulate the master...

      June 3, 2013

  • Casey G.

    Awesome meetup. Awesome location. Awesome skies.

    June 3, 2013

  • Bobby

    The moon finally came up over the mountain at 3am. I'm sooooo tired right now!

    1 · June 1, 2013

    • Bobby

      Not stronger, just foolish. ;)

      June 1, 2013

    • Sherry Lange M.

      I left around 130a. I couldn't feel my toes.

      June 3, 2013

  • Ken G.

    I thought it was very good. I did not get to meet Royce, but I did learn (second hand) from some others in the group who had met with him. I enjoyed it despite being rather cold. Thanks Royce for putting this together for us.

    June 1, 2013

  • Vivek T.

    Great experience..Thanks to Royce for his guidance

    June 1, 2013

  • Celia D.

    Great time. Thanks Royce.

    1 · June 1, 2013

    • Royce B.

      You are so welcome. ...glad you came! I'm so looking forward to June 10-14!

      June 1, 2013

  • Sherry b.

    It was cold cold last night, but worth it. Did pretty good for my first time with night shooting and the milkyway. Thank you Royce and two other photographers who shivered in the cold next to me, good company.

    3 · June 1, 2013

    • Royce B.

      Me, shiver? I had the heater on all the way down the mountain ;-)

      June 1, 2013

  • Almoustine

    Cool and crisp, clear and amazing. The beaver finally went to bed and the lake was smooth as glass for most of the night. Great company and instruction by Royce and Scott.

    1 · June 1, 2013

    • Royce B.

      That beaver was a work-a-holic! Scott was a savior.

      June 1, 2013

  • Vivek T.

    Thanks Royce..took so e great shots and ll post it soon..I owe you coup,e of D batteries..let me know when and where I can give it to you

    June 1, 2013

    • Royce B.

      You can pay me back by posting your light-painting shots :) I can't wait to see them!

      June 1, 2013

  • Ron W.

    Royce, thanks for taking the time to give individual instruction and suggestions. I had a great time and learned a lot. It was a real opportunity to share the pier with you and the others. I have posted a selection of my photos on my Facebook page as well.
    https://www.facebook.com/ron.walker.773776?ref=tn_tnmn
    Thanks again. Ron

    2 · June 1, 2013

    • Royce B.

      I enjoyed the Milky Way processing variations. Nicely done!

      June 1, 2013

  • Steven S.

    Thanks, Royce! A wonderful learning experience!

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Kathy T.

    Great shots. Wish i can make it next time

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now I wish that I didn't value my sleep as much. Sound like I missed out on good shots and good people. Hopefully I'll make it next time.

    June 1, 2013

  • Dane

    It was great! First time taking pictures of stars. Can't wait to go back up to get some more pictures.

    June 1, 2013

  • Marc & Lori C.

    Was great, fun to meet new people.

    June 1, 2013

  • Paul T.

    Royce, I've used glove liners for several years. You are right, they are great.

    May 31, 2013

  • Deb

    I am fairly new to photography, I understand ISOs apertures and shutter speeds pretty well but not much beyond. Will my camera(sony a35) and I be able to keep up?
    Also, is anyone carpooling from Sugarhouse?

    May 11, 2013

    • Dane

      If anyone wants to meet in the Dan's parking lot on Wasatch Blvd and about 3900 South we can carpool from there

      1 · May 14, 2013

    • Dane

      I'll be in the Dan's between 645-7. Text if you want to carpool from there. [masked]

      May 31, 2013

  • Eric

    Any interest in meeting at the big cottonwood park and ride and we can car pool up say meet at 8 and leave at 8:15.

    May 31, 2013

  • Almoustine

    I will be driving. Have room for 4 anyone need a ride if I leave SLC at 5:30-6:00?

    May 31, 2013

  • Ray

    Have a question, is the shoot taking place at Silver Lake or are we meeting there and hiking to location? If a hike is involved, is it wheelchair friendly or do I need to change my RSVP ?

    April 25, 2013

  • Mindi H.

    I really wanted to go to this, but I am unable to because of a wedding I have to shoot this weekend. I hope you will do another one of these local nightscape photowalks. Thanks!

    May 30, 2013

  • Royce B.

    Have any of you ever used glove "liners" in your photography work? You'll find them very useful on cool nights, like the one we are going to experience this Friday! Here's a blog I just wrote on this subject:
    http://intothenightphoto.blogspot.com/2013/05/gloves-for-cold-night-photography.html

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Royce B.

