** Date Changed to Saturday, July 26th ** (All other details the same.)
Come learn how to photograph the stars and Milky Way, both as static images and as long swirling trails of moving light. The moon sets at 8 pm, the sun sets at 8:25 pm, and it is the weekend of the new moon, so there should be a minimum of other lights in the sky. (The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower is peaking around the 28th, so we might also get lucky with that.)
We will meet at 8:15 pm in the Middleton Park and Ride (4817 Parmenter St, Middleton, WI 53562) and then leave for Indian Lake County Park by 8:23 pm, or you can meet us at the park. We will meet at the *WEST* (second) parking lot. Bring a tripod and remote shutter release for best results. (Be sure to also dress for the weather/bugs and consider bringing a small flashlight or headlamp. It would be ideal if it has a 'red light' setting to avoid bright lights getting into other peoples' eyes and pictures.)
Clear, cloud-free skies are a must for star photographs. If it is cloudy but not raining, then we can experiment with lights and light painting, and I will reschedule the star photography attempt for Saturday night. If it is raining, I will reschedule the whole thing for Saturday. I will post a final update by 5 pm at the latest if we will need to reschedule entirely. Hopefully the weather will cooperate (this time)!
For more on star photography, read http://www.boostyourphotography.com/2013/07/stacking-star-trails.html
For more on light painting (orb spinning in particular), read http://www.boostyourphotography.com/2013/06/light-painting-how-to-spin-orb.html (This also has links to recommended LED lights to bring for this.)