SORRY: This event is full.
Less than an hour and twenty minute drive south from the San Jose Airport is a spot where I have been itching to grab some star, surf and sand photos. On a recent scouting expedition I was able to confirm that with the right weather it can all come together as I have envisioned.
We will time the shot so that a partially illuminated moon lights our foreground as you see here - but with lower angled, warmer, softer light.
Here is the schedule - you can join whenever we are at the Rendezvous point and leave whenever you wish. You have to attend to know exactly where we're going. Don't worry, it'll be worth it.
Please note that the maximum attendance is 6 guests plus myself - seven total. Significant others may not come along unless paid for due to environmental, creative, and logistical issues.
I may repeat this event at a later date or time.
6:15 Arrive at the rendezvous point (exact location sent to confirmed attendees)
6:30 Head to our sunset shooting location where we will remain until 20 minutes after sunset
7:40 See if we can spot Panstarrs (C/2011 L4) then Head for dinner (each pays for their own meal).
8:45 Rendezvous at the meeting point
9:00 Leave the meeting point and go to our second shooting location.
1:00 AM wrap it up ... or ...
Continue hanging around to
Catch a glimpse of the Milky Way Watch sunrise Reassemble for breakfast and/or coffee afterward
What to Bring
Camera, Batteries with spares!, Memory Cards, wide angle lens recommended Layered clothing including wind-proof and water resistant outerwear Gloves, hat Dry rags for wiping off dew and sea mist from the lens and equipment A second rag for your own use Rainsleeve (or similar) for protecting your equipment from sand and salt spray. Sturdy tripod Snacks, water or thermos with a hot beverage. Camera Backpack or bag to carry it all in.
What I Will Provide
Instruction and encouragement. Stacker's Checklist A free "Creating Star Trails Webinar (http://events.starcircleacademy.com/events/97485862/)" Small flashlights Guidance to and from the shooting locations. Hand warmers (can be used to prevent dew or, surprisingly, to warm your hands).
You may choose to book a room to sleep in before or after we are done. Most facilities in the area allow checking in after 4 PM and require checkout by noon. You agree to sign a waiver of liability to be eligible to attend. Some hiking is required and it will include travelling through fluffy loose sand both up hill and downhill. Might be taxing to those in less than average physical condition or to those with ankle, knee or foot problems. You agree NOT to disclose the shooting location(s) to anyone before or after the event - except to a significant other for safety purposes. I'm sorry to require this, but it is tiresome to do hundreds of hours researching and scouting a location only to find other groups converging on the same site. I encourage us to carpool to and from the rendezvous location. Arranging a carpool to the rendezvous point is your responsibility. As scheduled this is up to 12 hours. I strongly recommend a good nap before you come and that you do not drive if you are sleepy. There are no nearby toilet facilities the locations are somewhat remote.
Weather / Cancellation / Refund Policy
There are no refunds due to weather. I will offer full refunds if I cancel or reschedule the event.