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RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, MARCH 29 (based on weather forecast) Again, we need to reschedule based on the forecast of rain and clouds for March 8. This is it! Let's go take some photos. Take what we've learned and make a set of exposures of a deep sky object! There will be about 2 hours of Milky Way visibility later in the night as well! Dress appropriately and bring your gear! I'll bring a couple of telescopes for viewing while your image sets are going. We'll meet in the parking lot at Brasstown Bald 30 minutes before sundown! Sunset on March 29 will be at 7:53 PM.
After you've clicked the shutter, then what? Today's photo editing software opens infinite possibilities. This presentation by Roger Easley will cover basic photo editing such as cropping, leveling the horizon, adjusting contrast, removing red eye and blemishes, and correcting white balance. Regardless of the particular editing software you use, this will cover essentials you will use on most of your photos. Open to all; attendance expected for Mentoring Partnership participants. (payment is required to RSVP, but will be refunded to Mentors and Mentees.) There will be some time at the end of the session for comments on photos from our Mentoring Program members.
Let's visit a sculpture studio as Masters of Fine Arts candidates show their work in progress and offer a glimpse into their processes and materials. This is an open house sponsored by Georgia State University's Welch School of Art and Design. In addition to the open studios, students will be offering tours of the building, tools, and equipment. Bachelor of Fine Arts students will have their work on display in the Edgewood exhibition spaces from classes covering metal shop, 3-D work, ceramics, mold-making, and woodshop. This event is free and open to the public, and includes brunch provided by Revolution Doughnuts and Highland Bakery. Parking is available across the street at Sweet Auburn Market ($4); on Bell St. (free); in two pay-to-park lots behind the sculpture building (enter on Jesse Hill Jr Dr, Auburn Ave., or Bell st.); and along Jesse Hill Jr Dr. (metered parking). The nearest MARTA station is the Georgia State station, about 5 blocks away.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a half million acres of gorgeous scenery, with wildlife, waterfalls, and of course, mountain views. We will stay in Cherokee, 157 miles from Decatur, located outside an entrance to the park. Please make your own lodging reservations. The National Park does allow camping, but the only other lodging inside the park is in rustic cabins requiring a five-mile hike in (and are generally booked months in advance.) AirBnB lodging appears to be available only outside of Cherokee, in other towns 10 or 20 miles away such as Sylva, Whittier and Bryson City. Here are some suggestions, from looking at tripadvisor.com: BAYMONT INN 11455 Acquino Road, Cherokee[masked] Rate approximately $124/night RIVER'S EDGE MOTEL 1026 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee[masked] Rate approximately $139/night HAMPTON INN CHEROKEE 185 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee[masked] Rate approximately $119/night RODEWAY INN & SUITES 44 Tsalagi Road, Cherokee[masked] Rate approximately $130/night Cabins at KOA Campground (with kitchen) 92 KOA Campground Road, Cherokee[masked] More information to come, check back as the date of the trip gets closer.