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Milky Way NightScape Photo Walk with a Weekend Getaway

Reservations are now CLOSED for this event. However, persons registering for the 3-hour or 2-hour Photoshop post processing workshops will still receive tickets to attend these Photo Walk and lecture events.

Three (3) evenings of NightScape activities, including two FREE NightScape Photo Walks at desert locations near Wendover, Nevada. Join us as the bright core of the Milky Way, the Central Bulge, makes its first appearance above the horizon after its long, winter vacation!

We will be photographing the Milky Way at a secret desert location near Wendover, on March 11 & 12 (and optionally March 13), between 2:30 AM through 5:20 AM, as it clears the eastern horizon (shown in this Sky Guide forecasting app). This location is less than 25 miles from Wendover, and is one of the darkest regions in the western USA (our planning also coincides with a moon that remains below the horizon during our shooting period). If we are blessed with clear skies, your photos of the Milky Way sky should be amazing. Our location will also provide a unique and interesting foreground.

There is something magical about the horizontal positioning of an early spring Milky Way, as it moves above the horizon —it's almost like a moonrise of stars. If the skies are clear, you will be one the few people on earth to have seen this natural wonder!

What are NightScape Photo Walks? Here's a recent example.

ITINERARY: All of our activities take place or originate from the Montego Bay Resort Conference Center (West Wendover, Nevada).

Thursday, March 10th — 6:30-9:30 PM ~ Photoshop Post Processing Workshop, 3-hours ($69)

Friday, March 11th — 1:45-5:30 AM ~ FREE* Milky Way Photo Walk. (This walk is mainly for those who attended my Thursday evening post processing workshop; however, anyone can attend, if they register from this page.) Participants will meet up at the Conference Center, receive a map, and then drive in their own cars (caravan style) to our photography area.

7:30-9:30 PM ~ Photoshop Post Processing Workshop, 2-hours ($49)

9:30-10:30 PM ~ FREE* NightScape Lecture by Royce Bair, "How to Forecast & Shoot the Milky Way". I will demonstrate 3 ways to plan or forecast when and where the Milky Way will appear, at any location.

11:45-1:45 AM ~ FREE* Light Painting Photo Walk at the historic Enola Gay Hangar. A small group of light painters will accompany me in and around the hangar while our group photographs the hanger. Full meet-up details will come with your registration.

Saturday, March 12th — 1:45-5:30 AM ~ FREE* Milky Way Photo Walk.  Participants will meet up at the Conference Center, receive a map, and then drive in their own cars (caravan style) to our photography area.

Sunday, March 13th — 2:30-6:30 AM ~ FREE† Milky Way Photo Walk (Note: Daylight Savings Time begins on this day.) Participants can drive to the photography area shown in the map they were given the day before.

* The lecture and photo walks are free, but you are required to pay $19.99 for my "Milky Way NightScapes" eBook, which will teach you how to properly photograph the Milky Way. (New purchasers will have an eBook download link emailed to them.) The $19.99 fee will be refund to you IF our records show you have previously purchased my eBook, AND you show up at any ONE of the NightScape activities held during this week.

This Sunday Photo Walk will be on-your-own, as I have other obligations on this morning. However, anyone who attends the Friday or Saturday morning Photo Walks will be able to go to the same location and increase their chances for a successful Milky Way NightScape photo capture!


Weekend Getaway: Staying overnight or several nights at the Montego Bay Resort & Casino offers an opportunity for a weekend getaway, filled with great dining and nightlife, or just relaxing.

ROOM RESERVATIONS - Special Rates: Standard room rates for a single king or double king room at Montego Bay are $69 on week nights (Monday-Thursday), and $149 on weekends (Friday-Sunday). ** Until March 8th **, all members of our group can get the reduced rates of $54 and $129 respectively! 

Book Your Room Online here. Then, scroll down and click on the “Royce Bair and Associates” group, then enter the password “photo”.

You can also call[masked] Monday-Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM (press "0" for the operator, then ask for Ext. 36667). Tell "Marina" you wish to reserve your room under the "Photo" group.


RISE of the MILKY WAY... 

