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    Milky Way over Horsethief Butte
    When and Where
    When: May 26, 2022, 9:30 pm - 12:45 am
    Where: Horsethief Butte

    Tuition and Registration

    Tuition for this workshop is only $225
    Safe and secure payment through PayPal
    Click the "Pay Now" button below to register

    SPOTS REMAINING: 2
    Once your registration and payment is received, you will be sent detailed information regarding the workshop.

    Included with your tuition

    • Personalized instruction and assistance
    • How to set up your camera and tripod
    • How to choose the best lenses for astro photography
    • How to set aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to get a proper exposure
    • Learn why shutter speed is limited and based on focal length
    • Learn how to properly judge exposure based on the histogram
    • Learn how to properly judge focus with image playback and magnification
    • Guidance and instruction on composition
    • How to accurately set focus for tack sharp images
    • How to plan Milky Way shoots with smart phone apps (twilight periods, Milky Way position, and much more)
    • Learn how to take images for stacking to greatly reduce noise in the sky and land
    • 2-hour post processing session using Lightroom and Photoshop (using Zoom post workshop)

    Refund policy

    • Cancellations must be made in writing.
    • 30 days or more prior to the workshop: Refund less a $20 cancellation fee.
    • 7 to 30 days prior to the workshop: 75% refund.
    • Less than 7 days prior to the workshop: 50% refund.
    • If the workshop (including alternate dates) is cancelled the days leading up to the workshop (due to weather forecasts), you will receive a full refund.
    • Once the workshop starts, refunds cannot be issued. I make every attempt to insure sky conditions are ideal for this workshop. I monitor weather forecasts from several sources, astronomical sky forecasts, live web cams, etc. Conditions can change without warning and in an instant - especially in the mountains. If conditions change once we are at the shooting venue, I offer participants credit towards future workshops.

    Accommodations

    Deschutes River Recreation Area (camping)
    (541) 739-2322
    Motel 6
    2500 W 6th St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 296-1911
    Cellilo Inn
    3550 E 2nd St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 769-0001
    Cousin's Country Inn
    2114 W 6th St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 298-5161
    The Dalles Inn
    112 W 2nd St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 296-9107
    Shilo Inn
    3223 Bret Clodfelter Way
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 298-5502
    Fairfield Inn
    2014 W 7th St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 769-0753
    About the Workshop
    The main focus of the workshop will be how to successfully photograph the Milky Way and stars.
    We'll be shooting from an unique and special location.
    Certain equipment is required for this workshop. See "What to Bring".
    This workshop requires mostly clear skies (some clouds can add interest). If sky conditions are not favorable on the date of the workshop, participants should be flexible with their schedules.

    COVID-19 Statement

    All of my workshops will be limited in size (depending on the location) and all are located at locations with limited (if any) other people present. I am fully vaccinated. All participants will be required to be vaccinated. Social distancing will be required and anyone that wants to wear a mask is welcome to do so.
    Why choose this workshop over others?
    • Value: Other Milky Way workshops charge up to $350.
    • Experience: I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2012.
    • There are very few (if any) workshops at this location.
    • My refund policies are far less restrictive than others.
    • This workshop is limited to only 5 participants meaning you WILL receive personalized attention.
    • This workshop isn't strictly about Milky Way photography. We will be there for sunset and blue hour photography as well.
    • See "Included with your tuition" and compare to other workshops.
    Physical Requirements
    Physical requirements are rated as EASY
    (short/flat hike to shooting location).

    Itinerary (subject to change)

    9:30-9:45: Meet and Greet
    9:45-10:15: Drive to Horsethief Butte
    10:15-10:30: Hike to workshop venue
    10:30-12:30: Milky Way photography
    12:30-12:45: Hike back to cars

    What to Bring

    • Camera with manual controls
    • Wide angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster
    • Sturdy tripod
    • Headlamp (preferable) or flashlight with red light option
    • Remote shutter release (self timer will work too)
    • Sturdy hiking shoes
    • Wind protective clothing
    • Cold weather clothing
    • Snacks and water
    Sample Images
    Click here for sample images from the area

    About Me

    I am a passionate photographer with a focus on landscape and astro photography. I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2015 and landscape workshops since 2007. I have lived in the Northwest my entire life. My passion for photography goes back to the early 1980's. I am the Coordinator for the Portland/Vancouver Photography Meetup Group and have been teaching Photoshop and Lightroom since 2007.

    Photographing the Milky Way

    My book (Photographing the Milky Way) is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. Click here for more information.
       
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