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.