During the later part of this week (March 11-13), the bright central core of the Milky Way will begin to rise above the eastern horizon. It will start to appear at about 2:30 AM and will rise to its highest point by about 5:20 AM before the impending morning twilight begins to overpower it in brightness (simulations created with Stellarium).  Of course, this is not the first time this year that core of the Milky Way has risen above the horizon in this region, but it will be the first time when conditions (based on twilight and moon cycles) are near perfect for viewing it.

In my free lecture (Friday, March 11, from 9:30 - 10:30 PM), I will teach you how to plan and forecast for the appearance of the Milky Way and its positions from anywhere on the earth —so you can time its align with your favorite landscape foregrounds.


NOTICE: The photo walk is a free event. Registration to this event is only used as a counting mechanism and to pay for Royce's e-book, which should be studied prior to the event as a photo and safety guide. Payment is not for the event itself.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK WAIVER: Photo walk event participants must be at least 18 years of age. By registering for this event you acknowledge and understand that participating in this event is potentially hazardous, and that you should not enter and participate unless you are medically and physically able to hike short distances over potentially rough ground, and in many cases during the night when there is very little natural light.

You assume full and complete responsibility for any injury, accident or loss of property which may occur while you are traveling to or from the event, during the event, or while you are on the premises of the event. You also are aware of and assume all risks associated with participating in this event,

This includes - but not limited to - falls, contact with other participants, effect of weather, traffic, and conditions of the road. You further understand that these outdoor locations present inherent risks of personal injury or sickness, such as falling, injury by falling rocks, getting lost, traveling in rough terrain, wild and stock animals including horses and cattle, forces of nature such as lightning strikes, absence of prompt medical attention if needed, inadequately marked trails, hiking injuries, illness due to impure water or tainted food or drink, and travel by automobile or other conveyance.

You acknowledge that Royce Bair (and The Stock Solution, Inc.) neither insures photo walk event participants nor provides insurance covering any injury, health care problem, property loss or other need during the photo walk event. Insurance is the sole responsibility of the participant.

You acknowledge and agree that Royce Bair (and The Stock Solution, Inc.), its principals, employees, agents, heirs and assignees, shall not be liable for any injury, loss, or damage arising out of or in connection with participation in any photo walk event, including, without limitation, injury to person or property, or consequential or incidental damages, whether caused by acts, errors or omissions of instructors or staff, tour guides, outfitters or other providers associated with the photo walk event.

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  • Jeff

    Just wanted to say thanks for the informative sessions. Too bad about the weather. Hope you get to California in the near future.

    1 · March 15

  • Royce B.

    Many of you have asked for information on how we lit the Enola Gay Hangar last week, so here's a blog post with all the details (lighting diagram and equipment): http://intothenightphoto.blogspot.com/2016/03/lighting-historic-enola-gay-hangar.html

    2 · March 14

  • Vivek T.

    Awesome

    March 13

  • Marie C.

    Always a learning experience with Royce. Can't wait for the next event!

    1 · March 13

  • mike c.

    Royce. Great workshop. As usual. I will be sending you and email requesting the compass to overlay on Google
    The software you demonstrated. Solarium.com??? Or did I get the name wrong. Looked at the IOS apps and it did not appear the same. A little with the software name would be greatly appreciated. See you on the Colorado later his year

    1 · March 12

    • Royce B.

      Stellarium.org - This is a free planetarium DESKTOP program (open source). I'll email everyone in a week or two with the compass overlay file and some info on how to use it.

      1 · March 12

    • Izabela M.

      Thank you.

      1 · March 13

  • Ryan

    Clouds were a bummer but still had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Thanks for hosting, Royce!

    1 · March 13

  • Sean C.

    The stars did not cooperate (well, technically it was the clouds), but Royce was fantastic and I learned so much. This was a fantastic experience!!

    1 · March 13

  • Sherry b.

    Great time, thanks for the light painting last night, I got some great shots. Learned much!!! I also have your camera battery that I need to get back to you. So let me know how best to return it to you. Thanks again!!!!

    1 · March 12

    • Royce B.

      I'll contact you by email for the battery reunion :)

      March 12

  • dan m.

    Wonder how long the clear skies will last. Maybe we will get lucky tonight?

    1 · March 12

    • Royce B.

