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Star Circle Academy Reminder ... and a bit of news about me!

From: Steven C.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 2:34 PM
This email is to all Night Photographers.

Recently I sent an email about the Star Circle Academy November 5th through 7th Workshop in Alabama Hills.

I want to remind you all that the discount deadline is September 11th to sign up (several members are already signed up!)

It has been a great pleasure to work with many of you concerning one of my great passions: the night sky and star trails. I'm the weird guy who often sets his camera up and leaves it overnight. I have been sharing my experiences freely and I am proud to see great work from many of you.

It is quite a lot of work, however and there are not many really great nearby spots for star trails. Harold Davis, for example, has been teaching Night Photography classes at Point Reyes and other coastal regions. The night sky along the coast is frequently a source of problems... so Harold and I put our heads together and created Star Circle Academy. Harold uses Nikon and a Mac, I use Canon and a PC. Between the two of us we've got lots of experience and tips to share so we did our homework and found one of the best dark sky locations in California and will be hosting a workshop there. Where? Alabama Hills adjacent to Lone Pine, California at the foot of the tallest mountain in the contiguous 48 states.

The workshop will be held Friday, November 5th through Sunday, November 7th. Early registration (before September 11th) is $425. The rate then goes up to $500 and if you do not sign up until the end of September the rate will be $600. We are limiting the group to 20 people maximum and have 20 rooms set aside at the Best Western Frontier Hotel in Lone Pine for a special rate of $80 per night - not including tax. There is much more detail about the workshop, and a registration link as well.

If you have questions about the workshop please ask them via [address removed]. You might also find it informative to keep up with the StarCircle BLOG.

Meanwhile I look forward to meeting up with you at a Bay Area Night Photography or Star Circle Academy event soon!

-- Steven
[address removed]

On a personal note: on September 9th the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2010 competition will be announced. Only then will I find out what prize I (may) have won in the contest hosted by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. They tell me that there will be a 90 second interview with me posted on their site. A two man film crew flew out to interview me. Why they didn't fly me to London instead, I don't know ;-(

My photograph - taken during a Night Photography group outing - was featured in a science article in the London Times and is a finalist in the 2010 competition. Unfortunately there is a subscription fee to see the article.

I'll share my status in the competition with you on the Star Circle Academy Blog along with other tips on taking Star Trails. The most current tip is on Intervalometers - what they are and how they are used.

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