There is something awe inspiring about seeing an image that captures the heavenly stars, a planet or satellite, and/or the movement of our earth within the amazing galaxy we live in! But for these kinds of photos one must be in lower light environments. Vancouver City is far too bright even at night, to capture the cosmos effectively. So a short (roughly 20 mile) drive past downtown Vancouver (up the Sea to Sky Highway) will take you to Porteau Cove, which is a dark enough area that we can capture atronomical dust and star trails. Who's in?
photo by Alexis Burkill Photography (https://www.flickr.com/photos/75571720@N00/9494753489/in/photolist-ft26qn-cTwWzN-hjGsmp-dsNbUV-eKY61p-ftUXRh-dKugL7-e6LiGg-hDZ4d5-9hVoSM-fc6yED-e8CroX-9e8UYy-cB1cWS)
***The only important thing to watch for will be the weather. We will need a clear night so if the weather is not supportive I will postpone the event (I will update more on this later so make sure to check back closer to the event).
How Do You Get There?
Porteau Cove Provincial Park is approximately 45 kilometres north of downtown Vancouver, on the Sea to Sky highway. Click to see the location on Google Maps (https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Porteau+Cove+Provincial+Parkfirstname.lastname@example.org,-122.9797627,39313m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x54865c7c8f723375:0xa6213708f42568d5?hl=en).
The entrance to the park is well signposted from the Sea to Sky highway, and is a left turn off the highway (Furry Creek Drive Exit). Upon making your left, you will cross over a railway track. Take a right into the large car park by the Jetty. The car park is approximately 300 metres from the highway.
***There are no public buses up to Porteau Cove so I would encourage anyone who has a vehicle to offer their spare seats to other members who don't have cars. I can take upto 4 others in my car beside myself (3 comfortably) and Kris has offered 3 spaces in his car. Please contact us if you need a ride!
What Can You Shoot?
The night stars (including star trails), the movement of the earth, astronomical dust, possible UFO's or satellites? and other long exposure landscape shots. The Jetty is useful for interesting perspective and foreground shots as well. And flashlights would make some interesting highlighted objects of interest as well.
Photo by Alexis Birkill Photography (https://www.flickr.com/photos/75571720@N00/10713298343/in/photolist-hjGsmp-dsNbUV-eKY61p-ftUXRh-dKugL7-e6LiGg-hDZ4d5-9hVoSM-fc6yED-9e8UYy-cB1cWS-e8CroX)
What Do You Need to Bring?
For this event you will need a tripod and a remote shutter release. Your camera should be able to handle 1600-3200 ISO to be effective and a wider angle lens is highly recommended. You will also be by the water at night so make sure to bring some warmer attire just in case it gets chilly. There are no coffee shops around so you may want to bring up a thermos of coffee or something similar to your liking!
To prepare for this event, one of our expert members, Alexis Burkill (http://www.meetup.com/Van-City-Free-Capture-Photography/members/46268602/), has generously offered his instructional guide (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l1nf4fmFAWddif-wgUrRQGWVviinr7fe9Y-7HRZ0cpQ/edit) to star photography. Check out the guide here (https://docs.google.com/a/alexisbirkill.com/document/d/1l1nf4fmFAWddif-wgUrRQGWVviinr7fe9Y-7HRZ0cpQ/edit). And as you can see by his photos above, he's an expert on this subject, so we'll be glad to have him with us at the event !
We will all be in the same general area in and around the Jetty for the entire event.
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