      I'm back in SLC due to other obligations. If you're staying overnight into early Sunday morning, I wish you clear skies — but the forecast I see looks cloudy again :(

      1 · March 12

  • Tom

    So I understand some people were interested in the Meetup group that tries to go out each month the Milky Way is in our sky.

    Here is the link to the Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Salt-Lake-Area-Amateur-Photgraphy-Night-Landscape-Photgraphy/

    Also here is a link to the groups Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1619817228279635

    The next Meetup for that group, will be in Wendover on 7th & 8th. I have not posted it yet though. It is very similar to what Royce did but without the classes. I am attending a concert there that Friday and figure I would try to shoot the Milky Way again at the locations Royce found. Since the weather foiled our attempt this weekend. Or at least it did mine.

    Expect the Meetup to be posted on Sunday.

    I am sorry for spamming all the pages but I am not sure who wanted the information about the other group.

    1 · March 12

    • Royce B.

      Thanks for sharing this, Tom!

      March 12

  • Royce B.

    What a wonderful group. Thanks for your great attitudes and patience to make this happen. Although we didn't get the Milky Way due to the clouds, we did get some nice star constellations through the cloud openings in the western sky. The Enola Gay hangar experience was super. Everyone cooperated to make that light painting shoot worth the effort. Thanks for your friendship!

    2 · March 12

  • John

    learned lots

    1 · March 12

  • dan m.

    Is there a plan for for tonight or too early to tell?

    March 12

  • mike c.

    If the weather had cooperated could have been fantastic. The photo ops of the hangar were great. Must be like fishing. You just take your chances and glad you get to experience the time

    1 · March 12

  • mike c.

    Just wanted to make sure we are not meeting tonight Friday before 9:30 and. Then headed to the hanger

    March 11

  • Royce B.

    We got skunked last night by the clouds. But it was still fun being out last night (or early this morning) with all of you. Early Saturday morning's (2:00am - 5:20am) forecast looks only marginally better at the moment. However, we still have a great Enola Gay hangar shoot planned —with an added treat that you'll discover when you arrive at 11:45pm tonight. I cannot share the details just now (it's a surprise). After that shoot ends at 1:45am, we'll head out to the old Lincoln Hwy location again and see if our star dance has pushed away the clouds this time!

    March 11

    • vaL

      Yeah it's pretty heavy clouds out right now at 10 am

      March 11

  • Marie C.

    Anyone going out for sunrise photography?

    March 11

    • Ryan

      I was planning on it Saturday morning if I can stay awake.

      March 11

  • Scott L.

    Looking at skippysky.com, which I have found to be a pretty good predictor, Friday morning looks very sketchy for cloud cover, probably 60% or more cloud cover for the best times. I'm going to keep watching. Has anybody found a better/more accurate predictor of cloud cover?

    1 · March 9

    • Kelly H.

      Does that mean that you won't be making it out Scott? My carpool and I are leaving today at 2pm to find some adventure and then the class at 6:30. At least we can get up at 4am and head out for sunrise. We will miss you and Chad!

      March 10

    • Ryan

      Perhaps this will be a good test on the various weather forecasts. Cleardarksky says Knoll (closest spot they measure to Wendover) will be clear Saturday morning, while Skippy sky says the entire states of both UT and NV will be blanketed with 100% cloud cover all night. Google/weather.com both say partly cloudy for Wendover that night. Will be interesting to see how it shakes out.

      March 10

  • Royce B.

    Despite the "ify" weather forecast, we are continuing with our original Milky Way photo walk plan:
    FRIDAY, March 11 - 1:30am - meet up in the Montego Bay lobby. Leave and head for first location (old Lincoln Hwy) @ 1:45am.

    March 10

  • Kelly M

    I had to cancel, hubby is sick :( That will teach me to use Southwest next time. I'm cancelling my Enola Gay reservation as well, so that will open up a spot.

    March 10

  • Jeff

    For those unaware. West Wendover NV is in MST. So those coming fom California, you just lost an hour.

    March 10

    • Robert K.

      Thanks for the reminder. And with Daylight Savings starting Sunday we'll loose a total of two hours then.

      March 10

  • chad b.

    Royce....Scott and I would love to make it,the clouds don't look like they are going to cooperate. We would not be staying due to my work schedule. Don't want to drive out for nothing...do you think the clouds are going to work with us?

