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Starry Night at Providence Canyon

  • Oct 19, 2013 · 12:30 PM

A little under three hours north is the "Little Grand Canyon" of Georgia. See: http://www.gastateparks.org/ProvidenceCanyon I'm proposing camping to those of you up to it, and starry night photos out in the boonies!
http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/81529/startrails_2av~.jpg (this was not taken there... just star example.) Also some pics during the day time for sure, hence the camping as sunset and sunrise are the best photos in the canyon.
Meet in Publix parking lot to carpool or follow and drive on up.

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  • Greg W.

    I'm sorry that I am unable to attend, last minute issues. Have a great time, I'll be there the next time.

    October 18, 2013

    • Sean P.

      Missed you Greg! Hope to see you at next one.

      October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup - had a blast! Lots of photos to process now!! :)

    1 · October 21, 2013

    • Brenda

      Same here! A really great time! Thank you and thanks Sean and Abbey too :-)

      October 21, 2013

  • Brenda

    My Husband and I are coming...might be 10-15 minutes late to the Publix...we are trying to pack it all in last minute and make sure we can actually carry all of our camping gear over a mile! see ya'll soon

    October 19, 2013

    • Brenda

      Oh, yes, we do still have plenty of room for Dana and Abbey to ride along. Can I get someone's cell number, like Sean or Dana (just in case), thanks!

      October 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      [masked] is my cell... we will be in publix... call when you get here. -dana

      October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    CARPOOLING - Important info, please respond within this post: We can only permit 3 cars for parking for our group... so some will have to carpool to this event. Please let me know if you are interested in driving/taking someone or want to carpool with someone so we have a plan. Thanks!

    October 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Brenda - Maybe Abby and I can ride with you? I have a wagon, not as comfortable for carpooling as a minivan.

      October 14, 2013

    • Brenda

      Sure! We should fit fine. I don't have A/C but as long as the weather is dry and mild it probably wouldn't be an issue.

      October 14, 2013

  • Sean P.

    Probably one full gallon water per person. Do you guys want to pick up hot dogs etc at winn Dixie while there?

    October 13, 2013

    • Sean P.

      Wd is on N Monroe at Fred George rd. I think we go up Monroe to get there. If we're going up Thomasville we could do Publix at cap circle & Thomasville.

      October 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yep - we went up thomasville to get there when we went. Publix is great!

      October 14, 2013

  • Sean P.

    Actually, we can get there the same from Thomasville and Cap Circle Publix - Let's meet there, much nicer area to leave cars overnight.

    October 14, 2013

    • Sean P.

      Just changed official location, map is on there if you click on "Publix" Also changing time to 12:30 to allow for some food foraging.

      October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Found a cool article about twighlight/star trails photography... http://www.artinnaturephotography.com/gallery/twilightarticle/

    October 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also discovered the moon will be full the night we are there. (for better or for worse... pros and cons to that, but it will be all good!)

      1 · October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Personal Gear... Part 2:

    -Flash Lights and Lanterns. Both for safety and finding our way back and forth from the canyon to our camping facilities, and also with a snoot for light painting as that could be super fun with the canyon!!

    -Walking Stick! - The first quarter mile down from (and back up to) the parking area is not the most friendly trail - and it is relatively steep. If you are travelling with a large pack, a walking stick is the easiest way down (and back up).

    -Plenty of water - there is a soda/water machine about 2 miles from the campsite (next to the parking area), so a lot of water needs to be carried in.

    October 1, 2013

    • Sean P.

      Ooooh. Hadn't thought about light paining in the canyon!!

      October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gear Part 3 - Post 5&6 of 6=

    -Tripod: I would say a tripod is a necessity - we will hopefully be enjoying some beautiful sunsets/sunrises over the canyon and the long exposure and ability to bracket shots will be imperative. (we will also provide assistance if you are not familiar with these techniques.)