    In preparation for our Friday photowalk at Silver Lake, here are a couple of links with helpful information and a map:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ironrodart/8884785692/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ironrodart/8885428935/
    http://intothenightphoto.blogspot.com/2013/05/nightscape-photo-recipe.html

    Looking forward to seeing you all,

    -Royce

    May 30, 2013

  • Ken G.

    Will a 24-85 zoom that opens to 2.8 work, or a[masked]?

    May 28, 2013

    • Royce B.

      Yes, the zoom @ f/2.8 will work fine. Use it at the 24mm zoom setting. Try a base exposure of 30" @f2.8, ISO 3200 (normally, you'd go 6400, but there'll still be enough light pollution in Brighton that you can drop down to 3200). My 50mm f/1.4 performs well, but I did have to stop it down to f/2.8 to get rid of most of the coma aberrations. However, I'd rather have coma than ugly noise. Try a base exposure of 15 seconds (because of its narrower field of view) @ f/2, ISO 3200. These 2 scenes were shot with a half hour of each other. The 1st with a 24mm, and the second with the 50mm: http://www.flickr.com...­
      http://www.flickr.com...­

      May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On another note it is nice to know there is"picture line" (?????) and inkleys to actually be able to buy stuff at. I was back east until recently and ---every-- single camera outlet went out of business except a ritz camera store 50 miles south of town( that's of course because of Internet shopping)

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not really sure I will make this as I need to check my work schedule in a couple days. I was not as concerned with camera shake on my last question as that maybe if I went without a cable release I can only shoot up to 30 seconds when maybe I need to shoot 15 minutes to get any kind of night shot ( but I think I have read you can't shoot more tan a minute or two with digital anyway?????)

    May 28, 2013

  • Vivek T.

    thanks Royce.Yes, I will be there for the lecture session.

    May 26, 2013

  • Vivek T.

    Thanks Royce..am renting this lens and really excited..can you advice on how to achieve the focus while capturing the night sky/stars

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • Royce B.

      If you're going to my May 28th lecture, I'll be discussing that in detail. The short answer is: 1) Prefocus with auto on an infinity subject in the daytime. Mark that point on your focus barrel (that's because the manufacturer's infinity mark does not work on all lenses). When shooting stars at night, switch from auto to manual focus, rotate to your pre-tested infinity mark, and tape down the focus (an extra precaution). 2) The second method is to manual focus using live view. If you camera will allow you to enlarge the LCD image (my Canon enlarges to 10X), be sure to do that for extra accuracy. Once focus has been achieved, tape down the focus barrel with a tape that does not leave residue, such as the blue masking tape or gaffer's tape (not duct tape).

      May 25, 2013

  • Charli B.

    Royce, On your recommendation, I bought a Bower[masked]mm lens when it was on sale. It hasn't been used as I bought it for you night workshops. BUT I also have the Nikkor 2.8 14-24 lens. Do you recommend using both or selling the Bower? Not the worse problem to have. I will be coming next Friday from Park City if anyone wants to carpool over Guardsman.

    Charli

    1 · May 24, 2013

    • Royce B.

      The Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 is one of the few lenses that surpasses the Bower (Samyang) 14mm for stars. Although the Bower has excellent coma correction, the Nikkor is slightly sharper overall (especially in the corners), has less vignetting, and has the advantage of 9 more mm of zoom range. Yes, I would sell the Bower to one of the rest of us poor devils who doesn't have an extra $1,800 to spend on a lens ;-)

      May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to night photography and I don't have a wide angle zoom, but instead have a telephoto zoom-Canon[masked] f2.8. Will it be fine to learn using this?

    May 24, 2013

  • Vivek T.

    Royce, I am planning to rent Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 af-s lens for this workshop.please advice, if this is a right lens.

    May 18, 2013

    • Royce B.

      Vivek, I sent you a private message on this 5 days ago, but for everyone else, this is an awesome lens! Yes, rent it! If you can afford to buy it some day, do it.

      May 23, 2013

    • Eric

      Picture line in salt lake has a great selection of rental lens. I have used them for high end lens for photographing art work for reproduction.

      May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am concerned as I do not have a cable release but assume it might be a necessity. Do you or anyone have one I can borrow if needed for this event for a canon(d-30).bob pear

    May 23, 2013

    • Royce B.