    March 10

  • Tom

    Remember to check your lenses. I packed my bag and just barely noticed that I left out my primary nightscape lens! That would not have been fun

    March 10

  • Robert K.

    I emailed Royce about the weather last week as we're planning on driving from California. Comes down to the fact that we don't know what the weather will bring. So, we're coming anyway as it's all part of the adventure. And he doesn't have anymore photo shoots like this planned down the road. So, see ya all this weekend.

    2 · March 9

    • Izabela M.

      Great..be safe.

      March 9

    • Jeff

      Also coming from California. Lots of high clouds today. Hoping that will change by early Friday.

      March 9

  • Royce B.

    CLOUDY ALTERNATIVE: Check here Friday morning at 1:00am to see if we continue to meet up at 1:45am (in the Montego Bay lobby) and leave for our Milky Way event, OR whether we sleep in a while longer and meet up at 4:30am for our backup plan to the Salt Flats. Check your email for an updated itinerary and map attachment.

    1 · March 9

    • dan m.

      When I'm shooting landscape I have been known to do a cloud dance so to have some nice clouds in the background. Milky way shoot....not so much. Maybe I need to choreograph a no cloud dance? AnywayI guy I used to work for, always said "be flexible and anticipate. I be flexing and anticipating :))

      1 · March 9

    • Izabela M.

      Oh no..no...come on...weather..

      March 9

  • Royce B.

    Wednesday, Feb. 24: To help ensure the quality of your experience, I’ve closed the reservations for these Photo Walks.

    1 · February 24

  • Royce B.

    EXTRA Wendover Photo Walk Activities (optional). You may wish to take an historic Wendover Airfield tour while you are here for the photo walk: http://www.meetup.com/NightScape-Photography/events/229080979/

    February 23

  • dan m.

    I was wondering how far of a walk we will have getting to our shooting spot?

    1 · February 22

    • dan m.

      Thanks. I asked because milky way shooting is usually a long affair so I like to bring my folding chair. Would hate to have to carry it on a long trek in the dark.

      1 · February 22

    • Royce B.

      LOL: Yes, bring your folding chair for our first location! However, you'll also be able to return to your WARM car. We have lots of room at this location, so everyone will be able to shoot right next to their car. Location #2 could benefit from a folding chair, if you wish to carry it this far. Location #3 will NOT support the use of a folding chair.

      February 23

  • D B.

    I have signed up for the Friday night workshop and the photo-walk. I already have the e-book; I got a new Tokina lens for Christmas (can't wait to do some milky way shots.) I need to cancel a planned Zions trip that weekend, but I am sure there will be a photo-walk there someday soon :) One question: my wife will be joining me on the early morning photo-walk. Do I sign her up the same way? Can we share the e-book?

    1 · February 22

    • Royce B.

      Yes, you can share the e-book. Don't register your wife —I'll do that on this side and email you tomorrow.

      February 22

  • vaL

    Royce,
    On your email there is mention of 2 photo walks, but on meetup there's only one photo walk on Friday.... Just checking what's up with that.
    Thanks
    Val

    1 · February 12

    • Robert K.

      Thank you for the response. I sent payment for two people-myself and my wife. The reservation may only show one person. We'll be there for all the sessions. You should have me down for already purchasing the book.

      1 · February 19

    • Royce B.

      Got it - Robert, I've add your wife.

      February 20

  • Awais R.

    This is my first time with the group. Really looking forward to it.

    1 · February 15

    • Royce B.

      ...Excited to have you come along with us!

      February 15

  • vaL

    Hey Royce,
    is there another form of payment? I don't have paypal and not interested in it. Can I pay another way? thanks

    1 · February 13

    • Royce B.

      Sure, Val. Text me at[masked] or email me (royce.bair[at]gmail[dot­]com) and I'll give you a debit card or a credit card option.

      February 15

  • John

    If I only have Elements instead of the full blown Photoshop will I still be able to follow you and be able to do what you are doing in the post processing?

    February 13

    • Royce B.

      I do go over the use of Elements in the 4th chapter of my e-book, but it will only do about 20% of the things I will be covering in my post processing workshops.

      February 13

  • John K.

    Enjoyed Royce's Nightscape seminar last winter in Tacoma. Looking forward to attending this event!

    1 · February 12

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