Shoot a Killer Image

Star Circle Academy
Star Circle Academy
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This event is FULL.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The 4:00 PM time is the time AT the site. We need to leave about 1:45 PM from the Winchester light rail station to arrive on time.

In 2010, this image garnered me the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year ( I will take you to the spot where you can - conditions permitting - recreate the same image. Not only will I take you to the spot, but I will provide assistance in how to capture and process this High Dynamic Range (HDR) image using some fairly simple Photoshop magic.

In addition, I'll point out how to determine the best time and place to capture an image like this. Indeed, there is another portal very close to this spot which also has charms and which we can photograph as well.

Serendipitously, the slender crescent moon will be setting just after astronomical twilight allowing a shot of the scene with the moon overhead before the park closes.

Includes: transportation to and from the park in either my car or a second car, park entry fees, personal instruction, use of loaner equipment if desired.

In the event of inclement weather, we will attempt to go on either of the following two days. If postponed and you do not attend one of the following days your fee will be refunded.

NOTE: Limited to 6 attendees due to physical restrictions. Shoes with good tread recommended. Some uphill hiking required.

Please no pets, children or significant others. I think pets are not permitted at this beach, by the way.

I'm working with the NFS to get special permission to photograph after closure as was done here:

Which would make this a "three-fer" event. So far I'm not getting the permission I want for this.

Weather Forecast

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Sunset: 4:58pm
Twi: 5:27pm
Moonset: 7:29pm