      In a pinch, use your self-timer. Even a 2-sec. delay will allow most of the vibrations to settle down, especially if your exposure is 10 to 30 seconds long.

      May 23, 2013

  • Celia D.

    I'll be coming from the Tooele area if anyone wants to carpool.

    May 23, 2013

  • Ray

    If anyone else has a DSLR camera with Infrared capabilities, I can show you how to make an IR dongle for use with an Android or IPhone that allows you to remotely control your camera from your smart phone. Mine works great with my Nikon. Call me for more info at[masked]-9717. Ray

    May 21, 2013

  • Royce B.

    Please consider getting a headlamp or a flashlight with a red LED to help preserve your night vision and to avoid annoying others on our photowalk ;-) The Energizer 7 LED is under $20 and can be purchased at your local Lowe's or sporting goods store. Here's a recent blog article I wrote comparing some of the brands out there: http://intothenightphoto.blogspot.com/2013/05/preserving-your-starry-night-vision.html

    May 14, 2013

  • Linda M.

    I'm in Centerville. Is anyone carpooling from that direction?

    May 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      we can meet somewhere in Centerville and carpool

      1 · May 9, 2013

    • Linda M.

      Hi guys, I think I've got it covered. But thanks!

      1 · May 11, 2013

  • Israel A.

    I live in Lindon, any body around here?

    May 8, 2013

  • Deanna G.

    Can't wait to learn new skills and would love to car pool. Thought about meeting up at the park and ride on Wasatch Blvd if that works

    2 · May 7, 2013

  • Sherry Lange M.

    I’ve always been fascinated with nightscapes; I’d love any opportunity to learn and would love to join this workshop.

    May 6, 2013

  • Lori K.

    Yes, My first photowalk, looking forward to learning new skills

    May 4, 2013

  • M&M

    Thank you for your generousity! Can't wait!

    April 28, 2013

  • Vivek T.

    Yes Royce, you are right. Am living at Fairstone apartments, taylorsville, is some one is close by we can do the car pooling

    April 27, 2013

  • Royce B.

    CAR POOLING. Even though only about one-half of the people that RSVP for events actually show up, we may still have a pretty big crowd at this popular photowalk. As of today, we have 85 signed up. If 42 and one-half of a persons show up at Silver Lake Information Center parking lot, all bringing their OWN car, we'll jam the lot and part way down the canyon. Therefore, lets start thinking and talking about carpooling as much as we can.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Vivek T.

    Great I ll be there. Could you please let's us know the lenses and equipment s we need to carry that day

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • Royce B.

      Good question. I will be send out more info on this, but until then, here goes: Wide-angle prime lenses with fast apertures (f/2.8 or faster) are best. Wide-angle zooms will also work (f/3.5 or faster). You also need to be able to manual focus or use live-view to focus. Any DSLR that is capable of ISO 1600 or higher. A good tripod. A remote release is also helpful, but you can use your build-in self-timer. A headlamp is very helpful, especially one that has a red LED to save your night vision (and not be so annoying to your neighbor ;-) ... I'm not sure how warm May 31 will be, but a light pair of synthetic or silk gloves has always been welcome on cool nights.

      April 26, 2013

  • Darren S.

    Royce - I have read about this for a while, and I tried this past weekend to capture some of these images, but with little or no success. What lens(es) ought I bring? looking forward to this - a lot.

    April 15, 2013

    • Casey G.

      Darren, I use my kit lens (18-55) and am able to get decent results. However, I know that the widest angle lens with largest aperture is best.

      April 25, 2013

    • Royce B.

      Wide-angle prime lenses with fast apertures (f/2.8 or faster) are best. Wide-angle zooms will also work (f/3.5 or faster).

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone want to carpool? I am in Bountiful[masked] [masked]

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Celia D.

    I'm looking forward to this meetup.

    April 2, 2013

  • Jessica L.

    Spruces locks the gate at 10 pm, so if you do choose to camp there, you will need to hike in to your campsite from the entrance, so maybe pick a site close to the entrance.

    1 · March 29, 2013

    • Royce B.

      I forgot about that! You are so right. I had a similar experience last year, and we had to park our car near the gate and walk to our campsite (which was all set up in advance).

      1 · April 2, 2013

  • Paul T.

    I'll be there. I'm looking forward to meeting everybody.

    March 30, 2013

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