    Flash: Shooting in nature, especially in the canyons will not be particularly suited for flash photography... perhaps if you have a flash extender, or plan to shoot some macro along the way, flash would be a good component to throw in the bag.

    REMEMBER - Anything you pack in, you need to pack back out to keep the campground and wilderness in good condition!

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Safety & Gear:
    -Abby and I will bring a full first aid kit - please bring any special medications you might need outside of regular precautions (allergies to bee stings, insulin, etc.)

    Camera Gear:
    -Aside from the flashlights and snoot (basically some dark cardboard to create a cone around your flashlight) advised above:

    -Camera: Your best camera body, allowing for longest exposure, or if you have a remote for the camera, definitely bring that. Don't be afraid though, short exposures can also work well. We will work with you based on your equipment to get the best shots throughout the weekend.

    -Lenses: Any lens will do. For star trails and canyon shots, wide angles can be a lot of fun.. If you don' have a wide angle, a standard zoom lens would be good. There may be occasions to have a long telephoto lens to shoot specific wildlife, but the hike is long, and it may not be worth bringing the huge lenses.

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Food...post #3 of 6:
    -Dinner for Saturday night - Please reply here if you are interested in bringing items for a community dinner - I would suggest each bring one of the following - 2 pks hot dogs, 2 pks buns, 2-3 bags chips, Veggie - cucumbers to cut or other simple veggie (carrots/celery, etc), Marshmallows/Chocolate/Graham Crackers would be fun for roasting over the fire in the evening, or campfire popcorn for a snack
    -There is plenty of wood around for campfires, but we need to bring matches/firestarter (Abby and I will have a good supply of both if no one brings any)
    -Sunday Breakfast - protein bars supplied individually (bring your own), or if anyone is ambitious with a real campfire breakfast, go for it.
    -We should be heading out in time to grab lunch on the way back on Sunday (or bring some additional protein bars/lunch snacks in case we run late).

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been meaning to do a post on this for a while. Here are 2 lists - camera and personal gear recommended... spread over a couple of posts... keep reading!

    Personal Gear:
    -Everyone will want to grab lunch before or on the way up. You will want to minimize the food/gear you need to trek out to the campsite.
    -Wear really good hiking boots or tennis shoes you don't mind getting wet - the cavern floor where we are hiking can have up to 3-4 inches of water in some places.
    -Personal tent, or make arrangements to share a tent.
    -Bug Spray (DEET free/natural is best around the camera equipment)

    October 1, 2013

  • Ahmad

    hey guys,
    any tips on the lenses and other equipment we need, never did stars photographing but i am sure it takes some special equipment to get a photo just like the one you attached at the description

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have booked the Pioneer Campsite #2 for this! This is rustic camping... no water, no facilities, and campsite is about 1.5 miles from the car and canyon paths. It is a flat, pretty easy hike as long as you don't bring too much gear :)

    1 · August 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just looked at it in more detail... there is an outhouse! yey! (more than the further away back country camp sites have)

      August 7, 2013

    • Sean P.

      Oh good! Didn't know there was any hike to it. It just got better.

      August 11, 2013

  • Sean P.

    Hey all - Dana reserved the campsite for us - right up front so no 3 mile hike :(
    I think Steph will be excited about that! So we all need to chip in when we go, it will probably end up being $8-10 per person. Also we will camping, so bring a tent and bag and food and such. Steph is checking on options for cabins (non-camping) in the general area, I haven't heard a progress report yet... More to come.

    1 · August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      oh... duh.. didn't read this before I posted above. The problem with outside camping is that the gates open at 7am and close at 6pm in October. Sunrise is 7:11am and Sunset is 6:10pm that day. It would be easier to stay in the campground within the gates if we are looking for sunrise/sunset photos. Otherwise, cabins or other lodgings close by would be great for those that are not up for the camping! :)

      August 7, 2013

    • Sean P.

      Not a lot of lodging nearby. I looked for hotels at one point, closest was an hour away.

      August 11, 2013

  • Brenda

    Sounds great!

    June 29, 2013

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